When you savor a meal, are you dreaming of the words you’d use to describe it? Do you salivate at the thought of writing about food for a living? If so, why not try your hand at food writing?
Below is a list of 20 publications that accept all sorts of stories about food, ranging from recipes, to pieces examining the sustainability of certain practices, to articles exploring the junction of food and travel.
But don’t limit yourself strictly to “food” magazines and publications. Many other publications, ranging from travel to regional magazines, include a food or dining section, and even more are open to food-related pitches, so keep an open mind when trying to place stories about the culinary world.
1. Bon Appetit
This classic fine food magazine comes out once a month, covering everything from restaurants to entertaining at home. Writer’s Market reports the magazine is 50 percent freelance-written for topics related to food, food features, travel, and personal essays.
The publication has a long lead time, requesting seasonal material a year in advance. Submissions range from 150 to 2,000 words. Submit queries with a resume and published clips.
Salt Lake City, Utah-based Catalyst Magazine focuses on healthy and organic food, gardening, food security, and a wide array of other topics. Features in this publication typically range from 2,000 to 4,500 words, though it also uses smaller 600-1,500 word pieces.
Pay is typically 10 cents per word, and guidelines are available here.
3. Chile Pepper
Lovers of spicy food will love delving into the world of Chile Pepper Magazine. Articles include spicy recipes (wasabi guacamole with mangos, anyone?) as well as stories about chiles and the spicy life.
For more information or to send a pitch, visit the website’s contact page.
4. Clean Eating
A “clean lifestyle” is the focus of this magazine covering health and nutrition. “Clean eating is all about consuming whole food in its most natural state,” Clean Eating’s website explains. The magazine covers everything from recipes and how-tos to advice on weight loss.
Each issue of Cooking Light features about 100 recipes as well as articles about food, food trends, and even fitness tips. The magazine focuses on American food and lifestyle and is published monthly.
However, Writer’s Market warns this market is difficult to break into.
6. Eating Well
“Where Good Taste Meets Good Health” is the motto of this national food magazine dedicated to healthy eating. Articles focus on cooking, nutrition science, culture, food origins and traditions, and even issues related to food networks.
This market pays up to $1 per word, and starting with the short, front-of-the-book sections is the best way to break in.
The Edible franchise features food-related publications in towns and regions all over the country and beyond, from Edible Brooklyn to Edible Northeast Florida to Edible Vancouver. Each publication has different submission requirements and pay rates, so be sure to click on the individual publication you’re interested in for more details.
For example, Edible Cleveland includes two to four features per issue and is also looking for a variety of 250-1000 word “department” stories ranging from land-related articles to first-person pieces.
One writer for the Washington, D.C. edition told Who Pays Writers they earned 15 cents per word.
“Food, Wine & Culture for the Ethical Traveler” is the tagline for this online publication. Recent articles include dining etiquette around the world and how to maintain a vegetarian lifestyle while traveling.
The submission page notes contributors receive a link to their website, social media promotion, and the possibility of cross-promotion via other networks. FreelanceWriting.com mentioned the publication paid $15 per article, though it’s best to confirm with the editor about any potential payment.
Viewers of Food Network programs will especially enjoy this food entertainment magazine. Published 10 times a year, it features a variety of articles, including those about famous chef personalities.
Writers who love food and travel might find some opportunities in the pages of Food Traveler Magazine. Published twice a year, this magazine specializes in 1,000+ word features and covers everything from college-town eats to an exclusive interview with Adam Richman.
FreelanceWriting.com notes writers are typically paid 90 days after printing, though the rates are not disclosed.
11. Kashrus Magazine
Kosher eating is the focus of this magazine covering everything from preparing for Jewish holidays to new Kosher products and even Kosher marijuana.
One Twitter user reported the publication paid $125-200 for articles.
12. Lucky Peach
Featuring stories from “A Pizza Crawl of Rome” to a piece exploring the hot dogs of the world, Lucky Peach features articles combining food and travel. Stories range in length, though according to their Submittable page, only complete articles are accepted.
One writer reported earning $500 fo a 500-1,000-word print piece in 2013.
Featuring the wide world of food, NPR-style, this blog features everything from chef cultural appropriation to climate change’s impact on wine grapes. One writer said they received $200 each for two blog posts between 400-1,000 words each.
14. Plate Magazine
Plate is dedicated to everything that goes on your plate. This food-focused print mag has a secondary focus on creative culinary styles.
Who Pays Writers noted one writer reported a 3,000-word cover story paid $1 per word in 2011.
15. SALT Magazine
This Canadian magazine focuses on “Fine Living and Travel on Vancouver Island” featuring everything from local cuisine to travel, art, and more.
It generally pays around 40 cents (Canadian) per word
Saveur covers the junction of food and travel, featuring everything from a profile on Slovenian chef Ana Ros to Scachatta, dubbed “The Weird Cuban-Sicilian Pizza You’ll Only Find in Florida.”
To submit ideas, email the editors with a summary of the article you’d like to write along with some information about how you’d like to put the article together, such as who you’d like to interview and what angle you’d take.
17. Taste of Home
If you love down-home cooking, consider pitching to this magazine. Taste of Home features recipes, serving ideas, and interviews that appeal to those who love the art of cooking.
Vegetarians in particular will enjoy pitching this quarterly nonprofit publication that delves into all aspects of vegetarianism, including health, ecology, and ethics.
Consider breaking in with recipe suggestions or feature articles. Writer’s Market notes the importance of becoming familiar with the publication before pitching.
19. Whole Life Times
This bimonthly magazine depends on freelancers to fill its pages and focuses on holistic and integrative health stories, organic food, sustainability, and other topics related to a healthy and progressive lifestyle. Rates vary and can go up to $150 for a 800-1,000-word feature, with shorter departments paying less.
20. YAM Magazine
Greater Victoria, Canada, is the focus of this lifestyle magazine covering food and wine, health and fitness, culture, and other topics. Features are typically in the 1,000 to 3,000-word range, though shorter pieces are also welcome.
Pay is typically 40 cents per word (Canadian).
Food writers, what are your favorite publications to work with?