Author: Jacob Jans

11 Publishers Seeking Pitches


Dear Writers,

One of the best things about Writing Launch, aside from our courses, is the database of publishing opportunities we maintain for our members. Every month we add hundreds of new calls for writers, in addition to the 1,850 publisher listings in our directory.

Below is a sample of some of the latest calls for writers in our database. You’ll notice that each of the listings includes payment rates, and contact information.

Keep in mind that you’ll need to approach these publishers with a high-quality pitch, and you may still need to negotiate payment rates as well.

If you’re a Writing Launch Member, please send us a draft of your pitch, before sending it to the editor. We can often spot simple ways to improve a pitch, and increase the likelihood that you’ll get your pitch accepted.

Note that we’re not currently open for enrollment. If you want access to the full database, you’ll have to join the waiting list here.

If you have any questions, feel free to email us: support@writinglaunch.com

– Jacob Jans

The Progressive is a monthly magazine and a website that is a “bold voice for peace, social justice, and the common good.” Their web editor is seeking writers to cover climate issues or review political documentaries. Their web rates are $100 to $150 for about 800 to 1,200 words. If interested, email your pitches to kassidy@progressive.org. They strongly encourage Native, Black, and writers of color to pitch. For more information, read their editor’s Tweet and their writers guidelines.

From A Climate Correspondent is a weekly newsletter that publishes stories of the climate crisis from reporters based outside the United States, Canada, and Europe. Their audience is largely based in the UK. They are seeking pitches for stories of 600 to 800 words (maximum 1,000 words) that shed light on an aspect of the climate crisis that their audience may not know that much about. Their stories are published in English but do not hesitate to pitch if your written English is not perfect. They also accept pitches in Spanish and translate articles from Spanish to English. They pay €100 for a story. If interested, send your pitches to reporter@climatecorrespondent.com. For details, refer to this Tweet and their guide for writers. To learn more about them, refer to this page.

Southern California News Group (SCNG) is a media company in Southern California. Their senior editor of engagement/premium content is seeking a freelancer with experience writing about science/climate change issues. They will pay $100 to $400 per article. If interested, DM their editor on Twitter or email sdunn@scng.com. To learn more, refer to their editor’s Tweet. To contact them, refer to this page.

The Boulder Reporting Lab covers local news of Boulder, CO. They are hiring freelancers to write stories on: COVID-19 and health in Boulder, local economy, schools, climate and open space issues, and community. They will pay $250 to $1,000 for stories. If interested, send your resume and clips to stacy@boulderreportinglab.org. To read their Tweet, click here. To visit their website, click here.

Liberal Currents is a publication that is devoted to the defense of liberal ideals. Their editor is “accepting pitches on politics, policy, society, philosophy, especially as they relate to liberal values.” He would love to see a case for the BREATHE Act. Payment: $50 per piece. Email your pitches to writers@liberalcurrents.com. Read their editor’s Tweet here and learn more about them here.

Chalkbeat is a nonprofit news organization that reports on education in poor communities across America. Their story editor is looking for stories from teachers, students, parents, school workers, or administrators. They pay $100 per story (about 800 words). Send your pitches to firstperson@chalkbeat.org. For more information, read their story editor’s Twitter thread and their first person guidelines.

Metro Opinion is a platform by Metro.co.uk. Their editor is commissioning “first-person stories and timely, news-based opinion pieces today and tomorrow.” According to one payment report, Metro.co.uk paid £100 per 1,000 words for an online article. Send pitches to nicole.vassell@metro.co.uk. Read their editor’s Tweet here and Metro Opinion’s articles here.

TechRadar is a UK-based consumer technology news and reviews website. Their phones editor is looking for freelance pitches about smartphones and mobile tech. Pitches from BIPOC and LGBTQ+ writers are highly encouraged. They pay £140 for features of 1,000 words. If interested, send your pitches to james.peckham@futurenet.com. Read their phones editor’s Tweet here and their pitch guide here.

Gumbo Media is a media company and storytelling platform that “curates content, experiences, and opportunities that expand the narrative of Black life.” They are working with BlackRoots Alliance and Gorman House Publishing for a project that will focus on Black Liberation. They are looking for art and writing that “conveys a unique, Afro-futurist perspective on racial equity.” Core themes are wellness, safety, education, economic, and democracy. They will offer a base rate of $75+. For details, refer to this Tweet and this form.

Deadline: January 22nd, 2021

The Breakdown is an online mental health magazine. Their culture editor is looking to commission a piece that looks at the intersection of mental health and culture/identity. They will pay £80 for 700 words. Email your pitches to anmol@the-breakdown.co.uk. For more information, read their culture editor’s Twitter thread and their pitching guidelines.

Deadline: January 30th, 2021

The deputy editor of Meredith Corporation’s cross-brand finance desk for Real Simple, Better Homes & Gardens, Parents, and Health is looking for pitches. She is currently aiming for February publication. Pay will be about $200 per piece. If interested, email your pitches to aedelman@meredith.com. To learn more, refer to this Tweet.

10 Publishers That Pay Freelance Writers


Dear Writers,

Here’s a selection of 10 publishers from our members only database of over 1800 publishers.

All of the publishers in our database include contact information, as well as researched payment rates.

Included here is a wide variety of publishers, all of them paying at least 75 cents per word.

Writing Launch Members: If you are pitching one of these publishers, please send us a draft pitch first. We’ll go over it for suggestions for improvement. We can often identify a few ways to increase your chance of success.

Sincerely,

Jacob Jans

Current is “the nonprofit news service for and about public media in the U.S.” Their primary audience consists of people who work at public radio and TV stations, networks and production companies. They “aim to provide public media professionals with valuable insights and information that helps them and their institutions reach new levels of success.” They accept story pitches from freelance journalists. According to their digital editor, they pay $0.75 per word. Pitches should be sent to pitch@current.org. To learn more, read their writing guidelines.

Variety covers entertainment news, awards, film reviews, film festivals, box office, and more. Payment reports indicate that they pay up to $0.75 per word. To contact them, visit this page.

Quanta Magazine is an independent online publication that covers the latest news and trends in physics, mathematics, life science, and computer science research. According to one payment report, they paid $1.75 per word for a 1,500-word feature. To contact them, refer to this page.

Diversity Woman is an integrated media enterprise that provides “the best advice in work strategies, business solutions and global trends to diverse professional women online, in print and through events.” According to one payment report, they pay $0.75 per word. To contact them, visit this page.

5280 is a monthly magazine that covers dining, entertainment, culture, arts, lifestyle, and politics in Denver, Colorado. They have a circulation of 90,000. Their front-of-the-book stories are 50 to 400 words long, departments are 800 to 1,500 words long, and features are up to 6,000 words long. According to payment reports, they pay up to $0.75 per word. To learn more, read their writer’s guidelines.

Canadian Art is a print and online magazine about contemporary art in Canada. They publish smart and accessible prose. They seek “original thinking, under-told histories and marginalized voices that challenge the status quo.” They pay 75 cents per word for print pieces and 50 cents per word for online pieces. To learn more, read their contributor guidelines.

Brain & Life, formerly known as Neurology Now, is a consumer friendly magazine “for people with neurologic conditions, their families, and caregivers.” They publish research based articles that are well sourced. They pay 75 cents per word, up to 1,500 words. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.  

Hospitality Design is a print and online trade magazine that focuses on the field of hospitality design. They publish 11 times a year. They serve “owners, operators, brands, purchasing agents, interior designers, and architects involved in the design of hotels, resorts, restaurants, nightlife, spas, and all other hospitality-oriented projects.” According to one payment report, they paid $0.80 per word. To contact them, refer to this page.

Ensia is a solutions-focused media outlet that publishes stories that encourage and inspire people to create a more sustainable future. They consider proposals for articles and feature stories that “provide solution-focused perspectives on emerging environmental challenges as well as novel ways of looking at long-standing issues.” Their articles are of about 700 to 750 words, and feature stories are of about 1,000 to 1,200 words. According to one payment report, they paid $0.80 per word. For details, read their contributor guidelines.

Business Insurance is a source of news and information on risk management, commercial insurance, and workers compensation. They deliver “in-depth analysis on new and emerging risks, case studies of successful programs, market intelligence on trends, and guidance on how to capitalize on opportunities and overcome challenges.” One payment report indicates that they pay $0.85 per word. To contact them, refer to this page.