33 Magazines That Pay Writers $250+

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The following is a list of magazines that pay writers $250 or more for writing. Some of these magazines pay less for some writing, but all of them pay a minimum of $250 for at least some of the work they publish. All of them accept submissions or queries from freelance writers. Excluded from this list are magazines that primarily publish creative writing. The focus here is on non-fiction, in a wide variety of subjects, including travel, politics, inspiration, and more.
Incomes Abroad is a monthly newsletter exploring opportunities to earn all over the world. In their guidelines, editors state, “If you’ve got an income that funds a life you love overseas, then we want to hear about it…If you’ve got the inside track on the nitty gritty of starting a business overseas, have hard-won practical advice to share… get in touch.” Payment is up to $400 for a feature. To learn more, read their writer’s 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.
Cracked is an American humor website. They are famous for their list-style feature articles. For an author’s first four accepted articles, they pay $150 each. From the fifth article onward, they pay $250. To learn more, refer to this page.
Unearth Women is a print and digital feminist travel magazine. They are looking for “thought-provoking, well-reported journalism as well as personal travel narratives that connect to larger issues or themes.” They pay $75 to $400 per article. To learn more, read their writer’s guidelines.
World Politics Review provides “uncompromising news and analysis on global affairs.” They publish briefings of 900 to 1,100 words and feature articles of 3,000 to 4,000 words. For briefings, they pay a standard honorarium of $250, and for feature articles, they negotiate the rates individually. To learn more, read their contributor guidelines.
Folks is a daily online magazine focused on publishing the stories of “remarkable people who refuse to be defined by their health issues.” Editors look for strong personal essays offering “a unique hook and a strong takeaway” that would challenge readers’ perspective about the issues of health conditions. Editors prefer to receive queries first. Editors buy exclusive publishing rights to published essays for a one-year period and consider only original submissions. Payment is $400. To learn more, read the writers’ guidelines.
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.
Filter is a nonprofit publication committed to “rational and compassionate approaches to drug use, drug policy, and human rights.” They seek pitches for feature-length articles, including op-eds, essays, interviews, and investigative reports. According to one payment report, they paid $250 for a 2,000-word feature. To learn more, refer to this page.
Dilettante Army is an online journal dedicated to art writing, visual culture, and feminism. It is published quarterly, and each issue has a theme. They publish pieces of 2,000 to 3,000 words. They offer an honorarium of $200 to $400. To learn more, visit this page.
OC87 Recovery Diaries is an interactive website which features stories on mental health recovery, empowerment and change. They feature stories that inspire others and generate discussion and awareness. They offer an honorarium of $250 for accepted posts. To learn more, visit this page.
Parabola is the magazine published by The Society for the Study of Myth and Tradition, a non-profit organization. Each issue of Parabola focused on “one of the timeless themes of human existence.” The tag line for the magazine is “the Search for Meaning.” They pay $150 to $400 for essays, 1,000 to 3,000 words. They also accept book reviews, retellings of traditional stories, and poetry. To learn more, and to submit, read their submission guidelines.
Pentimento is a literary magazine for the disability community. Inspired by Sun magazine, they aim to publish ” an accessible, balanced magazine where wonderfully well-written pieces can stand side-by-side with a voice that may not be ready for The Paris Review, but nonetheless, needs to be heard. Where a piece about a promising future can sit next to a glimpse into a bleaker reality.” They pay $250-$250 for submissions. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
Woman’s World is a magazine for women of all ages which “offers heart-warming stories, as well as tips and information about weight loss, fitness and nutrition, and relationships.” They pay $25 to $250 per story and $25 per recipe. To find out more, visit this page.
Your Work Place is a bimonthly Canadian magazine including leading-edge information about trends, management, work/life balance and other similar issues. Editors seek helpful detailed articles written in an “uncorporate, fresh and edgy” voice. As editors stated in their guidelines, “Our content is valuable and not just filler, stimulating and not just idle reading.” Payment is $150-$250 for short articles (500-650 words) and $375-$450 for features (up to 2,500 words). To learn more, read the writers’ guidelines: https://yourworkplace.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Editorial-Guidelines.pdf
Sport Rocketry is the official journal of National Association of Rocketry. It is dedicated to the sport rocket hobby. They want full length feature articles that are accompanied by high quality photos or illustrations. They pay $350 per feature article. To learn more, refer to this page.
The Artist’s Magazine publishes lessons, interviews, and discussions that relate to art, artists, and artistic processes. They accept snail mail queries for intriguing articles that discuss art in an engaging, knowledgeable fashion. They pay $400 to $600 for features. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
Ceramics Monthly is dedicated to studio ceramics and clay-based art. Writers are welcome to submit to any of the magazine’s numerous departments, which cover everything from studio visits to craft tips. They pay $0.10 per word, while Techno File and Glaze articles are paid a flat fee of $250. To learn more, read theirsubmission guidelines.
The Avery Review is a digital journal that is “dedicated to thinking about books, buildings, and other architectural media.” It is a project of the Office of Publications at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. They are looking for reviews and critical essays about books, buildings, and other architectural media. Their essays are usually 2,500 to 4,000 words long. They pay $400 for essays. To learn more, refer to this page.
Elegant Themes builds “beautiful premium WordPress themes coupled with advanced functionality and awesome support.” They are looking for tutorials, case studies, in-depth guides, and evidence-based opinion pieces for their blog. Their ideal word-count is 1,000 to 1,500 words. They pay a flat rate of $250 per article. For details, visit this page.
Update: The Herald’s travel section is no longer accepting submissions. Miami Herald (Travel Section) is a Florida newspaper covering the South Florida (Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe counties). Although editors do not have “hard-and-fast rules” about what stories they buy, they especially look for articles on “Latin America, the Caribbean, Florida and any destination in which children are an integral part of the experience.” Editors buy non-exclusive publication rights, including the right to publish and republish, and to creative derivative works. Payment is $300 for a lead, $200 for a normal-length article, and $500 for a story/photo package with multiple images. Payment is $250 for a Quick Trip package, including story, “go” box, and photo. To learn more, read the writers’guidelines.
AAA Midwest Traveler is a bimonthly magazine published by the AAA Auto Club of Missouri. Editors’ goal is to provide readers with useful information on travel and auto safety. The best time to query is from January to April.Editors buy the First American Serial rights and pay on acceptance. Payment is $400 for a 1200-word feature. To learn more, read writers’ guidelines: http://services.autoclubmo.aaa.com/traveler/media/mid/WritersGuidelines.pdf
Bitch Magazine is a nonprofit, independent, feminist media organization dedicated to providing and encouraging an engaged, thoughtful feminist response to mainstream media and popular culture. Their rates have increased recently. They pay $700 to $1000 for feature articles, $350 for dispatches, and between $150 to $700 for culture stories. They pay all writers. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
Priceonomics bills itself as a “data studio.” They use data analysis and data visualization to deep dive into a diverse array of topics. They pay anywhere form $250 to $1,000 per article. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
Herizons is a Canadian publication with a feminist readership. Articles about applying feminist principles in work, in relationships and organizations, and in social justice are welcome. They are interested in health, social and political, environmental, equality, justice and spiritual issues, as well as parenting issues and all issues informed by diverse racial and cultural experiences. They want personal experiences, journalism style articles, interviews, articles which bring in current research and a clear feminist perspective. They pay $250 to $550 for features, $175 to $210 for news, $75 for reviews. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.

American Libraries is the magazine of the American Library Association. They publish articles of interest to librarians in the United States. They pay an honorarium of $100 to $250 per article. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.

Sport Fishing magazine accepts queries from freelance writers. They pay $250 for their “from the pro” department, and $750 for longer features. They have a very thorough submission guidelines page, with great tips writers. It’s worth a read, even if you’re not submitting. To learn more, be sure to read their submission guidelines.
BirdWatching Magazine is a bimonthly magazine for people with an interest in wild birds and bird watching. They accept article proposals from freelance writers and pay $400 for most features. They accept submissions on a variety of topics, including “first-person accounts”, birds in the news, hotspots near you, and photo essays. For more information, and to submit, be sure to read their full submission guidelines.
Popula is a “news and culture alt-global” publication that runs on Civil (an Ethereum-based publishing platform). They publish essays, stories and comics. According to payment reports, they pay $0.20 per word. To contact them, refer to this page.
Reimagine RP&E is a national journal of environmental and social justice in the United States. They offer reporting, analysis, and research. They focus on “on metropolitan areas (broadly defined) inside the United States, with perhaps a case study or two reflecting best practices internationally.” Payment is $50 to $250. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
Food First, which is also known as the Institute for Food and Development Policy, is an Oakland-based “people’s think tank” committed to ending the injustices that cause hunger. They want submissions that “address timely and cutting-edge food and development issues.” They pay $300 for backgrounders (1,800 to 2,000 words), issue briefs (1,800 to 2,000 words), policy briefs (2,000 to 10,000 words), and development reports (over 10,000 words). To learn more, visit this page.
Digital Ocean is a website with a public knowledge base. Editors look for tutorials written for a wide audience. Payment is $300 for a tutorial (tutorials on complex production-focused topics may be paid up to $400). Payment for updates for existing tutorials is $75-$125. To learn more, read writer’s guidelines: https://www.digitalocean.com/write-for-donations/ and https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/digitalocean-s-writing-guidelines#style.
Popular Mechanics –– The departments accepting freelance articles are Home Journal, Science/Technology/Aerospace, Boating/Outdoors, Electronics/Photography/Telecommunications and occasionally, general interest articles – the guidelines detail what they want in each department, and the magazine audience. Query first. Pay: $300 to over $1,000. Details here.
Source pays $200 to $500 “for introductions and walkthroughs of tools developed in and for newsrooms, along with detailed case studies and examinations of specific issues in news development and data journalism.” To learn more, read their submission guidelines.


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