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Hampton Roads Writers 15th Annual Writers Conference
November 9 – 11, 2023

Holiday Inn VA Beach & Norfolk Hotel & Conference Center
5655 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, VA

Registration open!

Basic Conference Rate—Includes 2 plus-day admission (November 9 - 11), daily continental breakfast and lunch, (no outside food permitted), all-day beverages, no-fee writing contests, First 10-Line Critique Sessions, two 10-minute pitches with any of the five agents, 90-minute social, and open mic.
  • Early Bird (until Aug 11, 2023) Member = $279, Early Bird Nonmember = $319
  • Aug 12 - Oct 27, 2023 Member = $329, Nonmember = $369
  • Oct 28 - Nov 9, 2023 = $409
  • 2-day FULL TIME Student = $199
  • 1-day FULL TIME Student = $150
  • 1-day (Friday OR Saturday) member or nonmember = $209 (may attend Thursday evening session for free)
  • Thursday evening only = $59
A few need-based full and partial scholarships for tuition are available; scholarships do NOT cover hotel lodging or transportation to and from the conference. Contact us to inquire and be prepared to show the financial need.

NOTE: Members must be logged in to receive discounts.

Next Zoom Social hour, AKA the Quarantini, is Friday,
August 4, 4:30 - 5:30 PM.

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Traveling Pen Series of Writers Workshops for 2023

Our 2.5 hour workshop (9:30 AM thru noon EST) cost $10 for middle and high school students, $20 for current HRW members and $30 for nonmembers. Scholarships always available for those people with a true financial need. ALL workshops are zoomed.

August 19, 2023 — TPS workshop — The Invisible Narrator, presented by Caroline Leech

In this class, authors will learn how to limit the narrator’s presence, allowing the Viewpoint Character to invite readers directly into the story and keep them there until the very last page.

Have you ever been sipping some dark and delicious coffee in a sunny sidewalk café in the heart of Paris . . .

. . . or been hiking through dank, dark jungle to reach a waterfall where the magical runes are hidden . . .

. . . or been running down a New York alley, desperate to escape from the bad guys who are desperate to get their hands on the precious . . .

. . . and suddenly you’re YANKED out of the story and thrown back into your reality – the reality in which you’re sitting with your book on a subway train, or on a sofa beside a rain-drenched window, or at your office desk at lunchtime? Did the voice of the Narrator start shouting over the voice of the viewpoint character and remind you that you’re only READING the story, that you’re not IN the story?

No one likes to read a book in which the narrator gets in the way of the viewpoint character, but sometimes it happens. How do we authors avoid that happening to our own books? In writing-craft books and blogs, Narrative Voice and Point of View are often reduced to simple decisions between First Person and Third Person limited or full-blown omniscient, and between Past Tense and Present, but there is so much more to it than that.

Join YA author, Caroline Leech, as she guides you toward the best Point of View from which to let your story happen while allowing your viewpoint characters the freedom to complete the narrative and character arcs with the least amount of narrative intrusion as possible. Attendees will learn how to get into their viewpoint character’s head and stay there until the final page. Using writing prompts and fun exercises, she’ll show you how to become a truly invisible author so you can let your viewpoint character experience their own story without need of a highly visible narrator.

Presenter Bio

Caroline Leech is a Scottish/Texan author, podcaster, and coach who not only helps authors write, but then helps then present themselves and their books in public with confidence and professionalism.
In the UK, she was a Press & PR consultant and trainer in strategic press, media, and presentation skills, working with major performing and literary arts organizations. She edited the photographic book, WELSH NATIONAL OPERA – THE FIRST SIXTY YEARS, and the souvenir book of Wagner’s Ring Cycle by Russia’s Mariinsky Opera at Wales Millennium Centre.

Once in Texas, she began to write fiction, and her young adult WW2 novels, WAIT FOR ME and IN ANOTHER TIME, are published by HarperCollins. WAIT FOR ME won the 2014 Joan Lowery Nixon Award at the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators in Houston, as well as the YA categories of both the Romance Writers of America Emily and Lone Star competitions. IN ANOTHER TIME was named a Junior Library Guild Pick in fall 2018. Caroline was also a featured author for both of her books in the TXLA Spirit of Texas High School reading program 2019.
In 2021, she launched her own business, Caroline Leech Writes . . . , through which she serves her clients as a ghostwriter, copywriter, editor, and coach. She has designed and presented workshops on creative writing craft, social media strategy, and presentation skills for individuals and organizations such as the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Inprint, The Writing Barn, Houston Grand Opera, Rice University School of Literacy and Culture, as well as schools in Houston ISD and the UK.

In 2022, she launched her podcast, Authors & Audiences, on which she chats to authors, illustrators, booksellers, librarians, publishers, and other guests, and invites them to share the secrets of their public speaking confidence and their media/social media strategies. She also shares her own extensive knowledge of publishing, public speaking, storytelling, event planning and media strategy.



September 16, 2023 — TPS Workshop — HORROR WRITING: Creating Light in the Darkness, presented by Craig Spector

Best-selling author and screenwriter CRAIG SPECTOR leads a fun and free-ranging examination of writing horror and all things dark and delirious for publishing as well as film and television.

Presenter Bio
CRAIG SPECTOR is a best-selling novelist and editor, screenwriter, and musician, with millions of copies of his work in print and reprints in nine languages. His first novel, The Light at The End, was a New Tork Times bestseller for mass market paperback; his first anthology, Book of The Dead, featured stories by Stephen King, Rick McCammon, Joe R. Landsdale, and others.
He has published with such major mainstream publishers as Bantam Books, Avon Books, and Tor/St. Martins Press, as well as leading independent publishers such as Crossroad Press, as well as many specialty presses.

His novel Underground won the Masterton Award for Best Translated Novel of Horror for 2008 (Bragellone Press, fr. edition.) His film and television work includes A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child and the ABC TV movie Volcano: Fire on The Mountain, as well as projects for New Line Cinema, Beacon Pictures, Anonymous Content, ABC, NBC, Fox Television, and others.

As a musician, Spector is an honors graduate of the Berklee College of Music. He has written, performed, produced, and released four indie solo albums since 2017, all part of his project The Art of Not Dying, charting Spector’s ongoing battle with Stage 4 metastatic prostate cancer.

Spector lives and creates in Virginia Beach, Virginia


Eleventh in a series of essays about steps taken by HRW member Drema Deòraich on her way to indie publication success with her debut novel, Entheóphage.

An Act of Congress?

Next, I want to mention the Library of Congress. You can set up your book with the LoC; however, most self-published books are not given cataloging in publication (data that helps libraries to preload cataloging records) because they don’t usually wind up in wide distribution.

You can still set up an account and upload your book, but until you are in wide distribution, you don’t need a Library of Congress Control Number (LCCN). That said, do note that some places will charge you for a LCCN. Don’t pay it! The LoC will give you one for free if you get it directly from them. The LoC’s website has a plethora of FAQ pages. Start with this one.

We talked briefly about taxes in an earlier segment; now it’s time to register with your state as a tax-paying entity. If you forget to do this (as I did, in the beginning), you will end up paying tax for every book you purchase for resale, and then you’ll pay it again with your Sales and Use tax. Filing as a tax-paying identity provides you with certificates that you can then give to Amazon, IngramSpark, or whatever other publishing option you choose as your retailer and/or aggregator.

Note that Virginia requires its resale entities (that us) to file six sales tax certificates: one each for Virginia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, and two others. You can download these from the Virginia Tax site, or you can have IngramSpark email them to you. Fill them out, sign each one, scan them (you may need copies in the future), and return them to Ingram Spark. If you’re publishing through Amazon or one of the other publishers, follow their instructions for setting up your account as a tax-free sales entity.

If you do forget, you can contact the Virginia Sales and Use Tax site help desk, and they’ll walk you through getting a credit for the ones on which you paid double. The fix is cumbersome, but doable.

That’s it for now. See you next month!

Author Spotlight

Wendy H. jones

by: Penny Hutson
No one could have predicted that Wendy H. Jones, who traveled the world as a nurse for the Royal Navy, Army, and Royal Air Force, would one day become an award-winning crime writer with more than 17 books ranging from children to adult.

Growing up in the beautiful city of Dundee, Scotland, where she still lives today, Wendy read every book in the children’s section of her local library by the age of ten and talked the librarian into giving her access to the adult sections. During her 23-year military career, she published many books and articles on nursing, nurse training, and related topics. After retiring, however, she took on that novel she’d always dreamed of writing.

And she isn’t finished yet. Killer’s Cure, just released in July, is the latest in her award-winning DI Shona McKenzie mystery series. With a serial killer on the loose in several Scottish hospitals, Shona and her team must find a way to stop the murders. Coming out in August, Non-Fiction Matters, the fourth in her Writing Matters series, is packed full of tips and advice.

In her Antiques and Alibis, a red-headed, motorbiking, ex-ballerina inherits a private detective agency and accidentally hires an ex-con dwarf in this first book of the humorous Cass Claymore Investigates series.

Although she loves writing both fiction and nonfiction, Wendy is currently working on a new series of novels about a Nineteenth Century Scottish Naval Surgeon.

When not writing or traveling, Wendy runs two writing groups, hosts the Writing and Marketing Show podcast, and is a writing and marketing coach. She is also an internationally renowned speaker and a favored keynoter and instructor, and in fact was one of the two featured keynoters at HRW's Conference last year. And she was President of the Scottish Association of Writers until March of this year.

Her advice for beginning writers: “pick up the pen and write . . . anything and just keep writing. The more you write, the better you will get, and the more ideas will flow. Your creativity will then show up to the table.”


By: Heather Brown Barrett

DM Frech
Short story “Wave Goodbye” published in The Journal of the Writers Guild of Virginia: Spring 2023.

Dr. Gil Snider
His latest thriller The Last recently won First Place in the Firebird Book Awards in the categories of “Medical Thriller” and “Religious Fiction.” The Firebird Book Award competitions add a charitable twist for the entrants by supporting women and children in long-term shelters escaping homelessness, domestic violence, and trafficking.

Jessica Snook
Poem “Essence of Learning” selected for the Write Heart Publishing 2023 Poetry Anthology. The theme of the anthology is “Things I Know Now” and will be published at the end of September.

Kim Thorn
On being a special guest on the Women Winning at Writing Podcast Show hosted by Chelsia McCoy of Your Writing Table where she discussed short stories, Mystery by the Sea and Hampton Roads Writers.
Listen to it on Spotify
Listen to it on Apple

Nicole Daone
Her first creative writing piece, a haiku, was published in Cold Moon Journal.

Ken Poyner
New poem “Word Problem” published in Indelible.

Four drabbles published in Siren's Call, issue 62, Summer 2023.

New flash fiction “Probability” published in Danse Macabre, issue 152.

New micro-fiction “Interview” published in ODDITY, issue 26 Odd Shorts. (Scroll down a little to see it.)

New poem “Market” published in Mad Swirl.

Heather Brown Barrett
Her poem “Baby Boy, Born at 34 Weeks” has been nominated by The Ekphrastic Review for the Best of the Net Literary Awards.

James L. Hill
Is the Guest Blogger on Horror Tree.


Do you have a recent writing publication or writing award you’d like to share for the Kudos section of the Hampton Roads Writers monthly newsletter? If so, please email your name and publication information to Heather Brown Barrett.

Burlington Writers Workshops

By: Jay Gendron

The joy in my writing room was palpable as the 90-minute WritingScapes session with my friends in the Burlington Writers Workshop came to a close. I will join them again in two weeks.

WritingScapes is a twice monthly event hosted at no cost by the Burlington Writers Workshop out of Burlington, Vermont.

WritingScapes is just one of over a dozen workshops available for free to members. How much is membership? Membership is free and used to access to the site.

Workshops address light-hearted, fun events like WritingScapes where the facilitator provides a theme-based prompt and we share our craft after writing for 10 minutes. I’m always amazed at the talent that shines after a short amount of writing time.

Other workshops get more serious. You can submit full chapters for peer review, including a live discussion on your work. One workshop is for published poets and another for songwriting.

I have attended Burlington Writers Workshop events since the summer of 2022. I encourage Hampton Roads Writers to check out burlingtonwritersworkshop.com. Search for an event, register, show up, and have fun.

Looking for another writer group?

Here are just a few in our local area.

Virginia Beach Writers

The mission of Virginia Beach Writers is to provide a forum for writers—both published and unpublished—to read original prose or poetry and be given critiques of their work. Alternating between Zoom and in-person, the group meets every Tuesday from 10-12. Members who want to submit for that week need to email their work by Sunday afternoon. Submissions are limited to 1200 words.

Their members have different levels of experience and competence. They offer a positive environment to encourage writers to improve their craft. For more information, see their Facebook page or email them at virginiabeachwritersATgmail.com.

Sisters in Crime-Mystery by the Sea

Mystery By the Sea is the Local Hampton Roads area group of mystery writers. Sisters in Crime is the national affiliate. Yes, Misters in Crime are welcome too! Meetings are either in person or via Zoom the second Monday of each month from September through June at 7pm. Summer break happens usually July and August.

Poetry Society of Virginia

There are no set meetings. Instead, the state is divided up into regions and each region hosts several poetry events through the year. Check out their website to see what district you are a part of and upcoming events. Poetry Society of Virginia

Chesapeake Romance Writers

The Chesapeake Romance Writers meetings are the second Saturday each month at the Russell Memorial Public Library, 2808 Taylor Road, Chesapeake, VA 23321. You have the option of joining in-person and via Zoom. The next meeting is Saturday, August 12 at 10:30 am at the Russell Memorial Public Library where Jenna Jaxon will be speaking on 'Traditional Publishing-Benefits and Pitfalls.'

KPC Writers

Looking for a Writing Group in Virginia Beach? Perhaps the KPC Writers Group is for you. Their goal is to encourage and nourish your God-given talents for writing. All genres, ages, and levels of experience are welcome! Even if you haven’t written anything yet but are interested in learning more about writing, you are welcome. There is something for everyone. They have a range of speakers each month who cover topics related to writing, from craft to publishing, along with writing exercises and prompts, readings and discussions.

They meet in-person and on Zoom each month. Please email Evelyn for the Zoom link or if you have any questions.

Where: Kempsville Presbyterian Church
805 Kempsville Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23464
When: 3rd Tuesday of each month

They just celebrated their 19th year! Come join the fun. Meet other writers and make new friends among the “write-minded” folks at KPC. They look forward to meeting you.

Chesapeake Bay Writers

The Chesapeake Bay Writers group endeavors to help all aspiring and established writers achieve their individual writing needs and goals. Founded in 1991, Chesapeake Bay Writers is a chapter of the Virginia Writers Club. CBW serves writers from the Middle Peninsula, the Northern Neck, and Williamsburg and adjacent areas. Become a Member

If you are in a local writing group that you would like to include in HRW's list, please email a short blurb.

Calls for Submissions

Special Thanks to Dr. Nigel Sellars who supplied Both listS!

31 Publishers that Accept Direct Submissions of Speculative Fiction

Flame Tree Press
Flame Tree Press is an imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Flame Tree Press focuses on publishing speculative fiction, science fiction, fantasy, horror and crime fiction. They have good distribution in the US and the UK. I have seen their books at brick and mortar bookstores on numerous occasions. Learn more here

Jo Fletcher Books
Jo Fletcher Books is an imprint of Quercus Publishing, the only imprint that accepts unsolicited submissions. Jo Fletcher Books publishes science fiction, fantasy, and horror books for adults. They are not interested in children’s or young adult books, or in short story collections or novellas. Read our full review here

Bold Strokes Books
Bold Strokes Books publishes only LGBTQ books, which means that its books feature characters that are lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, trans, and queer. They publish general and genre fiction. They offer advances to their authors. Bold Strokes is interested in publishing books that fall under the LGBTQ umbrella including literary fiction, romance novels, young-adult novels, genre novels (including science fiction and mystery), and works of nonfiction. The only genre of books they do not appear to publish is poetry. Learn more here

The Parliament House
The Parliament House is a small eBook and print press started in 2016. They specialize in fantasy, including paranormal, contemporary, and urban. Their website is well designed, and the covers are well designed and market appropriate. They seem active on social media and more focused on recruiting readers than writers. Read our full review here

Angry Robot
Angry Robot is a respected science fiction and fantasy publisher that occasionally dips into related genres (such as urban fantasy, steampunk, and horror). Angry Robot was originally funded by HarperCollins. They are now part of Watkins Media Ltd. They offer advances and good royalty rates. The contract they offer covers print, eBook, and audio book rights. They currently have one open reading period a year for general submissions. For unagented Black writers, they had ongoing submissions at the time of writing, see their blog post for details. You can read our full review here

CamCat Books
CamCat Books is a small independent publisher that was founded in 2019. They publish a wide variety of genres including science fiction and fantasy. Learn more here

AK Press
AK Press is a worker-managed, independent publisher and book distributor that focuses on publishing and distributing radical left and anarchist literature. They were founded in Scotland in 1990, but are now largely based in Chico, California. Outside of nonfiction they also publish speculative fiction including science fiction, fantasy, steampunk, horror, and mystery works of 25,000 to 55,000 words, under their Black Dawn Imprint, inspired by Octavia Butler. You can learn more about that imprint here.

Baen is an established publisher of science fiction and fantasy novels. To learn more, read our full review here

Aethon Books
Aethon Books is a print and eBook publisher that focuses on science fiction and fantasy. They are open to all sub-genres within these genres including hard sci-fi, epic fantasy, space opera, military SF, alt/history, and time travel. You can learn more here

Tartarus Press
Tartarus Press is a small British publisher that opened in the 1990s. They specialize in publishing literary supernatural/strange/horror fiction. They are best known for their limited edition hardbacks with distinctive cream covers. They also publish paperbacks and eBooks. The press has won a number of genre awards over the years. Read our full review here

Quirk Books
This Philadelphia-based press publishes just 25 books a year in a whole range of genres, including children’s books, nonfiction, and science fiction. Unlike most publishers who tackle a large range of topics, Quirk Books has a clear marketing plan and to a certain degree their books have a cohesive feel, because they all are quirky. At the time of this update they are not open to submissions. Read our full review here

Polis Books
Polis Books is an independent publisher of fiction and nonfiction, founded in 2013. Their focus is on publishing new voices. They are a technologically driven company. They publish print and digital books. Read our full review here.

Talos Press
Talos Press, an imprint of the independent publisher Skyhorse, accepts unagented submissions of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. They have good distribution. At the time of this update they are not open to submissions. Read our full review here

Tell-Tale Publishing
Tell-Tale Publishing is a small press founded in 2009. They seem to focus primarily on eBooks but also they have print options (largely print on demand). They publish six imprints which include Dahlia (romance, and various romance subgenres), Stargazer (fantasy, steampunk), Nightshade (horror), Casablanca (mystery), Thistle (middle school, YA, new adult), and Deja Vu (reprints for all genres). Read our full review here.

Brother Mockingbird
Brother Mockingbird Publishing is a small independent press committed to discovering writers from the American South, but they are also open to good fiction, regardless of where the author is based. Among many other genres they publish science fiction, horror, and fantasy. Read our full review here.

Blind Eye Books
Blind Eye Books publishes science fiction, fantasy, mystery, and romance novels featuring LGBTQ protagonists. They are a print publisher and their book covers are beautifully designed and really stand out. The books they have published have won and been nominated for a number of awards, including the Lambda. Read our review here.

Severed Press
Established in 2008, Severed Press is a eBook and print on demand publisher focused on publishing horror and science fiction. They are established and respected within these genres, and the books they publish have excellent genre-appropriate covers. Learn more here.

Hydra Publications
Hydra Publications is based in Indiana, and should not be confused with Random House’s Hydra imprint, or Hydra House, a Pacific Northwest based publisher of speculative fiction. Hydra Publications started out publishing a wide variety of genres, but now publish mainly speculative fiction, with a few imprints outside of that. Learn more here.

Tiny Fox Press
Founded in 2015 as a collective of writers, Tiny Fox Press originally focused on publishing work by the editors. This is a form of self- publishing, but they have branched out since then, although they are still publishing some books by the editors. They primarily publish science fiction, fantasy, and YA. You can learn more here.

TCK Publishing
They publish a wide variety of genres, including science fiction, although their focus is nonfiction. They are currently closed to fiction submissions. To learn more, go here.

Ananke Press
A small New York City based press that only publishes speculative fiction. Last year they were open to submissions from June 1st through August 30th, according to their Poets & Writers listing. They have yet to announce their 2023 open submission period. You can learn more here.

Artemesia Publishing
Artemesia Publishing was founded in 2004, and they describe themselves as a micro-publisher. Although based on the titles section of their website they publish work at the rate of one title per month, which is actually a lot more than many other small presses. They started out focused on nonfiction, particularly inspirational stories, but have since expanded into other genres, including children’s fiction, YA, and genre fiction (mystery, sci-fi, etc). You can learn more here.

Cemetery Gates
Cemetery Gates Media was founded in 2015 by longtime friends John Brhel and Joe Sullivan and focuses on publishing fantasy and supernatural fiction. Cemetery Gates Media is based in Binghamton, New York. They have published a number of anthologies that seemed to do well, and they have paid all contributors. The anthologies reflect a wide range of work. At first they were solely focused on publishing their own work outside of anthologies, but that changed in late 2020 when they launched the Debut Horror Novel Series. They are currently open to submissions for this years series. Learn more here.

Sourcebooks Horror
Their Horror imprint is now a few years old and they have published a lot of books under that imprint now, although it’s hard to know exactly how many because they still do not have a formal Horror section on the site. Their book covers for this imprint are really well done. They have published many of Darcy Coates books, and they all appear to have sold well. The search function has been improved and searching the site for horror, can now bring up a lot of options that are actually in that genre. To learn more, go here.

Luna Press Publishing
This Scottish press focuses on speculative fiction and only has a few very narrow windows for submission each year. You can see their yearly submission schedule and learn more about them here.

Dancing Lemur Press
Dancing Lemur Press is a small US Press that has been actively publishing work since 2009. They are based in North Carolina and seem to regularly participate in local events. Science Fiction is one of the few genres they focus on. You can learn more here.

Castle Bridge Media
Castle Bridge Media is an independent publisher that focuses on genre fiction, particularly horror, science fiction, thriller, and fantasy. They accept direct submissions and also submissions from agents. They appear to list most of their agented deals on Publishers Marketplace, so if you’re interested in seeing what they’ve accepted recently, and have a Publishers Marketplace membership, I encourage you to visit their listing here. They are based in Denver, Colorado. You can learn more here.

Three Ravens Publishing
Three Ravens Publishing is a fiction publisher focused on genre work, particularly science fiction and fantasy, but are open to other genres as well. They are active on social media, and attend various conventions, both good signs. They also appear to obtain part of their funding from Patreon, which is unusual, but hopefully indicates a strong supportive fan base. To learn more, go here.

Golden Storyline Books
This small press bills itself as “is an independent traditional publisher with an ethos that matches our origins.” They are open to publish a wide range of nonfiction and fiction books including, “Mystery/Thriller, Crime Fiction, Sci-fi/Fantasy, Young Adult, Woman’s Fiction, Historical Fiction and Suspense/Psychological.” They list memoir among the many nonfiction genres they are open to. Science Fiction and Fantasy are two of the three genres they primarily publish. Click here to learn more.

Tiny Ghost Press
Tiny Ghost Press is a small press that focuses on publishing YA fiction that centers LGBTQIA+ characters. This means that in their own words, they want “YOUNG ADULT novels, written from a QUEER perspective, That is stories featuring a queer protagonist or from a queer author. We’re interested in everything from contemporary romance, to dystopian adventures, and if your story dabbles in the spooky, the supernatural, or the paranormal, or has a speculative element even better!” To learn more go here.

City Owl Press
City Owl Press is a publisher of Adult and New Adult Romance and Speculative Fiction. They publish the following sub genres: Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, Paranormal, and Sci Fi Romance, as well as Romantic Suspense, Time Travel Romance, Dark Fantasy, and Urban Fantasy. To learn more, go here.

24 Calls for Pitches Directly from Editors

Bustle is Open for Lifestyle & Wellness Pitches
Bustle is a lifestyle, fashion, and entertainment website for young women. Their deputy lifestyle editor is open to pitches for their lifestyle & wellness verticals. They’re looking for “buzzy reported features on cultural/viral trends, subcultures, relationships, mental health, spirituality, food, and more.” As per a previous (now-deleted) tweet by this editor, their rates begin at $300. If interested, email your pitches to hannah.orenstein@bustle.com. To learn more, refer to their editor’s tweet and their general pitching guidelines. @hannahorens

Going is Seeking Pitches about One-of-a-Kind Experiences Around the World
Going (formerly Scott’s Cheap Flights) offers cheap flight deals. They’re seeking pitches for Worth the Trip, their weekly newsletter that highlights one-of-a-kind experiences around the world. The pitches should highlight ONE *specific* activity/experience. The pieces should be around 800 words. Rates start at $250. To learn more, refer to their content marketing director’s tweet and this form.@KatieHammel

IJNet is Accepting Pitches
International Journalists’ Network (IJNet) offers the latest tips, training opportunities, trends, and tools for professional and emerging journalists. They’re seeking pitches about journalism tools or resources. They’re also seeking pitches for fascinating stories from media innovators. Most of their freelancers work in English, but they have also added the opportunity to work in Spanish, Portuguese or Russian. Rate is $200 per article. For details, refer to their tweet and this page.@IJNet.

Inverse is Looking for Deeply Reported Features. Inverse is an online magazine that covers technology, science, culture, entertainment, and gaming. Their executive editor is looking for great stories. They want pitches for deeply reported features about TV, movies, games, science, or tech. Rate is $1,000 for a great story. Pitches should be sent to jacob@inverse.com. To read their executive editor’s tweet, click here. To visit their website, click here.@jacobkleinman

Time Out UK is Looking to Commission Features
Time Out UK is a guide to the best restaurants, bars, events, exhibitions, and more in the UK. They’re looking to commission some culture/lifestyle/nightlife/travel features. They typically pay 25p/word. Email your pitches to chiara.wilkinson@timeout.com. To learn more, refer to their chief features writer’s tweet and their website. @ChiaraWilkinson

Orion Magazine is Accepting Pitches for the Upcoming Issue on Floods
Orion Magazine is an environmental magazine. They publish quarterly. They’re currently looking for pitches for their upcoming issue on floods. They’re specifically seeking essays and reporting focused on animals and floods. The length of the stories should be 3,000-4,000 words. Their rates start at $500 for print essays. To learn more, read their tweet and submission guidelines. @Orion_Magazine
Deadline: July 31st, 2023

Longreads is Always Seeking Reported and Personal Essays
Longreads is a publication that shares longform stories. They’re always seeking drafts of personal essays and pitches for reported essays. For personal essays, their rate is $500 while for reported essays, their rate begins at $500. For more information, refer to their tweet and submissions page.@Longreads

Mental Health Tings is Looking for Guest Bloggers
Mental Health Tings is a blog about mental health. They’re looking for guest bloggers. They pay $50 for a 800 to 1,200-word personal article on mental illness/wellness. To learn more, refer to their founder’s tweet and their ‘about us’ page.@kblakechung

Ori Magazine is Looking for Contributors
Ori Magazine is a twice-a-year travel magazine. They’re seeking writers, photographers, and artists for their first print issue. As per their editor, features pay $0.50-$1.00/word and single page department pieces pay $200. If you want to contribute a story, then refer to their tweet and contributor inquiries page.@caskade88 @OriGeneration

PR ON THE GO is Seeking a Freelance Media & Entertainment Writer
PR ON THE GO empowers entrepreneurs by providing them with PR intelligence. They’re seeking a Freelance Media & Entertainment Writer (US based) to regularly write articles for their journal. They will pay $250/article. They will pay a higher rate if exclusive content is involved. The position is remote. Email your resumes and samples to hi@pronthego.com. For details, refer to this tweet and this page.@PRontheGOdotcom.

Lost in Cult is Seeking Pitches about Consoles
Lost in Cult is an indie publisher and design studio. They’re creating “a book dedicated to console gaming, penning a community-led story that spans every hardware generation.” For the book, they’re seeking pitches for “long-form essays that tell unique personal, historical, and analytical stories about every major console.” Pay starts at £165 for 2,250 words. Send your pitches to pitches@lostincult.co.uk. To read their tweet, click here. To visit their website, click here.@lostincult
Deadline: August 1st, 2023

MMORPG.com is Seeking Baldur's Gate 3 Pitches
MMORPG.com covers MMO video game news, reviews, previews, and lists. They’re seeking Baldur’s Gate 3 pitches. They would love pitches for listicles, features, and guides. Rates begin at $50 for 800 words. Pitches can be sent to editor@mmorpg.com. To learn more, refer to their managing editor’s tweet. To contact them, refer to this page.@LotRLore

The Great Central Gazette is Seeking Feature Pitches about Leicester
The Great Central Gazette is a not-for-profit local newspaper in Leicester. They’re looking for feature pitches. They’re particularly seeking “anything on local politics, history, the environment, work/unions, and human rights.” As they’re a local newspaper, the pitches should be about Leicester. Pay is 10p/word (£100 max). If interested, send your pitches to news@greatcentralgazette.org. For details, refer to their tweet and guidelines.@rhyseverquill

Insider is Seeking Personal Essays on your Best or Worst Dates
Insider is a global news publication. Their senior editor is seeking personal essays on your best or worst dates. Pay is $200 for 600 words. There is no hard deadline for this opportunity. If interested, email your pitches to cpreti@insider.com. Read their senior editor’s tweet here. Contact them here.@conz

Time Out Los Angeles is Seeking Food and Drink Features
Time Out Los Angeles covers the best events, food, festivals, music, film, culture, and art in Los Angeles. They’re seeking standalone food and drink features (500 to 1,000 words). Rates are $250 to $300. Pitches can be sent to p.kelly.yeo@timeout.com. For more information, read their editor’s tweet and their food and drink pitch guidelines.@patkyeo

BioSpace is Looking for Writers
BioSpace is an online source for biopharma jobs and industry news. They’re looking for writers who can contribute quick-turnaround aggregate news stories and reported articles. Aggregate news stories pay $75 while reported stories begin at $250. If interested, email jef.akst@biospace.com. To learn more, refer to their managing editor’s tweet. To contact them, refer to this page.@JefAkst

Food & Wine is Looking for Commerce Pitches
Food & Wine is a monthly magazine by Meredith Corporation. They’re seeking commerce pitches on products tied to pop culture. Pay is $300 for around 500 words. If interested, email your pitches to dmodlin@dotdashmdp.com. To learn more, refer to their editor’s tweet. To contact them, refer to this page.@dam0dlin

Opportunity to Write a Personal Essay for Vogue
If you’re interested in writing a personal essay about anything for Vogue’s online culture section, then email their editor at emma_specter@condenast.com. They will pay $300 for 800 to 1,000 words. To read their editor’s tweet, click here. To visit their website, click here.@EmmaSpecter

Insider is Seeking Pitches on Parenting, Health, Relationships, and College Life
Insider is a global news publication. Their senior editor is always seeking new pitches on “parenting, health, sex and relationships, and college life.” They would love to get more pitches on:
“- Having younger parents
– Having older parents
– Complex relationships with your family (including siblings)”
Pay is $200 for 600 words. Send your pitches to cpreti@insider.com. To read their senior editor’s tweet, click here. To contact them, click here.

APL Media is Seeking Pitches about Homes, Interiors, Health, Wellbeing, Finance, and Legal
APL Media is a UK-based content agency that specializes in travel and lifestyle. For their September supplements, they’re seeking pitches covering “homes and interiors, health and wellbeing and finance and legal.” As these are for September supplements, they’re looking for “timely/topical hooks including back to school (for health, this could be how to support children through stressful exam periods, for homes and gardens, festive decor guides).” Rates are £150 for 600 words. Send your pitches to layla.turner@aplmedia.co.uk. To learn more, refer to this tweet.@LaylaaTurner

Johns Hopkins Magazine is Looking for Pitches
Johns Hopkins Magazine is a quarterly magazine by The Johns Hopkins University. Their editor is looking for pitches. They pay around $1.00+ or £0.80+ per word for longform pieces. To learn more, refer to their editor’s tweet and their magazine.@gregrienzi
Deadline: August 15th, 2023
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