With all the crappy, low-paying gigs out there, if you’re a new writer you may not realize there are a lot of decent and high-paying opportunities.
Even experienced writers get blinded by all of the low-balling sometimes.
So, here’s a list of writing markets that pay at least $200 to serve as a reminder that, yes, good rates are out there.
As the name suggests, this is women’s magazine that says one of its most distinctive features is offering “original, forthright voices and strong points of view, even in reported pieces.”
DAME is a place where women go to get the juice on topics, such as politics, reproductive rights, civil rights, sex, class, LGBTQ, disability, class, media, and more.
The content types range from essays and first-person pieces to interviews and features.
Pay for essays is generally $150 and reported features fetch $300 – $500.
Task & Purpose
This is a military news and culture publication that covers topics service members and veterans are or should be talking about as well as stories that help civilians understand the world and the military’s role in it.
Task & Purpose publishes well-researched features, deep dives and authoritative stories on combat and its after-effects, first-hand accounts and essays and evidence-based opinions.
The publication works with journalists, researchers, academics, service members, veterans and military family members.
There’s no hard word limit but pieces should be at least 1,000 words.
Freelance rates generally start at $500.
Good Beer Hunting
This publication describes itself as more relaxed than a newspaper but more buttoned-up than most blogs. Yet, its style is still fun.
Good Beer Hunting uses beer as a platform to explore everything else from economics to politics, internet memes to food, and urban design to civil rights. It claims to deeply care about the “why” of every story.
This is one of those writing markets that pay a variety of rates because it publishes different types of content, ranging from short 100 to 300-word pieces to long-form question-and-answer pieces, reporting, and op-eds that run from 2,500 to 5,000 words.
So to summarize, rates range from $60 for the shortest pieces to $700 for features.
Earth Island Journal
From wildlife and land conservation to environmental justice and cultural survival, this publication covers the full spectrum of environmental issues. And that includes film, music, and books.
Earth Island Journal seeks articles that will surprise, provoke, and entertain readers while helping readers explore environmental topics that are overlooked.
A great market for digital nomads, the publication likes on-the-ground reports from outside of North America.
New writers are encouraged to get their start with online reports, which are published five days a week and pay $100. But in-depth features, which generally are about 4,000 words pay $750 – $1,000.
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The American Gardener
Freelancers are the primary source of content in this publication.
Readers are mainly experienced amateur gardeners, and about 20% are horticultural professionals.
The American Gardener is interested in topics, including profiles of plant groups, innovative garden design, plant research, heirloom gardening and events or personalities in American horticultural history.
Departments range from 600 to 1,000 words and pay for those pieces is between $150 and $200. Features are 1,500 to 2,500 words and pay ranges from $300 to $600.
This publication focuses on health, exercise, and wellness topics from a practical, Christian perspective, and it has an informal, easy-to-read style.
Vibrant Life is particularly interested in features on breakthroughs in medicine, health, nutrition, and exercise as well as interviews with leading personalities on those topics. Seasonal health-related material is also encouraged.
Articles range from 450 to 1,000 words and pay ranges from $100 to $300.
International Living Magazine
This publication focuses on global travel, living, retiring, investing, and real estate for people who live abroad or who want to. And it aims to offer that content in a way that isn’t found elsewhere.
International Living Magazine likes content that includes profiles, inspiration, recommendations and practical solutions.
Pays is $225 for 900-word pieces and $350 for 1,600 words.
This is a technical writing market for freelancers who are interested in creating guides and tutorials for developers, engineers, and others in that space.
Currently, Linode is prioritizing content related to Kubernetes, Linux essentials, and databases.
Pay starts at $100 for updating existing guides and $300 for new submissions.
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