If you’re a foodie, home cook, or in any way culinary, you can boost your portfolio (and your income), writing for these publications. But food is too broad a subject, so consider not only what you’d like to write more of in the future, but what niche, food publications your article idea would best be suited for.
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You can write about trending foods, the nutrition in the foods we eat, the nutritional value of what we should be eating, restaurant (and even food delivery and meal membership) reviews, the hospitality industry itself, create recipes for new foods, not to mention all the regional and lifestyle publications that include a food-related department! (I feel like that raccoon from Over the Hedge.)
It goes on and on…
Which is why I’ll be posting separate collections of nutritional, ethical food reform, and food trade publishers in the weeks to come for those who want to further narrow their niche. In this list, you’ll find both national and regional consumer publications that cover food.
As a side note: if you’ve ever worked in the food industry, consider if mentioning it will make you appear as more of an expert in support of your pitch. I once landed a gig creating recipes at home because I mentioned I’d worked as a line cook and kitchen manager in a former life.
“Eater is a national publication dedicated to reporting on, telling stories about, and critically examining the world of food and drink, with a particular focus on restaurants.”
Pay rates range from $0.07 to $0.67 per word.
“[Food and drink are often the highlight of—if not the reason for—many getaways. Whether you want to sample the most satisfying street food (New York City’s chicken and rice, or Manila’s halo-halo) or try the most exquisite examples of fine dining (a molecular gastronomy-inspired foam confection, or locally sourced foie gras), Travel + Leisure‘s editors and writers are on the hunt for the very best food and drink around the world.]”
Reported rates range from $0.20 to $2.00 per word.
3. Extra Crispy
“Opinion pieces, reported stories, personal essays, works of humor, illustrated narratives, breakfast-y profiles, original recipes, how-tos and unusual points of view on the beloved morning meal are all welcome.”
Reported rates range from $0.38 to $0.50 per word.
4. Eating Well
“EatingWell is the only national food magazine that focuses exclusively on eating healthfully (our motto: “Where Good Taste Meets Good Health”). We are the preeminent magazine resource for people who want to enjoy food that is delicious and good for them.”
Pays up to $1.00 per word.
5. Clean Eating
“Taking a creative yet doable approach to cooking, you’ll find it easy to enhance the natural flavors of any meal without compromising the integrity of your food. When it comes right down to it, Clean Eating is not a diet; it’s real food for a healthy, happy life.”
Rates not listed. Buy a copy and pitch the department editors directly.
“Saveur welcomes pitches from writers who want to tell amazing stories about food and travel. Your query should include a brief summary of the proposed article and provide some indication of how you plan to execute the reporting.”
Rates reported of $0.30 per word.
“[Wine Enthusiast Magazine welcomes proposals from freelance writers on subjects that pertain to wine, fine food and travel.You may also pitch story ideas for Winemag.com.] ”
Payment is negotiable upon acceptance.
8. Bon Appetit
An advanced market definitely worth pitching or writing for the website to earn the trust that could lead to print assignments. Check out the departments and format of the website before pitching the masthead.
Rates for the print magazine are unlisted but the website reportedly pays up to $0.50 per word.
“Taste of Home recipes are practical because they’re from home cooks—not gourmet chefs—and feature familiar, everyday ingredients; clear, beautiful photos; and easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions.”
Rates discussed upon acceptance.
Rates discussed upon acceptance.
Email the editors to pitch this market.
10. NPR: The Salt
“With a pinch of skepticism and a dash of fun, The Salt covers food news from the farm to the plate and beyond. You can connect with senior editor and host Maria Godoy via our contact form or directly by email. You can also reach correspondent Allison Aubrey via email.”
Rates of $0.20 and $0.29 are reported.
11. Food Network
With three blogs (roll over that drop-down arrow next to Blog at the top of the page) and a print magazine, you’ll need to pitch editors directly to help feed this content machine.
Rates are unlisted.
12. Cooking Light
It’s an expert level market – and you’ll have to dig beyond the generic contact addresses listed to reach the right editor with your pitch. I suggest buying a copy (or a couple, for research) and checking the masthead.
VICE magazine’s food platform, Munchies, covers everything from kitchen tech to recipes to sustainability. If you can entertain and tell a story, while writing about food, this market may be for you. You can view the actual website here and reported rates run between $0.20 and $0.24 per word.
Interested in exploring food culture in the US and abroad? Pitch your idea to the Plate, the online food publication with the same high standards you expect from National Geographic. Submission guidelines aren’t listed but rates have been reported of $0.50 per word.
15. First We Feast
“As our cultural obsession with food reaches uncharted heights, eating seems to be the starting point for so much of what we do. We gather with friends for a meal, then head to a bar, catch a concert, or just sit around shooting the shit about whatever’s on our minds. Founded in 2012, First We Feast views food as an illuminating lens into pop culture, music, travel, and more.”
Rates are unlisted. Pitch the masthead.
“The journal publishes work that presents new and original research, advances our understanding of the pressing topics, theories, and methods in the world of food, and invites critical debate and commentary across diverse audiences. Submissions from all disciplines and perspectives are welcomed.”
Rates are unlisted and should be discussed upon acceptance.
“Honeypot Magazine is about women in food in all their glory. We welcome submissions in, but are not limited to, the following formats: profiles, features, essays, and interviews about women working in the food industry–farmer, butcher, knife-maker, cheesemonger, tea trader, distiller, baker, chocolatier, pastry chef, community garden leader, food organization founder, and more. If we feel it, we’re interested. If we love it, we publish it.”
Rates are discussed upon acceptance.
18. The Kitchn
“We publish 20 short articles daily that inform and inspire every aspect of home cooking, from recipes to cooking lessons to product reviews to kitchen design and renovation advice. This is a site for people who like to get their hands dirty while they cook. It is for those who care about the quality of their food, and how it affects the health of themselves and the planet.”
Rates reported of $0.36 per word.
“Sunset is Western America’s largest-circulation regional magazine, with monthly issues devoted to four subject areas: travel and recreation; gardening and outdoor living; food and entertaining; and home design and decorating.”
Rates of $1.00 – $1.50 per word are reported.
20. Down East
“[The Guide covers dining, arts, culture, and events around the state. We are open to pitches, but we very rarely assign reviews to first-time contributors.]”
Payment falls between $.40/word and $.70/word.
“In features, culture, food, and music, we do not cover the same subject or topic in a two-year period unless there is a compelling new angle.”
Pays but rates are unlisted.
22. Boise Weekly
“We publish content focused almost exclusively on Boise, with some exceptions made for content related specifically to Idaho.”
Pay rate negotiated upon acceptance.
23. Midwest Living
“We tend to develop new writers on by sending them on small scouting assignments in their immediate geographic vicinity or by having them write 300 to 600-word articles for our website.”
First-time writers can expect to earn up to $150.
“Radish is a monthly magazine dedicated to improving our readers’ health through the natural foods, products and services of western Illinois and eastern Iowa. Editorial content is geared to reflect lifestyle choices that lead to self-renewal and renewal of resources and includes information, news and advice on diet, cooking, health and fitness, local farmers and farmers’ markets.”
Pay ranges from $50 to $150, depending on length and depth. Rooting Around section pays $25.
“YAM magazine celebrates the unique personalities, trends and tastes that make Greater Victoria such a desirable place in which to live. This vibrant magazine features exclusive, original content designed to inspire readers, with a focus on home and garden, food and wine, experiential travel, arts and culture, health and fitness, and lifestyle.”
Reported pay of $0.40 CAD.
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