12 Christian Magazines that Pay Freelance Writers $200+ Per Article

This past year has been particularly hard on Christian publishers, especially because of the often close connection to in-person church services being an important component of distribution. With most in person services brought to a halt by the pandemic, there are now fewer opportunities for writers to be published in Christian publications.

That being said, there are still many opportunities out there. The following is a list of 12 Christian publishers that pay at least $200 per article. We’ve found contact information, payment rates, and submissions guidelines pages for all of these articles.

— Jacob Jans

St. Anthony Messenger is a Catholic monthly magazine published by Franciscan Media. Editors look for inspiring uplifting material reflecting Catholic views and values. Editors do not accept simultaneous submissions and reprints from publications outside of Franciscan Media. Payment is $0.20 per word for features (about 2,000 words) and short stories (2,000-2,500 words). To learn more, read writers’ guidelines.

Guideposts is an inspiration-focused magazines about “people who have attained a goal, surmounted an obstacles, or learned a helpful lesson through their faith.” They typically publish first-person narratives. They pay $250 or more for stories. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.

Salvo: Writers interested in writing for this magazine should query the editor to see if their idea will be acceptable. Not only do querying writers need to explain their ideas, but they are also expected to give a little background information about their experience regarding the subject at hand. Salvo runs stories on sex, science, and society, and articles will ideally offer a “systematic deconstruction” of fallacious philosophies and ideologies. Payment is $0.20 per word and submission guidelines are posted here.

Eureka Street is an online journal published by Australian Jesuits. They’re looking for articles that “provide humane, ethical analysis or commentary on politics, religion, popular culture or current events in Australia or the world.” They’re also open to short fiction and creative nonfiction. They pay $200 per article. (Bonus: They also pay for poems.) To learn more, read their submission guidelines.

America Media provides “editorial content for thinking Catholics and those who want to know what Catholics are thinking”. They accept select unsolicited, unpublished pieces for their print, web and other digital formats. Payment reports suggest that they pay $0.25 to $0.38 per word. To find out more, visit this page.

Message is a bi-monthly religious journal. They love captivating comeback stories, inspirational profiles, well-crafted features and insightful Biblical analysis. They also consider financial, professional, health and relationship stories that have a strong Biblical foundation. They pay $75 to $300 per article. More information can be found on their submission guidelines page.

Psychology for Living (PFL) is a Christian psychology magazine published by the Narramore Christian Foundation. They publish articles ranging from those that deal with psychological problems to those that discuss communication and family relationships. They pay $200 for articles of 1,200 to 1,700 words and $125 for articles of less than 1,200 words. For previously published articles, they pay $75. For more details, read their writers’ guidelines.

Relevant Magazine covers the intersection of faith, culture and life. Their readership is mostly “Christian 20 and 30somethings who are looking for purpose, depth and spiritual truth.” Our sources suggest that they pay $0.20 per word for print magazine articles. They do not pay for web articles. To learn more, refer to this page.

DTS Magazine is Dallas Theological Seminary’s official publication. They “publish articles applying biblical truth to life as a ministry to friends of Dallas Theological Seminary.” They prefer articles written by their “alumni, faculty, students, staff, board members, donors and their families.” They prefer articles of 1,500 words. They pay $150 for reprints and up to $500 for original articles. For online content, they pay $50 to $100 per article. Details here.

Connect Journal is a print and online publication by ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) Youth Ministry Network. They “support adults working with children, youth and families in ELCA congregations by provoking thought, reflection and by providing resources.”  According to a previous report, they pay $200 for full-length print features, and $50 for sidebar-length and full-length web articles. That information appear to be outdated, unfortunately. They can be contacted here.

Faith & Leadership is a biweekly, online magazine that is a learning resource for Christian leaders. They are always seeking new writers and stories. Their feature articles are 1,500-2,000 words, essays are 800-1,000 words, and Q&As are 1,000-1,500 words. They pay $1,500 for feature articles and $300 for essays. They also pay for mileage, parking, and other expenses. For details, read their submission guidelines.

National Catholic Reporter (NCR) is a biweekly newspaper that reports on “the Catholic Church and justice issues.” They want hard news and sharp features. Their features are typically 1,200 words and commentaries are around 800 words. They don’t publish poetry or fiction. Query first. According to their opinion editor, they normally pay $150 to $250 for 800 to 900 words. For details, refer to their submission guidelines.


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