27 Magazines & Websites that Pay Writers $500+ Per Article

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The Objective is a nonprofit newsroom that publishes articles on communities journalism in the United States has typically ignored. They pay $200 to $600 per article to freelancers. If interested, send your pitches to submissions@objectivejournalism.org. For more information, read their pitch guide.

Monarch is an online directory that connects therapy seekers to clinicians. They look to create and publish clear, honest, and actionable mental health articles. They have high journalistic standards. They prize science-backed information with a minimum of 1 to 2 quotes from licensed experts as well as references to a minimum of 2 peer-reviewed studies. They pay a flat rate of $500 per article (1,000 to 3,000 words). As their parent company is US-based, to get paid you should either live in the US or have a US bank account and tax ID. For details, refer to this page, and their writers’ guidelines.

Defector is a sports blog and media company. They pay at least $1,000 for longer essays and reported pieces, and at least $500 for shorter pieces. You can submit your pitches to pitches@defector.com. To learn more, refer to their pitch guide and freelancer policies.

Southerly is an independent media organization that covers ecology, culture, and justice in the American South. They are looking for news analysis, short features, profiles, and photo stories. They pay $500 for up to 1,000 words and $750 for up to 1,500 words. To learn more, refer to their pitch guide.

Futurism is a digital media platform that covers science, technology, and medicine news that are changing the world. They pay about $200 to $500 per piece. To contact them, refer to this page.

The Drift is “a magazine of culture and politics.” They want “socially engaged cultural criticism; class-sensitive analysis; pieces that point out what’s being avoided or talked around in politics, media, arts, or even academia; upbeat cynicism; un-self-serious screeds; generous takedowns; entries from the margins; fiction; poetry; 1-3 sentence book/ movie/ TV/ art reviews.” They generally pay $300 to $500 per piece. Interested writers can send their pitches to editors@thedriftmag.com. To learn more, refer to this page.

World Nomads provides travel insurance to independent travelers from over 150 countries. They are looking for personal stories regarding life-changing trips and experiences. They want stories that fall under the categories of love, fear, discovery, connection and transformation. They pay $0.50 per word for written stories and $350 to $600 for photo essays. For details, visit this page.

The American Gardener is the American Horticultural Society’s official publication. They publish pieces that appeal to experienced amateur gardeners, and topics range from garden design to environmentally appropriate gardening. The magazine is mostly written by freelancers, and they accept article pitches for feature articles and department sections. They pay $300 to $600 for features and $150 to $200 for departments. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.

The Fuller Project is a global nonprofit newsroom that reports on issues affecting women in the US and abroad. They raise awareness, expose injustices, and spur accountability. They are always seeking stories on issues that affect women in the US and globally. According to payment reports, they pay $1 per word. If interested, send your pitches to pitch@fullerproject.org. To learn more, refer to their pitch guide.

RV Magazine offers ideas, inspiration, and information about the RV lifestyle. They publish around ten to fourteen freelance articles per month. Payment ranges from $200 to $800, depending on the department. To learn more, read their editorial guidelines. Visit the website here.

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. According to their guidelines, an in-depth feature of 4,000 words pays $750 to $1000. To learn more, make sure to read their full submission guidelines.

Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) is a quarterly print magazine and website that covers “cross-sector solutions to global problems.” They are based at Stanford University’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. They aim to inform leaders of social change. For the print magazine, they accept 6 types of editorial articles: book review (1,700 words), case study (4,000-6,000 words), feature (4,500-6,000 words), field report (1,700 words), viewpoint (1,700 words), and what’s next (700-800 words). For the website, they look for shorter works (1,200-2,000 words). According to their editor, they pay $600 for 800-word articles and $1,500 for 1,700-word articles. They pay $600 for 1,700-word book reviews. For more information, refer to their submission guidelines.

The Real News Network is an independent, nonprofit news network that is focused on providing uncompromising and fact-based journalism. They cover politics, prisons and policing, racial justice, climate crisis, and economy and inequality. According to payment reports, they pay about $1 per word. If interested, contact them at contact@therealnews.com. To learn more about them, refer to this page.

BBC Worklife is “a BBC.com features site about the way we work, live and think in a rapidly shifting world, where the boundaries between the professional and the personal are increasingly blurrier.” They publish reported, narrative features of 1,200 to 2,000 words. They pay $600 for around 1,200 words. To learn more, refer to their author brief.

Western Art & Architecture is the magazine for art collectors and art aficionados in the United States. They pay around $400-$600 an article. They accept submissions in a variety of categories, including artist profiles, home features, “illuminations”, “In the Studio”, and “Collector’s Eye.” To learn more, read their submission guidelines.

Software Testing Help (STH) is a software testing blog. They want tutorials on any topic that would be of help to quality assurance testers. They usually pay $200 to $600 for a tutorial. To learn more, refer to this page.

Chatelaine is a Canadian magazine that covers the topics of health, fashion, and beauty. They publish briefs, how-tos, and features. For seasonal articles there is a four to six month lead time. They pay $1 per word. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.

The Open Notebook is a “non-profit organization that provides tools and resources to help science, environmental, and health journalists at all experience levels sharpen their skills.” They welcome pitches for brief guides, story-behind-the-story interviews, and reported features. They pay $1,000 for interviews (1,500 words), and $1,350 for reported features (1,500 words). For details, read their submission guidelines. Also, read this interview with the editor.

The Los Angeles Times Travel section includes original sophisticated and compelling destination articles that evoke “a strong sense of place (sounds, colors, smells, tastes), time (when did you go?), expertise and personal perspective.” Trips must be taken within the previous two years. Editors look for first person experiential pieces (about 2,000 words) and Guidebooks (about 500 to 700 words). Payment is $200-$750 for print stories and $500 for online only stories. To learn more, read writers’ guidelines: https://www.latimes.com/la-travel-submissions-htmlstory.html

Rest of World is a nonprofit journalism organization that is focused on “the impact of technology beyond the Western bubble.” They are seeking narrative magazine pitches (1,000-5,000 words) that “report on the interplay of digital technology with cultures around the world, with nuance and detail.” This includes profiles (around 1,500 words), mid-length features (less than 2,000 words), and longer features (3,000 words and above). They don’t want stories set in the United States, Canada, Western Europe or Australia. According to their editor, their rates start at $1 per word. To contact them, visit this link.

PublicSource is a news organization serving Pittsburgh and the region. They welcome story pitches from journalists and community members. They pay $300 for first-person essays (800 to 1,200 words); $300 for event coverage (600 to 1,000 words); $400 for resource guides/explainers; $600 for enterprise stories; and $1,000 for investigative stories. They usually pay a 25% kill fee. Learn more here and here.

Tail Fly Fishing Magazine is a bimonthly print publication that is devoted exclusively to fly fishing in saltwater. They are always seeking great content on saltwater fly fishing (with focus on conservation and the environment). They want feature articles of 2,000 to 2,500 words, and short features of 1,000 to 1,500 words. They pay more for well-polished articles with great photos. They pay up to $500 for features, $300 for short features, $200 for “fly tying/ step-by-step”, $150 for “inside the box”, $200 for “an angler opines”, and $600 for photo essays. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.

Generocity is a solutions journalism organization that covers social impact and connects people and organizations in Greater Philadelphia. They are always seeking “new voices to chronicle how social impact organizations are changing Philadelphia.” They are also seeking “stories of the people behind that change.” According to their editor, they pay $50-$500 per story. To learn more, refer to this page.

Amazonas Magazine is a freshwater aquarium magazine. It is read by people who are passionate about keeping freshwater aquariums in their houses, offices, businesses, and schools. They pay $100 to $600 for an article, depending on the author’s experience, the length and the complexity of the article and whether it has images or not. First-time contributors are generally paid $300 to $350 per article, including images. For details, refer to this page.

Plus2net offers “articles, tutorials, and free codes on PHP, SQL, Web design, HTML, ASP, JavaScript, PhotoShop for webmasters and programmers.” They divide their articles into three types, which are: basic, advance, and project based. They pay $100 to $600 depending on the quality and the type of content. For details, visit this page.

Colorado Life Magazine is Colorado’s only statewide general interest publication. Published six times on a bimonthly basis, the magazine uses anecdote-based storytelling to paint a vivid picture, and they’re accepting queries for articles that do so. They pay $75 to $125 for departments and $130 to $975 for features. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.

CIC News is a Canadian immigration news website. They are interested in stories that help them understand “how policy changes affect newcomers.” They also “appreciate any article that helps immigrants settle in Canada, find a job, start a business, or otherwise adjust to their new lives.” They prefer stories of 600 to 1,400 words. The types of articles that they publish include first person stories, analysis, opinion, features, and news. They accept submissions in English or French and pay up to $1 per word. For more information, refer to this page.


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