Can you think of a writing topic that weighs on people’s minds more than health?
It touches every aspect of our lives, every day… and that means you can find a way to pitch a health or wellness article to nearly ANY publication.
Lemme give you an example. When I say “freelance writing jobs at health and wellness blogs,” what comes to your mind?
Technical medical articles about new discoveries? How to get back into those slim-fit jeans? A story about a terrifying diagnosis and obstacle-ridden journey to recovery? How to juggle the challenges of aging parents? How to live with a pesky food sensitivity (and still eat your favorite foods)? And I’m just getting started…
If you’re a personal finance blogger and you want to break into health writing, you can pitch your editors ideas about how finances and health affect each other. If you’re a business blogger with an interest in wellness, you can blog about the return on investment in corporate wellbeing initiatives. Health and wellness are such universal topics, you can work them into your portfolio even if you’ve never written for a specifically health-centered blog.
Even better news: all of the sites listed in this post are open to pitches on health and wellness from freelance writers! And they pay rates ranging from $50 to hundreds (in some cases thousands) of dollars per article, so you can earn a good living from your work.
Do I Need to Be a Health Professional to Freelance Health Writer?
Do I need to say it?
If you have any health or medical qualifications, you are sitting on a goldmine (if you want to write about your area of expertise).
Here’s the hard part…
Most people with these types of qualifications… ummm, how can we put it nicely… They’re not the most talented writers of online content. Not saying that talented and qualified medial writers don’t exist, but the world really could use WAAAAY more people with these combined skills!
Not to mention, most qualified health professionals are busy doing their jobs (and making plenty of money). They’re not looking for a side gig in health blogging.
So if you have a way with words and a passion for this niche, you don’t need to be the expert. You’ve got TONS of experts out there willing to give interviews, so all you need are your writing and research skills.
This niche is no different than any other from the writing point of view — you still have to do your research, cite your sources and interview experts. (Ahem… you know this is part of the job NO MATTER what you write about, right?)
Can I Write about Controversial Health Topics for Blogs and Online Magazines?
IF the blog or magazine accepts your pitch, then you can. Some publications are eager to take on trending health topics that everyone doesn’t agree about. So if that’s your schtick, go for it — choose the right sites to pitch, and get ready to handle arguments in the comments section when your article is published!
No matter who you write for, you’ll need to give expert sources for any health facts or recommendations you include in your posts. This saves your editor the work of fact-checking your article from scratch, and it means your readers can follow your citations to dig deeper into the topics that interest them.
Even if the publisher doesn’t explicitly instruct you to cite your sources, cite them anyway — it’s your professional reputation on the line. (Any site publishing health articles without adequate, balanced research and source references is a Big Red Flag. Run away!)
And here are some great publications to pitch your health ideas…
Blogs and Magazines that Want Pitches for Health and Wellness Articles
Abilities is a magazine and lifestyle blog based in Canada for people with disabilities. Their readers already have disabilities, so they’re looking for ideas about how to keep on living their best life. How their readers can live a full and healthy life (with a disability) would definitely appeal to them. Have a look at the writer’s guidelines (and published articles) for more ideas.
ADDitude Magazine is a print magazine with an extensive blog specializing in ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and other similar conditions. So of course, they love working with journalists and mental health professionals who have expertise in these areas. But they also are very interested in first-person stories about living and working with ADD and its related conditions. ADD-related health and wellness articles are extremely interesting to their readers. So get to work on your pitch!
If you live in the Atlanta GA area and you’ve got an idea for a health article related to families and children, head over to Atlanta Parent Magazine and pitch them. They’re interested in personal essays, practical advice, and feature stories about all the challenges of parenting with a local twist.
The Bay Area Parent magazine and blog are looking for well-researched features and other shorter articles about parenting in the greater San Francisco Bay area. Their focus is helping busy parents, so staying healthy and work-life balance are very doable topics. Just remember to keep it locally focused and tailored to their audience of busy families.
Best Self Atlanta is a print magazine and website focused on helping people live a healthy lifestyle in the Greater Atlanta area. Their readers tend to be in the “fit, fabulous and over 40” segment of the population. Read the site (and the latest issue of the digital magazine) to get an idea of what they want, and include Atlanta-based experts or sources to make your article relevant.
Better Homes and Gardens uses freelance writers for about 10% of its articles. And health and wellness are topics this publication wants to hear more about (and so does their audience). Have a look at their website and magazine to get a better idea of what they want, then send your query via mail (not email) to the “department where the storyline is the strongest.” Really… snail mail it to them.
Better Humans is a publication on the Medium.com website. But unlike most Medium publications, they sometimes pay a flat fee for articles. And yep, they offer the pay-for-performance option too. They publish “well-tested advice” on every aspect of healthy living and self-improvement, so they expect you to spill the deets on your journey (or your interviewee’s) to success or failure. And they would love to hear from you if you’re not the typical athletic god or goddess but you have health hacks to share.
Bitch Media runs a magazine and blog with a “feminist analysis of culture.” And by culture, they mean cultural attitudes, social trends, pop culture, and the everyday culture of life. So, for example, parenting, health, and relationships are a part of it too. “Discussion-provoking” and “well researched with evidence” are key here for getting picked.
Bustle is looking for first person stories, interviews, buzz-worthy features and even personal essays. Stick to the health category or pitch a wellness angle on fashion, beauty, relationships, tech, or entertainment. Have a look at some of their published articles for examples, and remember to pitch the right editor depending on the topic of your pitch.
Buzzfeed: who hasn’t heard of it? Yep, this enormous lifestyle site hires freelance writers. You’ll find health and wellness articles in the Lifestyle section and maybe the Sex and Love or Essays section too. Just remember to get familiar with the site before you pitch. And maybe start
stalking following the editors of your favorite sections on social media.
They call it the Triangle (also known as the Raleigh Durham area of North Carolina). And their online parenting magazine is looking for local stories about anything that helps keep parents (and their kids) sane and healthy. If you’re a parent in the area, get in touch and pitch them a great local wellness story!
Charlotte Parent is a mostly online magazine focused on arming local parents with helpful information. Local expert advice and everything about how to survive parenthood from a local perspective. So go pitch them your health and wellness ideas for parents. Check out their editorial calendar for details about monthly themes too.
Chatelaine is a Canadian lifestyle magazine and blog. They absolutely want articles about health, wellness, beauty, and food. When you pitch, you’ll need to specify whether it’s for the magazine or the website. Rigorous fact-checking is their middle name, so be prepared to give them sources for all cited facts and contact info for all interviews. And your patience — it may take 6 to 8 weeks for them to make a decision about your ideas.
Attention freelance writers with kids living in the Washington DC, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia areas! Chesapeake Family Magazine hires writers for local parenting, health, and wellness articles. They love when you quote local authorities, so make sure to keep your story ideas focused on the region.
Consider this your two-for-one deal. Chicago Health: Caregiving magazine & site and Chicago Health magazine & site are both run by the same editors. But they’re not exactly the same publication. Chicago Health Caregiving is written exclusively for senior citizens and the people that take care of them. Have a look at their articles to get an idea of what they want before you pitch them. And using Chicago-based experts or interviewees wouldn’t hurt either.
Chicago Health Magazine is run by the same editorial team as Chicago Health: Caregiving, but is focused on a broader audience (not just seniors). Have a look at the site and you’ll get the idea — it’s all about healthy living with a mix of medical and lifestyle articles. Remember to use local experts and interview subjects!
Chicago Parent Magazine is interested in your personal essays and feature stories related to parenting, with a local focus on the Chicagoland area. Make sure to interview local experts, families, and children to keep your story focused on the needs of their readers. Health, wellness, and anything that helps parents navigate life is fair game.
Unlike the others on this list, Coffey Communications isn’t a publication. It’s a marketing agency that creates content for many different medical, healthcare, health, and wellness publications and websites. You know… all those medical institutions that have websites but have no idea how to fill them with great content. So they hire companies like Coffey, who sometimes hire freelance writers. Pay and assignments will vary. We recommend sending a letter of introduction to their “gethired” email address if you’re interested in working with them.
Colorado Health and Wellness is a free, online magazine that helps its Colorado-based readers find answers to health and wellness topics that matter to them. But it’s much more than just a magazine. Solve Health Media, the publisher of Colorado Health and Wellness, is also a marketing agency that helps doctors and other medical businesses create content for their websites and print publications. So if you’re looking to write health articles, you could find yourself a regular gig here.
Common Ground is a Canadian magazine and blog dedicated mostly to health, wellness, ecology, and personal growth. “Transformational travel” is another topic of interest. They much prefer to work with writers from or living in Canada.
Originally a print magazine, Cosmopolitan also has a prominent blog that accepts queries from freelance writers and occasionally seeks contributions from readers. Health and wellness are just a few of the topics they’re interested in. (If this sounds like too big a goal for you, check this out: How I Convinced Cosmopolitan to Publish My Blog Post, And You Can Too)
The Desire Health Magazine is a Southern California print magazine, digital magazine and site focused on the needs of the local African American community. Its primary focus is health and wellness, but it also does stories about local politics, community news, social issues, and spirituality. If you’re familiar with this community and its needs, pitch them.
Experience Life is a print magazine with a blog for Life Time fitness centers and its members. So they’re focused on health and fitness. But quality of life is also a big part of this publication too. Real Food, Real Fitness, and Real Life are the 3 big sections for their articles.
Yes, you really can pitch Good Housekeeping (and get paid to write for them). To start, try pitching them for the Blessings column. Basically 500 words about something that has been a blessing to you. It could be a person or an event. Stories about health challenges are also welcome. These could be from interviewing someone else as well. By the way, you’ll have to send it to them the old-fashioned way, snail mail.
Hudson Valley Parent magazine and online blog want your local stories about parenting. They especially love first-person experiences (and remember to interview local parents and experts too). Health, wellness, and family life are just some examples of preferred topics. They tend to focus more on children from 0 to 14 years old.
LifeZette is looking for articles on parenting, politics, faith, health, and pop culture. Read their already published articles carefully to get an idea of what it takes to get the yes. You’ll have to do your own research and use social media to get in touch with the right editor.
Are you a busy parent living near Detroit Michigan? Then you’ve probably got something to pitch Metro Parent. This print magazine also features a blog (updated daily!) for reported articles and tips on parenting in southeast Michigan. They are also very interested in health and wellness topics related to families and children. If you live in (or know) this part of the US, pitch them your ideas. Just make sure to have a portfolio of writing to show them first.
Mom.me is “a lifestyle site for moms who happen to be parents.” The site covers parenting topics from pregnancy to empty nesters as well as lifestyle topics like health, food, and fashion. You’ll have to read the site to get an idea of what to pitch (but you need to do that anyway).
- Homepage: https://mom.com/
- Contributor info: Not available online, but you’ll find contact info at https://mom.com/about
- Pay: We’ve heard $350 per article.
- Contributor byline: Yes.
- Contributor bio: Yes, displayed when you click the byline.
Momtastic’s goal is to “cut through the noise” of all the parenting sites out there by offering “only the information moms really want.” Posts are usually first-person and offer real-life parenting stories and authentic parenting advice. They are very much interested in health and wellness article pitches too. Follow the editors on social media to get in touch and find out more about them. And please read the blog to get a feel for what to pitch them.
Mother.ly is very interested in your mom stories. First-person experiences that pass on your hard-earned wisdom to other mothers (in about 700-900 words). So pick a specific parenting struggle and remind their readers that they’re not alone. And if you happen to be an expert that helps moms live their best life, you could become an expert contributor. Health and wellness topics are very doable for your mom stories OR as an expert.
Natural Awakenings isn’t just one magazine or website. It’s a whole bunch of them. There are over 50 local Natural Awakenings print magazines and websites. So you can pitch each one directly (after you check to see what kind of articles they’re looking for). They all have a health and wellness focus, but that’s where the similarities end. Each magazine’s website has articles you can read (and you can have a look at the digital version of the magazine too).
New Jersey Monthly is a lifestyle magazine and website dedicated to all things New Jersey (surprise). Written for local people, they are interested in subjects like important New Jersey natives and residents, healthcare, business, culture, local sports, travel and much more. Everything from a New Jersey perspective of course.
The Nutri Inspector is a blog all about nutrition (and weight loss too). They have tons of helpful articles, how-to guides, product reviews, and other advice about staying healthy and slim. They hire freelance writers for articles. Or you could even do regular writing for this site if you’re interested.
PCC Markets is a local chain of co-op grocery stores in the Seattle Washington area. And they sometimes do content marketing on their very helpful and informative website. They’re focused on articles about healthy living and wellness mostly through food. Have a look at their site and get in touch with them.
Got kids and live in Arizona? You’ve probably got stories that the Raising Arizona Kids magazine wants. They only hire local writers and they want pitches about all the challenges of parenting from a local perspective. Their goal is to help make parenting easier from birth to high school graduation. So go pitch them your health and wellness article ideas!
Ravishly is an online magazine that doesn’t back away from controversial parenting or mom topics. Have a look at their already published articles and you’ll know exactly what they are about. Life is messy and they are ready to talk about it, rant about it, and even sometimes cry or laugh about it. Health and wellness articles definitely fit into their focus, so get to it.
Who hasn’t heard of The Reader’s Digest? And guess what…you can write for them too. They do hire freelance writers. You may have to do some social media research and follow your favorite editors. They pay very well, so it’ll be worth the trouble if you dream of writing for this magazine and website. They’re only interested in your pitch. Don’t send any finished work. This publication (and its readers) are definitely interested in health and wellness topics. Read the magazine or site to get ideas about what they want.
Wanna write for the massive lifestyle site Refinery29? They have a few specialist topics they’re looking for right now. But you can still pitch them another idea. Just make sure it’s in line with their style and hasn’t already been done (or has an amazingly fresh new perspective). Health and wellness are two of many topics they regularly publish.
Most articles at Runner’s World are written by staff writers. But you’ve still got a chance to get your work published in this magazine (especially if you happen to be an avid runner). They recommend sending submissions to a few departments: What It Takes To…, Rave Run, and Life & Times. You can submit to others, but they are usually reserved for experts. Online articles are rarely paid gigs by the way.
Skirt! is a monthly online magazine that publishes freelance writers’ personal essays on women’s issues. Check the “Contribute” page for the topics/themes they’re looking for each month. (Skirt! also publishes blog posts in between magazine issues, but you only get paid for essays in the monthly magazine.) Health and wellness are definitely topics they like to hear about, so get pitching!
SparkPeople is all about health, fitness, and weight loss. It’s a gi-normous website. so they need freelance writers for health articles. But they also have in-house writers (in case you’re looking for a regular paycheck). Most of the articles here are written by the staff, but you can still get hired as a freelancer from time to time.
They call themselves Spirituality & Health, and they mean it. This print magazine and online blog cover most topics around religion, spirituality, health, wellbeing, and anything related to it. From mainstream religion to holistic medicine and the environment. Most approved submissions are published on the website (because they’ve got more room there). And if you’re an expert, you might hear back from them faster (hint, hint).
The Green Parent is a UK print magazine with a blog as well. They are all about living a green lifestyle, so they’d love to see pitches about health and wellness from an ecologically conscious perspective. They especially like first-person stories about your real-life experiences (that connect with their eco-friendly focus).
The Health Journal is a print magazine and website looking for articles for its different departments (Advances in Medicine, Fitness, Food & Nutrition, Men & Women’s Health, Parenting, Mental Health, and more). They would LOVE to hear from experts in health and wellness fields. But they are also looking for human interest stories. You don’t have to be the expert so long as you can do great research and interview the right experts.
You’ve probably already watched a viral Upworthy video or read one of their short articles on social media. They’re known for publishing stories that are uplifting and meaningful. Even though they tend to be short, they want you to write an article that impacts people and gets their attention. They’re even open to you repurposing stories that you’ve already written elsewhere (if it’s legally allowed of course). Most lifestyle topics are doable (and that includes health and wellness).
Verily is a women’s lifestyle blog focusing on fashion, beauty, relationships, culture, and health. If you’re thinking of submitting photos as part of your story, be aware that they have a “no Photoshop” policy on fashion and beauty photos.
Vibrant Life is a print magazine and website looking for articles that “promote physical health, mental clarity, and spiritual balance from a practical, Christian perspective.” Shorter articles (around 450-650 words) are always in demand (hint, hint). They’re especially interested in topics like exercise, nutrition, self-help, family, spiritual balance, challenges & triumphs, and interviews & profiles.
Vice is a huge lifestyle site with lots of viral videos and articles. And their lifestyle department hires freelance writers for subjects like health, wellness, self-care, sex, relationships, and plenty more. They’re really looking for original reports, essays, and first-person stories. You could even do an article on another person’s first-person story. And for those of you with a great idea, Vice is looking for pitches for series and columns too.
Vox is a gigantic website (that you’ve likely run into on social media) mostly focused on news. They want to give context to news stories. And they pay for first-person stories or essays. About big events happening near you? Absolutely, yes. You can also pitch your personal stories about parenting, health, wellness, relationships, and other important everyday issues. They’re interested to hear your story even if you’re not a pro writer yet. Send them a pitch.
Wellbeing Magazine is an Australian publication with a blog. They are very interested in all aspects of health and spirituality. Some subjects you could write about are natural health, the environment, fitness, travel, and first-person stories (related to wellbeing). You can also write for the site, but they pay for magazine articles only.
Got a teenager and some story ideas on how to survive the teen years? Your Teen is a website dedicated to helping parents of teenagers (from middle school all the way to the beginning of college). Be prepared to give links to your writing samples. Articles, essays, and blog posts are all doable. Oh, and get some experts involved. Your Teen really loves having trusted experts quoted in their articles. Health and wellness topics are very welcome here (as long as they relate to teenagerhood or parenting teens).
Youth Today is a magazine and blog that covers just about any issue involving youth and the adults who work on their behalf, from direct-care services, health and juvenile justice to government policies and legislation, funding for youth programs and youth development.
Yummy Mummy is a Canadian parenting blog that hires freelance writers for family and parenting-related articles. They are especially interested in humor, personal stories, and timely topics. Even contrarian and dissenting opinion articles are ok (as long as they’re well thought out). And remember to provide sources for all stories. Health and wellness story pitches are definitely doable here. Just keep it focused on the needs of their readers.
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