12 Magazines & Websites that Pay for Writing on Philosophy & Culture (Up to $1 Per Word)

Dear Writers,

Here are 12 publications that accept pitches from freelance writers on topics related to philosophy and culture.

We’ve researched payment rates and editorial contact information to make it easier for you to connect with these publishers.

DO NOT CONTACT THESE PUBLICATIONS WITHOUT CAREFULLY STUDYING THE PUBLICATION. If you’re not confident that you can write a quality, relevant pitch, then please work on your pitching skills first. This free video will help.

— Jacob Jans

Thanks to Fatima Saif for compiling this list.

Nautilus is a magazine about science, culture, and philosophy. They accept story ideas and pitches at ideas@nautil.us. According to a Tweet by one of their editors, they pay $0.50 to $1.00 per word. To contact them, refer to this page.

New Humanist is “a quarterly magazine of culture and science.” They welcome feature pitches on culture, ideas, science, and philosophy. They also welcome poems, book reviews, and in-depth reportage. They also accept pitches for their website. Rate is £350-£500 for features and about 10p/word for reviews and online-only. To learn more, refer to this page.

The New Modality is “a new publication and community about experiments in culture.” They cover art, culture, science, spirituality, sexuality, technology, business, philanthropy, society, and more. They ask contributors to specify in the pitch whether they would like to be considered for their honorarium rate or their professional rate. Their honorarium rate is $100 per piece. Their professional rate for a reported non-fiction piece is 50 cents per word. Their rate for professional science fiction and fantasy writers is $100 or 15 cents per word, whichever is higher. For details, read this.

Prospect is a British magazine and website covering politics, economics, finance, culture, philosophy, world affairs, and more. They work mainly with their pool of regular contributors but also accept unsolicited pitches in some cases. They pay for the pitches that they accept. According to one payment report, they paid £100 for an article of 800 words. For details, read their submission guidelines.

The Objective Standard (TOS) is the “preeminent source for commentary from an Objectivist perspective, Objectivism being Ayn Rand’s philosophy of reason, egoism, and capitalism.” Ayn Rand was a Russian-American novelist and philosopher. They pay 15 cents per word for articles and reviews, and 10 cents per word for interviews. To learn more, read their writer’s guidelines.

London Review of Books is Europe’s leading magazine of culture and ideas. They publish twice a month. Each issue of the magazine contains poems, reviews, reportage, memoirs, letters, ‘short cuts’, and a diary. They accept unsolicited submissions as well as proposals. Payment reports indicate that they pay up to $0.60 per word. For details, visit this page.

Antithesis is a graduate run arts and humanities journal that is published annually in association with The University of Melbourne’s School of Culture and Communication. Contributors do not have to be students at the University to be published in the journal. They want scholarly essays, reviews, creative nonfiction, short fiction, poetry, artwork, and more. They pay $50 per piece. Details here.

The American Scholar covers public affairs, literature, history, and culture. They have been around since 1932. They are published quarterly by the Phi Beta Kappa Society. They pay up to $500 for print articles, and up to $250 for articles only published on their website. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.

Bright Wall/Dark Room is an online magazine that is dedicated to “exploring the relationship between cinema and the business of being alive.” They publish profiles, interviews, personal essays, cultural criticism, formal analysis, and humor pieces. Their critical essays are generally 1,500 to 3,000 words long. They pay $50 per essay. For details, refer to this page.

The New Inquiry is an online magazine and website of cultural and literary criticism. They are always seeking sharp pieces of criticism. Payment reports suggest that they pay an average of $0.03 per word. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.

The Point is a Chicago-based print and digital magazine of “philosophical writing on everyday life and culture.” Each issue of the magazine contains three sections which are essays, symposium and reviews. Print essays are 4,000 to 7,000 words long, symposium articles and reviews are 1,500 to 3,000 words long. They pay authors whose articles are published in the print journal. One writer reports that they pay a flat $700 for “Symposium” essays. To learn more, refer to this page.

n+1 is a magazine about “literature, culture and politics.” They feature a limited number of pieces in their magazine which is published three times a year, and a wider range of work in their online-only section. Writers can send “new fiction, essays, criticism and translation” to submissions@nplusonemag.com. According to reports, they pay 4 cents per word. To find out more about n+1, refer to this page.

Metro features essays, articles, reviews and interviews that analyze the film and media cultures of Australia and the Asia-Pacific They’re the longest running film publication in Australia. They pay up to $200 to $700 per article. To learn more, read their submission <sguidelines.



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