The #MeToo Movement doesn’t seem to be abating and for good reasons. Growing up in the 90s, I thought I was living the results of the 1960s and 1970s Feminist Movement. In college, I read Betty Friedan and truly thought we’d moved past women getting groped and being viewed as objects.
Now as a mother and writer, I know this isn’t true.
This is why feminist and women publications are booming. We have a voice that needs to be heard and apparently on replay.
I’ve compiled a list of feminist and women’s publications looking for a wide variety of women voices on issues ranging from pay inequality to racial concerns.
Yet, don’t be deterred by writing about these more complex concerns. Some of these women magazines are looking for articles on everything from fashion trends to parenting issues. Not to mention that most of them pay!
To help you get started, I’ve created some feminist writing prompts HERE! You’ll be inspired to write about everything from feminism to inspirational women.
Once you get your juices flowing, you can use some of your ideas to pitch some of these women and #MeToo Movement publications.
About: They publish mostly LGBQT writers on everything from politics to relationships. Preferred genres are personal essays and research-backed pieces with a personal slant.
Payment: As they explain on their website they are an independent publication on a tight budget, but payment ranges from $40 to $100.
About: Try not to be intimidated by Bitch Media. They look for real writers interweaving pop culture and trending topics with feminism. Articles must balance the “I” with research and relevant statistics.
Payment: All writers are paid (heck, yeah!). Payment varies but is generally $200-$650 for features, $300 for dispatches.
About: “BGD is a website for video, comics, and writing by BLACK, INDIGENOUS AND PEOPLE OF COLOR WHO ARE ALSO QUEER AND/OR TRANS.”
Payment: BGD pays $125 to $175 for timely pieces and comics and $150 to $250 for video.
About: Bust covers everything from fashion, pop culture to erotic stories. Submission lengths vary from 300 - 2500 words. Shorter articles are becoming less common, so if you like to write quick blurbs about women-centered themes then this publication is for you.
Payment: No payment is listed on the website. But that doesn’t mean they don’t offer payment. If Bust is the right fit for you, then adding to your portfolio might be worth it.
About: Chatelaine is Canada’s biggest women magazine covering everything pink and not so pink under the northern sun.
Payment: Compensation isn’t specified, but if your submission is accepted, an editor will contact you with payment details.
About: Contemporary Verse 2 is a quarterly literary journal that publishes poetry and critical writing about poetry, including interviews, articles, essays, and reviews.
Payment: Writers whose work is selected for publication receive 2 complimentary copies of the issue in which their work appears. This is in addition to payment.
About: Looking for critical context about a range of current issues from political, cultural, and societal. They suggest reading their stuff before submitting to get a true flavor of what they publish.
Payment: “DAME is always on the lookout for great writers with great ideas. Rates are competitive and range based on type of feature.”
About: Herizons looks for a range of feminist issues from workplace concerns to family matters. Parenting issues that are from a personal, engaged perspective that truly addresses current issues.
Payment: News 500 - 700 words. News items of interest to feminist readers that are taking place in communities across Canada. $175-$210.
About: “LiisBeth welcomes queries from professional and emerging feminist writers and artists anywhere along the gender continuum. We look for journalistic, edgy, positive, well-informed articles that offer readers’ a feminist’s perspective on entrepreneurship and innovation happenings, including policy and politics.”
Payment: Pay range is good, anywhere from $100 to $2000 per piece. They also have a detailed submission guidelines page.
About: Seems supportive of new writers; especially, ones who’ve subscribed to their newsletter. Mxlexia looks for poetry, fiction, non-fiction, book reviews, and personal pieces.
Payment: Roughly $30 per article. You can download their detailed submission guidelines, including important submission dates.
About: More is looking for a collection of voices on a variety of issues. Also, they also look for fun pieces on fashion, travel, and beauty trends. One recommendation is to put a positive spin on your pitch.
Payment: No mention of payment.
About: Ms. Magazine looks for a variety of women’s issues that are trendy and affect everyday lives. You can submit to the blog or magazine. Plus, the blog accepts previously published pieces.
Payment: They pay for work, but the exact amount isn’t specified. Ms. Magazine will go over payment once your article is accepted.
About: “We’re the online endgame in intersectional feminism, with an ebullient twist. We give a lot of love — and sometimes get a little angry, too. You’ll see us talking about gender equality, body acceptance, coercing your toddler into eating broccoli, the horror that is Republican politics — oh, and orgasms.”
Payment: Ravishly doesn’t post payment rates. In addition, there’s only an email address for submissions and not a lot of information, but hey if you love their magazine, send them a pitch.
About: Rebellious gives priority to Chicago based freelancers, but publishers writers out-of-town too. The stuff they look for runs the gamut of women concerns and trends by non-conforming and diverse writers who aren’t afraid to say it like it is!
Payment: $50 for 500-word profiles & articles, columns, essays. $25 for reviews (music, movies, books, TV)
About: “Room publishes fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and art by women (cisgender and transgender), transgender men, Two-Spirit and nonbinary people.” They have monthly themes with specific deadlines and run non-paying contests.
Payment: “All contributors will be paid upon publication: $50 CAD for one page, $60 for two pages, $90 for three pages, $120 for four pages, $150 for five or more pages.”
About: Sassee welcomes work from freelance writers from diverse viewpoints on a variety of women issues. “Essays, humor, satire, personal experience, and features on topics relating to women are our primary editorial focus.”
Payment: No mention of payment.
About: Skirt looks for writers, photographers, and artists for both print and online. They give a preference to Charleston, North Carolina based writers but are open to quality pitches from non-locals. In addition, they focus on women’s issues in a range of categories.
Payment: No specific payment given, but they do say they don’t pay for online material.
About: Salomé looks for women writers in fiction, non-fiction, flash fiction, and poetry. They have monthly themes with strict deadlines. In fact, they only accept the first 250 submissions, so being timely is important.
Payment: They pay all writers, but don’t give specific amounts. You can download their submission guideline (which is pretty detailed).
About: Australian based magazine looking for primo content on a variety of women’s issues. The submission guidelines are hard to find, but they do have a blog called Womag Writer’s Blog with writer contributions.
Payment: No payment mentioned, except on the blog link above.
About: The Establishment looks for a range of stories that aren’t covered per se in mainstream media. The magazine is women run and funded but they publish male writers as well. They have a detailed submission guidelines page.
Payment: “We pay $125 for feature stories, op-eds, and personal essays (800–1,500 words), and $500 for a select few long-form investigative pieces that involve original reporting and at least five interviews (3,000 words). All multimedia submissions are paid for on a case-by-case basis, but we pay everyone an egalitarian rate for every contribution they make.”
About: Women’s Voices for Change looks for woman related pieces in a wide range of genres from women over 40. Also, they state that they like working with new writers and prefer to get the pitch before the finished product.
Payment: “Compensation rate is $50 per post for no more than two posts per month.”
About: Vela is a women’s magazine who prefers full-length features of 3,000 to 6,000 words. In addition, they don’t like pitches for uncompleted pieces and close and open submissions throughout the year.
Payment: Writers do receive payment, but no amount specified.
About: “Wanderful’s pieces are inspiring, engaging, personal, and community-oriented. We’d love to read your personal essay or feature piece on topics related to women and travel. Though some of our pieces aren’t women-specific, every article is written with our audience and community in mind (more on that below).”
Payment: Compensation is $50 per piece and meets their editing guidelines.
Now that you know some of the best #MeToo Movement Publications looking for freelance writers, I want to talk about how to pitch these women publications.
Moreover, we cover pitching in our writing course, Get Paid for Quality Blog Posts. The video-based course comes with pitch examples and a list of over 100 paying publications.
Some have detailed submission guidelines with pitch suggestions. Read the guidelines closely.
Begin your pitch off with a bang. You need a hook to draw the editor into your story. Is your pitch timely, shocking, humorous or thought-provoking? Does your pitch fit your writing style?
Why are you the person to write this piece at this time? What makes you the expert? You need to sell them on you.
Some editors get hundreds of submissions a month. You need to tell them exactly what you’ve written and why it needs to be published now.
A lot of writers aren’t comfortable with being salesy, but “selling” your pitch is a part of being a freelance writer. Remember to use persuasive language.
Sometimes this easy and other times the “right” persons name is elusive. But, it’s always better to have a name then, Dear Editor.
Editors like to know how long your article is and whether it’s completed. This helps them determine if they can publish it now or later. Also, tell them what section of the magazine your pitching, if applicable.
Writing rejection is a part of being a writer. If you don’t hear back in a few weeks, follow-up or pitch someone else. Some of these #MeToo publications will tell you how long to expect for an answer or whether they accept simultaneous submissions.
Keep track of when you sent it and then decide if a follow-up is necessary or whether to move on to another women publication or try one of these parenting publications (if the topic fits).
Have a writer friend look it over before sending it out. Or paste it into Grammarly for a once over for grammar and syntax. We have a course, Blogger Grammar Refresher Course that covers the top grammar mistakes. Get on our waiting list.
Once you’ve written and polished your pitch, leave it alone for a day or a couple of hours. Then read it again to spot any errors or changes. Writing is a process and sometimes stepping away will help you fix any problems before you send it.
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Amber Roshay is an instructor, writer, and instructional designer who founded Pen and Parent with her college best friend. She's written two novels and co-wrote How to Make a Living as a Writer. When she's not chasing after kiddos and indulging in baby snacks, you can find her writing with a cup of coffee in hand. Join her on Pinterest.