Updated: May 22
The 70+ newspapers, journals, magazines, and digital platforms where I wish to see my byline
One of the greatest moments for any freelance writer that makes them whoop in the air with delight is seeing their name in a story they’ve penned for a world-class publication.
I’ve had the good fortune to write for the likes of Fodor’s Travel, Indiatimes, and Architectural Digest India and experience such periods of jump-in-the-air joy. And of course, for Condé Nast Traveller India, where I have worked full-time on the editorial desk as a digital writer for 3 years.
But I still have a long way to go when it comes to scoring more bylines while also earning a good amount of money and writing cred in the process.
That’s why I’ve compiled a wish list of publications so I can put this goal of mine out there in the Universe.
These are a mix of print and digital titles, irrespective of their openness to freelancer pitches or whether I have a story idea befitting them.
I’d love to explore all sorts of content formats for these, including those for stories, features, and essays connected to PiKu & ViRu. Among my to-dos, therefore, is to get myself to amp up my pitching activity in the next one year’s time from now to have this dream turn into a reality.
Of course, this isn’t the complete list but an ongoing one. I’ll update it as and when I come across a publication that catches my fancy.
At the same time, the idea isn’t to keep pushing myself to achieve this aim but to let things happen rather than make them happen. I don’t want to end up piling so much on my plate that it makes my mind switch off from my work and gives me a needless burnout.
Also, the pandemic has made me realise the importance of celebrating what I’ve achieved, rather than criticising myself for what I haven’t. I’ll bear this in mind during the pitching and writing process as well so I can be kinder and more compassionate to myself.
For now, here are the 70+ platforms I have in my sights for my article- and essay-writing goals, put together in alphabetical order:
(The) Ascent (by Medium)
(A) Atlas Obscura (B) Gastro Obscura
Christian Science Monitor
Elemental (by Medium)
Los Angeles Times
Nat Geo Traveller India
(The) New York Times
(The) New Yorker
NPR Goats and Soda
South China Morning Post
Tenderly (by Medium)
Travel + Leisure
(The) Washington Post
Which are the publications you’re aiming to break into? Let me know down below in the comments.