Over the last two weeks, I’ve spent most of my waking moments looking for anime freelance writing opportunities. And let me tell you, it is worse than trying to find a needle in a haystack. Knowing how difficult this is, I thought I would share some of the opportunities I’ve found, just to help out other fellow ani-bloggers. Please note that the list at the moment is quite short, but as I find more over time I will add to it. So make sure to check back every month or so!
Also, full disclosure, at the time of writing this I have not had any experience with any of the company listed.
If you know of any opportunities please comment down below!
Japan Anime Media
General Info: Japan Anime Media (JAM) is a Japan based Otaku site. Their articles are mainly written in Japanese, however they are currently looking for writers to create content in English, as well as Editors.
How to Apply: Submit an expression of interest on the link above.
General Info: Yatta-Tachi aims to show the diversity of Japanese culture through fun and casual posts. Their site covers anime, manga, events and various lifestyles. They are currently looking for editorial writers and reviewers for their site. Please note you must be over 18 to submit.
How to Apply: At the bottom of the link is an application form you must fill out. The form includes general questions about you, how often you’d like to contribute, asks for writing samples and for some pitches.
General Info: Anime Feminist reviews and discusses anime, manga and Japanese pop culture through a feminist lens. Anyone can submit to ‘Anime Feminist’ so long as they align themselves with the ‘feminist principles of social justice and equality’. Written articles for them are encouraged to be between 1000 and 2000 words. Applications are for one off articles, not long-term/regular columns.
How to Apply: Follow the link above, include 1-2 writing samples, brief bio and pitch up to five ideas.
Pay: $50 per article
Anime News Network
General Info: Anime News Network is pretty much the number 1 anime site. They do weekly episode reviews, feature articles, and pop culture news – I’m sure I’ve just scratched the surface on all the articles they put out. Currently ANN has opportunities open for Convention Correspondents and Freelance Editorial Contributors. Again, these opportunities are short-term, they are not looking for regular contributors.
How to Apply: Send an email including writing samples, a cover letter (and resume for editorial contributor), and what you would like to cover. For editorial contributors you will receive a reply in 5-7 business days, asking for your full pitch of articles if they are interested.
General Info: This site was recommended by Cassidy. From a quick look through the site it seems to be a blogging platform, almost like WordPress, except you automatically get paid for your content. Having had a look at reviews of the site, experiences with it seem to be mixed, but if you are interested I found this guide on how to optimise your site to earn money!
Pay: Between $1.20 and $1.80 per 1000 words
Monkeys Fighting Robots
General Info: Unlike the other sites here, Monkeys Fighting Robots is a site focused on general geekiness from comics to tv shows and, of course, anime. The site is currently looking for writers who specialise in movies, television shows, comic books and anime. This seems to be a long-term gig with an expectation of 3-5 articles per week.
How to Apply: Send an email with your resume
Pay: $1 per 1000 views your article receives