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Paid Publishing Opportunities

$2,100 Essay Contest: What have you learned from your challenges?

This year’s Fountain Essay Contest is currently open for entries. This year, they are asking a simple question: What have you learned from your challenges? For this contest, they are seeking essays about “your challenges and how you mentally, physically, and/or spiritually prepare for them.” The deadline to enter the contest is March 1st, 2020….

10 Publishers Seeking Short Stories ($50 to $300 Per Story)

Next Show All These magazines pay $50 to about $300 for fiction, and some of these are themed calls. A few accept other genres too, like poetry and non-fiction. Deadlines are approaching quickly for some of these magazines. – S. Kalekar Also see this list, and this one for fiction markets paying $150 and up….

10 Publishers Seeking Pitches from Freelance Writers

Next Show All Here’s a list of ten publishers seeking pitches directly from freelance writers. We’ve researched payment rates for all of these publishers, and found their submission guidelines pages, to make it easier to connect with them. Pay varies from $50, up to $150+. Topics include Marvel comics, working from home, education, parenting, saving…

28 Themed Calls for Submissions (Non-Fiction, Essays, Etc)

Next Show All These magazines and websites accept non-fiction articles. There are about 28 themes for the 14 markets listed here. Some of these are: medieval communities, the science of reading, quest for perfection, superpowers, plant biology, makers on making, community, power, great wood finishes, archives, the music issue, Memorial Day, and special needs adoption….

First Novel Contest: $10,000 Prize

Authors of crime novels. Do you have an unpublished manuscript? Mystery Writers of American is offering $10,000 and an advance against royalties to the winning manuscript in their annual writing contest. The contest is co-sponsored by St. Martin’s Minotaur, an imprint of McMillan, one of the Big Five publishers. The deadline to enter is January…

15 Sites and Magazines that Pay Writers ($50 to $350)

Next Show All Here’s a variety of publishers that pay freelance writers for the writing they publish. included is a wide variety of topics for your consideration. If you’re new to freelance writing, please join us for a free webinar on launching your career. You’ll learn how to approach publishers, get published, and get paid….

$150 to $500 for Short Stories: 10 Publishers Seeking Submissions

Next Show All These magazines and websites pay around $150-500 for fiction. A few also accept other genres, like poetry and non-fiction. They are open now, or will open shortly for submissions. All are free to submit to, or have fee-free options. – S. Kalekar Author Bio: S. Kalekar is the pseudonym of a regular…


Case Studies

How I Went From Getting Paid $30 Per Article To $1999 Per article

My writing career started as a suggestion from a professor while I was getting my master’s degree in psychology. I’d been dreaming of writing for years, but never quite felt comfortable or ready to take the leap. It also didn’t help that the one time I shared my writing dream with someone they asked me,…

How I Got My First Paid Publication as a Freelance Writer

By Susan Lewis The first time I was published, I was so excited and happy that someone was actually willing to pay me for my work. I had been trying to get paid for my writing without any luck. I knew it could happen but I didn’t know how to correctly go about it. It…

Case Study: How I Landed a $2,500 Fiction Writing Gig

Case Study:Turning What You Don’t Know into What You Do KnowBy Anne E. Johnson Sometimes landing a great writing client has a lot to do with taking advantage of your unique background outside of writing. And the more creatively you apply that background, the more interesting gigs you can get.  I’m one of those artsy…

This One Trick Helped Me Write and Sell 30 Short Stories

TN Wesley To date, I have sold over 60 short stories to glossy magazines. Advice columns inspired me to write close to half of those stories.  Whenever I am facing writer’s block, I scroll through advice column letters, hunting for inspiration.  For me, there is no better way to jumpstart a short story than to…

How I Went from Less than a Penny Per Word to $500 for 1,000 Words.

By Caleb Kentai Growing, up, writing was always a fun affair. I could whip words into paragraphs at a pretty young age. I could crank up a blistering op-ed in high school, good enough to win me several writing competitions, and the admiration of my friends. In college, I was the go-to writer because I …

How I Went from Earning $40 an An Article to $400

By Shireen Hakim Writing should be fun. If you’re not having fun with a publication or editor, move on. It will pay off. I’m proof of that. I’d been regularly writing for an UK-based online news publication for three years. I had a great rapport with the senior editor. Although he was just paying me…

How I Used Twitter to Earn $1/Word

By Shireen Hakim As a freelance writer, I often learn about gigs by following and pitching editors and publications on Twitter.  However, an arbitrary reply to an Audobon magazine associate editor’s tweet led me to my best-paying gig yet. At first, I started out on Twitter for the same reason the rest of us writers…