17 Hobby and Craft Magazines that Pay Writers

Contributed By S. Kalekar

This list of hobbies and crafts magazines covers a wide spectrum – gardening, fine book and coin collecting, scale modeling and railroads, jewelry making, needlecraft and weaving, general crafts including those for therapy, and amateur radio. Many of these magazines require clear photographs along with the article; some require the finished pieces/material to be mailed.


This is a resource for jewellery-making projects, and a sister publication of Bead & Button magazine. They want designs in these categories: stitching, stringing, metal, wire, clays, resin, fibre & cord, and other, in which projects incorporating glass are desirable; those including gemstones, cabochons, uncut stones or similar will be considered, but only if the project has components that can be substituted with ease. The pay is competitive, unspecified, and on acceptance. They pay expenses, if agreed upon in advance. Response time for projects is 2-3 weeks, and for articles/queries on new products, book reviews, jewellery-making or beading-related events, it is 4-6 weeks. Details here.


This is an Australia-based independent crafts website. It was started to provide resources for teachers, therapists and art enthusiasts. Crafts listed include bead, bath and body, seasonal, group, home, kids, paper and crochet, sewing and scrapbooking crafts. The founders also run a charitable project called Bottles of Hope, providing Cancer patients with small decorative bottles. They pay a maximum of AU$35 per project; for complex projects, other fees can be negotiated. Details here.


This magazine is for gardeners. Popular topics include plants, gardens, landscaping, indoor gardening and tips and techniques. One-page stories are 450-500 words; shorter ones are 150-300. Payment is on acceptance. Details here.

COINage Magazine

The magazine caters to both experienced and novice coin collectors, and investors. They publish current events, historical pieces about the people, places and events connected with coinage, and insights from the hobby’s leading authorities. They particularly welcome articles that put the past into perspective with the present. Query first. They pay $250 for full-length features of 2,000 or more words. Details here.

CQ – Amateur Radio magazine

This is a magazine for the radio amateur, with a focus on the practical and a particular invitation to the newcomer. Payment is unspecified. Some items are paid for in subscriptions, and some are unpaid. Details here.

Fine Books & Collections

The magazine covers topics of interest to book collectors, dealers, librarians and bibliophiles, from early manuscripts to modern first editions. The core of each article is an engaging narrative. They are open to freelance articles for both their print magazine and e-letter for collectors. Features are 900-2,000 words, shorter pieces are 500-700 words. Query first. Details here.


This is a UK-based independent publication about textiles, directed towards an international audience. They cover fine textiles in every context – as fine art, fashion, interiors, ethnographic textiles, important collections, travel and shopping. The latest books and exhibitions are reviewed in every issue. They do not pay for unsolicited articles. Commissioned articles are paid at £10 per 100 words unless otherwise stated; images fetch £100 per page. Details here.

PieceWork Magazine

This focuses on the historical aspects of needlework around the world. Features explore the traditional makers of needlework, including knitting, needlepoint, embroidery, cross-stitch, quilting, beadwork, crochet, tatting, lacemaking and surface design. Readers particularly want to know how a technique was done, so features also include instructions on how to replicate a technique and design. Payment is unspecified, and is upon publication. Details here.


They welcome sewing projects, and features and news on sewing, design and textiles. Projects are for stitchers of all skill levels. Features should be 1,000-1,500 words. Payment is unspecified, and is upon publication. Details here.


Articles should inspire readers to weave. Articles and projects should be accessible to weavers of all skill levels, even when the material is technical. They accept both finished articles and article proposals. Payment is unspecified. Details here.

Quilting magazines: Quiltmaker, McCall’s Quilting and McCall’s Quick Quilts

The editors welcome quilting projects of all skill levels. Appliqué, foundations or templates should have patterns that will fit onto one or two magazine pages. Design fees range from $225-400. Details here.

FineScale Modeler Magazine

Most articles are contributed by modelers, not professional writers. They want simple writing with lots of detail, with clear specifics about tools and materials. Most articles are 750-2,500 words. They specially welcome small projects. They prefer queries first. Pay is unspecified, and is on acceptance. Details here.

Garden Railways Magazine

The articles are on garden railroads and garden trains, construction and track work tips, garden train product and hobby news. How-I-Did-It articles are among the most popular. They are also interested in the landscape of the garden railway, including specifics about the plants used. Query first. Payment is on acceptance, at $15 per column, with a minimum of $75. Cover photos fetch $100. Details here.

Scale Auto magazine

They cover the entire model car hobby. Articles provide tips on how to build and customize muscle cars, street cars, stock cars and more, and reviews. They welcome how-to articles, or features about your own modelling projects. Articles are usually 750-3,000 words; query for longer. The pay is unspecified, and is on acceptance. Details here.

Classic Trains Magazine

This is a magazine for those interested in the North American Railroad scene from the 1920s through the ‘70s. Payment for articles is on acceptance and on the execution of the author’s contract; for photographs, pay begins at $30 and is on publication. Details here.

Model Railroader

They publish articles on all aspects of model railroading and on prototype (real) railroading as a subject for modeling. Query first. They pay $75-100 per printed page, and their response time, once the article is submitted, is two months. Details here. Their guidelines also have a link to a model railroader’s guide to digital photography.

Breathe Magazine

This UK-based magazine is for people who want to find time for themselves. The core emphasis is on wellbeing, mindfulness, creativity and escaping. They are looking for both experienced and new writers. The pay is undisclosed. Details here.


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