7 Print Publications that Pay Writers (Up to $500)

This week, for our readers, we’ve found these seven print publications that accept pitches directly from freelance writers. According to our research, all of these publishers pay their writers.

These publishers publish writing on cultural issues, entertainment, news, airline safety, food, feminism, and interviews.

You may note that many of these also publish online.

If you’re interested in pitching any of these publishers, and are not confident in your ability to pitch, please read this first.

  1. Root Quarterly is “a print-only, subscription-based quarterly journal rooted in Philadelphia, but not limited to Philadelphia-based content.” They are looking for fiction (500 to 2,000 words), personal essays or articles, cultural criticism and think pieces (500 to 3,500 words), long-form profiles of Philadelphia region artists, recommendations on what they might cover in their “recommendation” and “destination” sections, and artwork and photography. They give “very heavy preference to Philadelphia region writers” but are “open in particular when it comes to cultural criticism to a wide array of people.” They need submissions for their spring issue by January 15. They typically offer honorariums of $25 to $100 per piece. They pay 10 to 20 cents per word for longer, assigned profiles or articles. Details here.
  2. Current Affairs is a bimonthly print magazine of culture and politics. The magazine is “informative, entertaining, and beautiful, and loaded with everything from book reviews to fake advertisements.” Payment reports indicate that they pay up to $0.07 per word. To contact them, refer to this page.
  3. Kali Letter is a biweekly publication that is “an unfilt(her)ed lens of news, pop-culture lifestyle and feminism for East African women.” They publish opinions, personal essays, features, Q&As, profiles, and comic strips. They pay Kenya Shillings 10,000 on average per 800 to 1,000 word article. For details, visit this page.
  4. Flight Safety Australia is the flagship aviation safety magazine of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). They are looking for “close calls” (450 to 1,400 words) from any sector of aviation. They will pay $500 per piece. To learn more, refer to this page.
  5. Edible Manhattan and Edible Brooklyn are magazines focused on food and drink. They are looking for nontraditional holiday stories for their print holiday issue. They pay $0.25 per word. The deadline is 17 October 2019. To learn more, refer to this Twitter post.
  6. Positive News is a website and quarterly print magazine that “publishes good journalism about good things.” They are “pioneers of ‘constructive journalism’ – a new approach in the media, which is about rigorous and relevant journalism that is focused on progress, possibility, and solutions.” They are looking for unique pitches for the next edition of their magazine. They pay 25p/word. For details, refer to this Twitter thread and their pitching guide.
  7. GUTS is a Canadian magazine and blog covering Canadian politics and culture, including “long-form journalism, interviews, fiction, and new media that further feminist correspondence, criticism, and community in Canada.” They pay $100 for print pieces, $50 for blog posts. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.


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