Written By Ian Chandler

The Earth Island Journal: $1,000 for Feature Articles

The Earth Island Journal is a quarterly magazine that discusses the environment and how it relates to present-day issues. Their blend of investigative journalism and intriguing essays has given them national acclaim.

They pay 25 cents per word, and you can receive up to $1,000 for a feature.

They’re passionate about covering stories not found in the mainstream media. They’ve won six Project Censored Awards for covering stories that were otherwise ignored. They’ve also been recognized by the Utne Reader as a leading provider of environmental coverage.

They accept queries from freelance writers for articles that discuss any form of environmental news, from animal rights to technological innovations.

As they write on their submissions page:

Earth Island Journal is always looking for compelling and distinctive stories that anticipate environmental concerns before they become pressing problems, stories that scan the horizon for the next big issue. We want stories that will surprise, provoke, and entertain our readers and that explore new territory overlooked by other publications.

In-depth feature stories generally range from 2,500 to 3,000 words, and writers are paid $750-$1000 for these. Shorter articles, between 1,200 to 1,500 words, earn $300 to $375.

They also publish online reports, and writers earn $50 to $100 for these. Since they publish five times a week online, the reports are a great way to break into the magazine.

To learn more, make sure to read their full submission guidelines.


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