53 Magazines and Blogs that Pay Writers


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  1. The following is a big list of magazines, websites, and blogs that pay publishers. We’ve researched the payment rates for all of these publishers. Keep in mind that our research is based on the best available information, and may not be accurate. Think of it as a starting point, in terms of understanding what the publisher may be able to pay. The list is in no particular order.For even more publishers, be sure to sign up for our free email newsletter. The form is at the end of the page.
  2. Fly Tyer Magazine wants articles describing new flies for catching trout, bass, panfish, and saltwater species across the U.S. and around the world. They are also interested in articles describing new tying materials and techniques, or new applications for older tying materials and techniques. Query first. Response time: Unspecified
    Word count: 2,000-2,500 for features, 1,200-2,000 for columns
    Pay: $450 for features, $200-400 for short features and columns
    Details here. –– http://www.flytyer.com/submissions/
  3. Alberta Fishing Guide focuses on fishing in Alberta. They publish articles on fish species, size and catchability by water body, along with access hints, angling pressure, forage and hatches, and other pertinent information Alberta anglers want to know. Query latest by 31 August annually; completed stories are required by 31 October. Word count: 1,200-1,500; query for longer features Pay: $350-500 Details here. –– http://afgmag.com/writers/
  4. Lake Superior Magazine focuses on the Lake Superior region, including its history, current events, lifestyle and tourism. They prefer manuscripts, though queries are accepted. Both emailed and mailed submissions are accepted. However, their guidelines say emails are more prone to getting lost in the system. Response time: 3-4 months or longer Word count: 1,600-2,000 for features, 800-1,200 for departments Pay: $200-400 for features, $75-200 for departments Details here. –– http://www.lakesuperior.com/aboutus/submission-guidelines/submissions.html
  5. Smoky Mountain Living Magazine covers the southern Appalachians and its environment, people, crafts, music and art. Word count: 1,500-3,500 for features, 1,000-1,500 for non-fiction, 700-850 for Mountain Views essay and departments. Pay: $250-450 for features, $200 for non-fiction/personal essay, $125 for Mountain Views essay and departments. Details here. –– http://www.smliv.com/about/contribute
  6. Goldenseal is published by the State of Virginia, Division of Culture and History. They welcome articles on West Virginian folklife, traditional farming practices, industry and commerce, holiday and community celebrations, immigrants, music, crafts, herbs, women’s history, or similar. They prefer stories about living West Virginians, based on direct, recent interviews. Response time: 6-9 months Word count: 500-3,000 Pay: $0.10/word Details here. –– http://www.wvculture.org/goldenseal/contrib.html
  7. Kentucky Monthly features articles on Kentucky’s culture, food, history, lifestyle, outdoors, travel and human interest. Pitch early. Word count: 1,000-2,500 Pay: $0.15/word
    Details here. ––http://www.kentuckymonthly.com/downloads/1110/download/Kentributor%20GuidelinesREV12-13.pdf
  8. Outdoor Oklahoma is a magazine of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. They occasionally buy freelance articles, and accept reprints. Word count: Above 1,500 for features, 500-1,500 for shorter articles. Pay: $300-450 for features, $125-250 for shorter articles, $75 for sidebars and “Off the Beaten Path” articles. Details here. –– https://www.wildlifedepartment.com/out_ok/freelance.htm
  9. Ventana Monthly wants sophisticated, tightly focused articles related to Ventura County. Topics of interest include personalities, philanthropy, architecture, food, sports, shopping and travel. Word count: 400-1,500. Pay: $0.20/word. Details here. –– http://www.ventanamonthly.com/writers.php
  10. German Life Magazine deals with German culture, past and present, and how North America has been shaped by its German element. They accept reports on social, political, cultural and historical events. Query first. Response time: Unspecified; only responds if interested. Word count: 1,200 for features, 300-800 for departments, 250-300 for book reviews. Pay: $300-500 for features, $100-130 for reviews and short pieces, up to $80 for fillers. Details here. –– http://www.germanlife.com/submissions/
  11. Vox is seeking personal narratives for their “First Person” section. They are seeking “provocative personal narratives that explain the most important topics in modern life. ” Reports indicate they pay around $500 per essay. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
  12. Cricket Magazine, often referred to as the New Yorker for children, is a nationally distributed literary journal for kids. They publish short stories, non-fiction articles, poetry, and puzzles/crafts/activities for children. Most short stories they publish are 1200 to 1800 words in length. They also look for shorter pieces of 600 to 900 words. At 25 cents per word, that means payment from $150 to $450. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
  13. HOW is a magazine for graphic designers that discusses the business and industry. Since it’s 75% freelance written, the publication is always seeking articles that discuss industry figures, trends, issues, and more. They accept both queries and unsolicited manuscripts via postal mail. They pay $250 to $800, depending on complexity and experience. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
  14. Canoe & Kayak, the world’s largest paddling magazine, accepts article queries from freelance writers. They largely depend on their existing writers, but are open to new writers from time to time. According to WritingCareer.com, they pay up to $800 an article. To learn more, be sure to read their contributor guidelines.
  15. Arizona Wildlife Views Magazine publishes articles on Arizona wildlife and wildlife management, habitat issues, outdoor recreation, and historical articles. E-mail queries are preferred over manuscript submissions. Payment for features varies by length from $450 to $800 per accepted article. To learn more, read their contributor guidelines.
  16. Sail Magazine is the magazine for sailing. They “write, edit, and design for everyone who sails – aboard a one-design boat or an offshore racer, aboard a daysailer on a tiny lake or a cruiser crossing great oceans and great distances.” According to our research, they pay $200 to $800 per article. They particularly want “small stories with punch.” To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
  17. Vermont Life publishes articles that reflect “the unique heritage, countryside, traditions and people of Vermont.” They’re looking for writing that celebrates Vermont culture in an engaging fashion. They pay $600 to $800, depending on the length and complexity of the article. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
  18. MotorHome, the magazine for RV enthusiasts, covers all aspects of the RV lifestyle. They accept queries, and pay writers up to $900 an article. According to their guidelines:  “The easiest way to sell your work to MotorHome is to query us on an interesting and tightly focused motorhome story.” Learn more
  19. Nebraska Life is Nebraska’s only statewide general interest magazine. They “publish stories that span every region of the state with special attention to its wonderfully diverse environments, cultures and communities.” They pay $130-$975 for feature articles, and $75-$125 for department articles. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
  20. The PTDC.com is a how-to blog for fitness professionals in search of engaging and actionable articles of 800 – 1500 words that include unique experiences for people in the fitness industry. They pay $100 per article upon acceptance. Read their contributor guidelines here.
  21. JMaxFitness is looking for articles aimed at men ages 25-40 to help them become more fit and strong. They are open to articles about nutrition, bodybuilding, lifestyle, and workouts aimed with this audience in mind. The pay is $1CAD per 100 words, with a required word range of 1850 – 3000. Read their contributor guidelines here.
  22. Yoga International is seeking articles under 1,000 words about the yoga practice and lifestyle. They pay a minimum of $50 per article and a maximum of $200 for feature articles. Read their contributor guidelines here.
  23. My Mind Body Metabolic Workout seeks blog posts of at least 700 words with helpful tips and wellness information for women. The compensation is $50 per blog post upon acceptance. Read their contribution guidelines here.
  24. com is for women at different stages of family life, with a focus on conception, pregnancy, and parenting. They occasionally hire writers who specialize in “health topics related to pregnancy, parenting, nutrition and fitness. ” They pay $25-$90 per article. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
  25. TravelPulse – While some articles on TravelPulse.com are consumer-oriented, they also publish content relevant to travel agents and other industry professionals. They pay $50 an article and you can find their submission guidelines here: http://www.travelpulse.com/more/contact_us.html#write_for_us.
  26. com is a website for horse lovers and riders. They publish horse industry news, essays, care information, and more. They pay $25-$150 for articles. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
  27. Providence is “a journal of Christianity and American foreign policy.” They publish articles on the intersection of Christianity and national security, foreign policy, political theory, etc. They pay $100 for 500-1,000 word articles on their website. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
  28. Belt Magazine is a website that features journalism all about the “Rust Belt” – a region including old industrial cities such as Chicago, Buffalo, and Detroit. They don’t list pay, but sources say they pay $50 for most articles, more for in-depth articles. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
  29. Serious Eats @ Medium is the member’s only version of the website Serious Eats. They publish articles about food, cooking, and eating. They pay $100 per article – 800 to 2,000 words. They prefer essays, but not “gauzy introspection that ends by evaporating into a puff of scented vapor.” They pay $100 per article/essay. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
  30. Real Life Magazine is a website funded by Snapchat. They publish “essays, arguments, and narratives about living with technology.” According to reports, the pay around 15 cents per word. To learn more, read their contributors page.
  31. Adventure Cycling Association publishes articles about bicycle travel and other recreational cycling subjects, and feature-length stories about tour accounts. They also accept shorter pieces for The Final Mile, which are about a singular experience while on a cycling trip, and humor pieces. Their submission period ends on 31 October 2017. Word count: 2,000-3,500 for features; 1,200-1,500 for The Final Mile. Pay: $0.30-$0.50/word Details here.
  32. Gary’s Sporting Journal is a journal for hunters and anglers. They are always looking for features on hunting and fishing, and publish four themed issues a year. They publish Expeditions – travel pieces of hunting and fishing locations, Yarns – campfire tales that can be fact or fiction, and poetry. Word count: 2,500-3,000 for Expeditions; above 1,500 for features; 750-1,500 for Yarns; up to 1,000 for poetry. Pay: $850-1,000 for Expeditions; $600-1,250 based on quality, not length, for features; $600 for yarns; $100 for poems. Details here.
  33. Boys’ Life is a monthly magazine published by the Boy Scouts of America. Articles should interest and entertain boys of 6-17. They cover a broad range of non-fiction, from professional sports to American history. Department pieces include nature, aviation, health, pets, history and music. Fiction is assignment-only; do not query. Query by mail for non-fiction. Word count: 500-1,500 for major non-fiction articles; up to 600 for departments. Pay: $500-1,500 for major non-fiction articles; $100-600 for departments. Details here.
  34. 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.
  35. Kitplanes Magazine is a magazine of kit and amateur-built aircraft construction. Contributions are mostly by aircraft builders and recognized experts active in the field. They accept articles on all phases of aircraft construction, from basic design, to flight trials, to construction technique in wood, metal and composite. They also review and analyze products and services related to amateur-built and kit aircraft construction. Short, focused technical articles are always welcome. Query first. Word count: About 2,000 for major features, unspecified for others. Pay: $250-1,000. Details here.
  36. Texas Highways is the official travel magazine of Texas, published by the Travel Information Division of the Texas Department of Transportation. Articles should document Texas destinations for readers in the US and across the world, through descriptive and evocative language. The style should be readable and well-informed. They prefer queries. Word count: Unspecified. Pay: $0.50/word. Details here.
  37. Northern Virginia Magazine –– They primarily want profiles. Other topics of interest are getaways, medical, fashion/style, education, arts and business targeted at Northern Virginians. Word count: 2,000-2,500 for features; 1,500-1,800 for profiles; over 1,000 for departments. Pay: $50-1,000. Details here.
  38. Washington City Paper –– Stories should be about the city and its surroundings, and narratives with a conflict of some sort at the center are preferred. They publish a variety of journalistic genres, including profiles, investigative pieces, polemical essays, and stories about local institutions. They have news, arts and food departments that accept shorter pieces, an arts blog, and reviews. No op-ed pieces or ‘service journalism’. Word count: 2,500-5,000 for cover stories; 800-2,000 for departments – not a firm limit; 500-2,000 for reviews; 150-250 for City Lights. Pay: Varies; they have paid $15-2,000. Details here.
  39. Seattle Magazine wants news-related stories about the city and region, civic and social issues, local travel, food news, home, interiors, and other lifestyle stories, arts and culture, home and garden, and front-of-book features. Query first. Word count: 1,500-3,500 for features; 1,200 for departments; 200-300 for very short pieces. Pay: $400-$1,000 for features; $350 for departments; $50-100 for very short pieces. Details here.
  40. Babybug–– Published by Cricket Media, this magazine is meant for babies and the parents and caregivers who read to them. They look for very short, clear fiction that is rhythmic in nature (they often rhyme). Babybug pays up to $.25 per word for these pieces, which must be submitted by Submittable only (do not pitch directly do editors). Full submission guidelines can be found here.
  41. Ladybug is also a Cricket media publication, and it is also intended as a read-aloud, read together magazine. This one is targeted at children ages 3-6 and the parents or caregivers who read with them. It needs “imaginative contemporary stories,” new spins on fairy and folk tales, and stories from different cultures. Your piece must be no longer than 800 words, and pay is up to $.25 per word. See full submission guidelines here.
  42. Bear Deluxe is an independent environmental arts magazine. It accepts submissions for works of fiction in the genres of adventure, condensed novels, historical, horror, humorous, mystery, and western. They do not want traditional sci-fi, horror, romance or crime/action. You must send your complete manuscript. The magazine is currently accepting them via email submission only. Word count must not exceed 4,000. Our research indicates pay may be $25-$400, depending on piece. You’ll also receive a free subscription to the magazine as well as contributor’s copies. Full submission guidelines here.
  43. Boundary Waters Journal is a Canadian print magazine that features articles that “help readers enjoy their trips to canoe country.” What ‘country’ is that? The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW), Quetico Provincial Park and Superior National Forest. They pay up to $500 for features. They also pay $50 to $150 for photos. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
  44. 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.
  45. Real Python pays up to $300 for in-depth about coding in the Python programming language. To learn more, read their contributor guidelines.
  46. Racked covers shopping, with a particular interest in “the intersection of politics and fashion and beauty.” They also pay for personal essays. Reports indicate they pay over $500 for feature articles. To learn more, read their contributor guidelines.
  47. Black Belt Magazine is the United States’ oldest martial arts publication. They’re looking for educational and/or enlightening articles on the techniques, strategies, philosophies, and history of martial arts. They pay $150 to $300 for 1,000-3,000 word articles with good photos. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
  48. Journey is AAA’s magazine for their members in Washington and Northern Idaho. They reach over 600,000 readers a month. Payment reports indicate $1 a word for payment. They aim to “present readers with lively and informative stories on lifestyle, travel and automotive topics that encourage them to discover and explore the Northwest and beyond.” To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
  49. Longreads is a blog from the company behind WordPress, the software which powers over 25% of the internet. Base pay is $500 per essay. Payment is determined by the amount of work. They also pay for features, at a higher rate, competitive with large publications. To learn more, visit their submission guidelines page.
  50. Charleston Style & Design is a local magazine that publishes articles about architecture, fashion, businesses, food, and travel of interest to people in Charleston, South Carolina, and the surrounding region. They pay $200 for personal essays that offer a relatable story and good insight. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
  51. Gripped is a Canadian climbing magazine that covers routes, events, and climbing gear, and profiles of prominent climbers. They pay $250 for features, plus $50 to $200 per photo. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
  52. VFW Magazine is the magazine for the Veterans of Foreign Wars, or VFW. They have a very large circulation, with many readers. Their primary interest is recognizing veterans and military service. They do not publish memoirs, first person accounts, or personality profiles. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
  53. Healing Lifestyles “focuses on integrating healing remedies, alternative medicine, natural living, spa wisdom, and nature into our lives, providing tools and inspiration to lead a more healthy and healing lifestyle. ” According to Writer’s Weekly, they pay up to $500 for features. They don’t have guidelines available, but you can contact the editor
  54. SQLServerCentral is a community and education website for things related to SQL Servers. They accept any SQL-related article. Certain columns are unpaid. Pay: $50 per article; regular contributors are sometimes paid more Details here.



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