8 Magazines that Pay Writers ($100 to $400)

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Dear Writers,

Now that we’re over a week into 2019, it’s not a bad time to start making progress towards our goals, whatever they may be. For those of you who are aiming to get paid to write this year, this list presents eight magazines that accept pitches directly from writers.

If one of them suits you, then send them a pitch! If none of them are quite right, here’s a list of 50 Magazines and Blogs that Pay Writers.

Also — if you’re thinking of working with individual clients this year, here are some tips on setting your rates.

— Jacob Jans

PS: Also, a big thank you to Fatima Saif for her research for this article.

Kitchen Work is a printed, quarterly journal about “what and how we eat and drink.” They accept submissions of up to 3,000 words. They pay $0.10 per word and $100 per illustration. To learn more, refer to this page.
Kahini Magazine is a monthly literary magazine by Kahini (a writing group that presents writing workshops and gatherings in Africa, the Americas, Oceania, and Eurasia). They pay $100 for craft lectures, interviews, prose, poetry, or cross-genre work. To learn more, refer to this page.
Woods Reader is a quarterly magazine for people who love woodland areas. They are looking for stories on experiences and observations in the woods. They do not publish hunting stories. They consider stories of any length, but their ideal word count is 500 to 1,000 words. Their “payments range from $25 for short poetry to $150 for longer articles.” For details, visit this page.
The Forward is a source of news, opinion, culture, and life through a Jewish lens. They regularly accept submissions from outside writers. The editors inform the writers of the rate upon the commissioning of the work. Payment reports indicate that they pay an average of $0.26 per word. If a written work accepted for publication is not used, they generally pay the writers 50% of the agreed-upon fee. For details, refer to this page.
O Gauge Railroading is a print and digital magazine for O Gauge model train hobbyists. They are always looking for layout articles and how-to feature articles. High quality photos accompanying the articles are a plus. The layout features should be 1,200 to 1,500 words long. They pay $400 for layout features and $200 for how-to features. For details, visit this page.
Bay Area Parent is a media company that provides parenting news and information to Bay Area families. They are always seeking “articles with strong local perspective filled with names, references and issues of particular interest and relevance to parents and children in Marin County, San Francisco, the Peninsula, the East Bay, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties.” Their departments are 600 to 1,200 words long and features are 1,200 to 1,800 words long. They pay 25 cents per word. For details, read their writer’s guidelines.
Barista Magazine is a trade journal for coffee professionals around the world. They cover coffee shops, equipment, extraction methods, customer service, events, and profiles. According to payment reports, they pay up to $0.07 per word. For details, visit this page.
Distinctly Montana is a quarterly published life-style magazine. They are looking for writers who have the ability to write 750 to 1,500 words aimed at the residents and the visitors of Montana. According to one payment report, they pay $0.17 per word. To learn more, refer to their guidelines.


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