There are so many opportunities for writers. Below, is a list of 197 magazines and websites that pay writers, but this list is just a small subset of the many publishers that want to pay freelance writers. (Not to mention the endless number of businesses that want to hire freelance writers for a wide variety of reasons.)
I put together a very quick video that shows you some of the opportunities available, as well as some basic research techniques for finding the best opportunities for your unique needs and interests. I encourage you to watch it!
If you’re interested in getting access to the full database that I show above — don’t worry! You’ll be able to join Writing Launch for free, and get access to it soon. (We’re not opening for enrollment yet, but will be soon!)
Please note: Do not approach these publications unless you’re confident that you’re submitting a pitch that meets their needs. If you’re a Writing Launch members, I recommend our 7 day course on pitching as a good introduction to writing a pitch that wins over editors.
If you have any questions, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org
— Jacob Jans
General Interest / News
The News Station
The News Station is a national alt-weekly that covers the war on drugs, prison and criminal justice reform, CBD, the innovations in health and wellness, culture, politics, and more. They welcome pitches from freelancers. Regarding the rates, their managing editor tweeted: “my interns get $75 for short pieces explaining new science/research, then about $150 for a researched news piece or $200 for features; then we’ll usually be $250 for day of, non-breaking news pieces, and as much as $500 though usually around $300 to $400 for features.” Learn more here. Read their styleguide and journalistic standards here.
The Real News Network
The Real News Network is an independent, nonprofit news network that is focused on providing uncompromising and fact-based journalism. They cover politics, prisons and policing, racial justice, climate crisis, and economy and inequality. According to payment reports, they pay about $1 per word. If interested, contact them at email@example.com. To learn more about them, refer to this page.
The New York Times
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.
GEN is a publication by Medium about politics, power, and culture. They are looking for 3 to 4 pieces (on music, art, books, food, etc.) by critics of color each week. They pay $1.00 per word for essays/stories and $2.00 per word for reported pieces. For details, refer to this Twitter thread and this page.
The National is an Abu Dhabi-based English-language newspaper that covers news, business, culture, arts, sports, and lifestyle throughout the Middle East and the world. They are looking for pitches from around the world. They pay $0.50 per word and extra for photos. To learn more, refer to this Twitter thread and this page.
Business Insider and Insider
Business Insider and Insider are looking for pitches for features. Business Insider is a website that covers business, financial, and technology news. Insider is a website that shares all the adventures that life has to offer. According to their features editor, their pay starts at $1.00 per word. To learn more, refer to this page.
Prism is a nonprofit that is working in tandem with Daily Kos. They elevate “stories, ideas, and solutions from leaders, thinkers, and activists whose voices are critical to a reflective democracy.” They are seeking pitches for articles, essays, and op-eds. They pay 40 cents per word. They are also seeking comics, graphic stories, or other illustrated work, for which they pay $150 to $500. To learn more, refer to this Twitter post and their call for pitches.
FiveThirtyEight is a website that uses statistical analysis to cover elections, politics, economics, science, sports, life, and culture. Payment reports indicate that they pay up to $0.50 per word. To contact them, refer to this page.
The Intercept is a nonprofit news organization that is devoted to holding the powerful accountable through its fearless, adversarial journalism. According to payment reports, they pay up to $1.00 per word. To contact them, refer to this page.
Religion & Politics
Religion & Politics is an online news journal covering the convergence of religion and politics. Their premise: “for better and for worse, religion and politics converge, clash, and shape public life.” According to one report, they paid around $500 for a feature length article. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
Reason covers politics, culture, science and economics from a libertarian perspective. Their magazine’s articles are 850 to 5,000 words long, while their website’s articles tend to be shorter. They rarely accept unsolicited manuscripts. They prefer queries that give a good idea about the proposed article. Our sources suggest that they pay up to $0.50 per word. To find out more, refer to this page.
National Geographic Kids
National Geographic Kids is a general interest nonfiction magazine for 6 to 14 year-olds. It is published 10 times per year. Their stories cover a wide range of topics including “natural history, science, geography, history, and human interest.” They do not accept unsolicited manuscripts. They prefer short and to the point queries of about 250 words. One payment reports suggest that they pay over $1 per word. To find out more, refer to their submission guidelines.
Harper’s Magazine is America’s oldest general-interest monthly magazine. The magazine provides its readers with a unique viewpoint on “politics, society, the environment, and culture.” They do not consider unsolicited nonfiction manuscripts. They also do not consider unsolicited poetry. However, they do consider unsolicited fiction. Reports suggest that they pay $0.25 to $1.00 per word. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
Reader’s Digest is a general interest family magazine. They usually assign original articles to the magazine’s regular contributors. They do, however, accept queries that detail the article idea. They “look for dramatic narratives, articles about everyday heroes, crime dramas, adventure stories.” According to our sources, they pay $0.06 to $1.50 per word. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
USA Today is a news and information media company. They publish letters and columns in their opinion section. They prefer letters of 200 words or less. Their columns are usually 550 to 750 words long. Payment reports suggest that they pay up to $0.50 per word. To find out more, read their submission guidelines.
The American Scholar
The American Scholar covers public affairs, literature, history, and culture. They have been around since 1932. They are published quarterly by the Phi Beta Kappa Society. They pay up to $500 for print articles. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
Ruralite Magazine publishes articles on rural goings-on in the West. They’re looking for submissions for features on people, places, news, and other happenings. Submissions must be mailed in and accompanied by a query letter to the editor. They pay $50 to $800, depending on the length of the feature. To learn more, read Ruralite Magazine’s submission guidelines.
High Country News
High Country News is a non-profit magazine covering the American West. They pay between $.50 and $1.50 a word. Their feature articles can be more than 2,400 words. They accept article pitches on an ongoing basis. They do not generally accept pre-written articles. To learn more and to pitch them an article, be sure to read their submission guidelines.
The Sierra is the magazine of the Sierra club, the non-profit environmental activist organization. Their readers are “are environmentally concerned, politically diverse, and actively enjoy the outdoors.” They pay up to $1.50 a word for feature articles. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
Longreads is a blog from the company behind WordPress, the software which powers over 25% of the internet. Base pay is $500 per essay. Payment is determined by the amount of work. They also pay for features, at a higher rate, competitive with large publications. To learn more, visit their submission guidelines page.
The Nation is a liberal political magazine. They accept submissions of political commentary as well as articles. They have a very dedicated readership. In fact, they’re supported by 30,000 donors. This is in addition to their 145,000 weekly circulation. They pay $150 for commentary, and between $350 and $500 for articles. They also accept submissions of art as well as poetry. To learn more, and to submit, be sure to read their full submission guidelines.
Health and Wellness
Self covers health and wellness. They are always seeking new writers and are especially excited to work more frequently with BIPOC, LGBTQ+ writers and writers from other marginalized groups. They want stories that will help improve personal or public health. Their main categories of focus are health, fitness, food, beauty, love, and lifestyle. Their rates start at $300 for stories with minimal to no reporting, $400 for reported service stories, and $800 for features. To learn how to pitch them a story, visit this page.
Forge is Medium.com’s home for personal development articles. They cover productivity, self-improvement, optimization, personal progress, mindfulness, and creativity. They don’t specify pay rates, though other Medium publications pay up to $1 per word or more. To learn more, read their guide to pitching.
Experience Life is a progressive “healthy-way-of-life magazine.” It comes out 10 times a year and has a circulation of 700,000. They aim their content at 30 to 45 year-olds. Payment reports suggest that they pay $1.00 per word. Further information can be found on their writer’s guidelines page.
Wellbeing is an Australian publication about holistic health, sustainability, and spirituality. They look for articles that are empowering, informative, and entertaining. They pay AU$600 to AU$750 for feature articles 2,000 to 2,500 words long and AU$150 for shorter pieces. https://www.wellbeing.com.au/contribute
Chatelaine is a Canadian magazine that covers the topics of health, fashion, and beauty. They publish briefs, how-tos, and features. For seasonal articles there is a four to six month lead time. They pay $1 per word. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
Better Humans offers a collection of self-help and self improvement articles. They accept pitches for commissioned articles, which usually pay $500. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
Healing Lifestyles “focuses on integrating healing remedies, alternative medicine, natural living, spa wisdom, and nature into our lives, providing tools and inspiration to lead a more healthy and healing lifestyle. ” According to Writer’s Weekly, they pay up to $500 for features. They don’t have guidelines available, but you can contact the editor here.
Art, Architecture, & Design
Critical Read is a New York-based nonprofit publishing company that supports the promotion of arts and culture in the United States. They are looking for artwork biographies of 4,000 to 5,000 words. They pay up to $1.00 per word. To learn more, refer to this page.
Clip Studio Paint
Clip Studio Paint is a software for drawing and painting. They are looking for artists who can create text tutorials with explanatory images (or video tutorials) using their software, Clip Studio. They want tutorials on the following art styles: “concept art, watercolor, oil painting, matte painting, landscape, scenery, graphic design, editorial illustration.” They pay around $700 per written tutorial (at least 800 words), and $1,000 per video tutorial. Details here.
Western Art & Architecture
Western Art & Architecture is the magazine for art collectors and art aficionados in the United States. They pay around $400-$600 an article. They accept submissions in a variety of categories, including artist profiles, home features, “illuminations”, “In the Studio”, and “Collector’s Eye.” To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
Landscape Architecture Magazine (LAM)
Landscape Architecture Magazine (LAM) is a print and digital magazine of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). They publish on a monthly basis. They are always seeking “good stories and great journalists to write about them.” While they love the incredible work happening in major cities, they are “particularly excited to read about smaller cities, rural areas, towns, and other markets where landscape architects are doing innovative and important work that others in the profession could learn from.” They “generally do not allow people to write about projects they’ve worked on, and writers are expected to disclose in print (and to the editors before assignment) any relationship to the story subject.” According to their editor, they pay $1 per word for most of their stories. If interested, email your pitches to firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more, read their contribution guidelines.
Architectural Digest is a monthly magazine that celebrates international design talents, inspiring decorating ideas, innovative homes, travel, and culture. They publish nine international editions, and have “immeasurable influence in the world of interior design.” According to payment reports, they pay $0.50 per word. To contact them, refer to this page.
Pastel Journal is the only national publication that covers the pastel medium. Addressing both professionals and hobbyists, the magazine publishes everything from how-to guides to detailed interviews. They accept queries and prefer them to be snail-mailed. They pay up to $600 for features. To learn more, request their writer’s guidelines via email here.
An old copy of their guidelines is available here.Watercolor Artist is a bi-monthly magazine for water color artists of all skill levels. They seek queries for features or columns. Writers are paid depending on length and completeness of the article submitted. For features about artists, they like to match the artist with the writer, but also accept queries for articles about any specific artist whom the writer is in contact with. Writers should be able to write specifically about the artist’s techniques, from the artist’s viewpoint using the language of art. Payment usually does not exceed $600. To learn more, request their writer’s guidelines via email here.
Boating / Sailing
Nautical Research Journal
The Nautical Research Journal is the quarterly journal of the Nautical Research Guild. The journal contains “feature articles on ship model building, merchant and naval shipbuilding, naval architecture, maritime trade, nautical history, and maritime arts.” They publish about 24 in-depth features each year. They pay $250 per modeling article ($500 for a multi-part article), and $50 per ship note article. To learn more, read their editorial guidelines.
Sail Magazine is the magazine for sailing. They “write, edit, and design for everyone who sails – aboard a one-design boat or an offshore racer, aboard a daysailer on a tiny lake or a cruiser crossing great oceans and great distances.” According to our research, they pay $200 to $800 per article. They particularly want “small stories with punch.” To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
Good Old Boat
Good Old Boat magazine publishes articles on cruising sailboats. They’re looking for full article submissions that cover “the pride of ownership…upgrades, maintenance, refits, and restoration of good old boats.” They pay from $50 to $700, depending on the type and length of the article. To learn more, read their writers guidelines.
Sailing Magazine covers all aspects of sailing, from learning how to sail in a dinghy to crossing an ocean on a large cruiser. They focus on sailing places that are realistic destinations for their readers, but can occasionally feature an outstanding and unique sailing destination. Readers are experienced sailors, so articles should use proper sailing terminology. They do not accept first-time sail experiences. Word count: 100-500 for short news stories, 1,000-3,000 for features. They pay: $50-$500. Details here.
The Monitor is a bimonthly policy and current affairs magazine by CCPA (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives). They publish “feature articles, original research, book reviews, letters to the editor, and illustrations.” According to their senior editor, they pay $300 for short articles of 700 words, $500 for 1,300 to 1,500 words, up to $800 for feature length stories, and $150 to $800 for illustrations. If interested, send your pitches to email@example.com. To learn more, refer to this page.
The Narwhal is a non-profit magazine that publishes stories about Canada’s natural world. They welcome pitches for stories of up to 2,000 words. They especially welcome pitches from BIPOC writers. Their reporting is “primarily focused on the extractive industries — mining, forestry, fishing and oil and gas extraction — and large-scale conservation.” Their rates start at $0.50 per word. Writers should send their pitches to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, refer to this page.
Future of Good
Future of Good covers “stories, innovations, and trends shaping social impact in Canada.” They want writers who have experience in journalism and are interested in covering social impact. They welcome writers from all over the world. Their rates start at a minimum of $0.50/word. To learn more and to pitch, refer to this page.
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.
The Logic provides in-depth reporting on Canada’s innovation economy. They are seeking investigative and feature stories about Canada’s innovation economy. They don’t list payment rates, but state that their rates are competitive. One payment report indicates payment of $1.00 per word. To read their submission guidelines, visit this page.
Adbusters is a Canada-based magazine that is “fighting back against the hostile takeover of our psychological, physical and cultural environments by commercial forces.” They publish 6 times a year. Payment reports indicate that they pay up to $0.50 per word. To contact them, visit this page.
The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail is a Canadian news media company. They cover news, politics, real estate, business, lifestyle and investing topics across multiple platforms. Their print and digital formats reach more than 6 million readers a week. According to payment reports, they pay up to $0.50 per word. To learn more, refer to this page.
Today’s Parent is “Canada’s #1 source for parenting content that informs, inspires and builds a sense of community.” Their articles help parents of children from birth to 9+ tackle a range of parenting issues including discipline, health, behavior and education. Payment reports suggest that they pay up to $1.00 per word. To find out more, visit this page
Boundary Waters Journal
Boundary Waters Journal is a Canadian print magazine that features articles that “help readers enjoy their trips to canoe country.” What ‘country’ is that? The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW), Quetico Provincial Park and Superior National Forest. They pay up to $500 for features. They also pay $50 to $150 for photos. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
subTerrain (Strong Words for a Polite Nation) is a literary magazine published 3 times per year. Its content includes fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, essays, and commentary. Editors look only for original material and are “happy to consider work from all corners of the identity spectrum.” Payment is $0.10 per word (to a maximum of $500) for fiction (up to 3,000 words), non-fiction (up to 4,000 words), and commentary ((up to 4,000 words). To learn more, read writers’ guidelines: http://subterrain.ca/about/35/sub-terrain-writer-s-guidelines/.
EdTech Magazine explores “technology and education issues that IT leaders and educators face when they’re evaluating and implementing a solution for K-12 and Higher Ed.” They are always seeking new writing talent. According to their associate editor, they pay $0.50 to $1.00 per word for articles of 800 to 1,200 words. To learn more, refer to this page.
The Hechinger Report
The Hechinger Report is an independent, nonprofit news organization that focuses on inequality and innovation in education. They provide in-depth, fact-based, and unbiased reporting on education. Payment reports indicate that they pay up to $1.50 per word. To contact them, refer to this page.
Education Forum is the official magazine of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation. They are “a progressive voice on public education and on all issues affecting those that work in public education. ” They reach 60,000 public education workers in Ontario. They pay $500 for features. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
PTO Today is the magazine for leaders of parent-teacher organizations. They’re published 6 times a year. They publish articles about parental involvement, leadership, fundraising, working with school staff, etc. They pay $125 to $500 (down from $200 to $700!) for features. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
Environmental & Sustainability
GreenBiz is a business-to-business media company that focuses on corporate sustainability practice and strategy. They are looking for both shorter (500 to 800 words) and longer (800 to 1,200 words) pieces across a range of topics. Their target audience is senior leaders in large corporations. These senior leaders’ “firms are driven by hardcore business goals as much as by sustainability ones, and they’re seeking to align the two.” According to their editorial director, they pay $200 to $500 per piece. To learn more, refer to this page.
Food & Environment Reporting Network (FERN)
Food & Environment Reporting Network (FERN) is a non-profit news organization that produces explanatory and investigative journalism on food, agriculture, and environmental health. They pay $1.00 to $2.00 per word plus travel. To learn more, refer to this Twitter post and this page.
The Revelator is “an online news and ideas initiative of the Center for Biological Diversity.” They cover climate change, endangered species, wildlife, conservation, pollution, and more. For about 1,000 words, they pay $300 to first-time contributors and $350 to returning contributors; they publish one freelance article per week at this rate. They also publish one slightly more involved story per month, for which they pay up to $500. Details here.
The Open Notebook
The Open Notebook is a “non-profit organization that provides tools and resources to help science, environmental, and health journalists at all experience levels sharpen their skills.” They welcome pitches for brief guides, story-behind-the-story interviews, and reported features. They pay $500 for brief guides (750 words), $750 for interviews (1,500 words), and $1,000 for reported features (1,500 words). For details, read their submission guidelines.
The Earth Island Journal
The Earth Island Journal is a quarterly magazine that discusses the environment and how it relates to present-day issues. They pay 25 cents per word. According to their guidelines, an in-depth feature of 4,000 words pays $750 to $1000. To learn more, make sure to read their full submission guidelines.
National Parks is an award-winning, quarterly magazine known for high-quality photography and writing. The magazine is published by the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), a non-profit group dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the National Park System. Reports indicate they pay $1 per word. To learn more, read their submission guidelines. Be sure to click “Downloads” on their guidelines page to access the file.
Farm & Gardening
The American Gardener
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.
Lux is a socialist feminist magazine for the masses. They welcome pitches from both new and established writers. They usually pay $1.00/word for reported features and $0.50/word for most other things. Pitches should be sent to email@example.com. To learn more, refer to this page.
Bitch Media is a nonprofit, independent, feminist media organization dedicated to providing and encouraging an engaged, thoughtful feminist response to mainstream media and popular culture. Their rates have increased recently. They pay $700 to $1000 for feature articles, $350 for dispatches, and between $150 to $700 for culture stories. They pay all writers. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
Finance / Business
Fast Company is a progressive business media brand that focuses on innovation in technology, design, leadership, and ethonomics (ethical economics). They are seeking reported stories and essays that critically examine the impact of technology, while tracing an ethical way forward. They are mostly seeking stories from journalists. They pay $250 to $500 per piece. To learn more, refer to their deputy tech editor’s Twitter post and this link.
Diversity Woman is an integrated media enterprise that provides “the best advice in work strategies, business solutions and global trends to diverse professional women online, in print and through events.” According to one payment report, they pay $0.75 per word. To contact them, visit this page.
Business Insider Australia
Business Insider Australia is the Australian edition of Business Insider. They cover business, financial, and technology news. According to their editor, they pay $180 to $500 per story. To submit your story ideas, refer to this page.
Food & Nutrition
Good Beer Hunting
Good Beer Hunting produces “strategic beer brands, intellectually honest editorial, beverage industry analysis, and a deep-dive podcast.” Their voice is “human, friendly, and confident.” They pay $700 for features, $325 for mini-features, up to $200 for Sightlines pieces, $100 for blog posts, and $250 for podcasts. To learn more, refer to their style guide.
Life & Thyme
Life & Thyme is a print magazine and website that specializes in culinary storytelling and food journalism. They welcome contributors from all over the globe. They typically pay $200 to $500 per story. To become a contributor, refer to this page.
Bon Appétit is a magazine that features recipes, cooking tips, reviews, and more. They are seeking “mid-to-longform reported articles that reflect the food world right now; profiles of fascinating, awesome people in food; hot takes on minuscule details like folding pizza; and personal essays with a strong angle.” Payment reports indicate that they pay up to $0.50 per word. To pitch, visit this page.
Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Wine Enthusiast Magazine features wine ratings, reviews, recipe ideas, pairing information, news, and guides. They welcome proposals from freelance writers about wine, fine food and travel. They also accept story ideas for their website. According to one payment report, they paid $1.00 per word for a 700-word profile or interview. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
Wine-Searcher is a website that offers information on wines. It is a place where users can find and compare wine prices, keep up with wine news, and learn about wine regions and grape varieties. According to one payment report, they paid $0.50 per word for a 1,000-word feature. To contact them, visit this page.
Tastings is the quarterly electronic member newsletter of Food and Culinary Professionals, a dietetic practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. They are accepting queries for CPEU (continuing professional education units) articles. They pay $500 for an article of 2,000 words. To learn more, visit this page.
Eat Your World
Eat Your World is an online guide to regional foods and drinks around the world. For original articles for their blog, they pay $25 to $40. For destination guides (with high-quality photos), they pay $300 to $500. To learn more, refer to this page.
Bon Appétit is a food lifestyle brand that “covers food through the lens of cooking, fashion, travel, technology, design and home.” They are looking for conversational, funny and passionate writing. According to payment reports, they pay up to $0.50 per word. To find out more, visit this page.
Plate Magazine explores the culinary world to meet the most innovative chefs of the industry and uncover interesting food and drink ideas. Each issue of the magazine focuses on a singular culinary theme. According to payment reports, they pay $1.00 per word. To learn more, visit this page.
Organic Lifestyle Magazine
Organic Lifestyle Magazine publishes in-depth educational articles about natural health, healing, the environment, food, and more. They pay $150 per article, plus up to $500 in bonuses if your article goes viral. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
Civil Eats is a source for daily news about the American food system. They are seeking pitches about all things food and agriculture, and are especially interested in pitches from writers with experience in “policy, climate, school meals, race, and science.” Reported features start at $500, and shorter interviews, reviews, profiles, and other short pieces start at $400. To learn more, refer to their FAQs for contributors.
The Counter, formerly known as The New Food Economy, is a nonprofit website. They are interested “in new business and funding models, food safety, nutrition, economics, policy and the great, wide-open middle of the food supply chain: everything that happens between farm and fork.” Multiple payment reports reflect a payment rate of $300 to $500 per article. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
Eating Well focuses on all aspects of food and nutrition. Their motto is “Where Good Taste Meets Good Health,: and their articles reflect that. Their pieces take a scientific approach to food and provide advice on healthy eating. They’ve posted a list of columns that are suitable for freelancers, and they pay up to $1 per word. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
Hobbies & Crafts
Antique DOLL Collector Magazine
Antique DOLL Collector Magazine is a monthly magazine dedicated to antique, vintage and collectible dolls. They publish doll collectors’ stories and cover auctions. They prefer articles of 500 to 1,000 words. They pay $200 to $500 per article. For details, read their writers guidelines.
Sew News publishes with “step-by-step information for personalizing ready-to-wear and creating original fashions, accessories, gifts and home décor.” They pay $50 to $500 per article; new writers should expect a cap of $150. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
Horses / Dressage / Riding
Hoof Beats Magazine
Hoof Beats Magazine is one of the top harness racing publications. They exclusively cover harness racing and the Standardbred industry, and freelancers are welcome to submit queries for such articles. The magazine is 70 percent freelance written. They pay $100 for departments and $500 for features. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
Lifestyle / Entertainment
Inverse covers science, innovation, entertainment, gaming, and the mind and body. According to their senior entertainment editor, they pay $0.50 per word. Send your pitches to firstname.lastname@example.org. To contact them, refer to this page.
Cosmopolitan is a women’s magazine for dating tips, sex advice, beauty tutorials, fashion trends, and celebrity news. Payment reports indicate that they pay an average of $1.05 per word. To learn more about them and to contact them, visit this page.
Sisters From AARP
Sisters From AARP is a weekly newsletter that celebrates Black women. They cover style, health, relationships, culture, work, money, and more. According to their contributing editor, they generally pay $500 per post. To contact them, refer to this page.
Yes Plz Weekly
Yes Plz Weekly is “an insanely delicious, ever-evolving mix of the best coffees and a gratuitously eclectic print magazine.” It is important to note that the magazine is not just about coffee. According to their contributing editor, they are looking for pitches for pieces that are: “weird; about your obsessions; unplaceable.” They are also looking for profiles of artists, musicians, and entrepreneurs, personal essays, and mini-musings. They pay $200 to $500. For details, refer to this Twitter post. To contact them, refer to this page.
Variety covers entertainment news, awards, film reviews, film festivals, box office, and more. Payment reports indicate that they pay up to $0.75 per word. To contact them, visit this page.
NextTribe is a digital magazine for smart and bold women who want to “age boldly (not oldly).” Their mission is to “offer information and inspiration with a healthy dose of irreverence for women over 45.” They pay $0.25 to $0.50 per word for their feature stories (of 700 to 1,000 words), and $50 for their Hot Flash section’s short articles (of 250 words or less). To learn more, refer to the submission guidelines for feature stories and guidelines for Hot Flash.
Mel is a lifestyle and culture magazine that is committed to producing content that men care about e.g. their bodies, mental health, jobs, money, sex lives, relationships, digital personas and entertainment. They publish features and essays of 1,500 to 3,500 words. Payment reports suggest that they pay up to $0.50 per word. To find out more, visit this page.
Marie Claire is a fashion publication for women with “a point of view and a sense of humor.” They prefer story proposals instead of completed work. According to payment reports, they pay an average of $1 per word. To find out more, visit this page.
High Times publishes articles about marijuana cultivation and counterculture lifestyle. They have a special interest in marijuana legalization. They publish both in print and on their website. They pay $500-$1,000 for features. To learn more, read their$nbsp; submission guidelines.
Vox is seeking personal narratives for their “First Person” section. They are seeking “provocative personal narratives that explain the most important topics in modern life. ” Reports indicate they pay around $500 per essay. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
Scout Life (Formerly Boys’ Life) is a monthly magazine published by the Boy Scouts of America. Articles should interest and entertain scouts aged 6-17. They cover a broad range of non-fiction, from professional sports to American history. Department pieces include nature, aviation, health, pets, history and music. Fiction is assignment-only; do not query. Query by mail for non-fiction. Word count: 500-1,500 for major non-fiction articles; up to 600 for departments. Pay: $500-$1,200 for major non-fiction articles; $100-$600 for departments. Details here.
Huck Magazine explores “independent culture; people and movements that paddle against the flow.” They publish news, profiles, interviews, reportage, opinion pieces and photo essays across digital and print. They also commission documentaries and films. According to our research, they pay up to $500 for articles — though expect low-end rates, in general. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
Flight Safety Australia
Flight Safety Australia is the flagship aviation safety magazine of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). They are looking for “close calls” (450 to 1,400 words) from any sector of aviation. They will pay $500 per piece. To learn more, refer to this page.
Flight Journal is an aviation magazine that covers “the world of flight from its simple beginnings to its high-tech, no-holds –barred future.” The average length of their articles is 2,500 to 3,000 words. For a full-size article, their base pay is $600. Further details can be found on their contributors’ guidelines page.
Contingent Magazine is a nonprofit online magazine for “everyone who asks questions about the past.” They pay a base rate of $500 for features (2,000 to 3,000 words), $250 for shorts (800 to 1,500 words), $250 for field trips, and $350 for reviews. To learn more, refer to this page.
Early American Life
Early American Life is a history magazine, centered on American history through the mid 1800s. They publish articles about history, architecture, antiques, crafts, and travel. They pay around $500 for feature articles from new writers. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
The Drift is “a magazine of culture and politics.” They want “socially engaged cultural criticism; class-sensitive analysis; pieces that point out what’s being avoided or talked around in politics, media, arts, or even academia; upbeat cynicism; un-self-serious screeds; generous takedowns; entries from the margins; fiction; poetry; 1-3 sentence book/ movie/ TV/ art reviews.” They generally pay $300 to $500 per piece. Interested writers can send their pitches to email@example.com. To learn more, refer to this page.
BBC Worklife is “a BBC.com features site about the way we work, live and think in a rapidly shifting world, where the boundaries between the professional and the personal are increasingly blurrier.” They publish reported, narrative features of 1,200 to 2,000 words. They pay $600 for around 1,200 words. To learn more, refer to their author brief.
Economic Hardship Reporting Project (EHRP)
Economic Hardship Reporting Project (EHRP) is a nonprofit organization that produces compelling journalism about income inequality and poverty in America. They commission “op-eds, personal essays, investigative reports, rich narrative features, podcasts, nonfiction cartoons, photo essays, and documentaries about the United States.” Grants usually range from “$500 for an op-ed to $10,000 for a documentary.” To learn more, refer to their submissions page.
Different Leaf is a quarterly cannabis magazine. Their editorial is “created for new/lightly experienced cannabis users 45+ seeking the best information they need to navigate the expanding legal environment.” Their articles are 250 to 2,000 words and their rates start at $0.50 per word. If interested, send your pitches to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, refer to their pitch guide.
The Fuller Project
The Fuller Project is a global nonprofit newsroom that reports on issues affecting women in the US and abroad. They raise awareness, expose injustices, and spur accountability. They are always seeking stories on issues that affect women in the US and globally. According to payment reports, they pay $1 per word. If interested, send your pitches to email@example.com. To learn more, refer to their pitch guide.
NatuRx is “a national magazine that covers cannabis as an essential tool for better living.” They offer news on the latest CBD and cannabis research, laws, and products. They pay $0.50-$1.00/word for cannabis stories. To contact them, visit this page, and use the general email for the publisher.
Enemy Magazine is a print magazine that focuses on “abuses of power in news deserts and underrepresented communities across America.” According to their founder, they pay $1 per word. Send pitches to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Visit their website here.
Broccoli is a print magazine for cannabis lovers. The magazine is created by an all-women team and published 3 times a year. They usually pay $0.40 to $0.50 per word, with flat rates of $75 to $100 for shorter pieces. To receive calls for pitches from their editorial team, sign up here.
Phenomenal World is a publication that features research, analysis, and commentary on social sciences. The publication is managed by staff of the Jain Family Institute (JFI). They publish content by JFI staff and fellows, as well as by external researchers and writers. They “welcome submissions on any topic in the social sciences, particularly economics, history, philosophy, sociology, economic history, and kindred fields.” Their interests are very broad. According to this Tweet, they pay $500 for longform pieces and $250 for interviews. Details here.
Contently is “a technology company that helps brands create great content at scale.” To help freelancers during the coronavirus pandemic, they have decided to frontload their freelance content budget for The Content Strategist (Contently’s publication about content strategy and content marketing). This will allow them to accept more freelance work. They will pay a flat rate of $500 for a story. They will pay $300 for Q&As (published occasionally). For details, visit this page.
Wethos deploys “responsive teams of creative and marketing specialists to help meaningful brands stay competitive in a rapidly-evolving digital landscape.” They are interested in pieces on the following topics: “business development tips for freelancers, building teams with diverse perspectives, Gen Z and digital entrepreneurship, imagining a more ethical gig economy, distributed teams and leadership, the future of agencies and workplaces.” They pay $50 to $500 per piece. Details here.
Next Avenue is the first and only public media website that publishes stories, information, and advice for the booming older generation of America. They cover the following topics: health, money, work and purpose, caregiving, living, and technology. Their articles are typically of 800 to 1,000 words. Payment reports indicate that they pay up to $0.50 per word. For details, read their submission guidelines.
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.
Study Hall is “a media newsletter & online support network for media workers.” They are looking for “media criticism, reported media-adjacent stories, etc.” They especially encourage pitches from trans, queer, and people color. They pay $100 to $500+ per piece. To learn more, refer to this Twitter thread. You can pitch them here.
Zora is Medium’s online publication about women of color. Their topic areas include: “current events, culture, identity, race, justice, equality, work/life, family, self, sexuality, parenting, psychology, spirituality, career, friendship, aging, habits, love and dating, body image, trauma and recovery, caregiving, hobbies… and the list goes on.” According to payment reports, they pay up to $1.00 per word. . To learn more about them, refer to this page. You can find up-to-date contact information here.
Supermaker is a media platform that “celebrates diverse, independent brands & modern workplace thinking.” They are seeking “story pitches from Latinx writers that explore Latinidad as it intersects with the workplace, career, and entrepreneurship.” They are open to essays or reported pieces. Their pay will start at around $0.50 per word. To learn more, read this Twitter post.
Color Bloq is a platform for queer and trans people of color. They are “building a safe media space online, and safe community spaces offline.” They pay up to $1000 for nonfiction articles of 1,200 to 2,000 words, and $275 for personal essays of 600 to 800 words. To learn more, refer to this page.
American Way is a free, inflight magazine of American Airlines. They publish on a monthly basis. According to one payment report, they paid $1.00 per word. To contact them, refer to this page.
Amazonas Magazine is a freshwater aquarium magazine. It is read by people who are passionate about keeping freshwater aquariums in their houses, offices, businesses, and schools. They pay $100 to $600 for an article, depending on the author’s experience, the length and the complexity of the article and whether it has images or not. First-time contributors are generally paid $300 to $350 per article, including images. For details, refer to this page.
Zoning Practice (ZP)
Zoning Practice (ZP) is a monthly publication that is dedicated to helping its readers “write and administer smarter development codes.” Each edition of ZP has one long-form feature article of 4,000 to 4,500 words. Standard pay for a lead article is $500. To learn more, visit this page.
Outdoors / Hunting / Fishing
Tail Fly Fishing Magazine
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.
Rokslide is a website about backcountry hunting. They offer gear reviews, fitness routines, shooting tips, hunting tactics, and how-to and how not-to articles. They want articles of 500 to 1,500 words. They pay $50 to $500 per article. For details, refer to their submission guidelines.
Virginia Wildlife Magazine
Virginia Wildlife Magazine is published bi-monthly by the Department of Game and Fisheries. It’s been published for over 70 years. fish recipes, hiking, camping, outdoors safety and ethics,natural history, and environmental stewardship/education. They pay up to $500 per article. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
The Contemporary Sportsman
The Contemporary Sportsman is a digital magazine for people who love fly fishing and wing shooting. They publish articles that feature good photographs as well as topics relevant to fly fishing or wing shooting. They pay $450 to $700 for feature articles. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
American Angler is a magazine all about fly fishing. They cover every aspect of the sport, with a focus on coldwater fishing for trout, steelhead, and salmon. They pay $450 to $600 for feature articles, and $200 to $400 for short features. They also pay $600 for “Waterlines” or “Expeditions” essays. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
Backpacker publishes articles that target the backpacking and hiking communities. Their pieces cover foot-based travel, backcountry experience, North American destinations, and other topics that they highlight. They pay up to $1 per word depending on complexity and experience. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
Gray’s Sporting Journal
Gray’s Sporting Journal is a journal for hunters and anglers. They are always looking for features on hunting and fishing, and publish four themed issues a year. They publish Expeditions – travel pieces of hunting and fishing locations, Yarns – campfire tales that can be fact or fiction, and poetry. Word count: 2,500-3,000 for Expeditions; above 1,500 for features; 750-1,500 for Yarns; up to 1,000 for poetry. Pay: $850-1,000 for Expeditions; $600-1,250 based on quality, not length, for features; $600 for yarns; $100 for poems. Details here.
Deer & Deer Hunting
Deer & Deer Hunting is a specialized magazine (published 8 times per year) offering practical information about white-tailed deer and deer hunting techniques. Its readership includes people hunting with bow, gun, or camera. Editors look for articles on “white-tailed deer biology and behavior, management principles and practices, habitat requirements, natural history of deer, hunting techniques and hunting ethics.” Payment is $150-$600 for 1,000-2,000 word articles and $25-$250 for “Deer Browse” department (200-500 words). To learn more, read the submissions guidelines: http://www.deeranddeerhunting.com/editorial.
Northwest Fly-Fishing is a bimonthly magazine covering the Northwest regions of the US and Canada. A compelling publication with stunning photography, Northwest includes feature articles about angling destinations, as well as several other departments. They pay up to $500 for feature articles. For more info, check out the Writer’s Guidelines.
Outside Magazine is a monthly publication that covers “the people, sports and activities, politics, art, literature, and hardware of the outdoors.” According to our research they pay between 25 cents and $1 per word for the writing they publish. To learn more, read their contributors’ guidelines.
AKC Gazette and AKC Family Dog
AKC Gazette and AKC Family Dog feature hands-on techniques for solving common behavior problems with inspiring and entertaining features about dogs. Their regular columns share information about natural therapies, health-care, nutrition, and more. They request a word count of 1,000-3,000 and will pay $300-$500. Their editors can be contacted here: https://www.akc.org/products-services/magazines/
Coral and Amazonas
Coral and Amazonas are magazines published by Reef to Rainforest Media. They cover freshwater aquariums, “tropical discovery”, coral reefs, and more. They pay $100 to $500 per article. To learn more, read their contributor guidelines.
Philosophy and Culture
The Point is a Chicago-based print and digital magazine of “philosophical writing on everyday life and culture.” Each issue of the magazine contains three sections which are essays, symposium and reviews. Print essays are 4,000 to 7,000 words long, symposium articles and reviews are 1,500 to 3,000 words long. They pay authors whose articles are published in the print journal. One writer reports that they pay a flat $700 for “Symposium” essays. To learn more, refer to this page.
The American Scholar
The American Scholar covers public affairs, literature, history, and culture. They have been around since 1932. They are published quarterly by the Phi Beta Kappa Society. They pay up to $500 for print articles, and up to $250 for articles only published on their website. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
Chron is the website of the Houston Chronicle (the largest daily newspaper in Houston). They are seeking feature pitches as they increase their culture and lifestyle reporting. They are looking for profiles, first-person essays, cultural commentaries, listicles, trend coverage, and more. Their rates start at $0.50 per word. For more information, refer to their guidelines.
The Wheeler Centre
The Wheeler Centre is a Melbourne-based publisher “dedicated to original writing that celebrates strong ideas, surprising perspectives and generous conversations.” A few times each year, they publish Notes- “a collection of new work, supported by writing and recordings from our archive, exploring a broad idea or theme.” They are currently accepting pitches for the Face theme of their Notes. They are looking for work related to culture, technology, society and/or the natural world. They “encourage first-person pieces, creative non-fiction, Q&A-style interviews and researched, feature-style culture pieces (ideally with an Australian angle).” Their commissions usually run 600 to 1,200 words. They normally pay about $0.50 per word. For details, read their contributor guidelines.
Capital & Main
Capital & Main is a publication that “reports on inequities related to class, race, immigration, gender, corporate accountability, climate change and energy, education and health, both in California and nationally.” They publish daily and accept pitches from freelance writers all the time. They pay $250 to $500 per story. For more information, refer to this page.
Trucha is an independent multimedia platform that covers topics and issues that affect the Rio Grande Valley. They publish “content about immigration, reproductive justice, LGBTQ issues, climate justice, regional arts and culture, racial justice, and more.” The content formats that they publish include longform feature articles (2,000 words at $0.50/word), op-eds (600 words at $0.30/word), news blurbs (300 words at $0.30/word), and art. They only accept pitches from “people who currently live or grew up in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas (and North Mexican side of this border region including Reynosa, Matamoros, etc).” For more information, refer to their call for pitches.
Generocity is a solutions journalism organization that covers social impact and connects people and organizations in Greater Philadelphia. They are always seeking “new voices to chronicle how social impact organizations are changing Philadelphia.” They are also seeking “stories of the people behind that change.” According to their editor, they pay $50-$500 per story. To learn more, refer to their editorial calendar for 2021 and this page.
StreetsblogMASS is “a daily news source dedicated to promoting sustainable transportation and safer streets throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.” They are looking for freelancers, especially women and people of color. They can pay $0.50 per word for reported pieces. To learn more, refer to this Twitter post and to contact them, refer to this page.
MLK50 Memphis is a nonprofit news website focused on poverty, power, and public policy. They are looking for freelancers. They pay up to $1.00 per word. To learn more, refer to this Twitter post and Google form.
The Texas Observer
The Texas Observer is a bimonthly magazine and website that offers sharp reporting on news, politics, and culture of Texas. They publish short news stories (500 to 1,000 words), political commentaries and opinions (500 to 1,000 words), book reports (800 to 1,200 words), features (1,500 to 4,000 words), culture features (2,000 to 3,500 words), essays (1,000 to 1,500 words), postcards (2,000 to 3,500 words), and poems (30 lines or shorter). Payment reports indicate that they pay up to $0.50 per word. To learn more, read their freelance writer’s guide.
Sonoma Magazine is a bi-monthly publication that covers Sonoma County’s events, restaurants, hotels, bars, wineries, breweries, culture, style, and more. Payment reports indicate that they pay $1.00 per word. To contact them, visit this page.
D Magazine is a resource for news, food, arts, health, business, weddings, and more in Dallas, Texas. Payment reports indicate that they pay $1.00 per word. To contact them, refer to this page.
The Bitter Southerner
The Bitter Southerner is an online magazine that publishes the real stories about the American South. They pay a base rate of $500 for their “Tuesday Features” of 2,500 to 5,000 words, and $150 for their “From the Southern Perspective” stories of 1,000 to 3,000 words. To learn more, visit this page.
Atlanta Magazine is a general interest publication based in Atlanta, Georgia. They cover news, culture, food, travel, entertainment, style, and all things Atlanta. They are interested in stories focused on Atlanta and the metro region. According to payment reports, they pay up to $1.00 per word. To submit a pitch, visit this page.
Texas Monthly is a magazine and website that covers Texas news, politics, culture, food, travel, history, music, crime, and more. According to payment reports, they pay $1.00 per word. To contact them, refer to this page.
Southerly is an independent media organization that covers ecology, culture, and justice in the American South. They are looking for news analysis, short features, profiles, and photo stories. They pay $500 for up to 1,000 words and $750 for up to 1,500 words. To learn more, refer to their pitch guide.
Pittsburgh Quarterly is a magazine “where commerce and culture meet.” They deliver the best writing, illustrations, and photography on Pittsburgh’s most timely and pertinent topics. They cover commerce, education, environment, people, lifestyle, culture, food, sports, health/science, and more. According to payment reports, they pay $0.50 per word. To contact them, refer to this page.
Washingtonian is a general-interest magazine for the DC area. They cover politics, technology, art, entertainment, dining, shopping, health, parenting, and personalities. They publish profiles, true-crime yarns, pieces of narrative journalism, trend pieces, column-length arguments, comprehensive lists, and photo essays. According to payment reports, they pay about $1.00 per word. To learn more, refer to their writers’ guidelines.
5280 is a monthly magazine that covers dining, entertainment, culture, arts, lifestyle, and politics in Denver, Colorado. They have a circulation of 90,000. Their front-of-the-book stories are 50 to 400 words long, departments are 800 to 1,500 words long, and features are up to 6,000 words long. According to payment reports, they pay up to $0.75 per word. To learn more, read their writer’s guidelines.
Bay Nature is a quarterly magazine that is “dedicated to the intelligent and joyful exploration of the natural places, plants, and wildlife of the San Francisco Bay Area.” They welcome queries from people working in the San Francisco Bay Area. Their articles and features are generally 700 to 3,000 words long. Payment reports suggest that they pay $0.50 per word. Further details can be found here.
Oregon Humanities Magazine
Oregon Humanities Magazine is a triannual publication that “connects Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities.” They exclusively publish work by Oregon-based creators. They prefer completed drafts but also accept queries and proposals. For shorter online pieces, they pay $200 to $300. For personal essays and features, they pay $500 to $1,000. Details here.
Chicago Magazine is a print and online publication that focuses on the culture, lifestyles and politics of Chicago. They want writers to send a brief pitch of 1 to 3 paragraphs stressing why their idea is unique and compelling for their readers. They do not publish stories which lack a Chicago angle. Payment reports suggest that they pay up to $1.00 per word. To learn more, visit this page
Arizona Wildlife Views Magazine
Arizona Wildlife Views Magazine publishes articles on Arizona wildlife and wildlife management, habitat issues, outdoor recreation, and historical articles. E-mail queries are preferred over manuscript submissions. Payment for features varies by length from $450 to $800 per accepted article. To learn more, read their contributorguidelines.
Honolulu Magazine is a regional magazine for the city of Honolulu. They’re not a travel magazine, they’re a magazine for the residents of the city. They pay up to $1,800 for feature stories. They pay $100 to $600 for departments. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
Alaska Magazine is the region’s most respected publication. They’re accepting queries for pieces that demonstrate an excellent narrative slant and focus completely on Alaska and its culture. They pay $200 to $700, depending on word count. Writers who publish both articles and photographs may receive up to $1,500. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
AMC Outdoors covers the Northern Appalachian region from Maine to Virginia. They focus on recreation but also publish pieces on topics such as environmentalism and education. They pay $500 to $700 for features and $150 to $400 for columns. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
Pennsylvania Heritage magazine is published by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission with the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation. They focus on Pennsylvania’s “rich culture and historic legacy.” They pay between $250 and $500 for articles. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
Minnesota Conservation Volunteer
Minnesota Conservation Volunteer is the magazine of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. They want features and essays on the state’s natural resources and outdoor recreation. They like anecdotes and quotes used liberally. They pay $0.50/word for features and essays, $50-100 for online rights to features, essays and reprints. Details here.
Texas Highways is the official travel magazine of Texas, published by the Travel Information Division of the Texas Department of Transportation. Articles should document Texas destinations for readers in the US and across the world, through descriptive and evocative language. The style should be readable and well-informed. They prefer queries. Word count: Unspecified. Pay: $0.50/word. Details here.
Religions & Spirituality
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.
Physics Today is the American Institute of Physics’ flagship publication. They publish both in print and online formats. They inform their “readers about science and its place in the world with authoritative features, news stories, analysis, and fresh perspectives on technological advances and ground-breaking research.” According to their website director, they pay $1.00 per word. To learn more, visit this page.
Sports / Athletics / Fitness
Defector is a sports blog and media company. They pay at least $1,000 for longer essays and reported pieces, and at least $500 for shorter pieces. You can submit your pitches to firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more, refer to their pitch guide and freelancer policies.
Triathlete Magazine is the largest newsstand publication that covers the sport of triathlon. Their “editorial focus is placed on multisport training tips and programs, nutrition articles, gear and apparel guides, athlete profiles, triathlon-related travel stories and timely news pieces relating to the triathlon lifestyle.” Their full-length features are generally of 800 to 1,200 words. Their news pieces, training articles or nutrition pieces are of 200 to 500 words. According to one payment report, they paid $0.50 per word for a 500-word FOB. To learn more, read their writer’s guidelines.
Australian Yoga Life
Australian Yoga Life is a magazine published 4 times per year. It is a “uniquely all Australian magazine which is intended to be accessible to the broadest spectrum of readers.” Editors look for articles from yoga practitioners. Payment is 20 cents per word (up to $500 for a published article of maximum of 2,250 words). To learn more, read writers’ guidelines: http://ayl.com.au/contribute/ and http://ayl.com.au/contribute/contribution-guidelines/.
Adventure Cycling Association
Adventure Cycling Association publishes articles about bicycle travel and other recreational cycling subjects, and feature-length stories about tour accounts. They also accept shorter pieces for The Final Mile, which are about a singular experience while on a cycling trip, and humor pieces. Their submission period ends on 31 October 2017. Word count: 2,000-3,500 for features; 1,200-1,500 for The Final Mile. Pay: $0.30-$0.50/word Details here.
Rest of World
Rest of World is a new international nonprofit journalism organization that is focused on “the impact of technology beyond the Western bubble.” They are seeking narrative magazine pitches (1,000-5,000 words) that “report on the interplay of digital technology with cultures around the world, with nuance and detail.” This includes profiles (around 1,500 words), mid-length features (less than 2,000 words), and longer features (3,000 words and above). They don’t want stories set in the United States, Canada, Western Europe or Australia. According to their editor, their rates start at $1 per word. To learn how to send them a pitch, refer to this page.
Increment is a quarterly “print and digital magazine about how teams build and operate software systems at scale.” Each issue of the magazine focuses on a new theme. They welcome pitches from writers. Right now, they are especially interested in APIs. According to one payment report, they paid $1.00 per word for a 3,000-word piece. Read their Tweet here. Pitch them a story here.
The Block is a source for all things related to blockchain and crypto. They are seeking cryptocurrency/blockchain/digital currency pitches. They pay $200 to $500 per piece. Send pitches to their managing editor at email@example.com. Read their managing editor’s Tweet here and learn more about them here.
Input is a 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.
Honeybadger is an error monitoring company that helps developers find and fix bugs quicker. They are looking for developers to create several series of articles. A series will consist of 3 to 5 stand-alone articles of 500 to 1,000 words each. Payment for one article will start at $500. Payment will be higher for longer pieces. For details, visit this page.
The Slowdown is a publication by Slalom, a consulting firm focused on technology and business. They feature “thoughtful journalism about technology, culture, and creativity — and the weird and wonderful ways they intersect.” They are looking for fresh voices for their publication. They prefer stories with original research. Target story length: 500 to 2,000 words. Pay: $1.50/word. To send a pitch, refer to this page.
Clubhouse is a “project management platform for software development that brings everyone on every team together to build better products.” They are seeking a broad spectrum of content for software developers and engineers. For a how-to/tutorial, the payment is $400 (with working code examples, it is $600). For a blog post, the payment is $350. Details here and here.
Software Testing Help (STH)
Software Testing Help (STH) is a software testing blog. They want tutorials on any topic that would be of help to quality assurance testers. They usually pay $200 to $600 for a tutorial. To learn more, refer to this page.
Vonage (formerly Nexmo) is a “global cloud communications platform leader providing innovative APIs & SDKs for voice, text, messaging & phone verification.” They are looking for technical tutorials as well as general pieces on programming. They pay $500 per post. For details, refer to this page.
Science Magazine covers news on science, science policy and issues that are of importance to the scientific community. They want “everything from 140-word news briefs to 2500-word features to investigative projects.” According to payment reports, they pay up to $1 per word, and sometimes more. To learn more, refer to this page.
Tutorialspoint is a hub for all kinds of tech-related tutorials. Writers with knowledge in IT, web development, project management, and related industries can contribute thorough guides on a variety of subjects. Writers are required to send a 2-3 page sample “to show your writing capabilities and command over the chosen subject.” Payment: $250 to $500, depending on factors like article length, complexity, subject popularity, etc. Submission Guidelines
Source pays $200 to $500 “for introductions and walkthroughs of tools developed in and for newsrooms, along with detailed case studies and examinations of specific issues in news development and data journalism.” To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
Trade Magazines, Professions & Professional
Current is “the nonprofit news service for and about public media in the U.S.” Their primary audience consists of people who work at public radio and TV stations, networks and production companies. They “aim to provide public media professionals with valuable insights and information that helps them and their institutions reach new levels of success.” They accept story pitches from freelance journalists. According to their digital editor, they pay $0.75 per word. Pitches should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more, read their writing guidelines.
Devex is a media platform and social enterprise that connects and informs over 1 million development professionals worldwide. They are looking for stories on global development. They pay $0.50 per word. For details, refer to their associate editor’s Twitter post. To learn more about them, refer to this page.
Distiller Magazine is a publication of the American Distilling Institute. They cover the art and business of craft distillation. They welcome queries for articles. They pay $500 plus $75 per image for topical features of 1,500 to 2,000 words. They pay $100 plus $25 per image for single-topic, narrow-focus blog-style articles of 300 to 500 words. For details, read their submission guidelines.
Adweek is a source of news and insight for marketers, agencies, and media. They reach an engaged audience of over 6 million professionals. According to one payment report, they paid $0.50 per word for a feature of 1,800 words. To contact them, refer to this page.
SevenFifty Daily is an online magazine that covers “the business and culture of the beverage alcohol industry.” They want pitches that appeal to one of their “three audience segments: buyers (retail/somm), distributors, or suppliers (importers/producers).” They publish a mix of shorter (400 to 600 words) and longer (over 1,000 words) stories. Their rates start at around $0.50 per word. For details, read their pitch guidelines.
Scrap is the trade magazine for the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries. They publish bi-monthly. They represent around 1,300 companies throughout the U.S. They aim to provide practical information to help scrap professionals succeed in their business. They reportedly pay $600 to $1,000. To learn more, refer to this page.
Via Magazine is a magazine and website that serves AAA (American Automobile Association) members in nine western states. They offer travel tips and inspiration. They also offer practical life advice about managing your money, living well at home and away, and taking care of your house and car. They pay $200 to $500 per piece. To contact them, refer to this page.
MotorHome, the magazine for RV enthusiasts, covers all aspects of the RV lifestyle. They accept queries, and pay writers up to $900 an article, with photos. According to their guidelines: “The easiest way to sell your work to MotorHome is to query us on an interesting and tightly focused motorhome story.” Learn more here.
Southwest: The Magazine
Southwest: The Magazine is the official inflight magazine of Southwest Airlines. They usually publish two works of narrative nonfiction (3,000 to 3,500 words) each issue. They also assign special advertising sections. For features, their rate is typically $1.00 per word. For details, read their writer’s guidelines. Note, they seem to have completely stopped publishing since the pandemic started. I’m including them here, in the hope that they will resume publishing once airline travel starts to re-gain traction.
World Nomads provides travel insurance to independent travelers from over 150 countries. They are looking for personal stories regarding life-changing trips and experiences. They want stories that fall under the categories of love, fear, discovery, connection and transformation. They pay $0.50 per word for written stories and $350 to $600 for photo essays. For details, visit this page.
Adventure Cyclist is a bicycle-travel magazine that inspires and empowers people to travel by bicycle. They generally use two types of stories (i.e. feature-length stories and The Final Mile essays) from freelancers. The feature-length stories are about specific areas, whereas The Final Mile essays are “less about locale than about a singular experience while on a bicycle trip.” They generally pay $0.25 to $0.50 per word. To learn more, visit this page.
National Geographic Travel
National Geographic Travel is a travel brand that tells “visually-driven, unexpected stories about the world.” They provide travel information to people and expose them to new places and cultures. They want contributors to send a brief paragraph about their idea(s). According to payment reports, they pay $0.50 per word. To learn more, refer to this page.
Let’s Travel is a bi-monthly travel magazine that focuses on “articles with a twist that offer first person accounts of travel in New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific Islands.” They also publish a few stories from far flung places like, South East Asia, Europe and Americas. Their “readership demographics is luxury”, so if the pitch is about getting by on a few dollars, they would probably not be interested in it. Their feature articles are of 800 to 1,200 words. They pay a flat fee of NZ$300 per story to unpublished writers. While, to previously published writers, they pay NZ$500. To find out more, refer to this page.
Smarter Travel publishes slideshows and feature length stories on a”range of consumer travel topics, including booking strategies, saving money, avoiding scams, packing tips, best places to go, travel tech, travel trends, and travel tips that represent all kinds of travelers and travel experiences.” They pay $500 for long-form articles and $100 to $250 for shorter posts. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
Alaska Airlines Magazine
Alaska Airlines Magazine is the monthly in-flight magazine for Alaska Airlines. They are 75 percent written by freelance writers. They pay between $150 and $700. They also occasionally reimburse for expenses. They have thorough guidelines, including an editorial calendar, on their website.
The Los Angeles Times Travel section
The Los Angeles Times Travel section includes original sophisticated and compelling destination articles that evoke “a strong sense of place (sounds, colors, smells, tastes), time (when did you go?), expertise and personal perspective.” Trips must be taken within the previous two years. Editors look for first person experiential pieces (about 2,000 words) and Guidebooks (about 500 to 700 words). Payment is $200-$750 for print stories and $500 for online only stories. To learn more, read writers’ guidelines: https://www.latimes.com/la-travel-submissions-htmlstory.html
Trailer Life is a monthly magazine for RV enthusiasts. They cover travel destinations, outdoor activities, technical trailer info, and DIY projects for trailers. They pay $100 to $700 (with photos) depending on the topic. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.