Freelance Writer

  • Remote (Anywhere)
  • Jun 23, 2021

Job Description

We are an award-winning nonprofit newsmagazine. Since 1970, we have covered environmental, cultural, and social issues in the Western United States. We publish 22 times a year, and are always looking for new voices for our pages and Web site. We will consider pitches for well-researched stories on any natural resource or environmental topic, as long as it concerns the West. We define resources to include people, politics, culture and aesthetic values, not just coal, oil and timber. Keep in mind that we have an 11-state region (OR, WA, CA, MT, ID, NV, WY, CO, NM, AZ, UT) to cover in a small news space; we want local stories that have significance across the entire region and that can be told in ways that go beyond what the daily newspapers report. Our pay rates are negotiable based on the writers experience and working relationship with us. We generally pay upon publication.

Our ideal articles are magazine-style. They include strong storytelling, compelling characters and scenes, a clear, jargon-free style, and a dedication to intellectual honesty. We want writers who can view topics with a critical eye and dig deeply into issues. We also would like our writers to be as diverse as the region they cover, and encourage Native American, Hispanic, and other minority journalists to send us queries. We divide submissions into departments (generally 800 to 1,600 words; specific departments are listed below), of which we print 3 to 6 per issue, and narrative feature stories, from 1,600 to 10,000 words (most commonly 4,000 words), of which we print one or two per issue. E-mail queries are preferred. Include Story Query in the subject line. We very rarely accept already-completed stories; we prefer to work with writers to shape the piece to our needs. Ideally, your pitch should explain why your story is appropriate for us, which department it fits, how it will advance any previous coverage we have done on the topic (please search our Web archives to see what else we have published), and how it will differ from stories in other publications. If we have not worked with you before, please also include a r


United States




High School Diploma or GED


Based on experience