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✍️ TWJN 85 | Fear, loathing & pitching in Las Vegas 🎰

The Writer's Job Newsletter
The Writer's Job NewsletterPublished on September 18, 2022

Happy Sunday to 4,190 motivated writers 👋🏼 

How’s everyone doing?

So, I guess the headline is that I did survive Vegas. Barely. I did make it out a little worse for wear 😅

What. A. Place.

It makes no sense at all. It is pure excess, in every sense of the word. But I loved every minute of it! We were out there for a conference, which kept me super busy during the days. And the rest of the city kept me busy at night 😉

Anyway - what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, right?!

So let’s get to the opps. Huge week with over 25 calls to pitch!

Lots of activity. Lots of opportunities.

Let’s dig in! ⬇️ ⬇️


So, what do we have this week?

1️⃣ Learn how to *actually* stay in touch with people

2️⃣ 26 calls to pitch 📢

3️⃣ 16 writing jobs

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1️⃣ Resource of the week

Learn how to *actually* stay in touch with people

Okay so this one is a little less writer focused. But it’s super important

Staying in touch with people takes like zero effort. But we’re all so bad at it (at least, I am…) It can have such big benefits, professionally and personally.

For freelancers and writers, staying in touch with your clients can make the difference between finding the next writing opp. We all know that referrals are the best way to get jobs. Having a strong network is key.

Personally, I’ve struggled to stay in touch with those who matter to me, particularly after leaving the UK a couple years ago.

Jakob’s written (another) great article. If you haven’t noticed by now, I’m a big fan of his thinking and approach to life. 😊

Check it out here!


2️⃣ Calls to Pitch

🏅Competitions 🏅

($300 - $1,500) The Ghost Story | Supernatural fiction award. Horror fiction! One winner and two honourable mentions. Deadline 30 Sept

($2,500) Asian American Writers’ Workshop | Two fellowships for emerging NYC and tri-state area writers. Deadline 30 Sept

($1,500) Neal Pearce Foundation | Journalism travel grant to support writers in the US tell stories about cities


($6,000) Atavist Magazine | One of my fav publications!! Atavist does so much for pushing the boudnaries of journalism. Guidelines here 

($500 - $2,000) The Drift | They’ve just raised their rates and are always open to pitches: culture and politics! Guidelines here

($500 - $750) Very well & Parents Magazine | April is looking for a few projects on health, family, and fitness. Assigning early Oct

($500+) Andscape | Britni is looking for entertainment and culture pitches for Andscape. Guidelines in the tweet!

($500) Atmos | Yesenia is looking for journalists going to the COP27 and can take on a freelance assignment

($450) Insider | Evergreen pitch submissions for Tekendra using this form. Also, get added to his freelancer pool here Guidelines here

($400 - $2,000, estimate) Landscape Architecture Mag | Jennifer is looking for pieces about transit design, bike infra, and more!, Estimate here

($250 - $300) Healthline | Taneasha is looking for stories about suicide prevention. What is can look like, and more. Deadline 21 Sept

($250, estimated) Insider | Rosemary is always looking for pitches about health and/or parenting. Pay estimate here

($200) Belt Magazine | Belt is looking of stories about the potential rail road strike. Guidelines here

($175) RESPEC | Gamers and techies 👾 Stories about video games, pop culture, or tech! 

($150+) Apartment Therapy | Queer writers! 🦄 Noella is looking for pitches for national coming out day. Guidelines here

($100 - $200) Southern Indiana Review | Marcus is looking for new and dynamic stories for their magazine!

($100 - $150) Himal | Are looking for video journalists from South Asia! Detailed guidelines here

(€100+) Tavel Mag | Travel writers! Chris is looking for news-adjacent travel features. Ping him a DM 

($90 - $120) Auto Straddle | Carmen is looking for a queer Latina writer for a piece about Espookys Season 2. Deadline 21 Oct

(£80 - £120) TAPE | They’re looking for pitches about identity, language, belonging, and more. Details here 

($75 - $250) TheGamer | More gamer pitches! Stacey is taking on freelancers for timely pieces or reported stories

(£60 - £100) Reader’s Digest | Eva is looking for all sorts of pitches. Music, health, home & garden, and more! Guidelines here. Deadline 30 Sept

(£60 - £100, estimated) Reader’s Digest | Anna is looking for your sport stories, timeless pieces so no news! Guidelines here.

($2 per word) Samantha | Science writers! Samantha is looking for freelance science writers for health equity pieces.

($0.50+ per word) LA Times | Brittany shared some great guidelines for how to pitch them, with some areas for topics!

($0.10 per word) Vince Liaguno | Megan has a roundup of horror fiction. Here’s one for a slasher series


3️⃣ Writing jobs

($65,000, Remote NY) Architectural Digest | Commerce writer familiar with retail in the home (decor, bedding, etc.) Apply here

($50,000+, Remote US, Part time) The Guardian | Part-time editor to lead the democracy team Apply here

($3,000 per month, Remote US, Part time) The Guardian | Part-time contract reporters to support their democracy team

($2,000 per month, Remote, Part time) Game Revolution | Freelance lead entertainment writer with experience writing about film, TV, streaming!

($50 per hour, Remote) 37Signals | Content writer for initial stint as a contractor. Translating big ideas into simple stories

($30 - $37 per hour, Remote) Buzzfeed Style Guide | Freelance copy editors with experience in digital media

($25 per hour, Remote, Part time) People for Bikes | Research Assistant to help improve biking in America! Important to me, as a cyclist 😊

($25 per hour, Remote, Part time) InStyle | Chloe is looking for a part-time writer for fashion commerce!

($20 per hour, Remote, Part time) Telnet | Freelance copywriter to manage content all about sustainability

(Paid, Remote, Part time) Collider | Freelance TV and movie lists writer to write up to 8 articles per month

(Paid, Remote) Italic | Part time freelance copywriter to lead internal copy production

(Paid, Remote) Vayner Media | Senior UX / Web Copywriter to support The Sasha Group, across CPG, fashion, food + Bec, and more

(Paid, Remote US) Associated Press | Christina is looking for 5 text editors! Apply here

(Paid, Remote) Pink News | Freelance news and entertainment reporters from Reiss. Reach out for more details

(Paid, Remote) Wyte Fire | Experienced content writer to balance some snap with originality

(Paid, Remote) Digital Trends | Freelance AV Writer to review all sorts of tech


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