10 History Markets That Pay $100+ Per Article

If you are a history enthusiast – you may want to pitch these writing markets! Study their guidelines to learn the following: what submissions editors seek (fiction or nonfiction), whether you need to provide photos, and whether you need to pitch your ideas first. Find out what rights editors buy and for what period of time. If you do not have (yet!) relevant clips or links to your online published articles, in your query letter you should capitalize on your expertise, experience, and knowledge. For each targeted publication try to generate 2-3 story ideas: in case of a rejection, you can send another pitch immediately! As Richard Bach, an American novelist, stated, “A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.” –– Tatiana Claudy

For even more publishers in this category, her are 17 Magazines that Pay for Writing About History

1. Western Pennsylvania History magazine is a quarterly publication of the Senator John Heinz History Center. Editors are interested in articles based on primary resources or innovative analysis of historical or current events. Editors consider only original manuscripts.

Payment is $250 for features (3,000-4,000 words). To learn more, read writers’ guidelines: http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/WPHM-Submission-Guidelines.pdf.

2. Michigan History is a popular history magazine published by Historical Society of Michigan. Editors look for articles about Michigan’s past that explore heritage and history of all Michigan’s people. All stories should take place before 1982 and be written from a particular angle. Editors consider only original manuscripts.

Payment is $100-$225 for features (1,500-2,500 words) and $50 for department pieces (500-700 words). To learn more, read writers’ guidelines: https://hsmichigan.org/publications/writers-guidelines/.

3. Internet Genealogy is a bimonthly Canadian magazine that focuses on providing modern family historians with up-to-date genealogy-related resources. This publication is a “how-to” magazine: editors look for articles with precise information that would help readers in their research.

Editors buy the first world serial and electronic rights and the right to include a work in future collections or “best of” reprint editions.

Payment is current $0.08 per word for features (about 2,000 words). To learn more, read writers’ guidelines: https://internet-genealogy.com/author_notes.htm.

4. Your Genealogy Today is a bimonthly Canadian magazine serving as a resource guide in genealogical research and providing useful information for all levels of genealogy enthusiasts.

Editors buy the first world serial and electronic rights and the right to include a work in future collections or “best of” reprint editions.

Payment is current $0.08 per word for features (about 2,000 words). To learn more, read writers’ guidelines: http://yourgenealogytoday.com/author_notes.htm.

5. Canada’s History (formerly The Beaver) is a bimonthly magazine published by Canada’s National History Society. Editors look for well-research and well-written articles on all aspects of Canadian history: discovery and settlement, exploration, aboriginal peoples, war, culture, trade and business, social history and politics.

Payment is $0.50 (CAD) per word for features and up to $125 (CAD) for departments. To learn more, read writers’ guidelines:http://www.canadashistory.ca/About-Us/Editorial-Guidelines and

http://www.canadashistory.ca/CNHS/media/CNHS/cnhs-media/PDFs%20and%20Powerpoints/EN/EditorialGuidelines.pdf.

6. Good Old Days is a bimonthly original nostalgia magazine that “remembers the best of times”: its content includes reader-provided stories and recollections of the “good old days” of 1930s through 1960s.

Editors prefer to buy all rights, but will negotiate with writers on first or one-time rights. If writers cannot offer all rights, they must specify the type of rights they are offering when submitting their manuscripts.

Payment is $20-100 for stories (500-1,500 words). To learn more, read writers’ guidelines: http://www.drgnetwork.com/pdfs/GDg08.pdf.

7. COINage is a magazine for people whose hobby or business is coins. Editors look for informative and entertaining articles that would draw people into coin collecting.

Writing for this publication is a work for hire: contributors sign the independent contractor agreement and they grant U.S. copyright and all rights in it to the Company (Beckett Media).

Payment is $250 for features (2,000+ words) plus 8-10 high-resolution photos with captions and credits. To learn more, read writers’ guidelines: http://coinagemag.com/writers-guidelines/.

8. Lighthouse Digest is a bimonthly magazine focusing on the lighthouse history and news. Editors look for “the stories of lighthouses and the keepers and families who served at these historic structures so that this history may be preserved for future generations.” Editors are also interested in current events at lighthouses and preservation efforts. Writers should state in their submissions whether their stories are fiction or nonfiction.

Payment is $74-$150 for a story (750-1,500 words) (payment information can be found at WritersWeekly.com at http://writersweekly.com/this-weeks-article/nine-paying-markets-for-historical-fiction-by-meredith-allard). To learn more, read writers’ guidelines: http://www.lighthousedigest.com/guidelines.cfm.

9. America’s Civil War is bimonthly magazine featuring the popular history of the American Civil War. Editors seek stories (historical narratives, expert commentaries, and firsthand accounts) that show why this historic event is still matters for the 21st century readers. Editors accept simultaneous submissions. No fiction submissions – only true stories.

Payment is $300+ for a feature (3,500 words) with a sidebar (250 words) (payment information can be found in Writer’s Market 2018). To learn more, read writers’ guidelines: http://www.historynet.com/contact-americas-civil-war.

10. Family Tree Magazine is a bimonthly publication covering the following areas: genealogy, personal history, ethnic heritage, photography and photo preservation, genealogy websites and software. Editors seed articles that are “beginner-friendly but never talk down to the audience.” Form editors’ perspective, “the ideal Family Tree Magazine writer is both a writer—able to explain complex topics in clear, friendly, easy-to-read articles and sidebars—and an expert (or interested amateur) in one of our coverage areas.” Editors do not accept articles previously published in other genealogy publications or unsolicited manuscripts. Editors do not publish personal stories or stories of particular families.

Payment is $800 for a feature (250-4,500 words) (payment information can be found in Writer’s Market 2018). To learn more, read writers’ guidelines: https://www.familytreemagazine.com/faq/frequently-asked-questions-get-involved-family-tree/#writers_guidelines.

 

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