8 Magazines that Pay Writers $400 to $1,000+ Per Article

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Dear Writers, Here’s a variety of magazines that accept pitches directly from writers – and pay relatively well for the articles they publish. Keep in mind that you may need to negotiate payment. If you want to make the most of opportunities like this, check out this free webinar.

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The Sun is a wonderful magazine with a very loyal following. They publish personal essays, interviews, poetry, and more. According to their website: “We’ve been described in many ways: celebratory, fierce, unflinching, thoughtful, truthful, dark, darkly funny, tender.” They pay up to $2,000 for essays. Publication in this magazine is extremely competitive. Be sure to carefully study their magazine before submitting. Learn more here.
Tail Fly Fishing Magazine is a bimonthly print publication that is devoted exclusively to fly fishing in saltwater. They are always seeking great content on saltwater fly fishing (with focus on conservation and the environment). They want feature articles of 2,000 to 2,500 words, and short features of 1,000 to 1,500 words. They pay more for well-polished articles with great photos. They pay up to $500 for features, $300 for short features, $200 for “fly tying/ step-by-step”, $150 for “inside the box”, $200 for “an angler opines”, and $600 for photo essays. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
Quanta Magazine is an independent online publication that covers the latest news and trends in physics, mathematics, life science, and computer science research. According to one payment report, they paid $1.75 per word for a 1,500-word feature. To contact them, refer to this page.
Places Journal is a resource for “contemporary architecture, landscape, and urbanism.” They are looking for lively and original writing. They publish interdisciplinary scholarship, essays, narrative journalism, criticism, multimedia work, and photography. Most of their articles are 1,000 to 6,000 words long. According to one payment report, they paid $1,200 – $0.30 per word for a 4,000-word feature. For details, read their submission guidelines.
Muzzle Blasts is the official publication of the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association (NMLRA). They pay for “articles that deal with muzzleloading firearms or firearms with historical value, for good instructive or how-to, and similar articles.” They want all the submissions to be accompanied by photographs and/ or diagrams. They pay $100 to $300 for product reviews, $50 to $150 for columns, and $100 to $400 for feature articles. To learn more, read their writer’s guidelines.
The American Gardener is the American Horticultural Society’s official publication. They publish pieces that appeal to experienced amateur gardeners, and topics range from garden design to environmentally appropriate gardening. The magazine is mostly written by freelancers, and they accept article pitches for feature articles and department sections. They pay $300 to $600 for features and $150 to $200 for departments. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
Northern Virginia Magazine –– They primarily want profiles. Other topics of interest are getaways, medical, fashion/style, education, arts and business targeted at Northern Virginians. Word count: 2,000-2,500 for features; 1,500-1,800 for profiles; over 1,000 for departments. Pay: $50-1,000. Details here.
Eater is a national publication that covers the world of food and drink, with particular emphasis on restaurants. They are looking for reported stories rather than personal narratives. They want “stories where food and restaurants intersect with, illuminate, or are illuminated by other subjects: business, technology, history, science, politics, society, activism, identity, the arts, pop culture, etc.” According to payment reports, they pay an average of $0.31 per word. To learn more, refer to this page.


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