“Hey, anyone know how to pitch ____?”: Here’s every public guideline I know of
Any freelance journalist will tell you, man: pitching is hard. Every part of it is hard, too, from the tone to the format to the sheer amount of legwork you have to do up front, on spec, before crushing everything down into three breezy paragraphs of undeniable brilliance that no editor in their right mind can say no to.
The part that shouldn’t be hard? Figuring out what email address to send a pitch to. Or what a given publication is looking for—and what they’re not looking for.
Every once in a while, though, a publication will put out a call for pitches. These are beautiful things, full of critical information. Trouble is, they tend to get passed around on Twitter for a couple of days, and then get lost in the swamp forever. So I thought I would compile every such call for pitches I know of into one handy list.
If a publication has a general “How to pitch” page, I’ve included it below. Anything that’s a more specific call is there, too, and dated accordingly, as editors and priorities have been known to change over time. I’ve also included some more general pitch-related resources at the end—and, really, Who Pays Writers? should be your first stop in any pitch process anyway.
Also, consider this a rolling project. I’ll update it as I come across any new venues or calls. Feel free to email me (hingston at gmail dot com) if you have any hot tips, or want to see yours added to the list.
Get out there and give ’em your best fastball (last updated November 8, 2017):
- The Athletic (Toronto) (9/11/2017)
- The Atlantic (culture) (8/15/2015)
- The Atlantic (science, technology, health) (6/12/2015)
- Atlas Obscura
- Eater (12/15/2016)
- Fusion (4/26/2017)
- The Guardian
- Guardian US (features) (11/30/2016)
- Motherboard (Vice)
- Open Letters Monthly
- Pacific Standard
- Quartz (3/10/2016)
- Racked (2/14/2017)
- Texas Observer
- ThinkProgress (12/12/2016)
- The Verge
- Vox (First Person series) (6/12/2015)
- The Walrus
- Washington Post
- Catapult, Publish or Perish series
- CBC, “A Guide to Canadian Literary Magazines and Journals Open to Submissions”
- Daily Serving, “Help Desk: How to Lob a Pitch”
- Jes Skolnik, “A Short N’ Sweet Guide to Pitching in the Digital/Social Age”
- Maisonneuve, “How to Write a Magazine Pitch”
- NPR, “What Makes a Good Pitch?”
- Pitching Shark
- The Future of Freelancing (Stanford), “The Science (Not Art) of the Magazine Pitch”
- Who Pays Writers?
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Michael Hingston is an author and journalist based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. His work has appeared in Wired, The Atlantic, The Guardian, and the Washington Post. His book about Calvin and Hobbes will be published by ECW Press in 2018. Follow him on Twitter: @mhingston.