Get Paid to Write Articles: 10 Magazines That Pay $500 or More

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As a freelance writer, it can be a struggle to find high-quality paying work.

It often seems like the only options available are $5-per-article scams and work from content mills, which can seem like good opportunities — until you check your bank account balance and realize it’ll take ages before your hard work adds up into real earnings.

While finding quality paying work is difficult, it isn’t impossible. In fact, there are lots of publications that will pay you a premium to write for them.

It isn’t necessarily easy to get into these publications, and it may take time and experience to build up your writing to a level that will help you get paid these rates. But you can take solace in the fact that writing work exists beyond content mills and low paying gigs.

While there are probably tens of thousands of magazines that pay writers, a much smaller number compensate writers really well.

Here are 10 magazines that will pay $500 or more for an article. Click on the title of each magazine for additional submission information!

1. Tai Chi Magazine

Tai Chi Magazine focuses on the internal Chinese martial art of Tai Chi, and seeks articles about self-defense, health, meditation, fitness, self-improvement, traditional Chinese medicine and spiritual growth.

Articles range from 500 to 3,500 words. Tai Chi Magazine pay $75 to $500 per article depending on the length and quality of the article. It usually pays within 90 days of publication.

2. Catholic Digest

Lifestyle magazine Catholic Digest wants writers with a positive and encouraging voice who write from experience.

Their features are approximately 1,500 words and cover marriage, parenting, spirituality, and relationships, along with parish and work life. The magazine pays $500 for features, upon publication.

3. Earth Island Journal

Earth Island Journal wants “compelling and distinctive stories that anticipate environmental concerns before they become pressing problems.” It covers a wide variety of environmental issues including wildlife and land conservation, environmental public policy, climate and energy, animal rights, and environmental justice.

The magazine pays 25 cents per word for short dispatches, which usually run 1,200 to 1,500 words, and investigative features of 2,500-3,000 words. A 2,000-word story would net you $500. If you’re new to the magazine, Earth Island Journal recommends pitching online reports, which pay $50-$100 each.

4. VQR

VQR is a journal of literature and discussion with a focus on publishing the best writing they can find.

For poetry, it pays $200 per poem (up to four). If they accept a group of five or more poems, it pays $1,000. Prose pays around 25 cents per word. Book reviews earn $500 for 2,000-2,400 words. VQR has limited reading periods, so check the schedule online before you submit.

5. AMC Outdoors Magazine

AMC Outdoors magazine covers outdoor recreation, education, and conservation topics throughout the Northern Appalachian region, which includes states from Maine to Virginia.

It pays $500 – $700 for features, which usually range from 2,000 to 2,500 words. “We are always on the lookout for stories that have a unique hook, showcase an outdoor sport in a new and exciting way, offer a tangible sense of place and meaning, or profile individuals with unique approaches to conservation in the Northeast,” senior editor Marc Chalufour notes on AMC Outdoor’s submissions page.

6. The Sun Magazine

The Sun Magazine is looking for essays, interviews, fiction and poetry. They prefer personal writing but they also accept pieces about political and cultural issues.

The Sun pays $300 to $2,500 for nonfiction, $300 to $1,500 for fiction, $100 to $250 for poetry and $1,000 to $2,000 for interviews. The editors will consider previously published pieces, but only pay half the rate for reprints.

7. The Nation

The Nation is a liberal opinion magazine covering national and international affairs, and they are especially interested in articles about “civil liberties, civil rights, labor, economics, environmental issues, privacy, policing, feminist issues and politics.” Foreign coverage includes political as well as socio-economic issues, and the Nation “is strongly committed to investigative reporting.”

It pays $250 for short comments of about 750 words and $500 for articles, which tend to be 1,500-2,500 words. No rate is listed for investigative reports of up to 6,000 words.

8. The American Gardener

The American Gardener is the official publication of the American Horticultural Society, and it caters to amateur gardeners.

It seeks writers for horticulturalist profiles, and articles about innovative approaches to garden design, plant conservation, horticultural therapy, and biodiversity, among others.

It pays $300 – $600 for feature articles, which usually run 1,500 to 2,500 words. The magazine somtimes offers travel and expense reimbursement.

9. One Story

One Story is a literary magazine that features one story per issue, and it is mailed to subscribers every 3 – 4 weeks.

One Story looks for literary fiction in the range of 3,000 – 8,000 words, and stories can be on any subject. It offers $500 and 25 copies of the magazine for every accepted contribution.

10. Glimmer Train Stories

Glimmer Train seeks original short stories for this thrice-yearly publication. Payment can be has high as $1,500 for category-specific “first place” submissions, but the “standard” category for stories under 12,000 words pays $700. Submissions for standard pieces are open in January, May and September. The magazine owns first-publication rights for every piece they accept. Glimmer Train does not accept poetry, children’s stories or novels.

Have you written for magazines that pay similar rates? Tell us about them in the comments!


Correction: This list originally included New West, a magazine no longer in production. The information has been replaced.

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  1. Thanks for sharing, Bamidele 🙂

  2. I was only familiar with a couple of these publications. Thank you so much for sharing these.

  3. Thanks for sharing,Bamidele.

  4. Exciting list. Thanks for sharing. Do these magazines except international (world wide) submissions?

    • Susan, my dear:

      To be successful as a writer, may I suggest you might want to learn the difference between accept and except….or work on your proofreading a bit? Course…and this may be relevant only if you’re a resident of the U.S…., given the inadequate K-6 and K-12 education most Americans have received since around 1966 and the prevalence of errors I’m seeing in today’s writing, both on and off the Internet, I’m guessing I’m one of the few who will both notice and care.

      To that end, I’m wondering….would you and your colleagues be interested in learning the skill that’s responsible for the superior quality of my writing? It’s a learning method that’s so effective that it’s absence from the K-12 curriculum has resulted in less-than-stellar writing ability among American high school and college graduates. Though today’s writers have much to say that’s worthwhile, their ability to form, and properly punctuate, well-constructed, complex sentences lacks finesse. Just a thought…

      • Martha,
        I’m glad you think so very highly of yourself. Shall we discuss your run-on sentences and improper comma usage? I sure hope you didn’t hurt yourself when you got off your high horse.

        • Tami, I understand that you feel diminished by Martha’s response to Susan; however, her sentences are not run-on and her comma use is perfect (although she has one grammatical error). Both you and Susan should heed her advice. She’s absolutely correct–there has been an issue with English education since the 1960s, and, if many people learn the rules of written English, the US would have not only the best writers but the best work force in the world. My recommendation is Comp-Lab Exercises, a comprehensive and effective self-teaching system. It’s pricy but worth it.

          • ddl, with all due respect, Martha’s writing was poorly executed. “Course…and this may be” Can you please inform me as to when this would be an appropriate start to a sentence? Perhaps the course you took can enlighten us. Further, her writing did not diminish me; I felt it was absolutely unnecessary to write such a response to someone that was asking about global submissions. Obviously, the OP was not from the US or the question would have been redundant.

            Finally, I am quite proud to be a Canadian writer that has been fortunate enough to be in high demand.

            Have an absolutely wonderful evening!

          • Tami, I am in agreement with you here. Regardless of grammar use- this or that- writing needs to be a balance of idea and so-called ‘execution’. If it isn’t ‘perfect’ but a widespread audience can identify and relate to the message and ideas portrayed, what is a run-on sentence or two. I can’t believe how snobby the person above has come across as. You tell ’em, girrrrl! (And yes- yadiya, I am most likely incorrect in my grammar use blah blah blah…) Oh- and to DDl and Martha? I have a dyslexic friend who has learned to write extremely well, and with modern-day grammar-checking software has several articles published. Over and out. (Cate, from New Zealand- bottom of the world and greatly inferior to the US of A ;p) x

          • OK, going to let you know right now, if you don’t find a mistake in my answer, then I’ve died and gone to Heaven. I am one of the people that lived back in the 60’s, and yes my English is horrible and spelling is even worse. Thank God for spell check, and Grammerly. I write my own stories. My 40 gallon tote is full of stories in notebooks and synopses for new ones. Story idea’s on envelopes and napkins and no one will ever see them for this very reason. Fear of the grammar police and editors. Yes it could be changed, I could go back to school. But then there’s that money thing….my whole life has been the money, the almighty dollar and the lack the of !

        • Holly French says:

          Perfect! I could not have said it better myself.

      • Martha,

        The possessive form of “it” is “its”, without an apostrophe. If you plan to school someone else on writing, try to avoid the most common error in written English.

        You’re welcome.

        • It sounds like Martha is trying to drum up some business for a writing product or course. She might have gone about it in a more attractive way. She had to know everyone reading her comment would be examining her writing very closely, hoping for an error, and looks BobbyO has found one. I do agree there’s some shoddy writing out there, but that’s another story for another Forum.

          • I’m in complete agreeance that Martha was a little bit rude. Who honestly gives a shit about one or two errors, especially when grammar and punctuation had nothing to do with the original question. Oh well, there’s writers, and there’s editors. I guess we at least know who is who.

        • Holly French says:

          Another perfect response! Love it!

      • Martha, I agree with error-free writing and the prevalence of too many errors in writing today. But surely you don’t believe that approach will bring you business.

      • Good day Martha

        Thank you. I belief every good writer has to be able to accept an give constructive criticism, therefore we keep learning. Except, I feel your response was a little harsh. I obviously did not give proper attention. I have a proposal if I may. Please write an informational article and share some of your skills as you feel you are superior in writing and I am sure all of us can benefit from that knowledge.


        • A good secretary can take care of grammar and punctuation errors, but it is much more difficult to create good writing. The mechanics and the art of writing are two very different things.

          • I read through most of this conversation, and I absolutely have to agree with you, Shery. The best writers in history, as most of you must know, constantly broke the norms of writing- not in the manner that they created their own rules, but use artistic license to stylize existing ideas in an attempt to convey and express new meaning.

            I used to worry so much about making sure everything was perfect in my writing before moving on- but why? If you’re comfortable in your ability to write, there is no need to constantly rewrite, that takes the creative elements of out of it. Have someone correct your writing that knows your writing style. Many of the times I had my writing proofread, they ended up changing the initial meanings and expression I intended to convey, again, taking away the creative elements, making it something more generic, which of course nobody likes to read.

            Grammar needs to be perfect, yes, but punctuation has a degree of leniency; repetition makes it clearer to see where you can or can’t change things around.

            Don’t forget that Literary Writing IS art, which comes from the creative, the individual, the introspective side of it all- which is what most of these magazines look for; essays, research papers, theses, etc. follow much stricter guidelines.

          • Thank you, that very statement has held me back for 40years.

        • Hi Bamidele Onibalusi, am a writer and am seeking the channels of publishing my scripts.

          Kindly looking forward to hear from you for your help.


      • Just as an after thought. When a writer receives a new job, it is very important to understand what is required and execute accordingly. When you get distracted, that means you are missing the point of the article. How can you do a proper job if you are missing the crux of the matter. That is what I believe happened with my question and your answer, though I will take it as constructive criticism.

      • I would think that not having the correct grammar and punctuation could keep you from getting published as a writer. Come on people do yourself a service and proof read before sending in your article. It then might get published faster. Don’t let the secretary do it. She might not correct it properly. Then where would you be. Out of luck, right?

      • Landry Mayo says:


        U mus b fun at partyz. hopefuly this reply irritat3s u as much as you’res irritates any p3rson with regard 4 oth3rs. 🙂 have a wonderful day

      • Martha, you genius. You finally figured out the way to promote proper grammar and writing within the US education system! Troll the webs for erroneous comment mistakes and verbally stake your victims to the ground with your superior use of the English language! Brilliant! You are really making a difference in this world. Here’s your medal for ‘douchiest comment on this thread’ award. Congratulations.

    • Susan,
      Everyone got so tied up with Martha’s reply, it looks like they missed your question. The best bet is to check the submission guidelines for the individual journals. This is usually available on the website for the magazine you’re considering.

    • Hi Susan,

      You’re welcome.

      I believe a few of them accept international submissions, and submissions can be made online; you might want to check with individual magazines first, though.

      Best Regards,

    • I just read this whole thread, and now I can’t remember where I live.

  5. It’s refreshing to see a post featuring websites with focus on literature. Thank you very much for this great post Bamidele, always a pleasure to read.

  6. hi Bamidele,

    Thanks for the post. I had no idea about magazines that pay so much. I am sure,Publication on any of these mags can boost any freelance blogger’s career.
    Thanks again for your effort 🙂

  7. Hi Bamidele,

    Thanks for sharing. You are such a resourceful person.

    I am very old person looking for some money for living.

    I will try to make use of the info you have given.

    God bless you.


  8. Thanks for the post bamidele.


    Thank you for giving and sharing …it will help to freelancer ….

  10. Thanks for this post, Bamidele! It’s really encouraging to writers, seeing that they can earn that much.

  11. Bamidele, how are you? you have been so awesome with all your information. just keep it up . i want to be part of this freelance writer.I have a blog but i am still working it. My question is i have a payoneer account but how do i get pay via all the platform of freelance writing on the site you just gave us because most of them pay via paypal account and one cannot withdraw from it in Nigeria. please i really need you advice on this because i want to kick start in no distance time.Looking forward to hearing from you. GOOD BLESS YOU.

  12. Thanks for the post. It is really noteworthy. Here are other magazines that pay more: :,,

  13. Hi Bamidele,
    Thanks for sharing this information. It’s very helpful.
    I’m always amazed by your high level of
    Thumbs up brother!

  14. Thanks for sharing,Bamidele.

  15. Hi,
    It’s a great post.
    I am amazed that writers get paid with that much amount of money per write up.
    I am an Indian freelance writer but Indian freelancers don’t get work easily from overseas countries. Can you explain why?
    Also can you please post articles about from where the Indian writers can get high paying jobs like these?

    I am looking for that kind of posts from you.

    Best Regards


    • Hello Dharmesh,
      Although your English is very good, it’s harder for Indian writers to get jobs in North America because it’s easy to tell in most cases that it is not your first language. Just about every English-speaking country has its own dialect and nuances, so even English writers sometimes have difficulties writing for countries other than their own.

      It truly has nothing to do with who you are or where you are from. The best advice I can give you is to try to make some friends online you can communicate with regularly to learn how native speakers use the language.

      Best of luck to you in your career!

    • Hi Dharmesh,

      I agree with Tami that a major reason why Indian writers don’t easily get jobs from North America is because English isn’t their native language, and this challenge is not unique to Indians. I’m Nigerian, so I can relate.

      All hope is not lost, and for every client/publication that doesn’t want non-native English writers there is another that wouldn’t mind; in this case, the key to success lies in differentiating yourself and letting people know that you can offer great value (hint: start by gaining quality social proof!), and in reaching out to the right people.

      Best Regards,

  16. Thanks for the very helpful info and post, Bamidele.

  17. thank you for sharing! this is great

  18. carman colwell says:

    Thanks for the information, Bamidele. I’m going to look into the 10 magazines

  19. Many of the Ogden publications (Grit, Capper’s Farmer, etc.) pay similar rates. As does The Costco Connection.

  20. Great post. I can’t wait to start submitting!

  21. I love this post! Thanks for sharing it!

  22. Very beneficial info.Thanks for sharing!

  23. Hello, I stumbled onto this site and have to say it has truly captured my interest. I am new to freelance writing and just reading some of the comments above has sparked my writing desires. I love how everyone pulled together for their fellow writers. Who hasn’t it the submit button without a quick check. I know I have.
    Anyways, to date I have written two novels both self published on line and am working on two other books that are nearing completion. I also have written a few short stories and poems but haven’t done anything with getting them out to the public. But that is another story…

    My question is if you submit to more than one magazine do you have to let them know that you have duel submissions and what if both want to publish the work? Sorry the ignorance, I’m really green when it comes to this work.

  24. OOPS!! Sorry Marsha. I meant to say hit the submit not it the submit; and sorry for the ignorance not sorry the ignorance.

  25. Hey Bamidele,
    I am usually no that keen on commenting,just wanna say that I really appreciate the fact that you reply to almost every comment on the blog.

    Keep up the brilliant work!

  26. Hi there everyone, i love writing and would love to write poems and other articles for a magazine. i am from the Caribbean and most times we are left behind, my only concern is do they take on writers from the Caribbean and and how do the pay me?.
    however great article
    nice introduction .
    Thank you

  27. I want to join it i m getting difficulty to acess it please help me how may i

  28. Hey gang, this is great. Thanks for the valuable info.

    I do have a burning (novice..) question that I can’t seem to figure out on my own so I’m hoping to get some guidance or direction here.

    I’m wondering what the actually process is when approaching these kind of magazines and publications. Would I write an article first then send it to them in the hopes of getting accepted? That seems like in the long run there would be a lot of wasted time writing articles that may never be paid for. Especially if I write a publication specific article like something on Tai Chi for example.

    I feel like I’m not seeing something very simple here…

    Thanks in advance!

    • Hi Justin,
      In most cases, you won’t want to spend time writing a whole article before sending it to a magazine. Wasted time all around! More often, you’ll want to send a “pitch” to determine the outlet’s interest in your story idea. We just reviewed a pitch in a new column which might give you an idea of what you’ll need to approach an editor.
      Hope this helps!
      Lisa Rowan

      • Thanks Lisa, very helpful. Basically the idea is to figure out an idea/story that I think a publication would be interested in, then pitch them on the story, though hopefully it would already be of interest due to knowing what they’re all about, and letting them know why I would be the right person to deliver a great story/article for their readers.This really helps! Keep up the great work.

      • Erica Carricondo says:

        Hi, Lisa! I had the same doubt as Justin´s. Thank you so much! One more question about that “pitch”, or the real article, should we send it in PDF?

        • PDFs are usually hard to edit unless you convert them to another file type. I find that most editors prefer either a Google doc or a Word doc- and aometimes I send both to be safe!

  29. I would like to be part of you

  30. Hello Bamidele, (fellow Nigerian here 🙂 ).

    I love this post. This article – if I’m right – is the first magazines-only list you are compiling. I always enjoy your lists and have even earned income writing for one of the websites you listed in a previous article.

    On a deeper level, you are always an inspiration. Especially for young people here in Nigeria. I tell your story to everyone who cares to listen and I can’t forget the joy of interviewing you for Blueprint Entrepreneur Magazine (Australian Digital Mag published on the Apple Newsstand).

    I just want to say THANKS for being you.

    You’re always a shining light for us all.



  31. Again, here’s a great piece that you contributed Oni. I’ve always been your fan and am inspired by your work. Keep rocking.
    I’m surely gonna try out in any of the following websites you mentioned and do hope I will land an article in at least one of these.

  32. Thanks for the generous education piece! I like to know well-paid sites/publishers that would pay me for written articles via my Payoneer Card.


  33. This is a really nice post. I never knew writing could be this rewarding and here I am running away from it. Will quickly start off freelance writing. I just need to learn the ropes.

  34. Sheila Zimmerman says:

    Thank You Bamidele,

    I’d like to co-sign on all those who want you to know how much the information is appreciated. I look forward to taking advantage of the resources. For as many years as I’ve researched the path of magazine writing, it seems I might be closer to making it happen.

  35. Don’t discount trade magazines. Not always the most exciting content, but there is money to be made for those patient enough to gain a basic understanding of these industries. For example, supply chain magazine Inbound Logistics pays a minimum of 50 cents per word.

  36. I am looking for women content writer for my magazine. My magazine is New I am writing articles of BODY MIND AND SOUL.

    1. Yoga, what it is? the benefits of yoga, etc.
    2. Sprituality…personal beliefs
    3. Meditation how? benefits of
    4. Real life motivation storied
    5. Real life journies
    6. People who survived despite all obstacles….feel good stories
    7 Recipes
    8. Jokes
    9 Old wives tales
    10 Famous people who what when how where

    If your interested in this project please contact Jas Garib

    • Hallo Jas

      I read that you are looking for women writers for your new magazine. I am interested in discussing options with you. Could you please provide me with an e-mail address where we could make contact.

      Kind regards,


    • Kim Tavernier says:


      Is there somewhere to see your website or email a writing sample?

      Kim Tavernier

  37. OMG! Guys, we are not here to criticize or look down upon anyone :). Seriously, it was just a question and instead of answering her people started picking writing errors lol. Well, I am from a third world country and English is my second language. I feel no one is perfect whether living in America or anywhere else. There is always a room for improvement and yes this is only what I think. I don’t mean to offend anyone specially Americans; obviously English is your first language and you must have command on your native language. On the other hand, this language is a good source of income for many writers like me. And we are in a continuous process of learning and improvement. I request you to please don’t criticize. If you cannot guide please don’t disappoint anyone. Again, no offense please 🙂

    • Muhammad Imran says:

      Lovely Halima. I really appreciate your words. I want to write about Humanity, Conscience, Love, Respect, Peace and any article which gives people happiness. So Please tell me what should I do? I also know Pitman Shorthand and Typing very well, this course commonly known as STENOGRAPHY. Can Writing Articles, Columns and Pitman Shorthand be useful for me in any respect? Your advice will highly be appreciated.

  38. Alexandra says:

    Thank you very much Bamidele.

  39. Awesome …thanks for this article bamidale. Have a nice day!

  40. David Roeder says:

    Sence all you fancy yourselfs wrighters your gonna love this. May be you can find a nice bone to chew on here instead of chewing up each another with you’re bad words. Some of you wright good and others need some work. There’s a myriad of problems (and maybe you caught that one) with all of you’re wrighting. There’s syntax, word choise, speling, gramer and on to excetara.

    The point is, writing is about expression of thought. The details of grammar, syntax, spelling, word choice and punctuation are merely necessary tools to convey the thought. In other words, your petty tit-for-tat arguing tells a tale of your priorities–function outweighing form. This, in my view, provides a sailient example of the breakdown in writing as an art form, with little regard for communicating deeply.


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