13 Magazines that Pay $250+ an Article

There are so many magazines that publish freelance writers. Most of these magazines are not famous, or widely available in bookstores and newsstands, but they have a loyal readership base, and are almost always on the lookout for good writing.

The following is a list of such magazines. To make this list, the magazines have to pay $250 for at least some of their articles.

  1. Horse & Rider publishes articles on Western riding. It provides both competitive and recreational riders with information on training, care, and techniques. They accept queries for well-informed articles that discuss any aspect of horse and rider life. They pay $25 to $400 depending on length and complexity. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
  2. Based in Bangalore, Little India is a magazine for Indians around the world. They publish articles of interest to the international Indian community.  Their focus is on “focus is on overseas Indians, returning NRIs and expats.”  They pay 5 to 10 cents a word, up to 2,500 words. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
  3. Edge is a regional magazine covering Yellowknife, in the Northwest Territories. They pay $150 to $400 for feature articles, depending on length. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
  4. Cruise Industry News is a trade magazine and website for the cruise industry. They publish news articles of interest to industry executives and professionals. They don’t publish submission guidelines, but you can contact their editors here.
  5. The American Gardener is the American Horticultural Society’s official publication. They publish pieces that appeal to experienced amateur gardeners, and topics range from garden design to environmentally appropriate gardening. The magazine is mostly written by freelancers, and they accept article pitches for feature articles and department sections. They pay $300 to $600 for features and $150 to $200 for departments. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
  6. BirdWatching Magazine is a bimonthly magazine for people with an interest in wild birds and bird watching. They accept article proposals from freelance writers and pay $400 for most features. They accept submissions on a variety of topics, including “first-person accounts”, birds in the news, hotspots near you, and photo essays. For more information, and to submit, be sure to read their full submission guidelines.
  7. MotorHome, the magazine for RV enthusiasts, covers all aspects of the RV lifestyle. They accept queries, and pay writers up to $900 an article. According to their guidelines:  “The easiest way to sell your work to MotorHome is to query us on an interesting and tightly focused motorhome story.” Learn more here.
  8. The Sun Magazine is a beautiful magazine with a literary bent and a very loyal following. They have no ads, and they pay their writers well. Up to $2,500 for non-fiction. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
  9. Vibrant Life is a bimonthly magazine that publishes family-oriented health pieces from a Christian perspective. Their Nutrition section adheres to the vegan lifestyle and helps readers eat more nutritious foods. They pay $100-$300 for articles. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
  10. Alaska Airlines Magazine. Not only is Alaska one of the largest airlines in North America, most of the writing in their magazine is written by freelance writers. They are very transparent in terms of pay, with rates ranging from $150 to $700, plus expenses. Contributor Guidelines.
  11. Country Magazine is dedicated to showcasing “the fine flavors and beautiful scenery of rural America.” They publish both funny stories and jokes. They pay $250 for stories that are a page or more in length and $25 for jokes and “short items.” To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
  12. Canoe & Kayak, the world’s largest paddling magazine, accepts article queries from freelance writers. They largely depend on their existing writers, but are open to new writers from time to time. According to WritingCareer.com, they pay up to $800 an article. To learn more, be sure to read their contributor guidelines.
  13. The Nation is a liberal political magazine. They accept submissions of political commentary as well as articles. They have a very dedicated readership. In fact, they’re supported by 30,00 donors. This is in addition to their 145,000 weekly circulation. They pay $150 for commentary, and between $350 and $500 for articles. They also accept submissions of art as well as poetry. To learn more, and to submit, be sure to read their full submission guidelines.








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