9 Magazines that Pay Writers $200 or More Per Article

As part of my weekly effort to find paying gigs for writers, here are ten magazines that pay $200 or more for articles. Some of the magazines don’t list pay specifics, but writers should expect quite competitive payment from these magazines. For even more markets, check out our eBook, 182 Markets for Freelance Writers

  1. Working Mother is a national magazine for “full-time, part-time and sidelined moms who work.” They have a very large readership, and accept queries for feature articles from freelance writers. Expect professional pay. To learn more, read their writer guidelines.
  2. Ensemble Vacations is a national travel magazine for the Canadian market. They’re published four times a year, and read by the top clients of the Ensemble travel agencies. Queries can be emailed to the editor. They can provide an editorial calendar upon request, so you can pitch what they’re looking for. To learn more, read their writer’s guidelines.
  3. Planning is a magazine about community planning. The magazine published 10 times a year by the American Planning association. They publish features, news, book reviews, essays, and news about projects in the works. Payment ranges from $100 to $1,000, depending on length. To learn more, read their suggestions for contributors.
  4. British Columbia Magazine is a regional magazine for the BC area. They ”
    seek out the exotic, the strange, the unknown, and the rare within
    our province.” They accept queries and articles on spec from freelance writers. They pay 50 cents per word. To learn more, read their writer’s guidelines.
  5. New Mexico Magazine is a regional magazine for – you guessed it – New Mexico. They reach 100,000 “qualified readers,” about a third of whom are in New Mexico. They want articles about activities readers can do “right now.” For example, restaurant reviews, hikes, etc. They pay 35-40 cents per word. To learn more, read their writer’s guidelines.
  6. Salvo is a Christian magazine published by the Fellowship of St. James, dedicated to “debunking the cultural myths that have undercut human dignity, all but destroyed the notions of virtue and morality, and slowly eroded our appetite for transcendence.” Their tagline is “Society, Sex, Science.” They pay 20 cents per word up to 2,000 words. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
  7. Sandpoint Magazine is a regional magazine for the two northern counties of Idaho. They pay 20-25 cents per word. Sections include feature stories, interviews, real-estate stories, photo essays, and “Sandpoint of View.” Article length ranges from 250 to 2,000 words. To learn more, read their writer’s guidelines.
  8. Fantastic Magazine publishes the entire spectrum of science fiction and fantasy. They “love word play, and would like to see stories with a literary bent, though decidedly not a pretentious bent.” They pay at the high end for SF/F magazines, and 15 cents a word. The maximum length is 3,000 words. To learn more, read theirs submission guidelines
  9. Parabola is the magazine published by The Society for the Study of Myth and Tradition, a non-profit organization. Each issue of Parabola focused on “one of the timeless themes of human existence.” The tag line for the magazine is “the Search for Meaning.” They pay $150-$400 for essays. To learn more, and to submit, read their submission guidelines.


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