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

Updated: Jul 12, 2022

The 80 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.

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 stories, features, and essays connected to PiKu & ViRu. (Buy/download, read, and review my book here; it’s FREE on Kindle Unlimited!) 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 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 80 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. Atlas 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. Gastro Obscura

  31. Good Housekeeping

  32. Goya Journal

  33. GQ

  34. (The) Guardian

  35. Hakai Magazine

  36. Harper’s Magazine

  37. Healthyish

  38. Hollywood Reporter

  39. (The) Juggernaut

  40. (The) Ken

  41. Khaleej Times

  42. Literary Hub

  43. Longreads

  44. Los Angeles Times

  45. Mental Floss

  46. Mint Lounge

  47. Modern Farmer

  48. Mongabay

  49. Narratively

  50. National Geographic

  51. Nat Geo Traveller India

  52. (The) New York Times

  53. (The) New Yorker

  54. NPR Goats and Soda

  55. OZY

  56. Reader’s Digest (DONE for; see my story here)

  57. Rest of World

  58. RoundGlass

  59. RoundGlass Thali


  61. Slate

  62. Smithsonian Magazine

  63. SodaMonk

  64. South China Morning Post

  65. (The) Swaddle

  66. Teen Vogue

  67. Tenderly (by Medium)

  68. Thought Catalog

  69. Time Magazine

  70. Travel + Leisure

  71. Variety

  72. (The) Verge

  73. Verve Magazine

  74. Vice Magazine

  75. Vogue

  76. Vox

  77. Vulture

  78. (The) Washington Post

  79. Whetstone Magazine

  80. Wired

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

Post updated on Tuesday, 12 July 2022


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