22 Publications on Religion and Spirituality That Pay Freelance Writers

22 Publications on Religion and Spirituality 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, looking for Christian writing jobs or simply want an audience who understands where you’re coming from, these 23 publications are a good place to start.

Our 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.

Add these 22 publications, including Christian magazines, to your pitching list

Here are 22 publications on religion and spirituality that pay freelance writers.

1. First Things

Published by The Institute of Religion and Public Life, First Things is a conservative and heady publication that offers predominantly Christian and Jewish perspectives. It accepts opinion pieces, featured articles and book reviews in print and online. 

Pay: According to the submission guidelines, it offers an honorarium for writers, though the amount is not specified.

2. The Jewish Forward

The Jewish Forward offers political and cultural coverage for topics relevant to the American Jewish community. It’s been around since 1897.

Pay: While The Forward hasn’t confirmed its rates, it states that compensation “will be highly competitive for the right pitch.”

3. America Magazine

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.

Pay: While the exact rate is unpublished, per Who Pays Writers, it’s paid up to 38 cents per word.

4. Guideposts

Guideposts is most known for its inspirational personal stories hope and inspiration. The magazine also offers lifestyle posts, on anything from recipes to parenting tips.

Pay: While Guideposts hasn’t confirmed how much it pays, it does say in its writer guidelines that it pays for “full-length stories” (which it defines as 1,500 words) when the story is accepted for publication.

5. U.S. Catholic

U.S. Catholic is a monthly magazine for an American Catholic audience which focuses on social justice and pop culture. 

Pay: The publication offers “financial compensation for both commissioned and on spec content.” 

6. Woman Alive

Woman Alive is a UK-based Christian lifestyle magazine for women.

Pay: Its contributor guidelines notes articles typically run 700 to 1,800 words, and “payment is by arrangement.”

7. Spirituality & Health Magazine

This bimonthly multi-faith print magazine goes out of its way to avoid being “new age-y” and offers intelligent pieces on a variety of topics at the intersection of spirituality and health. 

Pay: Although rates are no longer listed in its writers’ guidelines, it was previously recorded from $200 to $500, depending on the word count and type of piece.

8. Tablet Magazine

Tablet is a daily online magazine of Jewish news, ideas and culture. It welcomes submissions from freelance writers but does not accept opinion or editorial (op-ed) pieces.

Pay: Pay varies. According to Who Pays Writers, the average rate is $0.25 per word.

9. Sojourners

This ecumenical magazine covers the intersections of politics, faith and culture. 

Pay: It pays “for reported pieces, based on depth of reporting, and for strongly researched analysis pieces.”  

10. Religion Dispatches

Religion Dispatches (RD) offers current events and timely coverage of religion in American culture and politics. It specifically seeks “reporting, analysis, commentary, and film/book/TV reviews, by scholars, journalists, writers, and activists.”

Pay: Pay varies.

11. 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. 

Pay: Writers are paid a “modest honorarium.”

12. Christianity Today

An evangelical magazine founded by Bill Graham, Christianity Today is probably the most widely read evangelical Christian publication. 

Pay: Who Pays Writers has reports of writers being paid between 2 and 17 cents per word.

13. 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.

Pay: One writer reports earning 26 cents per word on Who Pays Writers.

14. Horizons

A magazine for Presbyterian women, Horizons seeks articles, stories and poems of varying topics. 

Pay: It offers an honorarium of no less than $50 per page printed in the magazine, though this amount will vary.

15. 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. It pays for opinion pieces, feature articles, fiction and poetry. 

Pay: Pays 20 cents per word or $2 per line for poetry.

16. Converge Media

Converge media “exists at the intersection of faith and culture.” Some categories of writing it seeks include confessions, reviews, interviews and commentaries. 

Pay: Unpublished.

17. The Living Church Foundation

The Living Church Foundation is part of the Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion. It publishes a magazine and hosts a weblog community. 

Pay: Living Church told TWL that it does pay its writers, though “rates vary with length and experience.”

18. Busted Halo

Busted Halo is a Catholic-based publication that aims to “to share the Catholic faith in a fun and interactive way and provide creative resources for Catholics to use when sharing the faith with others.” Pitches are preferred, but they do accept unpublished submissions.

Pay: Busted Halo told The Write Life that it pays $75 per article at typically 500-600 words per article.

19. Christ and Pop Culture

This online magazine “exists to acknowledge, appreciate, and think rightly about the common knowledge of our age.”

Pay: Although web articles are unpaid, it does pay for feature articles for its magazine. These typically run 1,500 to 3,000 words. Keep an eye out for its call for pitches.

20. LDSLiving

LDSLiving is a bimonthly magazine looking for informative and inspiring articles about home and family, education and service, destinations, making a difference, discovery and at home.

Pay: Varies.

21. Christian Science Monitor

The Christian Science Monitor is a popular international news organization built for “anyone who cares about the progress of the human endeavor around the world and seeks news reported with compassion, intelligence, and an essentially constructive lens.” It has both a religious and nonreligious audience.

Generally, the publication accepts work from new writers on spec.

Pay: If commissioned to write a piece and you fulfill the requirements, you’ll be paid the “basic rate” whether the story is published or not.

22. Jewish Currents

Jewish Currents is a print and digital magazine “committed to the rich tradition of thought, activism, and culture of the Jewish left.” It’s looking for timely, reported articles on topics featured on the site.

Pay: Unpublished, but Who Pays Writers reports 13 cents per word.

Share other faith-based publications in the comments! Who do you love working with?

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36 comments

  • Thank you so much for this post. I have written for years and never thought about writing for other sites until recently. This may be the most helpful post I have read yet.

  • 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.

  • Dylan Rivera says:

    I found a lot of help with this writing course.
    Just trying to spread the word about it.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • Anita says:

    Great resource! Thank you.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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…

  • Andreia says:

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

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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. 🙂

  • carol gee says:

    Thank you very much!!

  • 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.

  • 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

  • slope says:

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

  • 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.

  • 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!

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

  • 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.

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