Ten Blogs that Pay Writers $50+ for Guest Posts

Here’s a list of 10 blogs  and websites pay writers for the guest posts and articles they publish. All of these publications accept submissions directly from freelance writers.

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Thanks to Fatima Saif for her research on this article!

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  1. Femagogy Zine is a quarterly zine for teachers, by teachers. They explore feminism, education, and politics. They publish creative work of educators. They pay 5 cents per word up to $50. To learn more, visit this page.
  2. Modern Rogue covers computer gaming, lifestyle, and pop culture.  They just celebrated their first year of publication. They pay $50+ per article, and up to $100 for regular contributors. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
  3. HelpStay is a “volunteering abroad community where helpers connect with hosts to find a safe stay, that suits their skills and interests for giving back.” They pay €110 (approx. USD $125) per published article. To learn more, refer to this page.
  4. Complex is a “media platform and an online community that publishes the best, most diverse and most relevant voices in culture, period.” They cover pop culture, music, life, entertainment, style, sports, sneakers, and more. According to payment reports, they pay an average of $0.25 per word. To contact them, refer to this page.

  5. YourTango is an online magazine that offers love and relationship advice to women. They seek personal essays, service pieces, and reported articles from freelancers. Their pieces are generally 500 to 1,200 words long. According to payment reports, the pay up to $0.06 per word. For details, visit this page.
  6. Active Weekender is a website about making the most of the weekend by traveling and doing active outdoor activities like cycling, hiking, rock climbing, camping, stand up paddle boarding, and diving. They are looking for articles of at least 1,000 words on anything related to being an active weekender. They pay $0.05 per word. To learn more, visit this page.
  7. FellowScript is a quarterly magazine published by InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship (a Canada-wide organization for Christians who write). They publish articles on writing and the writing life. They pay 3 cents per word (Canadian funds) for one-time rights, 1.5 cents per word for reprint rights, and an extra 0.5 cent per word for publication on their website for a period of no more than 3 months. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
  8. COOL HUNTING is a publication that “uncovers the latest intersections of design, culture and technology.” They publish stories about creativity and innovation in technology, design, culture, food, travel, and style. According to payment reports, they pay up to $0.21 per word. To contact them, refer to this page.
  9. CityLab, published by The Atlantic, is a blog devoted to “the people who are creating the cities of the future—and those who want to live there.” Reports indicate they pay an average of 25 cents per word for articles. To learn more, read their pitching guidelines.
  10. The Hairpin is a lifestyle blog aimed at women. They publish articles such as “single serving wine reviews” and “The Paranoid Girls of Tumblr.” They don’t list payment rates, but reports indicate payment is often around 20 cents per word. You can contact the editors here.


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