7 Magazines that Pay Writers $100 to $1,000 Per Article

The following is a list of magazines that accept pitches and/or submissions from freelance writers. Some of these magazines pay $100 per article, while others pay up to $1,000. Payment information is included, though you may still need to negotiate pay.


  1. Life In A Kilt Magazine publishes lifestyle articles about kilt-wearing, including profiles of people who wear kilts, events, and history. They pay $100 per feature. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
  2. The Gay & Lesbian Review is a bimonthly magazine for GLBT men and women.  They publish essays, book reviews, movie reviews, and plays. Payment is a flat fee of $100. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
  3. High Times publishes articles about marijuana cultivation and counterculture lifestyle. They have a special interest in marijuana legalization. They publish both in print and on their website. They pay $500-$1,000 for features. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
  4. Garden & Gun is a magazine covering the “New South,” including culture, food, literature, and more. Above all, the magazine says “its main pursuit is a love of the land and a dedication to the sporting life.” They’re looking for nonfiction articles on any of those topics (a full list is available in the guidelines). They don’t specify pay, but our sources report they pay between 20 and 50 cents per word. Keep in mind that they do pay a kill fee of 25 percent. Their editors are available for contact here.
  5. 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. They are currently accepting submissions on the topics of “The Sacred,” “Families,” and “Spiritual Guides.” To learn more, and to submit, read their submission guidelines.
  6. Russian Life is a bimonthly magazine covering all aspects of Russian culture, travel, history, and more. Their features are generally freelanced, and writers are invited to send queries for features or for a small number of other departments (the full list is available in the guidelines). They don’t specify pay, but our sources report $100 to $300 an article. To learn more, read Russian Life’s submission guidelines.
  7. Mississippi Magazine covers the people, places, food, history, events, and culture of the state. They pay $250 to $350 for featured articles, and $150 to $250 for most department articles. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.


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