Crisis Magazine and First Things are two periodicals that accept manuscripts from freelance writers, though they do not strictly hire the writers. The periodicals also accept unsolicited manuscripts and provide submission guidelines on their websites. As of 2015, both periodicals provide remuneration for articles accepted for publication.
Freelance writers can submit manuscripts to Crisis Magazine by clicking on the Contact Us link on the bottom on the magazine home page. Guidelines are listed under the How to Submit an Article for Publication heading. As of 2015, guidelines include a word count recommendation of 800 and 1,500 words and a journalistic style. As Crisis Magazine is primarily a Catholic publication, articles tend to focus on religious and cultural issues. The website provides an email address for submissions.
Writers can submit manuscripts to First Things by clicking on the Submissions link on the bottom of the home page, which then provides guidelines for opinions, feature articles and reviews, as well as an email address where writers can send manuscripts. The guidelines stipulate that manuscripts be written with Microsoft Word and follow a word count according to manuscript type. First Things typically determines a manuscript's suitability for publication within 4 to 6 weeks.