5 Magazines & Sites that Pay $1+ Per Word

As I’ve written about previously, the freelance writing market has started to mature online, and there are now more opportunities for decent pay than ever. This week, we’ve found five more publications that pay $1 per word or more, with most of them being online publications.

If you’re not sure about how to pitch these magazines, be sure to read this article.

  1. Wine Enthusiast Magazine features wine ratings, reviews, recipe ideas, pairing information, news, and guides. They welcome proposals from freelance writers about wine, fine food and travel. They also accept story ideas for their website. According to one payment report, they paid $1.00 per word for a 700-word profile or interview. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
  2. Zora is Medium’s online publication about women of color. Their topic areas include: “current events, culture, identity, race, justice, equality, work/life, family, self, sexuality, parenting, psychology, spirituality, career, friendship, aging, habits, love and dating, body image, trauma and recovery, caregiving, hobbies… and the list goes on.” They usually pay $1.00 per word. For details, read their pitch guidelines.
  3. Airbnb Magazine is “a travel lifestyle magazine featuring authentic experiences through the eyes of those who know best, the locals.” Payment reports indicate that they pay up to $2.00 per word. To submit story ideas, refer to this page. To read their latest stories, visit this page.
  4. Heated is yet another new publication by Medium. They are a food site, produced in partnership with Mark Bittman.  Like their other publications, they appear to pay up to $1.00 per word. To contact them, visit this page.
  5. Experience Life is a progressive “healthy-way-of-life magazine.” It comes out 10 times a year and has a circulation of 700,000. They aim their content at 30 to 45 year-olds. Payment reports suggest that they pay $1.00 per word. Further information can be found on their writer’s guidelines page.


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