In an effort to make it easier for writers to find out how to pitch beer publications and what those outlets pay, NAGBW is working to compile information. This page will be updated as publications share information with us.
Accepted pitches are very infrequent, but if you can get deeply technical when writing about brewing without losing sight of the story, use sources for original reporting, and cover the beer industry in a serious way—by all means, drop us a line with an idea:
- Pitches not related directly to the brewing process (say, beer travel or beer culture) will not be considered.
- Please don’t waste your time, or ours, with story pitches to justify a press junket.
- For our writers who get assignments, we agree in advance to a flat fee that typically works out to about 35 cents/word, and we have paid promptly and reliably upon publication since our first issue in 2014.
- Direct pitches to editorial director Jamie Bogner at firstname.lastname@example.org, along with managing editor Joe Stange at email@example.com.
- Features – $700
- Mini-features – $325
- Podcast episode – $250
- One-off Sightlines primary sources, interviewed – $200
- One-off Sightlines secondary source recap – $125
- Blog posts (for this with GBH blogs) – $100
- B-Roll – $60
On Tap Magazine is South Africa’s only beer mag, a quarterly print publication that’s distributed via brewery taprooms, airport lounges, homebrew stores and directly to subscribers. We are always looking for content from writers around the world.
- We include one feature focusing on an international beer scene in each issue (could cover a city or two or a larger region).
- We also welcome contributions to our Against the Grain section (covering other beverages) as well and general features – profiles, exciting trends, some technical content.
- Content must to be relevant to our audience, so reviews of beers they can’t get here for example will not work.
Email Lucy Corne at firstname.lastname@example.org for full contributor guidelines. Due to the fragile South African economy, our rates are not on a par with international magazines, but we do accept reprints provided that the writer retains copyright of the article and they don’t mind making small tweaks to make the article in line with house style.
- We presently pay £0.20p per word, to the nearest 100 words up to a maximum of £500 per piece (excluding extras should the writer also provide photography or illustrations.)
- Q&A’s are paid at a fixed rate of £250 per piece. In addition, if a writer is able to provide their own photography (and we approve its use) for any piece we offer an additional £75 on top of the existing fee.
- All invoices are paid in UK pounds sterling. International invoices are processed using a service called Transferwise, which will pay you in your native currency based on the current exchange rate.
PorchDrinking.com is always seeking thoughtful pitches on industry trends, stories on diversity, mental health awareness within the industry, pop culture in relation to the industry as well as long-form stories. While we are still working on a limited budget and can’t pay our writers on a consistent basis, we do on occasion allocate pay for more extensive pieces relating to these listed topics.
How to pitch: Consider your pitch as your first writing sample. It should have a lede, a sense of story structure, and enough background information to answer “who, what, where, when and why?” If applicable, include a reporting plan — who you envision your characters or sources will be, what scenes you envision and what kind of access you have. As long as the pitches are comprehensive, they don’t have to be incredibly long. A few paragraphs will do. Please do not send full stories in lieu of a pitch.
Rates and Compensation
Payment varies depending on a story’s length, the amount of reporting required, and the format. Rates start at $125 and the majority of commissioned articles are between 600 to 1,200 words. Invoices are filed upon publication and you should receive payment within 30 days, but usually within two weeks.
How to pitch:
- Introduction: In an email, tell us who you are, and explain your relevant experience. Please include clips or links to past coverage of this topic or similar. If you have not been published: Show us something that demonstrates your writing ability, such as a blog post or essay.
- Idea: Tell us why this story will be interesting to our readership and/or why this is important for us to cover right now: How does this connect with our previous coverage and/or an emerging trend, event, or issue for wine, beer, and spirits enthusiasts?