10 Magazines that Pay Writers $1,000+ Per Article

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The following is a list of 10 magazines that pay writers up to $1,000 per article, and sometimes even more. Included are magazines covering topics such as Christianity, marijuana, recycling, environmentalism, and regional issues. Be sure to study each magazine carefully before submitting.
High Times publishes articles about marijuana cultivation and counterculture lifestyle. They have a special interest in marijuana legalization. They publish both in print and on their website. They pay $500-$1,000 for features. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
Providence is “a journal of Christianity and American foreign policy.” They publish articles on the intersection of Christianity and national security, foreign policy, political theory, etc. They pay $100 for 500-1,000 word articles on their website. They pay up to $1,000 for print articles. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
Seattle Magazine wants news-related stories about the city and region, civic and social issues, local travel, food news, home, interiors, and other lifestyle stories, arts and culture, home and garden, and front-of-book features. Query first. Word count: 1,500-3,500 for features; 1,200 for departments; 200-300 for very short pieces. Pay: $400-$1,000 for features; $350 for departments; $50-100 for very short pieces. Details here.
The Anne Magazine is a regional magazine covering Watenshaw county, which encompasses Ann Arbor Michigan. They pay $1,000 for centerpiece articles. They want “strongly written news features about Washtenaw County or about culture or trends from a Washtenaw perspective.” To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
The Earth Island Journal is a quarterly magazine that discusses the environment and how it relates to present-day issues. They pay 25 cents per word, and you can receive up to $1,000 for a feature. To learn more, make sure to read their full submission guidelines.
Scrap is the trade magazine for the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries. They’re published bi-monthly. They represent around 1,300 companies throughout the U.S. They aim to provide practical information to help scrap professionals succeed in their business. They pay $600 to $1,000. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
Planning: Those who contribute to this publication–which is organized by the American Planning Organization–will writing about urban, suburban, rural, or small town planning. Planning news can focus on projects like neighborhood revitalization, social planning, and more. Writers can expect to be paid between $100 and $1,000 for successful submissions. Check out the contributor guidelines to learn more.
Cruising World publishes articles about live-aboard sailing, sailboat chartering, cruising destinations, and gear. They pay $25 to $1,000 per article. Their guidelines are not freelancer friendly. For example, they ask that you submit an article exclusively to them, but do not state a time frame to expect a response. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
Alaska Magazine is the region’s most respected publication. They’re accepting queries for pieces that demonstrate an excellent narrative slant and focus completely on Alaska and its culture. They pay $200 to $700, depending on word count. Writers who publish both articles and photographs may receive up to $1,500. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
Curbed, a website focused on housing and urban planning, is now seeking pitches for longform journalism, essays, and narratives for their website.  They pay competitive rates, and reports indicate payment of up to $1,000 for a 4,000 word article. This website seems to be part of a new breed of niche websites that are able to pay reasonably well, taking the role that niche magazines long held. Interestingly, they are owned by Vox, which is now a major website publisher. To learn more, read this page.


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