11 Magazines that Pay for Tech Writing

If you are savvy with the computer-related technology and would like to share your knowledge – these markets are for you! Study guidelines carefully to understand specifics of articles that editors look for. Do they accept pitches or completed manuscripts? Do you need to provide any visual aids? What audience you will be writing for? Do editors accept only original work? What rights are you selling? If your manuscript has been accepted for publication, will you be able to post it on your website or blog? When in doubt – contact the editor of your targeted publication and ask your questions. Keep in mind that some of these writer’s markets pay only via PayPal, thus, it would be a good idea to create your PayPal account (if you do not have one yet). — Tatiana Claudy

  1. xDev Magazineis a bimonthly digital publication, “the premiere developer resource for all things Xojo” programming environment. Editors look for original features and columns. By submitting their articles, contributors grant xDev Magazine the worldwide right to publish and republish these articles, whole or in part, in any language and medium. Payment is $60-$150 for features and $50 for columns. To learn more, read writers’ guidelines: http://www.rbdeveloper.com/writerguidelines.shtml.
  1. Digital Ocean is a website with a public knowledge base. Editors look for tutorials written for a wide audience. Payment is $300 for a tutorial (tutorials on complex production-focused topics may be paid up to $400). Payment for updates for existing tutorials is $75-$125. To learn more, read writer’s guidelines: https://www.digitalocean.com/write-for-donations/ and https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/digitalocean-s-writing-guidelines#style.
  1. SlickWP is a blog focused on teaching its readers “how to get the most out of WordPress and the Genesis Theme Framework.” Editors look for well-written practical articles and tutorials; they also accept reviews of WordPress themes and plugins. Editors consider only original material that includes “images and code snippets where appropriate.” If the article is accepted, the contributor agrees to give SlickWP.com full rights to be the exclusive publisher of the article (which can be modified). Payment is $100 per article. To learn more, read writer’s guidelines: http://slickwp.com/write-for-us/.
  2. TutorialBoard is a site focused on tutorials. Editors look for contributors with skills “to write an excellent tutorial to produce a unique and impressive effect/design/graphic” on the following topics: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effect, Autodesk Maya or other industry standard CG software. Editors accept only original work and encourage writers to send their already written tutorials. If the tutorial is accepted, the contributor cannot republish it on another website. Payment is up to $150 per tutorial. To learn more, read writer’s guidelines:   https://www.tutorialboard.net/get-paid-to-write/.
  3. HostPresto is a UK-based community for “user created tutorials and help.” According to editorial guidelines, editors “want to provide a rich resource for all things web site and web hosting related, helping complete beginners to experts on a wide variety of topics.” Editors look for articles and tutorials on web development, web hosting, web software, and other related topics. Payment is £120 for a feature (up to 3,000 words), or £60 for a shorter piece (up to 1,500 words). To learn more, read writer’s guidelines: https://hostpresto.com/community/write/.
  1. Semaphore is a community whose quest is “to spread the word about the best ideas on software development practices.” Editors look for contributors who can share, in “a clear and straightforward way,” their best practices and techniques on software development and delivery. Articles should “build a vast knowledge base around these topics, capture the state of the art in the industry and make it easily accessible to a wide audience of developers.” Additionally, articles “should be based on using free and open source software on Linux.” Editors consider narrow-focused tutorials (1,500 words) and full-length tutorials (3,000 words). The code is not included in the word count. Payment is $100-$300. To learn more, read writer’s guidelines: https://semaphoreci.com/community/write-for-us.
  1. MIT Technology Review is a national magazine in print and digital formats (published 10 times per year). Editors look for original articles on information technology, nanotechnology, biotechnology and their impact on the society. Payment is $1-$3 per word for features (2,000-4,000 words) (this information can be found in Writer’s Market 2018). Contributors should send queries using this form: https://www.technologyreview.com/help/#mittr-help-editorial.
  2. MSDN Magazine is a monthly publication focused on Microsoft technologies. Editors look for original articles on implementation of Microsoft technologies and tools to provide readers with “workable example code, extensible libraries, and useful add-ins. “ Payment for features (2,500 and 4,000 words – not including code samples) is negotiated. To learn more, read writers’ guidelines: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/ee291618.aspx and https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmagazine/2009/12/23/writing-for-msdn-magazine-a-primer/.
  3. Digital Engineering (DE) (formerly Desktop Engineering) is a monthly publication for design engineers. According to its editorial guidelines, DE covers all computer platforms, operating systems, applications software, and peripherals” and also“clarifies technologies, explains operational theories and practices, and offers hands-on reports of how hardware and software impacts engineers.” Payment is determined by the editor after the acceptance of features (1,000-1,200 words). To learn more, read writers’ guidelines: http://www.digitaleng.news/de/writing-for-de/ and http://www.digitaleng.news/pics/pdfs/ContributorGuidelines.pdf.
  4. Technopedia.com is a website providing “insight and inspiration to IT professionals, technology decision-makers and anyone else who is proud to be called a ‘geek’.” Editors look “for tech experts who work in the field, follow the news and know how to tell a good story.” Editors pay contributors “competitive rates for producing Web content.” To learn more, read writers’ guidelines: https://www.techopedia.com/about/contributors.


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