7 Magazines that Pay $1 Per Word

Here is a list of seven magazines that pay writers $1 per word — and sometimes more. The magazines cover topics such as family, parenting, science, and natural history.

To get published by these magazines, be sure to carefully study their publication, and write a pitch that is very closely tailored to their unique needs. Success is not guaranteed — these are competitive markets. Also, keep in mind that the payment rates we’ve listed are just to give you an idea of what they may pay. You’ll still need to negotiate payment.

— Jacob Jans (With Reserach by Fatima Saif)

Marie Claire is a fashion publication for women with “a point of view and a sense of humor.” They prefer story proposals instead of completed work. According to payment reports, they pay an average of $1.08 per word. To find out more, visit this page.

FamilyFun is a magazine for families with children aged 3 to 12. They provide information that helps parents in creating unforgettable family moments. They want content that is “fun, family-tested, affordable, and uncomplicated.” They pay $1.25 per word. For details, refer to their writers’ guidelines.

On Parenting is a parenting blog of Washington Post. They are looking for pieces with an interesting angle to parenting. They welcome reported pieces and personal essays. They want the pieces to be no more than 1,200 words long. Payment reports suggest that they pay up to $2.50 per word. To learn more, refer to this page.

Parents and Parents.com help parents “raise happy, healthy kids” and have “a lot of fun along the way.” They are a national publication, so they are mainly interested in stories that appeal to a wide range of parents. They are always seeking captivating human-interest stories. They generally work only with authors who have some experience. Payment reports suggest that they pay up to $1.87 per word. For further information, refer to their writer’s guidelines.

Science Magazine covers news on science, science policy and issues that are of importance to the scientific community. They want “everything from 140-word news briefs to 2500-word features to investigative projects.” According to payment reports, they pay up to $1 per word, and sometimes more. To learn more, refer to this page.

National Geographic Kids is a general interest nonfiction magazine for 6 to 14 year-olds. It is published 10 times per year. Their stories cover a wide range of topics including “natural history, science, geography, history, and human interest.” They do not accept unsolicited manuscripts. They prefer short and to the point queries of about 250 words. One payment reports suggest that they pay over $1 per word. To find out more, refer to their submission guidelines.

Today’s Parent is “Canada’s #1 source for parenting content that informs, inspires and builds a sense of community.” Their articles help parents of children from birth to 9+ tackle a range of parenting issues including discipline, health, behavior and education. Payment reports suggest that they pay up to $1.00 per word. To find out more, visit this page.


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