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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This ecumenical magazine covers the intersections of politics, faith and culture. It pays $100-$150 for web pieces.
Hevria is a literary site for a Jewish audience. Its pay rates are not disclosed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This professional journal focuses on the missionary life. It pays $25-100 per piece.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is a monthly magazine for Protestant Christians in the Montgomery, Alabama area. It covers Christian living topics. Pays $25-50 per article.
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.
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.
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.
EFCA Today is a quarterly digital magazine covering denominational news. Pays 23 cents per word.
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.
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.
Light and Life is a monthly theme-based publication from the Free Methodist Church–USA. It pays $50 per article.
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