231 Publications That Actually Pay Freelance Writers

231 Publications That Actually Pay Freelance Writers

So, you’ve invested in all the right writing tools, and The Elements of Style has a permanent spot on your desk. You know how to write the perfect pitch. But when it comes to growing your freelance writing career, it’s time to take it up a notch.

That’s right. I mean going for the big bucks.  Let’s go.

Here’s a round-up of all The Write Life’s posts on great places to write that actually pay.

31 Travel Magazines and Websites That Pay Freelance Writers

19 Websites and Magazines That Want to Publish Your Personal Essays

Calling All Foodie Freelancers: 20 Dining and Food Magazines to Pitch

Where to Submit Short Stories: 23 Magazines and Websites That Want Your Work

29 Free Writing Contests: Legitimate Competitions With Cash Prizes

28 Parenting Blogs and Magazines That Pay Freelance Writers

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

Get Paid to Write Personal Finance Articles: 18 Outlets to Pitch Now

How to Get Published by 19 Health and Fitness Magazines

Get Paid to Write: 17 Great Grants for Writers

Get Paid to Write: 17 Fantastic Writing Fellowships for Authors, Journalists and Poets

And don’t forget about our ebook, 71 Ways to Make Money as a Freelance Writer

What amazing publications would you add to these lists?

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  • Well, a very well designed post. I am thinking to work as a writer on few publication sites and guess what, I think I’ve found some real gems here.

    Thank you for sharing this info with us.


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  • Melissa says:

    This is great. I’ve been blogging for quite some time. Never thought to consider freelance writing.

    Thank you so much for these resources.

  • Since retired from teaching college and publishing scholarly works-unpaid-I have developed a keen interest in non-fiction and fiction. I have published Cockney Girl (second edition just out) and a book on
    Architectural features for escape under fire, plus many articles and stories with little or no pay. Now is the time to write for pay. Besides a PhD in social psychology, I am also a Certified Hatter, now trying to publish my short story collection, Diary of a Mad Hatter. I also have a Romeo-Juliet novel set in the Middle East though not intended as romance, but as a warning to women, know your loved-one’s religion or afiliations, allies plus men’s attitudes to women, before marriage in his culture/religion, no matter how wonderful the man. Seeking a literary agent for these, plus two amusing family sagas and a satire on our health care from a patient viewpoint, “Thirty Days in a Home for the Dis jointed.” So far, no such work seen from a PATIENT. For publications to date please see gildahaber.com Gilda Haber, PhD

    • Jacqueline R says:

      Hello Gilda,
      What a fascinating life! Where in the Middle East is your publication? I’ve got a relatively coherent understanding of the Persian (Iranian) culture for the reasons you’ve mentioned.

      I would love to read the family sagas. Ha! I’m certain I’ve been living some of this most of my life. I can tell you that I have been told by many, MANY people that I should write my own life story inasmuch as I’ve cared for (even as a child) many incredibly talented artists on many levels in my own nest.

      I see that yours is from the perspective of a patient, well, believe me, there has been an abundance, and still is an abundance of humor to be discovered from the perspective of an empathetic, yet strong care-giver ha!

      What a perfect time in this society for this type of publication, what with, the current American administration. I would love to see these works.

      I’m also looking forward to working through Marisol’s list. Thanks so much Marisol.

  • Vinny says:

    KpopStarz.com never paid me and some of my colleagues and they still owe me $350. I was now writing for BAM publications which were allegedly taken over by HNGN before BAM even paid us. We were promised we would receive our payments by month end i.e. today, but no one is even responding to our messages now! These people just cheat innocent writers who trust them and agree to work without a contract. They should all be behind bars.

  • Megan Sharma says:

    Love this list, thank you so much! Going to be working through these resources and adding target publications to my spreadsheet 🙂 I also wanted to point others to a recent article by The International Freelancer with 70+ publications that pay $1 or more per word. Very useful. Link here: http://www.theinternationalfreelancer.com/1-a-word/

  • Karry Rosko says:

    I have been absent for a while, but now I remember why I used to love this blog. Thanks , I will try and check back more often. How frequently you update your site?

  • Ashri Mishra says:

    WoW, What a great Post it is.

  • Anna says:

    Thanks for putting together this great list. It’s given me quite a few new ideas :).

  • Hi, Thank you for this great information. Is there any sites that accept Christians articles, stories, prayers, etc.? Kindly post them here or send to my email.
    Well done!

    • MARTIN Z JADAN says:

      Try the Catholic Digest, they are currently not accepting solicitations but if you are published, they welcome any queries you’d like to send. Good luck! I’m trying to break through the freelance writing with little experience, so hope this helps.

  • Wendy says:

    I’m having so much trouble finding someone who needs history pieces. I’ve written a few just to get ahead. It’s untold history or not history you usually hear about like forgotten history. Any help is appreciated!!

  • Thank you Mariso, will be digging into them!

  • Thanks for this listing. I would like to add “Pen and Prosper” Blog. I pay $10.00 for short blog posts of 250-700 words. Additionally, we’re an award-winning blog. Thanks again! Have a great writing week.

  • Marynetta says:

    Personally, I have started writing last year around this time and having come across a vast list of freelance writers I have bought books and signed up for exercises, and yet I have a fear of my writing not being good enough. Somewhere in my thoughts, I feel as if I need someone to read my work before I move on. This fear that I have holds me abate to leaping forward. What I would like to do is have feedback on my writing. Where do I get this kind of assistance, before I apply to any work as a freelance writer?

    • I am not a religious person per se, but the following passage must be obeyed in the life:

      “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you.”

    • Denise says:

      I’d be happy to give you some feedback. Is there a link you can share? Otherwise send me a private message on FB and I’ll share my email. I’m trained as a journalist and have worked in public relations for 25 years. Also look up the “imposter syndrome”. Sounds like you may have a touch of it. Best wishes.

    • It would be nice if you could write some essay on VEDA VYASA, who wrote the 4 Vedas ; father of all the literature and the scientific discoveries …

  • Abha Iyengar says:

    Appreciate this. Thank you.

  • Lisa says:

    Thank you for taking to the time to put together this resource. It’s definitely appreciated!

  • Cris says:

    Thank you for your time and effort into this, Marisol. 🙂 You’re awesome!

  • Valerie Lull says:

    I would like to get a list of alternative health publications both online and in print. I’m into herbs and nutrition. Categories would include health and wellness, herbs, alternative medicine, natural living, organic products, nutrition, etc.

  • @AdlerIrene4 says:

    This sounds pretty legit.

  • Just in time. Thank you, your appreciated.

  • Zak says:

    This is a great list. Thanks!

  • Ramona says:

    I’ve never took writing too seriously, since I usually work as a web designer. But I love seeing there’s good money to be made with copywriting as well and that there are so many publications who are willing to pay. Thank you for curating this amazing resource.

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