7 Publishers that Pay $1+ Per Word

According to our latest research, here are seven publishers that pay freelance writers up to $1 per word, or more.

Topics including travel, technology, entertainment, and news.

Keep in mind that it is competitive to get published by these magazines; they’re likely looking for experienced freelance writers. However, if you put together a high-quality pitch, even a newer freelance writer stands a chance at publication.

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PS: Thanks to Fatima Saif for her research on this article.

Drive Magazine is a lifestyle magazine by Subaru. It’s mailed to Subaru owners but it’s not about cars. They cover travel, fitness, health, cooking, and more. Their readers love outdoor adventure, nature, animals, healthy cooking, and connecting with friends or family. They are looking for pitches for the following sections: features (1,000+ words), road trips (about 1,000 words), health and fitness (about 600 to 800 words), cooking (about 600 words), and owner spotlight (600 words). Writers can send pitches to conrad@dciartform.com. Pay is $1.00 per word. Details here and here. Read their recent issues here.

Canadian Geographic is a magazine by The Royal Canadian Geographical Society. They publish 6 times a year. Each issue features the latest science, technology, environment, culture, and travel stories from across Canada. According to one payment report, they paid $1.00 per word for a 1,500-word feature. For details, read their submission guidelines.

Input is a new tech publication that is committed to “offering a fresh perspective on the devices, creators, trends, and ideas that are changing our world.” According to their contributing features editor, they are seeking stories at the intersection of technology and culture. They pay $0.33 to $1.00 per word for features. View their website here.

Esquire is a men’s magazine that covers news, politics, style, food and drink, and entertainment. According to payment reports, they pay up to $1.33 per word. To contact them, refer to this page.

Scientific American covers science discoveries and technology innovations. They “welcome ideas for articles on recent scientific discoveries, technical innovations and overviews of ongoing research.” The average length of their articles is about 2,500 to 3,000 words. They also welcome essays (700 to 800 words). Payment reports indicate that they pay up to $1.50 per word. For details, refer to this page.

Experience is an online magazine by Northeastern University. They welcome “pitches for reported stories that examine how experience is driving change in industry and society — and inspiring solutions to global problems.” According to one payment report, they paid $1.00 per word for a 600-word piece. To pitch, refer to this page.

The New York Times covers politics, business, technology, science, health, sports, arts, style, movies, travel, books, education, jobs, real estate, and more. They accept opinion essays (400 to 1,200 words). According to payment reports, they pay up to $1.00 per word. Details here.


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