Everyone has a story. That’s why I majored in journalism in college – I find people and their stories fascinating, and I wanted to be the one to uncover and share their stories.
To my fellow journalists, you may be the best writer on the planet, but no one will ever know unless other people read your work. One way is to publish your work on various websites and become a freelance writer.
Being a freelance writer definitely has its pros and cons. One pro is that you aren’t committed to having one job or writing for one website. Instead, you’re free to work and write for any website. The downside to this is that most of these websites won’t pay you for the articles you submit, whereas if you are a regular contributor or staff writer, you may be paid. When you first start out as a writer, pitching your articles to a bunch of different websites is a great way to get your name out there.
I’ve had a lot of luck being published on various websites and found it’s super simple to do so – you just have to do a little research. Whether you have a personal story you want to share, have a strong opinion about a controversial subject, interested in writing about entertainment, style or beauty, or have a unique perspective on life and love, there’s a website below that’s perfect for you to pitch your article or story to.
Most magazines and online websites won’t accept just any writer and just any submission, so it’s important to set yourself apart and present yourself as a credible writer. Also, some websites won’t accept your article if it’s already been published on another website or your blog, so make sure you look at the fine print before you submit your article.
While writing a pitch that catches the editor’s eye is for another blog post, here are 25 websites you can check out to get started pitching your story:
- If you want to be the Ken Cosgrove of your friends, write an intriguing cultural piece for The Atlantic. The Atlantic looks for smart, original, cultural articles, ones that “examine questions people have long had but never quite identified.”
- Or if you’re more into writing lifestyle pieces, pitch your article to Buzzfeed Life. BuzzFeed Life is the lifestyle wing of the giant BuzzFeed and they’re looking for how-to guides, personal essays, and informational posts. You can even make your own quizzes! And the best part is, you’ll get paid for your articles.
- Are you a pro at job searching and have a unique way of looking at careers, interviews and professionalism? Contribute to Levo League. Levo is one of my favorite websites to read about career tips, interview tricks and first-job advice, and it’s a great place to network with other professionals in your field.
- If you’re interning or working in the fashion PR industry, PR Couture would love to publish your story for their “Getting IN” series. You’ll have to get approval from your internship supervisor and there is a short form to fill out before your story can get published.
- The great thing about Feather Magazine is that you don’t have to be a serious writer to share your story. Feather Magazine is looking for personal triumphs, challenges and life lessons. If you are not a writer, the story you share will be polished by an editor who will also share the byline with you – win-win!
- Got an opinion and want to share it? Look no further than to the opinion section of The Washington Post, but make sure your article is under 800 words. The Post “welcomes submissions of opinion articles on any topic for print and online.”
- To share your story about love, relationships, marriage, or parenting, submit your essay to The New York Times Modern Love section. “Most important,” they state, “is that the writing be emotionally honest and the story be freshly and compellingly told.”
- The Everygirl, “the ultimate online resource helping shape the creative, career-driven woman to experience her life better lived,” is looking for, well, almost everything in a young professional’s life – recipes, home tours, personal stories, career triumphs, budgeting – you name it, they want to hear about it.
- “Everyone has a story to tell about about personal finance,” The Financial Diet touts. If you make a stellar budget that has kept you out of debt, know the way to how to have the perfect interview, save money from your first job like nobody’s business, or have advice on how not to be a broke college student, submit your story to TFD.
- The Huffington Post is always looking for personal memoirs or stories others can relate to. With so many topic areas you can write about, like healthy living, gay voices, the arts, and my personal favorite, quiet revolution, the possibilities are endless.
- If you want to regularly write about a particular subject you’re passionate about, Examiner is the website for you. Examiner supports over 85,000 contributors so you know you’re in good company.
- To submit a news tip, editorial suggestion, exclusive story or something cool you think others need to see to one of the most widely read website about social media, technology, web culture and business – Mashable – just fill out the short form.
- “Fast Company prefers submissions from contributors who are leaders in and knowledgeable about the types of industries and topics FC covers,” so if you’re a pro who knows a lot about productivity, creativity, career development, or culture, or have something interesting to contribute to the Co.Design, Co.Create, Co.Exist or Co.Labs sister websites, Fast Company is a great place to do so.
- Foodies, listen up. The Kitchn is looking for cooking tips, kitchen projects, before and after photos of your cooking space, dinner party ideas, ingredient inquiries, and anything else food and cooking-related.
- If you’ve got a compelling and honest personal story, write for xoJane. Some popular ideas xoJane editors look for to get you started include, “It Happened To Me,” first-person stories, “Beauty Dare,” or trying out crazy fashion or beauty trends, and “I’ll Try Anything Once,” for the courageous women in the world.
- Elephant Journal is dedicated the mindful life, so if you’ve got an interesting perspective on spirituality, love yoga, or are environmentally conscious, write for their website.
- Showcase and share your stories without having to pitch your story or waiting weeks for editors to approve them on Medium. Medium’s platform is super easy to use, and it’s also a great place to build your portfolio and connect with other writers.
- While this may be considered cheating since there is no pitching involved, it’s as simple as ever to publish an article or blog post on LinkedIn. When people view your profile, they will see your recent articles you’ve written, boosting your personal brand and LinkedIn presence.
- Thought Catalog is similar to Medium, as it isn’t home to a specific voice, viewpoint or section. Instead, TC is a “website dedicated to your stories and ideas,” proclaiming that all thinking is relevant and writers are encouraged to pitch articles, stories, and listicles in any and every subject.
- Are you a hip, self-aware Millennial who wants to get your point of view across to others? Write for Elite Daily – the self-proclaimed “voice of Generation Y.” They recently changed their contributing writers system so you don’t even need to pitch your article to an editor – you just write and e-mail it. Their influx of contributing writers has increased so hop on this contributing writing bandwagon while it’s still hot!
- One thing I love about The Daily Twenties is that they focus on helping twenty-somethings with real-world problems they face, instead of superficial, entertainment-esque listicles like, “15 Reasons Why Your Boyfriend is Cheating on You.” If you’ve got life lessons and solid advice for your Millennial peers, write for this up-and-coming website.
- Another website dedicated to making the lives of twenty-somethings better is The Urban Realist, an online lifestyle magazine for the “stylish, passionate individual. Inspired and driven by the stark reality of the quarter-life crisis,” TUR states, their writers cover everything from fashion, hot party spots, travel, and bar and restaurant reviews.
- Bustle, one of my go-to sources for all things entertainment, beauty and twenty-something living, is searching for your personal essays, feminist pieces, pop culture stories, and newsworthy articles. To pitch your article, first read this article from the editor who reads the submissions, and then pitch away!
- Once you’re accepted into Hearst’s The Mix, their editors will e-mail you writing prompts, and you will have two days to submit your story. Some writing prompts include “We Survived An Affair,” “I Have Alopecia,” and “Financial Hardships and Relationships.” Hearst owns many publications, like Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Esquire, RedBook and more, and they will publish your work on some of these websites depending on the content. Unlike other websites, The Mix will pay you $100 for every story published!
- HelloGiggles, Zooey Deschanel’s baby, is looking for a few good women to contribute personal essays, interesting perspectives, funny anecdotes and short fiction stories to their website – or “stories that make us feel like we’re all in this thing together.” But they do require that you commit to writing at least one article per week.
I know it can feel like the end of the world when you pitch your amazing article or personal story and get rejected, but take note of the wise words of Bustle’s Senior Feature Editor: “Don’t get discouraged. Get savvy.”
With so many websites to pitch your article, don’t give up when your article is denied from one website – polish it and submit it to another. Happy pitching!