43 Faith-Based Publications That Pay Freelance Writers

43 Faith-Based Publications That Pay Freelance Writers

Do you view the world through a spiritual lens? Are you fascinated by the intersection of religion and politics?

Religious and spiritual writing runs a wide gamut from hard news reporting to lifestyle pieces for particular faith-based demographics.

Whether you’re interested in writing specifically on religious topics or looking for audiences who understand where you’re coming from, these 43 publications are a good place to start.

The list includes websites, literary journals and magazines from a variety of spiritual perspectives, and best of all? They pay their writers.

New to freelancing? Make sure you know the basics about who and how to pitch before you reach out to a publication.

1. First Things

Published by the Institute on Religion and Public Life, First Things is a conservative and heady publication which offers predominantly Christian and Jewish perspectives. It accepts opinion pieces, featured articles and book reviews in print and online. According to the submission guidelines, it offers an honorarium for writers.

2. The Forward

The Forward offers political and cultural coverage for topics relevant to the American Jewish community. According to its contributors page, “Fees differ depending on the intended medium, section and the work in question.”

3. America

This is a Jesuit-run publication with a Roman Catholic audience. It publishes reported pieces, personal essays and poetry on politics, faith, arts and culture with a religious or moral angle. Per Writer’s Market, it pays competitive rates.

4.Tricycle

Tricycle is an impressive quarterly magazine which explores various types of Buddhist ideas. It also pays for quality online content. Payments start at $100 for posts and $200 for reviews, according to an editor.

5. Guideposts

Guideposts is most known for its inspirational personal stories of how individuals “overcame obstacles, rose above failures, handled sorrow, gained new spiritual insight, and became more effective people through faith in God.” The monthly magazine also offers lifestyle posts, on anything from recipes to parenting tips. Pays $100-500 per piece.

6. Christian Century

Christian Century is a bi-weekly print magazine covering topics relevant to progressive Protestants. It will take articles and poetry. Pays $100-300 for unsolicited articles and $50 per poem.

7. Azizah Magazine

A quarterly print magazine for Muslim women, Azizah covering stories of inspirational women, lifestyle issues from money to food and faith reflections. It pays competitive rates.

8. Hope for Women

This bimonthly lifestyle magazine targets Christian women. Think of it as a spiritual version of Redbook or Woman’s Day. Pays 10 to 20 cents per word.

9. Image Journal

Image is a beautiful print literary journal showcasing writing and art that’s not necessarily religious in topic, but faith-informed. It takes fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Pays $10 per page for nonfiction and fiction and $2 per line for poetry.

10. Relevant Magazine

A bimonthly lifestyle magazine for Christians in their 20s and 30s. Relevant calls itself progressive, but it’s still theologically conservative and targets an Evangelical audience. Relevant does not pay for web articles, but it does for pieces in the print magazine.

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11. U.S. Catholic

U.S. Catholic is a monthly magazine for an American Catholic audience which focuses on social justice and pop culture. It pays a minimum of $200 for nonfiction and fiction, and $75 for poetry.

12. The War Cry

Published by the Salvation Army, the War Cry provides inspirational posts that fit within the mission of the nonprofit. Pays 35 cents per word.

13. Woman Alive

Woman Alive is a UK-based Christian lifestyle magazine for women. Its contributor guidelines lists current standard rates start at £70 for a one-page article (750-900 words), £95 for two pages (1200-1300 words) and £125 for three-page articles (1500-1600 words).  

14. Catholic Digest

The Catholic Digest is a lifestyle site targeting Catholic families. Pays $100-500.

15. Spirituality and Health Magazine

This bimonthly multi-faith print magazine goes out of its way not to be “new age-y” and offers intelligent pieces on a variety of topics at the intersection of spirituality and health. Pay varies.

16. Tablet Magazine

Tablet is a daily online magazine of Jewish news, ideas and culture. It does not accept unsolicited freelance opinion pieces. Pay varies.

17. Sojourners

This ecumenical magazine covers the intersections of politics, faith and culture. It pays $100-$150 for web pieces.  

18. Hevria

Hevria is a literary site for a Jewish audience. Its pay rates are not disclosed.

19. Religion Dispatches

Religion Dispatches offers current events and timely coverage of religion in American culture and politics. It specifically challenges “an ultra-conservative fringe, that invites free discussion of religious ideas once they’ve hit the public square.” Pay varies.

20. Grok Nation

Grok Nation is a website started by actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik. The site aspires to be a conversation hub for contemporary issues that spurs people on to positive change. Its tone is “accessible, relatable and unapologetically nerdy.” Pays around $100 per article.

21. Geez Magazine

A quarterly magazine with the tagline “contemplative cultural resistance,” Geez Magazine centers around social-justice issues, and is usually theme-based. Geez is Christian-leaning but not strictly so. Writers are paid a “modest honorarium.”

22. For Her

For Her is a lifestyle site for Christian women. Payment starts at $50 per post.

23. Christianity Today

An evangelical magazine published 10 times per year with robust online content, Christianity Today is probably the mostly widely read evangelical Christian publication. Who Pays Writers has reports of writers being paid between two and 17 cents per word.

24. Catholic Answers

This is a monthly magazine which explains and defends the Catholic faith. Pays $100-$500 per article.

25. Charisma

Charisma is a monthly print magazine targeting Christians in Pentecostal or independent charismatic churches and, according to its Writer’s Market listing, others who are interested in “a charismatic renewal” of the church. Payment varies.

26. Religion & Politics

Run by the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis, this website offers political opinions from multiple faith traditions. One writer reports earning 26 cents per word.

27. Washington Post’s Acts of Faith

Acts of Faith is an opinion-based column about contemporary religion in America. Per conversations with freelancers, it can be a very difficult market to break into, but pays competitive rates.

28. Evangelical Missions Quarterly

This professional journal focuses on the missionary life. It pays $25-100 per piece.

29. Horizons

A magazine for Presbyterian women, Horizons seeks interviews, feature articles and Bible study resources. Payment starts at $50 per page depending on the time and research involved.

30. Leben

This quarterly magazine focuses on Christian history from a Reformation perspective. According to the site’s writer’s guidelines, it is “not a theological journal, per se, but rather a popular history magazine.” It pays five cents per word.

31. Liguorian

A Roman Catholic publication presenting news and reflections on issues relevant to  modern-day Catholics. Pays 12-15 cents per word.

32. The Lookout

The Lookout is a weekly print magazine targeting Christian adults from a theologically conservative perspective. It focuses heavily on Bible-study tools and devotional reflections. Pays 11 cents per word.

33. One

One is a bimonthly magazine for a Catholic audience with interest in the Near East, particularly its modern religious, cultural, and political aspects. Pays 20 cents per word.

34. River Region’s Journey Magazine

This is a monthly magazine for Protestant Christians in the Montgomery, Alabama area. It covers Christian living topics. Pays $25-50 per article.

35. Prairie Messenger

This weekly Catholic publication is published by the Benedictine Monks of St. Peter’s Abbey in Saskatchewan, Canada. It has a strong focus on ecumenism, social justice, interfaith relations, aboriginal issues, arts, and culture. Pays $70 per article or $30 per poem.

36. St. Anthony Messenger

St. Anthony Messenger is a monthly Catholic family magazine which aims to help its readers lead more fully human and Christian lives. Pay for opinion pieces, feature articles, fiction and poetry. Pays twenty cents per word or $2 per line for poetry.

37. Point Magazine

Point is the official magazine of Converge, the Baptist General Conference. It is published four times a year covering conference and denominational news. Pay varies.

38.  Purpose

This monthly publication is published by Mennomedia, the publisher for the Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA. Per its writer guidelines, the publication is looking for true stories and poetry that match its monthly themes. Pays $25-$50 per piece.

39.  EFCA Today (Evangelical Free Church of America)

EFCA Today is a quarterly digital magazine covering denominational news. Pays 23 cents per word.

40. Enrichment

This is a denomination-specific publication covering church leadership and ministry news from the General Council of the Assemblies of God. It pays up to 15 cents per word.

41. Presbyterians Today

This bi-monthly magazine covers issues concerning modern Presbyterians. It pays $75-300 per article.

42. Living Church

This bi-weekly print magazine covers “Anglican Communion news, cultural analysis, and teaching.” Pays $25-100 per piece.

43. Light and Life Magazine

Light and Life is a monthly theme-based publication from the Free Methodist Church–USA. It pays $50 per article.

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31 comments

  • Well now that’s a cool list. I don’t have a lot of religious/spiritual stuff to submit, but it’s good know these markets exist. They don’t always show up on standard market listing sites.

  • What a useful list to send us. I will try to approach many of them. Thanks, Jera Brown!

  • Thank you for this, Jera! This is exactly what I need to get busy and explore the Christian genre for freelancing. I’ve been thinking about doing that for a while, and I’m excited to look further into some of these publications!

  • Well now that’s a cool list. I don’t have a lot of religious/spiritual stuff to submit, but it’s good know these markets exist. They don’t always show up on standard market listing sites.

  • slope says:

    What a useful list to send us. I will try to approach many of them. Thanks, Jera Brown!

  • Gary Hollingsworth says:

    This is a great list. This is more in my line of word-smithing. I look forward to digging deeper into this list. Thanks

  • Chizobam says:

    I’m really impressed by this!
    But can those of us in Africa be part of these opportunities?
    Because I’m interested in about two of them.

  • carol gee says:

    Thank you very much!!

  • Thank you so much for taking the time to put this list together!

    It is really helpful, and I look forward to contacting some of the magazines you’ve included. 🙂

  • MAX says:

    Thanks a lot. Are there some publishing houses that would be interested in publishing fictional stories related to the matters of personal growth, development and getting out of those un-creative situations when one feels lost and apprehensive of taking even a small step forward, I wonder?

    • Very few publishing houses are interested in publishing until you have a ‘platform’ (following). Remember that you will have to publicize your book even if a publisher does get involved. That is one of the reasons that using both Create Space and Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), then Amazon itself makes sense. You can build a following (especially on KDP at low cost) and then have less trouble getting a publisher to pick up your book. Note that your earnings on KDP can be as good or better than for a hardcover book from a publisher.

  • Abiye says:

    Thanks for the authentic publication. I guest posted an article for a christian onlin publication. But I never knew there were faith publication that really pay. How can I download this list?

  • Andreia says:

    Very interesting list! I just wish there were more non-judeo-christian options. 🙂 (I’m pagan.)

  • ditto all these great lists… good to know info I never knew was out there. Now to apply some of my faith base prose, poetry I have non fiction and fiction I would like to share with others not seeing my blog. Oh knowing we still need to do work if we get traditionally publish is a must to hear about. I am interfaith I believe we all have one God and I need to expand my influence. blessings to all…

  • Jose A. Bustos, jr. says:

    I write articles for a small business magazine in my home town of Billings, Mt. I have also been working on a fictional “monster” story for kids with a spiritual base, i.e., the “good” wins over evil in the end. What publisher would be interested in this?

  • Thank you for your post.

    I maintain a list of paying freelance markets of interest to Muslim writers on this page:

    http://muslimwritersclub.com/resources/freelancemarkets/

    Some of these markets are secular and would also be of interest to those who write about finance, politics and current affairs.

  • Anita says:

    Great resource! Thank you.

  • James Ojo says:

    Freelance writing is a talent which can be developed by writing. I did not know how to write before, but by writing I have developed the skill

  • Robert L. Johnson, D. Min., says:

    Good Morning, I think this is a good morning to start out with coming across this freelance writers site. I think it is something that I have been looking for and I am looking to be able to use it for submitting writings. I am also hopeful of perhaps learning something about publishing a book that I am looking to publish.
    Thank You,
    Robert L. Johnson

  • Jake says:

    Because a lot of these just linked to the homepage, I couldn’t find a lot of information on how to contact them and write, or what their guidelines are.

  • Dylan Rivera says:

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    Just trying to spread the word about it.

  • Carla van der Spuy says:

    I am a journalist and published author of 6 books (most are bestsellers) from South-Africa. I am very interested.

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