These Publishers Pay $1 Per Word

Dear Writers,

One of the best things about Writing Launch, aside from our courses, is the database of publishing opportunities we maintain for our members. Every month we add hundreds of new calls for writers, in addition to the 1850 publisher listings in our directory.

Below is a sample of some of the latest calls for writers in our database. You’ll notice that each of the listings includes payment rates, and contact information. Many of these pay $1 per word; some pay less, some pay more.

Keep in mind that you’ll need to approach these publishers with a high-quality pitch, and you may still need to negotiate payment rates as well. (This is the type of thing we help our members work on.)

Also – note that we’re not currently open for enrollment. If you want access to the full database, you’ll have to join the waiting list here.

If you have any questions, feel free to email us:

– Jacob Jans

Popular Mechanics is a source for tech, science, math, aerospace, military, and auto news. They are looking for new writers. They pay $100-$400 for a news/service story and $0.50-$2.00 per word for a feature. If interested, send “news (studies/trends), service (how-to/explainers), and feature ideas” about science, military, aviation, space, math, and more to For details, refer to this Tweet. To learn more about them, refer to this page.

Massive Science is a community of scientists that shares fascinating and true stories about science. Their senior editor has tweeted, “CALL FOR PITCHES: Massive Science and I are working with Pioneer Works to create strange new writing about science. Are you a writer specializing in creative non-fiction essays about science? I’d like to hear about it.” “I have no particular subjects in mind, but I’m always into stuff about THE FUTURE of stuff, whatever that means to you. Genetic engineering, urban design, space exploration, geology, oceanography, evolution. But, strange stories about THE PAST OF SCIENCE are also welcome.” Pay is $0.75 to $1.00 per word. If interested, DM their senior editor on Twitter or send an email to Read their senior editor’s Twitter thread here. Learn more about Massive Science here and Pioneer Works here.

Drive Magazine is a lifestyle magazine by Subaru. It’s mailed to Subaru owners but it’s not about cars. They cover travel, fitness, health, cooking, and more. Their readers love outdoor adventure, nature, animals, healthy cooking, and connecting with friends or family. They are seeking pitches this week for their Summer and Fall 2021 print issues and for their online features. They pay $1 per word. To learn more, refer to this Tweet. To visit their website, click here.

LeapsMag is an online magazine about “scientific innovation, ethics, and the future of humanity.” Their editor-in-chief has tweeted, “I’m currently taking pitches for Dec stories for LeapsMag. Features at the intersection of life sciences, medicine, biotech/ethics/future of humanity.” They pay an average of $1 per word. Email your pitches to Read their editor-in-chief’s Tweet here and contact them here.  

Inverse covers science, innovation, entertainment, gaming, and the mind and body. Their senior entertainment editor has tweeted, “Call for freelance pitches. I’m looking for articles for Inverse’s entertainment section through the end of the year: Essays on timely old sci-fi movies ($100-200); Smart or unique analysis/reporting on Mandalorian and WandaVision ($150-300); High profile interviews ($300+).” Email your pitches to Read their senior entertainment editor’s Tweet here and contact them here.

The Daily Dot is “the ultimate destination for original reporting on internet culture and life online.” Their politics and tech team is seeking pitches. They want “reported features at the intersection of the internet, politics, and technology.” They will pay $100 to $500 per piece. If interested, DM their senior politics and tech editor on Twitter or email To learn more, refer to their editor’s Twitter thread. To contact them, refer to this page.

Current Affairs is a magazine of political commentary and analysis. They are accepting pitches. They don’t want first-timers to be afraid to pitch them. Their main articles for the print edition are around 3,000 to 4,500 words while online articles are around 1,200 to 2,400 words. They pay $300 for print articles and $200 for online articles. To learn more, refer to this Tweet and their writers guide. To submit a pitch, refer to this page.

Mic is a digital news company that caters to millennials. Their innovation editor is always seeking “pitches on all things climate/sustainability/activism/the future, and the ways those things intersect with culture.” According to one payment report, they paid $0.13 per word. If interested, email To learn more, refer to their innovation editor’s Tweet. To contact them, refer to this page.

The features editor of Vice UK has tweeted, “Hey if you have any ideas for reported news features, investigations etc. that could work for Vice World News then send me a pitch. Mainly UK stories but with one eye beyond these borders too.” For reported pieces, the rates of Vice World News start at a minimum of 50 cents/word. If interested, email your pitches to To learn more, refer to this Tweet and this page.

Huellas is “a bilingual magazine of longform narrative writing.” They are seeking “pitches for Latin American inertia stories.” You can write in whatever language you feel more comfortable with (English or Spanish, they could maybe accommodate Portuguese) and they will translate it to Spanish/English. They will pay $250 per piece (3,000-5,000 words). They are not accepting fiction submissions at the moment. Email your pitches to For more information, refer to this Twitter thread and their call for pitches.

HuffPost Personal is a personal stories section in HuffPost. Their editorial director is always seeking smart and unique personal essays. People with/from diverse backgrounds/experiences are especially welcome to pitch. They will pay $125 per piece (800 to 2,000 words). Email your pitches to Read their editorial director’s Tweet here and their pitch guide here. Read HuffPost Personal’s pieces here.

HelloGiggles is a positive community for women. They are “looking to connect with writers who are choosing not to empathize with Trump supporters right now for an essay.” They are also “looking for biracial mothers to talk about what it means to have a biracial Vice President in the White House for their child.” Rates start at $150. Send your pitches to For details, refer to their senior lifestyle editor’s Twitter thread. To learn more about them, refer to this page.

5 comments on “These Publishers Pay $1 Per Word

  1. Willie White on

    From the posted replies, it is safe to say we are looking for paid writing assignments. I have three commentaries that I would like to publish with paying publishers and or magazines. These are non-fiction commentaries on current events in our society.

    • Gregory Prince on

      I am an author and write fiction, political satire, humor, educational material, poetry, commentary on world events, and about novel technologies amongst other intriguing topics. I’m looking for freelance writing jobs.


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