• Priyanka Agarwal

A dream list of all the publications I want to write for

Updated: May 22

The 70+ newspapers, journals, magazines, and digital platforms where I wish to see my byline

The 70+ newspapers, journals, magazines, and digital platforms where I wish to see my byline
One of my life’s biggest aims is to see a byline here.

Image: Sarah Shull | Unsplash


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:

  1. Aeon

  2. Al Jazeera

  3. (The) Ascent (by Medium)

  4. (The) Atlantic

  5. (A) Atlas Obscura (B) Gastro Obscura

  6. Basically

  7. BBC Travel

  8. Bon Appétit

  9. Business Insider

  10. Business Standard

  11. Bustle

  12. (The) Caravan

  13. Catapult

  14. Christian Science Monitor

  15. CNN Travel

  16. Cosmopolitan

  17. Culture Trip

  18. Eater

  19. (The) Economist

  20. Elemental (by Medium)

  21. Elle

  22. Elle Decor

  23. Entertainment Weekly

  24. Esquire

  25. Fifty Two

  26. Financial Times

  27. Firstpost

  28. Forbes

  29. Fortune

  30. Good Housekeeping

  31. Goya Journal

  32. GQ

  33. (The) Guardian

  34. Hakai Magazine

  35. Harper’s Magazine

  36. Healthyish

  37. Hollywood Reporter

  38. (The) Juggernaut

  39. (The) Ken

  40. Khaleej Times

  41. Literary Hub

  42. Longreads

  43. Los Angeles Times

  44. Mental Floss

  45. Mint Lounge

  46. Modern Farmer

  47. Mongabay

  48. Narratively

  49. National Geographic

  50. Nat Geo Traveller India

  51. (The) New York Times

  52. (The) New Yorker

  53. NPR Goats and Soda

  54. OZY

  55. Reader’s Digest

  56. RoundGlass

  57. RoundGlass Thali

  58. Scroll.in

  59. Slate

  60. Smithsonian Magazine

  61. SodaMonk

  62. South China Morning Post

  63. (The) Swaddle

  64. Teen Vogue

  65. Tenderly (by Medium)

  66. Thought Catalog

  67. Time Magazine

  68. Travel + Leisure

  69. Variety

  70. (The) Verge

  71. Verve Magazine

  72. Vice Magazine

  73. Vogue

  74. Vox

  75. Vulture

  76. (The) Washington Post

  77. Whetstone Magazine

  78. Wired

Which are the publications youre aiming to break into? Let me know down below in the comments.