August 11, 2022

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New Freelance Writers: Pitch These 9 Markets First!

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Starting out as a new freelancer writer can seem a bit like a what comes first, the chicken or the egg scenario. You don’t have experience so you can’t land a writing gig and without getting writing gigs, you can’t gain experience. I’ve been there and I know how defeating it can feel as a new freelance writer trying to break into the market.

What’s a beginner freelance writer to do?

I’m here to tell you though that there are so many publications and magazines who not only pay freelance writers, they will work with and welcome you as a newbie. You still have to do your homework, research the publication, know their audience, follow their specific guidelines and send a great pitch. But you can get your foot in the door and start to gain the experience you need!

Below are some of those that are great places for anyone but especially for new freelance writers.

Use this platform to view the latest paying calls for submissions for writing, art, book-length and chapbook-length manuscripts, photography, and more from magazines, publishers, writing conferences and events, writing programs, etc. Use the filters to hone in on calls for fiction, nonfiction, poetry, photography and more.

Wanderful is looking for high-quality journalism and writing that inspires wonder and awe, highlights tourism initiatives led by women and underrepresented communities, and approaches important matters with a local lens while amplifying diverse voices around the world.

“As the Number One natural pet magazine in North America, we take pride in providing our readers with the information they need to make wise health care choices for their dogs and cats. Our publication embraces the entire holistic spectrum, from physical health issues to the emotional and spiritual well being of our animals.

We welcome unsolicited articles and story outlines. Articles may range in length from 500 to 1,500 words. If you submit an outline for an article, please also include samples of your work. We especially encourage submissions for our Animal Passages, Warm & Fuzzy, and Tail End columns, but welcome other articles as well, as long as they focus on holistic healing, whether physical, emotional or spiritual.”

Currently looking for: Top _ lists of topics like “wine preservation” or “under $50,” Customer Favorites (look for items with high numbers of positive reviews), Holiday Gift Guides. — Wine pairing articles (please look through our current pairing articles, to avoid duplication) — In depth travel articles that sound personal, rather than like a travel brochure — Detailed flavor profile guides of unusual wine varietals, cocktails, and sparkling wine articles — The best way to choose, use, install, or enjoy wine cellars, wine racks, wine cabinets, and cooling equipment — Winemaking techniques and current wine trends that would interest connoisseurs. We do not accept health/diet related topics, such as “health benefits of red wine”. See guidelines for more specifics. Pay $50 and up.

“We have no writer’s guidelines per se. Briefly share your article idea with us as well as your background — e.g., why you feel knowledgeable enough to write it. If we think it’s appropriate and we have the space, we’ll ask you to submit the article. If we then like it, we send you our one-page Article Rights agreement for you to sign, which outlines your and our rights, the payment terms, etc.

We don’t pay very much — $50 per article, and that includes any photographs to accompany the article. If you write for us, it’s for the opportunity to help others and (perhaps) for a modicum of fame, not for big $$.

We’re look for practical articles (with resource lists and, ideally, photos) that explain how to meet some homeschool challenge or how to venture forth in to some new area. Ideally you are an acknowledged expert on the topic.”

Our mission is to create fresh, immersive articles on equestrian lifestyle and sport, current events, health and horsemanship.

What’s more, Horse Network is a community, and we’re always looking for smart, new ideas from horse-crazy folks like you.

We are currently prioritizing submissions relating to: horse health, interviews, profiles and human interest stories.

The Travel Tribune is always on the lookout for well-traveled people who are experienced writers. To encourage quality and original writing, we are paying $50 per story. Individuals who are experts on a specific city, country, or region are especially welcome.

Teachers & Writers Magazine is published by Teachers & Writers Collaborative to provide resources and inspiration in support of our stated mission: teaching creative writing and educating the imagination.

The magazine’s online format offers a wide and continually changing selection of lesson plans, articles, essays, and interviews tailored for those in the field of creative writing education. We publish both practical and theoretical work and look for writing that is vivid, original, concise, and geared toward a general audience.

Are you interested in writing about theme parks, and being paid for it? Are you a talented writer capable of producing original, fascinating content that theme park fans will love to read? Then you sound like a great candidate to join Theme Park Tourist’s writing team! Pay $50.

Need help finding clients? Register now for How to Find Freelance Clients and Get Paid. It’s a 2-hour webinar where you’ll learn 5 ways to find new writing clients.

Meg Stewart has been freelancing for nearly two decades. She’s a multi-passionate skill hoarder and the intersection of freelance writing, technology, and teaching is her sweet spot. Freelance Ladder was founded to help writers get paid and help solopreneurs do tech stuff better. Meg and her family, (along with two dogs, two cats, and two leopard geckos), live in Northeast Ohio. Follow me on Medium or become a Medium member and get unlimited access.

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