Meals Author Jobs Onerous to Discover? 121 Meals & Drink Websites That Pay Freelance Bloggers
Are you surprised we found 121 websites, blogs and online magazines that want your food and drinks articles?
Honestly, we knew this list wouldn’t be short — but we didn’t expect to find over 100 sites either. Noice!
So what will you find on this list exactly?
Websites and online magazines that specialize in food or drink topics? Yes, absolutely. And websites that say yes to articles on those topics regularly, even if food and drink are not the main theme of the site. (Everybody eats and drinks. We’re pretty sure you could pitch almost any site a food or drink topic and get a yes, if you know their audience well enough to target your pitch to their interests.)
And every one of these sites is known to pay freelance writers at least $50 per article. Most of them pay a lot more — some as much as $3,000!
Food Blogging Is Just Writing about Cooking, Right?
Sometimes, yes. And sometimes no.
Can you find food articles about how to cook? Yep. Absolutely. No questions asked. But that’s not the only way to write about food. Look through this list and you’ll find more variety than you imagined.
Do a site search on any of the listed sites (especially the non-cooking ones) and you’ll see all sorts of different types of food stories — for example, food politics and food business.
As for the food-themed blogs and sites, some of them are about cooking (or cooking-related subjects). You’ll find an assortment of non-cooking themes too.
Food politics, food manufacturing, farming, food distribution, restaurant business, weird food, food history, travel stories about food, cultural food experiences. And I haven’t even touched the parenting tips about feeding kids or the how-to-feed-yourself-when-you’re-insanely-busy topics.
Yeah, food (and drinks) is a BIG subject.
Do I Need to Be an Expert Cook to Be a Freelance Food Writer?
It doesn’t hurt to know your way around the kitchen if you want to be a paid food blogger. And it’s not a requirement either. We’ve found opportunities for food writers with no cooking experience required, even on sites about cooking.
And this list of 121 sites includes non-cooking sites too. Want to write listicles about food and drinks? There are sites that want your product reviews, reported stories, interviews, and more.
If food is a subject you enjoy reading, read even more about it. Especially websites that pay well. Chances are you’ll find your place inside the food and drinks niche.
Where Can I Find Freelance Food and Drinks Blogging Jobs?
Start here with this enormous list of blogs, websites and online magazines that pay freelance writers to write about food and drinks.
1. 1859 Oregon Magazine
Interested in Oregon? 1859 Oregon print magazine and website attract both local residents and visitors looking for fun things to do and great stories about its history and culture. If you write about food and drinks, you’ll find plenty of topics (ahem…wine region and lots of food produced here). And even better news, most of the articles in this magazine (and on the site) are written by freelance writers.
2. Alaska Parent Magazine
Alaska Parent magazine and website hire freelance writers. They’d prefer local writers (you should be able to include local recommendations, locations, and interviewees). Read through the site and magazine. You’ll find local food and drink articles that help moms and dads. Think health, wellness, family fun, and how-to articles. They prefer pitches but will consider complete articles and occasionally reprints.
3. Atlanta Parent Magazine
Got story ideas about how to feed kids or cooking while parenting? Your ideas need to be strongly tied to the Atlanta Georgia area (that means use local experts, sources, and interviewees). Atlanta Parent print magazine and website are looking for pitches that appeal to their readers (parents of children from 0 to 18). You could start with a personal essay, a practical article, or even a feature story. Read the site and a few back issues to make sure your idea is new and fresh.
4. Backwoods Home Magazine
Backwoods Home magazine and website call themselves a “country and self-reliance oriented how-to magazine.” Food and drinks-related articles on rural living skills, food preservation, health, and even recipes are doable here. Your best move would be to read other related articles to see what you can add to the conversation. For articles on how to do something, they want you to know how to do it (and preferably you’ve already done it yourself too).
Basically is Bon Appetit’s simple cooking blog. A blog to help you feel more confident in the kitchen. Recipes, how-tos, and other food-related articles that teach their readers something. Because it’s a blog, photos and videos can be a part of the story (if that’s something you want to add). Cooking techniques, favorite ingredients, or a beloved kitchen tool could be topics for a blog post.
6. Bay Area Parent
The Bay Area Parent print magazine and blog’s audience is busy parents in the San Francisco Bay area. Staying healthy, and other food and drink topics for time-crunched parents will suit them well. You’ll need to keep it locally focused with sources, references, challenges, and interviewees of course. Their advice: read the site and magazine before you pitch. They do sometimes assign articles (once they get to know you) but prefer to receive pitches. For seasonal articles, query them at least 3 to 4 months early. They don’t pay for blogging, but it can be a way to show them what you’ve got (if you’re brand new).
7. BBC Travel
BBC Travel hires freelance food travel writers. Drink and food-related cultural experiences with a strong travel angle are right up their alley. Their writer guidelines are very detailed and helpful, so read them carefully. You definitely need to do some reading of their site if you want to get a yes from the BBC. They’re not looking for your average everyday travel or food story.
8. Best Pickist
Best Pickist is a blog that wants to tell us how to do everything. Or what the best new thing to buy is (and where we can find it). As a food and drinks writer, you can do small and large kitchen appliances (or time-saving devices). You can review types of foods. Look around the site and you’ll find tons of examples for both. They’ve got more than a few sets of guidelines you can use to write great reviews for them. Read them. Then apply to be a paid writer.
9. Best Self Atlanta
Best Self Atlanta is a print magazine and website focused on helping people live a healthy lifestyle in the Greater Atlanta area. Their readers tend to be in the “fit, fabulous, and over 40” segment of the population. So food and drink freelance writers with healthy cooking, eating, and drinking pitch ideas can get writing gigs here. Remember to get local experts, sources, and interviewees for your ideas.
10. Better Homes and Gardens Magazine
Better Homes and Gardens print magazine and website use freelance writers for about 10% of their articles. Your best chance of getting a yes are topics like parenting, travel, education, and health. You’ll find healthy food and drink stories on the site and in the magazine. Read them. They’d really prefer that you send a query and not a finished article. Send your query to the “department where the storyline is the strongest.” And you’ll have to mail it to them. Really…snail mail it to them.
- Homepage: https://www.bhg.com/
- Contributor info: You’ll have to use your super-sleuthing skills (read that as research) to find who to contact at Better Homes and Gardens.
- Pay: We’ve heard as much as $2 a word for print articles (probably less for online-only work).
- Contributor byline: Yes.
- Contributor bio: No.
11. Bitch Media
Bitch Media runs a magazine and blog with a “feminist analysis of culture.” And by culture, they mean cultural attitudes, social trends, pop culture, and the everyday culture of life. According to them, food and drink fall into the culture category. Read their current collection of food-related stories to see if your pitch fits their vibe. “Discussion-provoking” and “well researched with evidence” are key here for getting picked.
12. Bon Appetit
Dreaming about writing for Bon Appetit magazine or website? We’ve got some great news for you. They hire freelance writers for reported features, personal essays, op-ed stories and trendy topics. Their writer’s guidelines are pretty darned detailed (so read them first). You’ll find some great examples of articles too. And above all, make sure they haven’t already published something similar (or give your article a new angle they can’t resist).
13. British Columbia Magazine
British Columbia magazine and website hire freelance writers regularly for stories about the not-so-well-known people and places in this part of Canada. They even give out assignments to writers they already work with or with strong writing portfolios. You can send in pitches or complete manuscripts for consideration. They make most of their publishing decisions from January to March so don’t drag your feet (but they’ll still consider your ideas throughout the year). Read the site and a few back issues of the print magazine to make sure your food article idea fits. They’d rather you contact them after you’ve gained some experience as a pro writer. So get a few clips under your belt before you pitch them.
Bustle is a print magazine with a website looking for first-person stories, interviews, buzz-worthy features, and even personal essays. Look through their website or magazine and you’ll find food and drink-related articles. Make sure your ideas fit their style (and haven’t already been done) before you pitch. Think attention-grabbing and conversation-starting topics. And remember to pitch the right editor (for food and drinks, usually that’s the lifestyle editor).
Wanna write for Buzzfeed? Yep, the lifestyle site hires freelance writers. If food and drinks writing is your game, the lifestyle editor is your new favorite person at Buzzfeed. If you’re not the expert, be prepared to research and interview them. Their writer guidelines do a good job (and give you some great examples of what they prefer). Buzzfeed READER accepts personal essays if you’ve got a great first-person food or drink-related story too.
16. Carolina Parent Magazine
Carolina Parent magazine and website pay freelancers for stories parents want to hear. This is a locally-based publication in the Raleigh Durham area of North Carolina (so your pitches need to include local experts and interviewees). Food and drink article ideas for busy parents are doable. Read through the website and magazine to make sure your pitch ideas fit (and haven’t already been done).
17. Charlotte Parent Magazine
Charlotte Parent is a magazine and website focused on arming local parents with helpful information. You can definitely pitch food and drinks topics as long as it appeals to their audience of parents in the Charlotte, North Carolina area. Read through the website and magazine to get a better idea of what types of articles get a yes. Keep your article ideas relevant to the local area with sources, recommendations, experts, and interviewees. Check out their editorial calendar for details about monthly themes too.
18. Chatelaine Magazine
Chatelaine is a Canadian lifestyle magazine and blog. They absolutely want articles about health, wellness, and food (so your food and drinks topics are A-OK). When you pitch, you’ll need to specify whether it’s for the magazine or the website. Rigorous fact-checking is their middle name, so be prepared to give them sources for all cited facts and contact info for all interviews. And your patience — it may take 6 to 8 weeks for them to make a decision about your ideas.
19. Cheese Connoisseur Magazine
Do you love cheese? It might be time to start making money from your cheese obsession. Cheese Connoisseur magazine pays freelance writers for cheesy writing. You need to know your way around the cheese-making world to get the job. So read through the magazine or the website to see if you’ve got what it takes to get paid to write about cheese. You won’t find any writer guidelines, so do your research before you pitch this publication.
20. Chesapeake Family Life
How well do you know the Virginia, DC, Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania areas? Chesapeake Family Life magazine and website pay writers for parenting-related stories. So food and drink-related pitches get accepted (as long as they are relevant to parents). To get an idea of what they’ve already OK’ed, read the website and magazine. They’d love for you to send them a letter of introduction (LOI) with a link to your writing portfolio, and a well-researched pitch or two. Remember to use local experts (they’d prefer you interview at least 3 local experts for most articles for example). Reference local events, anecdotes, and people when it makes sense.
21. Chicago Caregiving Magazine
Chicago Health: Caregiving magazine & site are written exclusively for senior citizens and the people that take care of them. You’ll find plenty of food and drink-related stories on the site and in the magazine. Have a look at their articles to get an idea of what they want before you pitch them. With all locally based publications, we strongly recommend you use local experts and reference local people, places, and events as much as possible. So mention Chicago-based experts when you pitch your articles here.
22. Chickpea Magazine
Chickpea magazine and website are looking for freelance writers for their vegan food audience. Unprocessed foods, simple sustainable living, and self-care are just a few subjects they love. Investigative reports, helpful guides, recipes, and even DIY projects are doable. Read the magazine and website to see if your food and drink ideas work here before you pitch.
If you’re a freelance food writer, you’ve heard of Chowhound. Good news: you can write for this food blog too. Do your research before you contact them (no writer guidelines are available). We recommend you do some networking on social media to make friends with their editors too (always a good idea). They’ve got a very active community forum too.
24. Civil Eats
The Civil Eats blog writes about the other side of food. The people who grow, prepare and deliver your food to you, what happens between the farm and your table, and other stories that rarely get attention are their favorite subjects. They do news stories, features, first-person commentary, interviews, listicles, and even photo essays or videos. Their recommendation: sign up for their newsletter and read their blog before you pitch.
25. Colorado Health and Wellness Magazine
Colorado Health and Wellness is a free, online magazine that helps its Colorado-based readers find answers to health and wellness topics that matter to them. But it’s much more than just a magazine. Solve Health Media, the publisher of Colorado Health and Wellness, is also a marketing agency that helps doctors and other medical businesses create content for their websites and print publications. You’ll find food and drink-related articles on the site (and we think most medical businesses might want them too). So if you’re looking to write healthy food articles, you could find yourself a regular gig here.
Originally a print magazine, Cosmopolitan also has a prominent blog that occasionally seeks contributions from readers and accepts queries from freelance writers. Read the foods and drinks section of the website to see if your idea fits (and isn’t already old news). To get published in a well-known publication like Cosmo, do your homework (aka research) to give your pitch its best chance for a yes. If this sounds like too big a goal for you, check this out: How I Convinced Cosmopolitan to Publish My Blog Post [And You Can Too]
27. Daily Yonder
The Daily Yonder is a lifestyle site about Rural America. Do a quick site search and you’ll find food and drinks related articles already published. Do your research and see if your ideas fit. This site publishes topics like News, Culture, Health, and every other aspect of life in small town America. They are very interested to read pitches from journalists, community leaders, researchers and their own readers about the challenges of life in rural America.
28. Difford’s Guide
Do you love writing about drinks? Difford’s Guide is a website about the world of alcohol. They literally wrote the book on it too. If cocktails, beer, and liquors are your fav subject, you’ll enjoy researching their website. Their writer guidelines are extremely light on details, so read, read, read the site. Then send them a letter of introduction with a pitch or two.
29. East Bay Express
Do you know the Berkeley, Oakland, or East Bay areas of Northern California? You could do some paid local freelance writing about food and drinks for the East Bay Express. They want to know about local restaurants, events, cultural happenings, and music too. They sometimes do travel articles that fit the vibe of the magazine.
Eater wants stories about the world of food. And here’s the good news: they like writers who aren’t a part of the food industry. Yes, they do want to talk to you, food and drink writers with food biz experience too (just not exclusively you). Take note, journalists, writers, academics, and especially voices who rarely get to sit in the media spotlight. What are they looking for? Reports, feature articles, food travel reports, first-person essays, and much more.
31. Eating Well Magazine
Eating Well magazine and website regularly hires freelance writers for its magazine and website articles. Your best chance (as a new writer) are those short front of the magazine articles (150 to 500 words max usually). Think of it as a “get to know you” job. They also hire writers for feature stories, but they prefer to work with someone they already know well. Eating well means healthy eating. So read through their magazine and website before you get in touch with them. And read the writer guidelines (they’re really detailed).
32. Eat Your World
The Eat Your World blog is exactly what you’re probably thinking. It’s about traveling and eating. If you read through their site, you’ll get the idea. If they haven’t already published something similar (and it’s about great food), chances are they’re interested (but read through the writer guidelines anyway). They’ve also got a few columns: Trips, Roundups, Recipes from Afar, Q&As, Origins and Dish Spotlights. Another option is their Destination Guides.
33. Edible Columbus
Are you a freelance food writer living near Columbus Ohio? Maybe it’s time to join a handful of other local writers and make some money writing about your fav subject at home. The Edible Communities are all over the US (check their website). We hear the Edible Columbus magazine and website are accepting pitches (and they pay writers). You’ll have to check with each Edible community to make sure they are actively publishing a magazine (and paying writers). If you find one in your neck of the woods, it’s worth looking (if you love writing about food).
34. Edible Santa Barbara
Edible Santa Barbara magazine and website pay freelance food writers for food stories their local Southern California audience loves to read. The Edible community magazines and blogs are a great place to get started as a food writer (and there are so many of them). This publication wants stories about local seasonal foods and the people who make, cook or sell them. Most of their articles come from freelance writers. As for your pitch, remember to include who you plan to interview for the article. Edible Santa Barbara plans their editorial calendar up to a year in advance (in some cases). So don’t dilly dally. Send them your pitch. You can write for their blog, but they only pay for magazine articles.
35. Edible Seattle
Edible Seattle magazine and website get most of their articles from freelancers. So if you’ve got a great local food or drinks story idea, send your query in. And by local, they mean Washington state (you’re not limited to Seattle). They have a number of different themes, for example, On the Water, One Ingredient Three Ways, Origins, and Liquid Assets to name a few. Read their published articles to find out what gets a yes (and make sure your idea hasn’t been done yet).
Esquire magazine, yes you can pitch them. And yes, this print magazine and website do hire freelance writers. Search their site and you’ll see they publish food and drinks stories. Read articles similar to your ideas (and then, keep reading). Especially if you want to land an article with a big publication, do your research. There aren’t any writer guidelines, so research is the only way to find out what they like.
37. Experience Life
Experience Life is a print magazine with a blog for Life Time fitness centers and its members. An entire section of their magazine is about food, so you’ve got plenty of opportunities for food and drinks-related articles. Do a search of the site and you’ll find lots of food articles too. Their writer guidelines are extremely detailed (lots of good advice and tips in there).
38. Extra Crispy
Extra Crispy is a blog about morning food. If you can eat it before 12pmish, it could work. They’ve got a decently detailed set of writer guidelines. They want you to read them (and read their blog while you’re at it). Do your research and make sure you’re not sending them an idea that’s been so well-done no one wants to eat it (ahem…site search). If you don’t hear back from them in a week, you can send a polite and gentle reminder too.
Food52 doesn’t list their submission guidelines, but they do hire freelance writers (they also have many other freelance opportunities like food stylists, photographers, or even cooks). Our recommendation: if you enjoy reading their articles, keep reading (and researching for ideas). Connect with their editors on social media. And if you’d like a regular paycheck, check out their job listings.
40. Food Beast
Foodbeast is a blog about food news. If you’re a food and drinks writer who likes writing about big brands, their new products and product development in the food industry, this is probably your dream food blog. No how-to-cook articles or recipes here. Don’t look for submission guidelines (you won’t find any). We know they hire writers. Read their blog and see if your ideas are a good fit. You can pitch them through the website. Or as we usually recommend, network on social media and find some common friends with the editors.
41. Food First
Food First is the blog for the Institute for Food and Developmental Policy. Their main goal as a think tank is to “end the injustices that cause hunger.” So timely topics that touch this mission are a good fit. You’ll want to read through their blogs, briefs or reports (according to what you want to send them). You can send a proposal, outline or complete manuscript (depending on what it is and its length). They offer payment for Backgrounders, Issue Briefs, Policy Briefs and Development Reports (but not blog posts.).
42. Gastro Obscura
Calling Gastro Obscura a food blog is an understatement (and not quite accurate). Yes, it’s food (and a blog), but don’t look for restaurant reviews or interviews with famous foodmakers. They want stories about unusual foods, rare food, unusual places, & their food…even stories about what certain groups of people eat (or ate). If it involves food and a compelling story, you may have a winning pitch for Gastro Obscura. The best way to craft a winner is to read their blog and writer guidelines. They’ve got a really nice and detailed set of guidelines (plus article examples).
43. Georgia Family Magazine
Georgia Family magazine and website write for their audience of busy parents in Central Georgia. Food and drink subjects work (as long as they relate back to local parents). We strongly recommend working with local experts, giving local recommendations, and using local parents as sources for your articles. You’ll find plenty of food-related articles on their site (so go check them out). If you’ve got a previously published article, they’ll consider it too.
Want to write about food for a major fashion magazine? Glamour publishes articles about food and drinks (think busy young professionals who need help getting great food while staying healthy). You won’t find any writer guidelines (pretty typical for big-name brands). But we hear they hire freelance writers. If you’ve got your eyes set on writing for Glamour (or any big names), we strongly recommend you build your network on social media. You’ll need to find the right editors to pitch (plus making friends with people who know them is a good idea too).
- Homepage: https://www.glamour.com/
- Contributor info: You’ll have to DIY this part yourself. Get to networking and researching.
- Pay: We hear 27 cents a word.
- Contributor byline: Yes.
- Contributor bio: Yes, a few sentences.
45. Good Housekeeping
Yes, you really can pitch Good Housekeeping (and get paid to write for them). Have a look at their food and drinks articles (and start following their editors). Good Housekeeping recommends you try pitching them for the Blessings column. Basically 500 words about something that has been a blessing to you. It could be a person or an event. Stories about health challenges are also welcome. These could be from interviewing someone else as well. By the way, you’ll have to send it to them the old-fashioned way, snail mail.
46. Harper’s Bazaar
Can I really write for Harper’s Bazaar magazine or website? With some persistence, we think so. But you’re going to have to do some sleuthing to figure out who to pitch and what to pitch them (’cause they don’t have writer guidelines published). They do have a generous selection of food and drink articles to peruse. Follow any editors that fit your needs too. If Harper’s Bazaar is on your list of dream bylines, read everything that fits your specialty regularly, make friends with their editors on social, and build your network (preferably with people who are connected to your favorite writing niches).
47. Healing Lifestyles
Healing Lifestyles magazine and website is all about living well every day. Food and drink articles focused on health and wellbeing are a good fit for them. Read through their Food and Nutrition section to see if it fits your ideas (or inspires others). Then check out their list of editors. And pitch them.
The Healthyish blog on the Bon Appetit website has a small team, so they hire freelance writers for most of their articles. Do you love writing about healthy eating? Here’s your chance to write reported stories, practical how-tos, personal essays, opinion articles, interviews, and more. Their writer guidelines are pretty detailed, so read them plus the articles recommended in them. Then do a site search for your pitch ideas (and of course study the site too). Then get to pitching.
49. Healthy Living Magazine
Want to write for Healthy Living magazine or their website? They will consider your unsolicited articles. But you’ll need to really do your research to get a yes from this magazine (umm…not that we don’t always recommend that). Their writer guidelines also include some details you don’t usually find (that are eye-opening and helpful if you’ve never written for a bigger magazine). Food and drink topics can definitely work here. Read the magazine and website to make sure your ideas will fit here.
Hemispheres is United Airlines’ travel magazine and they are still accepting freelance queries last we heard. Food and drink freelance writing is definitely in their ballpark (in addition to many other travel-related subjects). Take a look at what they’ve already published in the same neighborhood as your drinks or food-related pitch ideas (plus their writer guidelines). And pitch away. Like most airline mags, they pay pretty well.
51. Honolulu Magazine
Wanna write about Hawaii? Well, this magazine and blog are all about Honolulu and Hawaii. But it’s not really for the tourists. It’s written for locals, so it’s more about the local lifestyle, what’s great, cultural goings-on, new places to eat & shop, and what’s the latest news. Food and drinks story ideas fit perfectly here (when related to the Honolulu area).
52. Hudson Valley Parent Magazine
Hudson Valley Parent magazine and website publish stories about parenting (I know, big surprise). If it helps parents feed their kids (and keep them entertained), you’ve got a winner. They’ve already published a bunch of food and drink-related articles, so go read them first (and then check out their writer guidelines). They especially love writers that know how to interview experts and local sources for information (remember this is a local publication).
53. Idea Health and Fitness Association Journal
The Idea Health and Fitness Association website has a few publications that accept pitches: Idea Fitness Journal and Idea Fit Business Success. The Idea Fit Journal keeps health and fitness professionals up-to-date on new techniques, discoveries, and methodologies for getting fit and staying healthy. The Idea Fit Business Success newsletter keeps the same fitness professionals informed about how to manage the business side of things with new technology, sales strategies, and financial advice. If healthy food and drinks writing is your game, read through their food articles (they’ve got a bunch of them). Then check out their writer guidelines.
54. Imbibe Magazine
Do you love writing about drinks? Imbibe magazine and website may be just what you need (if cocktails, liqueurs, wine, beer and even non-alcohol drinks are your jam). Whatever your liquid pleasure is, you’ll probably find a place for it in this publication. So get to reading it asap. They’re not telling anyone about their submission guidelines, you’ll have to do your own research. Go follow their editors. Read the magazine and website. They pay well enough to be worth a little (or a lot of) snooping around and getting to know their site.
Yes, you really can write for Jezebel! You’ll notice they do accept food and drink-related pitches, but they aren’t your typical healthy eating or how-to-cook articles. So read, read, read before you get in touch with Jezebel. We recommend following your favorite editors on Twitter or Linkedin (but we recommend that for any publication really). They don’t provide much guidance for submitting, so it’s up to your research skills to get the goods with this website.
56. Lady Qs
LadyQs is a lifestyle site for women. They publish articles about food, drinks, and the usual lifestyle topics. For food and drink topics, they’re open to how-to articles and reviews of products (plus plenty of other types of stories). Read what they’ve got in their Food and Diet section before you send in a pitch. They say to give them 10 days to answer.
ListVerse is a site with nothing but lists (I know, you’re surprised, aren’t you?). They accept list posts on SO MANY different subjects. Can you come up with a food or drinks list post they can’t resist? Look at all the lists they’ve published already (with food or drink themes). They say unusual or unexpected lists tend to make the cut. You’ll need at least 10 items on your list. And if you can’t receive money by Paypal, you can’t write for them.
58. Meal Prep
The Meal Prep blog hires freelance food writers for healthy eating articles. Subjects like losing weight, building muscle, and overcoming injuries are on their wish list. You can also do product reviews and interviews. They expect you to cite any sources you use (and if you are writing a health article, you should include some relevant research).
How well do you know the Greater Detroit, Michigan area? Metro Parent is a magazine and website for parents in Southeast Michigan. This print magazine also features a blog (updated daily!) for reported articles and tips on parenting in southeast Michigan. If you’ve got some local food or drink tips and tricks for busy parents in this part of the US, pitch them your ideas. Just make sure to have a portfolio of writing to show them first.
60. Midwest Living Magazine
Midwest Living is a bi-monthly lifestyle magazine and a website about the Midwestern United States (Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio, Michigan, Iowa, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas mainly). They tend to hire new writers for short scouting trips nearby or 300-600 word articles. Hint, local food travel is something they want more of (even if you’re a newish writer). And photography skills are very appealing to this publication.
61. Modern Farmer
Modern Farmer is more of an amateur gardening lifestyle site than a site for professional farmers (yeah, I was surprised too). They’ve got a hefty food and drink section. Their writer guidelines are on the light side, so you’ll need to do some site searching to come up with an appropriate and potentially winning pitch (but that’s a good skill to practice so we consider it good news). Go follow their editors and start researching.
Mom.com is “a lifestyle site for moms who happen to be parents.” The site covers parenting topics from pregnancy to empty nesters as well as lifestyle topics like health and food. So go read up on their food articles and come up with some pitches for them. They don’t have submission guidelines (reading the site is the best way to prep your pitch).
- Homepage: https://mom.com/
- Contributor info: https://mom.com/about (who is editor-link to her)
- Pay: We hear 10 cents a word (and $125 per article and up).
- Contributor byline: Yes.
- Contributor bio: Yes, displayed when you click the byline.
Momtastic’s goal is to “cut through the noise” of all the parenting sites out there by offering “only the information moms really want.” Posts are usually first-person and offer real-life parenting stories and authentic parenting advice. Do a site search for your food or drink-related story ideas to get your pitch ready for them. Follow the editors on social media to get in touch and find out more about them. And please read the blog to get a feel for their style.
Mother.ly is very interested in your mom stories. First-person experiences that pass on your hard-earned wisdom to other mothers (in about 700-900 words). If food writing is your fav, do a site search for drinks or food-related stories. You’ll find more than a few. And if you happen to be an expert that helps moms live their best life, you could become an expert contributor.
Motherwell’s tagline is “telling all sides of the parenting story” and they mean it. Go to their submissions page and see what subjects they are currently interested in accepting. “Teen challenges and solutions” and “pandemic little lessons” are two past examples to give you an idea. We’re including them here because they publish food and drinks articles regularly enough. We recommend reading their already published stories (in your area of specialty) to see if it’s a good fit.
66. Natural Awakenings
Natural Awakenings isn’t just one magazine or website. It’s a whole bunch of them. There are over 50 local Natural Awakenings print magazines and websites. So you can pitch each one directly (after you check to see what kind of articles they’re looking for). They all have a health and wellness focus, but that’s where the similarities end. Each magazine’s website has articles you can read (and you can have a look at the digital version of the magazine too). Food and drinks topics are a good fit for these types of magazines (and sites), so check them out. And remember to keep a local perspective (with local sources, experts and recommendations).
67. Nevada Magazine
Nevada magazine is the official tourism magazine for the state. They’re looking for stories written from personal experience and research. You don’t have to live in Nevada, but your story won’t get a “yes” if your research is strictly web-based. They like stories about the cities, the rural towns, interesting restaurants (or other businesses) and stories about its history. Plenty of room for food and drink topics here.
68. New Jersey Family Magazine
New Jersey Family magazine and website hire freelance writers for their parenting publications. Just don’t expect any detailed submission guidelines (because they don’t have much). So put on your researching cap and read around the website (or magazine) to make sure your food and drinks ideas fit their style. If you can focus on local recommendations, experts and families, you’re already moving in the right direction. They definitely accept food related ideas, so get to it.
69. New Jersey Monthly Magazine
New Jersey Monthly is a lifestyle magazine and website dedicated to all things New Jersey (surprise). Written for local people, they are interested in subjects like important New Jersey natives and residents, healthcare, business, culture, local sports, travel, and much more. Everything from a New Jersey perspective of course. Read other articles that fit your food-related topic. They publish food and drink articles regularly (you’ll just have to find the right fit for your ideas here).
70. New Mexico Magazine
New Mexico magazine wants your stories for their print magazine and online blog. This tourism department-run publication especially loves first-hand stories about interesting parts of New Mexico for their inquisitive local residents and visitors. One look at their website and you’ll know they are extra friendly to food and drinks writers. Simple and earthy, upscale and refined, old and historic. If it makes their readers want to learn more about New Mexico, they’re interested.
71. New York Magazine
New York Magazine does accept freelance pitches! And Grub Street is their food and drink blog. Go study it and find a pitch they can’t turn down. Just don’t send them an unsolicited manuscript. Pitches only! We strongly recommend you also follow their editors on social media. Getting a byline in a well-known magazine (and site) like New York Magazine will take more than a little elbow grease (ahem…determined researching and networking).
72. Nutri Inspector
The Nutri Inspector is a blog all about nutrition (and weight loss too). They have tons of helpful articles, how-to guides, product reviews, and other advice about staying healthy and slim. They hire freelance writers for food and drink articles. Or you could even do regular writing for this site if you’re interested. Check out their submission guidelines (they’re super detailed).
73. Oprah Daily
Want to write for Oprah Daily? Yeah, Oprah’s got a new name for her online magazine site. You’ll have to do your research. There are no submission guidelines posted, but we know they hire freelance writers. The website and the printed magazine both have some exclusive content, so you could get a job writing for the magazine or the website. We recommend you read both and follow their editors before you get in touch with them.
74. Oregon Coast Magazine
Wanna talk about Oregon food and drinks? Oregon Coast magazine and website want to hear from you. They’re looking for stories about how to get to interesting destinations, easy day trips, great places to eat, and more. Practical information and entertaining stories about how to pass the time (or eat and drink wonderful things) on the Oregon coast is their jam.
75. Organic Lifestyle Magazine
Got some food writing ideas for gluten-free, health-conscious vegetarians and vegans? Organic Lifestyle magazine (and their other site Green Lifestyle Market) pay for healthy food articles. They really love in-depth stories that their readers will save and refer to often (plus share with their friends too). You can even get bonus pay if your article gets lots of shares in the first 6 months after publication. Their writer guidelines are nice and detailed, so read them (plus any articles that resemble your pitch ideas).
76. Paste Magazine
Paste doesn’t accept unsolicited queries anymore, but they do occasionally accept new members to their pool of freelance writers. They’ve got an entire section on Drinks. So if drinks are your fav writing topic, send them a Letter of Introduction (LOI). And read up on their site before you contact them (so you can be sure to get their attention…and hopefully a response).
77. PCC Markets Magazine
PCC Markets is a local chain of co-op grocery stores in the Seattle Washington area. And they sometimes do content marketing on their very helpful and informative website (or in their magazine). They’re focused on articles about healthy living and wellness mostly through food. So this is a fantastic opportunity for food and drink freelance writers. Have a look at their site and get in touch with them.
Plate is a magazine and website about food from a restaurant and food preparation business point of view. The business side of making and selling food for restaurants, food stalls, bakeries, sandwich shops, and more. You won’t find any submission guidelines (even though we know they pay freelance writers). Read through their articles to see if you’ve got something for their audience of food biz people.
79. Raising Arizona Kids
Do you live in Arizona? Raising Arizona Kids magazine pays freelance writers if they live in the area. Their goal is to help make parenting easier from birth to high school graduation. If you’re a dedicated food and drinks writer, you’re perfectly poised to do some articles about feeding kids and staying healthy with tons of local recommendations, sources, and experts.
Ravishly is an online magazine that doesn’t back away from controversial parenting or mom topics. Have a look at their already published articles and you’ll know exactly what they are about. We’re including them on our food writing list because they publish a lot of food and drinks topics. Life is messy and they are ready to talk about it, rant about it, and even sometimes cry or laugh about it.
81. Reader’s Digest Magazine
Who hasn’t heard of The Reader’s Digest? And guess what…you can write for them too. They do hire freelance writers. For all you food and drinks writers, search their site and you’ll find tons of food and drinks stories. If Reader’s Digest is a dream publication for you, read them all. They pay very well, so it’ll be worth the trouble. They’re only interested in your pitch. Don’t send any finished work.
82. Recreation News
Recreation News is a print magazine and website for as they call it “the official media of 55 government employee associations” in the Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Washington DC areas (also known as the Mid-Atlantic region). They’ve got around 100,000 government employees who get their print magazine every month. Their main focus is things to do in their part of the US. You can read through digital copies or search for articles on the website. Food and drink topics work here if they give their readers somewhere to go or something to do.
Wanna write for an enormous lifestyle site? Refinery29 has a few specialist topics they’re looking for right now. But you can still pitch them another idea. Read up on every food (or drinks) article you find. If you want to get a yes, you’ll need to do plenty of research before you pitch them.
84. Road and Travel Magazine
Road and Travel magazine pays freelance writers for food writing jobs. Are you surprised? Their readers are mostly women, so food travel story ideas (and other travel-related pitches) are a great fit here. Have a look at Road and Travel‘s published articles to get a feel for the writing style they want. More good news, you’re not limited to any part of North America.
Romper wants stories about every aspect of parenting from a fun and thoughtful perspective. Good news! They’re happy to work with new writers. But you’ve still got to send them a pitch they can’t resist. Trending topic essays, personal essays, health reporting, and investigative reporting are a few types of articles freelancers can write. More good news: their writer guidelines are excellent (with tons of examples and very detailed). Food and drink topics can definitely work with this audience. Do your homework (ahem, research) and you’ll find their sweet spot.
86. San Diego Family Magazine
San Diego Family magazine and website pay freelance writers for parenting articles. Your food and drink topics need to be geared towards busy parents (with local recommendations and interviews with local experts of course). Have a look at what they’ve already published before you contact the editors. They’re looking for completed article submissions (all the more reason to do plenty of research). San Diego Family will sometimes accept previously published articles (make sure to add in references to the local area for a better chance of a yes with reprints).
87. Sasee Magazine
Sasee is a print and digital lifestyle magazine for women in the South Carolina area. They are looking for humor, first-person essays, satire, and other feature stories that appeal to their readers. You can read through their digital archive to get a better idea of their style and already published material. Food and drinks stories with a local perspective could do well here.
88. Saveur Magazine
Saveur magazine and website want your food and travel stories. Whether it’s about foreign dishes or going somewhere nearby with delicious food. It’s all about the food. Or drinks. Got a good story about a certain drink or beverage producer? How about a fascinating story about a recipe? Take a look at their past articles and recipes first. They’ve already got some really fantastic ones. So go get inspired by them before you send in your query.
89. Sierra Magazine
Did you know that Sierra magazine has an entire section on their website about food and drinks? Well, now you do. You’ll find everything from short helpful articles to feature stories on food topics. Think sustainable living and you’re moving in the right direction. A quick read of their food section and you’ll get the picture.
Slate hires freelance writers! It’s an enormous general interest site known for writing opinions and analysis. Do a site search for story ideas similar to yours (because if they’ve already done it, it’s a guaranteed no). Slate does publish food and drinks articles (but you’ll have to figure out which editor you need to pitch). And especially for Slate: do an internet search about your pitch idea (to make sure it’s not old news). Slate wants to publish articles that no one else is writing.
91. Smithsonian Magazine
Want to write for THE Smithsonian magazine or website? They accept unsolicited pitches from established freelance writers. You’ll need to build up a nice writer portfolio first. Competition will be fierce, so it’s probably a good idea to hone your pitching and writing skills elsewhere. Once you know how to write irresistible pitches, you’ll be ready to write for The Smithsonian. Read through their other food and drinks articles to get an idea for what to pitch them (because as usual with well-known magazines and websites, they don’t publish writer guidelines).
92. Spirituality and Health Magazine
Spirituality & Health is a print magazine and online blog covering most topics around religion, spirituality, health, wellbeing, and anything related to it. From mainstream religion to holistic medicine and the environment. Healthy food and drink story ideas work here (and they’ve already got plenty published). We strongly recommend you read everything they’ve got in the food and drinks categories. Most approved submissions are published on the website (because they’ve got more room there). And if you’re an expert, you might hear back from them faster (hint, hint).
93. Sunset Magazine
Sunset magazine and website write about the 13 Western United States (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming, plus a little about Mexico and British Columbia, Canada). It’s mainly a lifestyle site for suburban women with all the usual topics (food & drink, home & garden, travel, and more). For freelance writers, they’re more interested in your travel pitches (and there’s an entire section called Culinary Travel for you food and drink writers). This publication has been around for over 100 years, so do your research before you pitch them an idea they’ve already done.
Good news for new food writers: Taste doesn’t care where you’ve been published (they just want to know why you should write the article you’re pitching). You’ll need to show them some clips (so they can see what you can do). But if you don’t have an impressive writer portfolio yet, no problem. What kinds of pitches does Taste want? Past, present, and future food trends, personal food stories on topics that need telling, and stories about recipes, cooking, and ingredients are on their wish list. Check their writer guidelines for links to examples of all of these and more.
95. The Bump
The Bump is an online magazine (and they now have print magazines as well) that publishes how-to pieces on pregnancy and parenting. They’re especially interested in articles that are likely to generate conversation and traffic, as well as stories that have a connection to current events and trends. Read what they’ve already published on food and drinks to give yourself an idea of how to pitch them (because their writer guidelines are on the light side).
96. The Counter
The Counter is a website about food journalism, so no pitches about the usual food writing here. Think categories like Politics, Business, Environment, Culture, and Tech. They’re looking for US food articles unless it’s a really big international story that impacts the United States. Send a few clips with your pitches. Speaking of queries, they’re very interested in what happens between the farm and your table (hint, there’s a lot going on there). Got a regional food story idea? If you can show its impact on a national level, pitch away.
97. The Green Parent
The Green Parent is a UK print magazine with a blog as well. They are all about living a green lifestyle, so they’d love to see pitches about health and wellness from an ecologically conscious perspective. For food and drink writing topics, have a look at what they’ve already got. Healthy and environmentally conscious eating and drinking ideas will do well here. They especially like first-person stories about your real-life experiences (that connect with their eco-friendly focus).
98. The Guardian
The Guardian will consider your unsolicited freelance pitches. We recommend you start following their editors and read everything they’ve got that fits in your category. To get published in well-known newspapers or their websites like The Guardian, you’ll need to do a thorough site search (and read) of their food and drinks articles. They don’t offer much advice on what to submit, so you’ll have to do your own research.
99. The Health Journal
The Health Journal is a print magazine and website looking for articles for its different departments (Advances in Medicine, Fitness, Food & Nutrition, Men & Women’s Health, Parenting, Mental Health, and more). They would LOVE to hear from experts in health and wellness fields. But they are also looking for human interest stories. You don’t have to be the expert so long as you can do great research and interview the right experts. Good news for food and drink freelance writers. We recommend reading articles similar to your pitch ideas to make sure your pitch is new (and to get a feel for the site’s vibe too).
100. The New York Times
So you want to write for The New York Times? We’ve all dreamed of a NYT byline as writers. And I’ve got good news for you. You can write for them. You need to do a buttload of research and pitching. You might get a ton of noes (like maybe 20+). BUT if you do ALL of that (and you follow the advice of helpful but weary editors), you’ll get a yes somewhere in there. And that yes will open so many doors for you (once it’s published). You can find food and drink stories published regularly in The New York Times, so get to researching.
101. The Penny Hoarder
The Penny Hoarder blog is mainly about saving or making money. You might be wondering why we’re including them on a food and drink blogging list. They have a decent collection of blog posts about food (and how to save money on food). As long as you have a making money or saving money angle, food and drink articles are very doable here. You might be surprised by how many how-to-make-money food articles you’ll find (do a site search and you’ll see).
- Homepage: https://www.thepennyhoarder.com/
- Contributor info: Check out their careers page. and do some networking to find the right editor for freelance pitches.
- Pay: Last we checked, $75 and upward (negotiate your own fee with your editor) for 700-900 word articles.
- Contributor byline: Yes.
- Contributor bio: Yes, at the end of each post. A few lines with links and a photo.
102. The Smart Set
At the crossroads of culture, travel, and art, you’ll find The Smart Set, an online magazine for those who love to go deeper. You can definitely write about food here (they even mention it specifically in their writer guidelines). Just don’t expect typical how-to-cook or healthy eating pitches to work here. A personal discovery or other first-person essay ideas are a sweet spot for them. Intellectual curiosity is their middle name (so you’re not limited when it comes to topics).
103. The Spruce Eats
Take a look at The Spruce Eats blog and you’ll see so many different types of articles. Right now, they’re looking to expand into new categories (not lists, how-tos, or recipe development). They’ve got a few themes for future months. Check those out or pitch them something else. Food trends, your favorite dish or ingredient, food maker profiles, and cookbook writers are a few items on their wish list.
104. Transitions Abroad
A blog about working, living, and studying abroad, Transitions Abroad is looking for articles for culture-seeking holiday travellers, working travellers, and those looking to live abroad either permanently or for school. They are especially interested in stories that encourage off-the-beaten-track locations that teach us more about the world (and the unique people and cultures in it). Food travel stories can work very well here. Read through their other food-related articles and then pitch away.
105. Travel and Leisure Magazine
Want to write for the Travel and Leisure magazine or website? Get in line because you’ll be competing with more than a handful of talented freelance writers for a coveted — and well-paid — assignment. Do we need to say it, food writers? Read… no, study their published food and drinks articles, and get a feel for what they want (and what they’ve already done). And start following their editors on social media (always a good idea to start networking with people you want to work for in the print and online publishing space).
Verily is a women’s lifestyle blog focusing on fashion, beauty, relationships, culture, and health. If you’re a food or drinks writer, you’ll find plenty of your fav topics on the site. Think healthy eating for busy people. You’ll need to read through similar articles to get a feel for their style. They’re more interested in full article submissions than pitches by the way. If you don’t hear from them in 2 weeks, it’s probably a “not right now.”
107. Vibrant Health Magazine
Vibrant Life is a print magazine and website looking for articles that “promote physical health, mental clarity, and spiritual balance from a practical, Christian perspective.” Shorter articles (around 450-650 words) are always in demand (hint, hint). They’re especially interested in vegan food and drink articles that promote health and well-being.
Vice is a huge lifestyle site with lots of viral videos and articles. And they hire freelance writers. They’ve got a Food section on the site. If food and drinks writing is your thing, go study it. They’re really looking for original reports, essays, and first-person stories. You could even do an article on another person’s first-person story. And for those of you with a great idea, Vice is looking for pitches for series and columns too.
109. Vine Pair
Vinepair writes about wine, beer and liquor for consumers and professionals. They’re looking for reported stories, news stories, longform features, profiles, Q&As, articles for certain recurring columns, personal essays and more. Their submission guidelines are nicely detailed (so read them). They give you clear instructions on how to pitch them (with examples too). If you don’t hear from them in a week, send them a polite and gentle reminder about your pitch.
The Vox website doesn’t want your how-to-cook articles. But if you can connect your food and drink-related topic ideas to any current news, you’ve got a chance at getting published on Vox. They’re not giving out any writer guidelines, so start following your preferred editors on social media. And start researching everything in your favorite topic categories (or just search for similar stories). Food and drinks articles don’t exactly fit in one section on Vox.
110. Well and Good Magazine
Well and Good hire freelance writers. They say most of their content comes from freelance writers (yay you). And food is one of the topics they publish regularly. As you’d expect, they’re looking for healthy food ideas (and they want pitches, no full articles). Think “expert-driven nutrition stories, personal essays or experiences, and well-researched thought pieces about how food, health, and culture intersect.” Their editors are active on social media, so connect with them there (in case they put out a writer request). And of course pitch them when you have a great idea following their writer guidelines religiously.
111. Wellbeing Magazine
Wellbeing magazine is an Australian publication with a blog. They are extremely interested in all aspects of health and spirituality. Some subjects you could write about are natural health, the environment, fitness, travel, and first-person stories (related to wellbeing). You won’t have to search hard to find their food and drinks articles. Research the types of food or drink articles you want to pitch them. You can also write for the site, but they pay for magazine articles only.
112. Western New York Family Magazine
Western New York Family magazine and website write parenting and family-friendly stories for their Buffalo, New York area readers. You’ll have a better chance of getting a yes if you use local sources and recommendations for your parenting-friendly stories. They’re especially looking for articles for their Teens & Tweens column and Special Needs column. Check out their very detailed writer guidelines for a few more deeply desired topics. They’re also open to buying reprints (in case you’ve got a timely topic for parents already written).
113. What To Expect
The What To Expect blog offers practical advice and honest conversations about pregnancy and parenting. They hire bloggers for a specific focus (news, health, etc.) with a parenting slant. You’ll find food and drink articles with a pregnancy, baby, or child angle on the site. Read them to get an idea of what they’ll accept (because there are no writer guidelines). You’ll have to research your way to a great pitch.
114. Whiskey Advocate
If you’re a fan of good whiskey (and you already know your way around the high-end whiskey section of your local liquor shop), Whiskey Advocate would love to hear from you. They’re also looking for writers with expertise in other finer alcohols too (if whiskey’s not your fav). Read over their website and network with their editors on social. They’re also known to post on social media when they’re looking for something specific. You can always pitch them directly (no need to wait for a request for writers).
115. Whole Life Times
Whole Life Times magazine and website hire freelance writers (lots of them too). They have very few staff writers, so nearly everything on the site is freelance work. For all you food and drink writers, think healthy food stories. Especially organic food and drinks. And keep it relevant to Southern California (they are based in Los Angeles). Using local sources for information will help too. Do a site search for your pitch ideas to see what they already like and publish. You’re welcome to send them an unsolicited complete article or a pitch. A great way to start with this publication is a short timely front-of-magazine article by the way.
116. Wine Enthusiast
Wine Enthusiast magazine and website pay freelance writers. That’s right. You could write for Wine Enthusiast. Even if wine isn’t your thing, 26% of this magazine and site is about food (and yes 40% is about wine). So freelance food and wine writers, get to work networking and researching this site. For a major wine publication, they have a decent set of writer guidelines too (always a good sign).
117. Wine Frog
Are you a wine writer? The WineFrog blog is looking for informative articles on every aspect of wine. Not your average everyday drink subjects here. Read through their collection of already published wine stories to see if you’ve got the expertise to write what they want (plus you’ll have to pitch them something they haven’t done yet). If wine’s not your thing (but you can find a relevant connection to your non-wine expertise for their readers), do some research and pitch them.
118. Wine Maker Magazine
Know a thing or two about winemaking? WineMaker magazine and website publish helpful articles for hobby winemakers (and they sell memberships and kits too). If you have access to pro winemakers (or have lots of technical winemaking experience), get in touch. They are looking for technical features, winemaking step-by-step recipes, even less technical feature articles, are doable (plus more). They prefer queries but will consider unsolicited written articles too. Just make sure to give them 6 weeks for an answer.
119. Wine Searcher
Do you love writing about wine? You probably already know about Wine Searcher. But you may not know that they pay freelance writers. We recommend you do some networking on social media (and reading their articles) before you pitch them anything. They’re interested in what’s happening in the wine world. If you have some wine industry experience or access to other wine pros, go for it.
120. Working Mother
The Working Mother blog writes about moms with jobs and businesses (as you’d expect). But did you know you can pitch them food and drink ideas too? This is why I always do site searches. If they publish it, you can probably pitch similar ideas. Working mom lifestyle posts (which include feeding your family) are doable here. Look through the other food or drink stories on the site to make sure your ideas are new (and fit their vibe). Normally, you’ll hear back from them within 30 days (otherwise consider it a no).
121. Yummy Mummy Club
Yummy Mummy Club is a Canadian parenting blog that hires freelance writers for family and parenting-related articles. They are especially interested in humor, personal stories, and timely topics. Even contrarian and dissenting opinion articles are ok (as long as they’re well thought out). And remember to provide sources for all stories. Food and drinks topics work well here. Just remember to do your research (and keep it relevant to their readers).
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