10 Magazines that Pay Writers ($100 to $700 Per Article)

Dear Writers,

Here’s our weekly research for magazines that accept pitches directly from freelance writers. Topics include zines and indie comics, Chirstianity, Colorado, crafting, history, and sailboats.

Thanks to Fatima Saif for her research.

  1. Broken Pencil is a magazine dedicated to zines, comics and the underground print revolution. They publish four times a year and are based in Toronto, Canada. They feature “reviews of hundreds of zines and small press books, plus comics, excerpts from the best of the underground press, interviews, original fiction and commentary on all aspects of the indie arts.” They pay $30 to $300 per article. For details, refer to this page.
  2. St. Mary’s Messenger is a quarterly Catholic magazine for kids aged 7 to 12. The magazine features stories, poems, crafts, games, puzzles, feast day celebration ideas, and more. Though they are a Catholic magazine, they don’t want every piece to be explicitly religious. They pay $25 to $100 for articles or stories that appear in their print magazine. They don’t pay for work that appears online. For details, refer to their submission guidelines.
  3. Regular Baptist Press produces “Sunday School and Vacation Bible School curriculum, Bible studies, and other church educational resources that are true to God’s Word and encourage maturity in Christ.” They are looking for articles for Horizons (a weekly publication for adults in like-minded churches). They want articles of 1,100 to 1,200 words. They also consider shorter articles of 700 to 1,000 words that are accompanied by sidebars which increase the word count up to 1,200 words. They generally pay $120 per article. To learn more, refer to this page.
  4. Colorado Central is a monthly magazine for Central Colorado and the San Luis Valley. They want articles, essays, profiles, reviews, and more, along with related photos and artwork. They pay 5 cents per word, and $10 per photo. For details, refer to their submissions and writers guidelines.
  5. Indian Life is a bimonthly newspaper by Intertribal Christian Communications (an international, evangelical non-profit organization). The newspaper helps “the Native North American church speak to the social, cultural and spiritual needs of her people.” They give preference to native writers. The maximum length of their articles or stories is 2,000 words. They pay 15 cents per word, up to a maximum of $150. They pay $40 per photo, $40 for poetry, and $30 for fillers. To learn more, refer to their writer’s guidelines.
  6. Military Officer Magazine is a magazine for commissioned and warrant officers, families, and surviving spouses of the seven uniformed services: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Public Health Service, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Topics of interest include current military/political affairs, recent military history, personal financial planning, and health and fitness. No fiction, poetry, or fillers. Query first. Length: 1,000-2,000 words Pay: $0.80/word. Details here.
  7. Boys’ Life is a monthly magazine published by the Boy Scouts of America. Articles should interest and entertain boys of 6-17. They cover a broad range of non-fiction, from professional sports to American history. Department pieces include nature, aviation, health, pets, history and music. Fiction is assignment-only; do not query. Query by mail for non-fiction. Word count: 500-1,500 for major non-fiction articles; up to 600 for departments. Pay: $500-$1,500 for major non-fiction articles; $100-600 for departments. Details here.
  8. American Craft is the magazine of the American Craft Council. They want good storytelling that explores a craft artist’s struggles, doubts, determination, and triumphs. They like to read about how craft shows up in modern life. When touching on craft theory or history, writers should write clearly and for a non-academic audience. Their guidelines list a number of topics that could be of interest, including artists who use unusual materials, who’ve traveled unusual paths in their work, handmade goods that are stylish, innovative, and affordable, craft that reflects values of sustainability and community, people who’ve collected craft and art objects in a beautiful living space, or U.S. or foreign locales that offer a number of interesting craft destinations for travelers. They have several departments that accept specific kinds of features (see guidelines). Query first. Details here.
  9. Good Old Boat magazine publishes articles on cruising sailboats. They’re looking for full article submissions that cover “the pride of ownership…upgrades, maintenance, refits, and restoration of good old boats.” They pay from $50 to $700, depending on the type and length of the article. To learn more, read Good Old Boat’s submission guidelines. (View their pay scale here.)
  10. History Magazine provides “interesting and thought-provoking accounts of key events in global history.” They are focused on publishing accessible, entertaining, accounts of history. Payment is 8 cents a word, up to 2,500 words. A max of $200. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.


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