The following is a list of magazines that pay writers $400 an article. None of these magazines charge submission fees. All of them explicitly state that they pay their writers, and are transparent about their pay rates. I’ve linked to the submission guidelines page for each magazine, so you can learn more. The list is in no particular order.
1. Bead&Button is an international magazine about the art and craft of beading. They publish how-to articles and features. They are published 6 times a year. They pay $300-$400 for features. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
2. Outdoor Canada is Canada’s leading magazine for fishing, hunting, and conservation. They cover “what’s happening in the Canadian outdoors from coast to coast to coast.” They pay $400 and up for features. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
3. The Range Report is a magazine for shooting range owners, operators, and officers. It is distributed to 30,000 professionals on a monthly basis. They cover “good business practices, community involvement, legislation and other topics of importance to the range administrator.” Features generally pay $500. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
4. Backcountry Magazine is all about skiing and snowboarding in the backcountry. According to their website “Each issue of Backcountry is packed with high-definition photography and stories, trusted avalanche safety skills and reliable, unbiased gear reviews. From freeskiing to touring, exotic destinations to backyard zones, the history of skiing to the cutting edge, we cover it all. ” They pay $0.35 cents per word. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
5. Traditional Bowhunter is “dedicated to preserving and advancing the rich tradition of hunting with the longbow, recurve, and selfbow..” They pay $300-$400 for features, with photos. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
6. Oregon Coast is a bimonthly family-oriented magazine with a circulation of approximately 40,000. They highlight and promote the beauty and grandeur of America’s Most Beautiful Coastline, from lighthouses, to tide pools, to intriguing history. They pay $450-$650 for “Regional Roundup” articles. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
7. Parabola is the quarterly magazine published by The Society for the Study of Myth and Tradition, a non-profit organization. Each issue of Parabola is focused on “one of the timeless themes of human existence.” The tag line for the magazine is “the Search for Meaning.” They pay up to $400 for essays. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.