Written By Ian Chandler

5 Magazines that Pay Writers $500+ for Articles

The following is a list of magazines that pay writers $500 or more for articles. Included is a variety of topics. For even more publishers, be sure to read our latest articles, or subscribe to our free newsletter.

Keep in mind that pay rates depend upon a number of factors, and often fluctuate.  If you want to learn how to negotiate pay rates, pitch publishers, etc, we recommend  The No B.S. Guide to Freelance Writing.


1. Popular Science publishes articles on “new and emerging technology” in a variety of fields, including science, the environment, electronics, and more. They accept queries (through postal mail) for pieces that thoroughly address new technology, such as product reviews or features. The magazine requires that writers submit any illustrations or photographs along with the story. They don’t list their pay, but expect it to be highly competitive.

To learn more, read Popular Science’s submission guidelines.


2. Early American Life focuses on “early American style, decorating, and traditions.” The editors accept queries for pieces that cover history, architecture/decorating, antiques, studio crafts, or travel. They “estimate $500 for a first feature from a new writer,” though exact rates will vary.

To learn more, read Early American Life’s submission guidelines.


3. MotorHome is the only monthly newsstand publication that publishes articles about RVs. They accept e-mail or mail queries for “tightly focused motorhome stor[ies]” that address the RV enthusiast. For manuscripts with accompanying photos, they pay $100 to $900.

To learn more, read MotorHome’s submission guidelines.


4. Good Old Boat magazine publishes articles on cruising sailboats. They’re looking for full article submissions that cover “the pride of ownership…upgrades, maintenance, refits, and restoration of good old boats.” They pay from $50 to $700, depending on the type and length of the article.

To learn more, read Good Old Boat’s submission guidelines. (View their pay scale here.)


5. Alaska Airlines Magazine is the monthly in-flight magazine for Alaska Airlines. They are 75 percent written by freelance writers. They pay between $150 and $700. They also occasionally reimburse for expenses.

To learn more, read their submission guidelines.


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