7 Magazines that Pay Writers $400+ Per Article

The following is a list of 7 magazines that accept pitches from freelance writers in a variety of categories, including aviation, Catholicism, fly fishing, personal health, travel, and boatbuilding.

According to our research, all of these publishers pay at least $400 for some of the writing they publish. Keep in mind that you may need to negotiate payment, as we can’t guarantee rates. . — Jacob Jans, with research by Fatima Saif

Flight Journal is an aviation magazine that covers “the world of flight from its simple beginnings to its high-tech, no-holds –barred future.” The average length of their articles is 2,500 to 3,000 words. For a full-size article, their base pay is $600. Further details can be found on their contributors’ guidelines page.

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.

America Media provides “editorial content for thinking Catholics and those who want to know what Catholics are thinking”.  They accept select unsolicited, unpublished pieces for their print, web and other digital formats. Payment reports suggest that they pay $0.25 to $0.38 per word. To find out more, visit this page.

Fly Fusion is a fly fishing magazine that “combines instructional editorial with a cutting edge look and is designed to appeal to those anglers who possess a hunger to learn more about the quiet sport.” Their main focus is to educate their readers through instructionally based articles. They pay $400 for a feature article. To find out more, refer to this page.

Let’s Travel is a bi-monthly travel magazine that focuses on “articles with a twist that offer first person accounts of travel in New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific Islands.” They also publish a few stories from far flung places like, South East Asia, Europe and Americas. Their “readership demographics is luxury”, so if the pitch is about getting by on a few dollars, they would probably not be interested in it. Their feature articles are of 800 to 1,200 words. They pay a flat fee of NZ$300 per story to unpublished writers. While, to previously published writers, they pay NZ$500. To find out more, refer to this page.

Professional BoatBuilder is a magazine for boatbuilders, repairers, designers, and surveyors. It is published six times a year and has a circulation of 24,000. They focus on design, construction and repair techniques used by marine professionals. They publish features that are 3,000 to 6,000 words long. They also publish shorter pieces of 750 to 2,000 words. They pay a base rate of $0.30 per word. To learn more, read their guidelines for submission.

Undark is a digital magazine that explores the “intersection of science and society.” They seek to publish various types of projects including blog posts, book excerpts or reviews, op-eds, short features and long-form projects. Our sources suggest that they pay an average of $0.61 per word. To learn more, refer to their submission guidelines.


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