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7 Publishers that Pay $1+ Per Word

According to our latest research, here are seven publishers that pay freelance writers up to $1 per word, or more. Topics including travel, technology, entertainment, and news. Keep in mind that it is competitive to get published by these magazines; they’re likely looking for experienced freelance writers. However, if you put together a high-quality pitch,…

$12,000 Writing Prize from Graywolf

Graywolf Press is hosting a nonfiction book competition, which awards a book contract and a $12,000 advance to the winning author.  They do not want completed manuscripts. They want a “manuscript in progress.” The deadline for submission is February 1st, 2020. According to their website: A $12,000 advance and publication by Graywolf Press will be…

$200 for Personal Essays: Deadlines Are Approaching Quickly

Chicken Soup for the Soul has several deadlines approaching on January 31st for the following forthcoming books: The Magic of Cats The Magic of Dogs Be You (Formerly titled “You Go, Girl!”) According to their website: “If we publish your story, you will be paid $200 one month after publication of the book and you…

$100 to $700 for Short Stories – 10 Calls for Submissions

These magazines accept fiction, and pay $100 to about $700. A few also accept other genres, like poetry and non-fiction. Deadlines are approaching quickly. – S. Kalekar Shenandoah ­­­­­This literary magazine publishes stories, essays, creative non-fiction, excerpts of novels in progress, poems, comics, and translations of all of the above. Their current submission window is…

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

There are 30 non-fiction themes for the 14 magazines/websites listed here. While some give a date by which they want articles or queries on specific topics, several do not, so it is best to get work in early. The themes include: fantasy, soul food thanksgiving, American Indian citizenship, adapt and grow, historic scenic highways, climate…

Nelson Algren Literary Awards: $7,000 Short Story Contest (Submission Guidelines)

One of the year’s best short story contests has arrived. It’s the Nelson Algren Literary Awards, hosted by the Chicago Tribune. The grand prize? $3,500 USD. Plus, five runners’ up prizes of $750. That’s over $7000 in prizes. There is absolutely no entry free. Unfortunately, this contest is only open to writers in the United…

$750 for Personal Essays About Horses to Be Published by Harper Collins

Horse Girls is “an anthology that reclaims the horse girl stereotype through personal stories that explore privilege, ambition, traditionally feminine and unfeminine desires, domestication, and wildness.” It will be published in 2021 by Harper Perennial. They are looking for essays, particularly from “writers of color, non-binary/trans writers, and southern and midwestern writers.” According to the…


Case Studies

How I Traded $5 Per Article for $1000 Per Article

My writing story goes back to my childhood years. I was the kind of kid who would pick a Danielle Steele novel over going to the race track with my family and friends. I remember being a very keen listener to my parents’ conversations or even the news anchor on TV. I did not do…

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…