A sample of freelance markets and contract jobs mentioned in the newsletters are listed below. You can find permanent jobs in the newsletters under JOBS. Note: these markets are the caliber of FundsforWriters and TOTAL FundsforWriters meaning $200 or 10 cents/word in payment. The exception is in the sci-fi realm where professional rates are 6 cents/word and up.
We are looking for enthusiastic freelance writers to join our team. You should be informed on diverse aspects of urban lifestyle and be able to write on various topics and have a keen eye for details. Writers should be able to deliver good quality content suitable for our online audience demographic of 18 – 50+.
Futures is a venue for very short stories or ‘vignettes’ of between 850 and 950 words. The subject is typically near-future, hard SF, although this can be interpreted liberally. If accepted, you will receive a (non-negotiable) fee of £85 or US$130.
Topics of interest: Slow Living, Connection, Travel, Adventure, Boredom, Zeitgeist, Nature, Consumerism, Simplifying, Productivity and Busy Disease, Technology, Hustle Culture, Societal Norms, Parenting, Anti-Establishment, Rebellion, the Psychology of Motivation and Change, Neuroscience and Eastern Practices, Storytelling through Data. We accept pitches for the following sections. Pays ten cents/word and up.
Reported Pieces (~1,250-2,000 words)
Personal Essays (~900-2,500 words)
How-to’s (~500-2,000 words)
Interviews (~500-900 words)
Photo Features (~500-2,000 words)
Reviews (Book, Record, Restaurant, ?) (600-900 words)
Feature Articles (~2,500-3,500 words)
THE PARTIALLY EXAMINED LIFE
The Partially Examined Life will pay exceptional writers for essays related to philosophy, culture, and ideas. We’d love to see queries from writers who can contribute:
=> Philosophy-related essays, personal essays, and interviews. See The Stone for great examples of this sort of content: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/category/the-stone/
=> Book reviews of philosophical texts.
=> Review essays about any genre and medium, including thoughtful takes on literature and film. These need not explicitly be about philosophy and philosophers.
=> Thoughtful pieces related to politics and culture, especially pieces that analyze current issues by way of political philosophy, social thought, moral philosophy, moral psychology, and psychoanalysis.
=> Pieces related to the intersection of philosophy and popular culture (as in the Popular Culture and Philosophy series).
=> Anything else you think you can persuade us is suitable to our site – pitch away.
Smithsonian.com accepts unsolicited proposals from established freelance writers. This form has been developed to give you the most direct and timely access to our editors. It also allows you to provide all of the basic information we need to make an initial determination about your proposal. Due to the volume of submissions, we cannot guarantee a response to all inquiries, but if we are interested in pursuing a story, we will contact you. The travel section consists of inspiration, journey guides, news, how-to’s and essays.
World Hum is dedicated to publishing travel stories, videos and slideshows of the highest quality. We post several types of features:
=> Travel Stories are first-person travel narratives.
=> Speaker’s Corner essays feature rants or raves about any travel-related subject.
=> Travel Interviews are interviews with travelers, writers, artists—anyone with something interesting to say about travel.
=> Lists explore a wide range of travel-related topics.
=> Audio slideshows explore travel through photographs, sound and narration.
CHIZINE CHRISTMAS STORIES
Theme: War on Christmas. We’re looking for deranged and demented stories and poems that snap back against all that holiday schmaltz. Our leanings are toward the dark, the speculative (SF, fantasy, horror), the flat-out weird, the humourous. One cautionary note: it’s likely there will be a lot of Santa stories submitted. We’d urge you think more widely, especially outside the white, Judeo-Christian canon. There’s really plenty to hate about Christmas, so it shouldn’t be that hard. Fiction limit 5,000 words. Poetry no more than two pages. Payment is eight cents/word Canadian.
FLASH FICTION MAGAZINE
We accept fiction stories between 300 and 1,000 words. No previously published work. Flash fiction isn’t non-fiction or personal memoir. We do not accept erotica. Adult themes including sex, violence, and even politics are fair game. No children’s fiction. Pays $40.
Primarily looking for science fiction short stories that show the way back to a livable future. While most will be science fiction, they are open to fantasy and literary fiction as well. Submissions and queries should be sent to unshatteringthefuture@gmailcom. Send up to 4,500 words. If you have something longer, query. Pays 10 cents a word for prose fiction and expect to pay professional rates for other content.
We are a great home for writers who can tell deeply reported, gripping tales about issues in the public interest while plumbing the intellectual, theoretical, and empirical context that surrounds them. Every story we tell has a strong connection to one of our four core subject areas: economic, educational, environmental, and social justice. Our writers should want to make readers think about how society works—and about how it could be working better.
SOUTH SOUND MAGAZINE
Services the Greater South Sound, including the cities of Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Olympia, Puyallup and more in the state of Washington. Content is general in nature, and includes homes, entertaining, travel, food and drink, fashion, personality profiles, business and more. All stories stories must be of interest and value to residents in the South Sound. Feature articles: 800-2,500 words. We also accept pitches for blog posts or features on southsoundmag.com. Topics include Food + Drink, Arts + Entertainment, Home + Garden, Health + Beauty and Fashion + Shopping.
Latterly is always seeking pitches and submissions for features and photo essays from all over the world. If you have a story idea you think we might be interested in, please read the following tips and guidelines before sending it to us. We only want works of reported journalism that employ elements of narrative storytelling (plot, character development, etc.). We are not interested in fiction, poetry, personal essays or hard news. We pay $100 for photo essays and larger, negotiable rates for features.
SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY WRITERS OF AMERICA BLOG
The SFWA Blog is open to nonfiction submissions that might be of interest to new and/or established writers of science fiction and fantasy. Length 500-1,000 words. Pay six cents per word.
If you are pitching us a write-up of a place that you have visited or heard about, it is probably most suited to be an entry in the Places database. These are crowd-sourced submissions that go through an editorial process before being published. For the Stories section, we are seeking original journalism. Stories that will surprise us and article ideas that would never have occurred to us but that we won’t be able to stop thinking and talking about. We pay for stories, at rates competitive with other online-only publications.
CityLab is dedicated to the people who are creating the cities of the future—and those who want to live there. Through sharp analysis, original reporting, and visual storytelling, our coverage focuses on the biggest ideas and most pressing issues facing the world’s metro areas and neighborhoods. Pays up to 25 cents/word.
We’re looking for stories that show what’s happening behind the scenes in the video game industry and its related culture. We like stories that reveal how specific aspects of the industry work, and put a focus on people rather than products. We like rare interviews with important and fascinating people. We like stories that reveal substantial new information about their given topics. We’re generally looking for stories that range from 1,000 to 5,000 words. Pays up to 25 cents/word.
Submissions for our New Voices poetry category are open year-round to any new and emerging poet who has not published more than one full-length collection of poetry. New Voices are published online only and will feature a number of poems from new authors each month. We are thrilled to offer significant payment to our partner poets: $50 per poem, up to $150. We are proud to be paying for published pieces but will be highly selective in our choices for publication.
If you are an expert at anything to do with: Creating awesome websites, driving traffic, social media or making money online, we would love you to write for us. We do pay up to $200 for worthy articles of the highest standard – but we emphasize that your article needs to be of the highest standard and genuinely of interest to our audience.
A\J is dedicated to in-depth analysis of environmental issues, including their ecological, social and economic dimensions. It combines the learned rigour of an academic journal with the accessible style and format of a general-interest magazine. Feature Articles (ranging from 1,000 to 4,000 words, including endnotes) cover a vital topic in depth. Reports (500 to 1200 words) are less analytical than features and are usually written to convey a story or inform the reader of new initiatives or recent developments in policy, thought, technology or action. We have a limited budget of about 10 cents per word.
CENTRAL COAST FARM & RANCH
Central Coast Farm & Ranch is a quarterly magazine circulated in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. It is distributed as a benefit of membership in the Santa Barbara and Ventura County Farm Bureaus, and its primary audience is members of the Central Coast agricultural community. But it also contains stories and photographs that appeal to supporters of local food, fans of local restaurants that feature local food, and members of the general public interested in learning about the past, present and future of the region’s signature industry. Each issue includes several features on topics specific to Central Coast agriculture, as well as departments devoted to local history, edible gardening, agri-tourism destinations, and industry news briefs. Length varies: 1,000-1,500 words for a cover story or feature, 500-700 words for departments, and 300 or fewer words for news briefs. Pay ranges from 50 cents to $1 a word for features, depending on placement and other factors, and is a flat $350 for departments. Pay rate for feature photographs is $75-$150 per assignment, with a bonus of $300 for cover art.
Outdoor Canada readers are active and passionate about this country’s natural heritage. They want to know how to get the most out of their outdoor experiences, and keep abreast of what’s happening in the Canadian outdoors from coast to coast to coast. That’s why each issue of Outdoor Canada contains a solid mix of how-to articles, entertaining features and in-depth reporting. As Canada’s authoritative outdoor magazine, we expect our outdoor writers to be experts in their fields. All features must provide the latest, most reliable information; they must also be well-researched and original. Most articles run from 1,500 to 2,500 words, while shorter pieces can run from 100 to 700 words. Writing fees depend on the complexity and length of the article, with fees generally ranging from $100 for short articles to $400 and up for features.
THE CONTEMPORARY SPORTSMAN
The Contemporary Sportsman is a quarterly online magazine devoted to people who share a serious passion for !y “shing
and wing shooting. An average Feature Article contains 2,500 to 3,000 words. We pay from $450 to $700 for Feature Articles, based on quality not length.
Hidden Compass is an online, quarterly travel magazine that encourages the deep exploration of a destination through powerful storytelling. We believe that some of the most fascinating stories are the ones that bridge the gap between travel and other disciplines (e.g., science, history, and art). Feature stories and feature photo-essays: $300. Stories and photo essays in other departments: $200. (Thanks to erikadreifus.com)
If you want to get paid to write the list-style feature articles that Cracked.com is famous for (like 26 Sexy Halloween Costumes That Shouldn’t Exist, 6 Books Everyone (Including Your English Teacher) Got Wrong), The Actual Answers To 6 Famously Unsolved Movie/TV Mysteries, 6 Sad Facts About Beloved Characters, Proven By Fans, etc.) you simply need to sign up for our writers’ forum.
We are looking for excellent freelance writers who are experienced in interviewing and writing longer profile stories; empathetic, capable of connecting with customers; able to write an intimate story in which both facts and colored memories are combined into a fluent narrative. Send your resume and two examples of relevant written work, preferably lengthy interviews or profile stories, to our UK Editor Alice Nightingale at UKeditor@StoryTerrace.com.
Jejune Magazine is a fashion and art magazine that gives a much needed political and social voice to the population. We cover humanitarian issues, eco fashion, and current events in the world, giving a platform for discussion through powerful imagery, fashion, art, and written words. We are looking to unite across the cultures, diverse backgrounds, styles, and beliefs, for a better world to live in. Jejune is seeking contributors! We are looking for individuals in fashion and the arts who are interested in adding a voice to their art!
LiisBeth welcomes queries from professional and emerging feminist writers anywhere along the gender continuum. We look for journalistic, edgy, positive, well-informed articles that offer readers a feminist’s perspective on entrepreneurship and innovation happenings, including policy and politics. Yes. We pay. On average $100-$2,000 per piece depending on the type of work, the original research involved, and length (typically 500-2,000 words).
Aim under 1,000 words. If your article is selected for publication by Yoga International, you will receive a minimum payment of $50 USD. We pay more ($150–200 USD) for feature articles (articles that headline our bi-weekly eblasts). Feature articles are chosen based on topic, universal appeal, depth, and writing quality.
Uncanny Magazine is seeking passionate, diverse SF/F fiction and poetry from writers of every conceivable background. We want intricate, experimental stories and poems with gorgeous prose, verve, and imagination that elicit strong emotions and challenge beliefs. Uncanny believes there’s still plenty of room in the genre for tales that make you feel. Payment is $.08 per word (including audio rights).
Bloom Magazine is a culture and lifestyle magazine based in Bloomington, Indiana. Every issue includes articles on home & family, arts & entertainment, food & wine, health & fitness, fashion & shopping, and personal finance—plus all the interesting people, places, and events that make life in this part of south-central Indiana so worth celebrating. We rarely accept stories written “on spec.” If you would like to write for Bloom, please email your résumé and a few of your best published clips, as links or attachments, to email@example.com.
SchoolArts wants you to share your successful lessons, areas of concern, and approaches to teaching art. Limit 800 words. Pays up to $100 per article, free one-year print and digital subscription, up to six free copies of the issue in which your article was published, and two years of access to Davis Digital (Sign up for a free test drive at DavisArtSpace.com).
COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR LITERARY PUBLISHING
We consider short fiction and personal essays with contemporary themes (no genre fiction or literary criticism). There is no specific word or page count; generally, however, Colorado Review prefers short stories and essays that are somewhere between 15 and 25 manuscript pages. Please submit one story or essay at a time. We consider poetry of any style. Please limit poetry submissions to no more than five poems at a time. Fiction and poetry manuscripts are read from August 1 to April 30; nonfiction manuscripts, however, are read year-round. We pay $10 per page ($30 minimum) for poetry and $200 for short stories and essays.
FRESH CUP MAGAZINE
In print, we publish magazine-style stories that introduce readers to people and places pushing coffee and tea forward, even when we’re talking about something as seemingly impersonal as crema or Wi-Fi. Online, we have four blogs: Barista, The Whole Leaf, Roasters, and Café Basics. Posts are thoughtful, engaging, and concise looks at narrowly focused topics, trends, places, and people in the coffee and tea industry. The blogs are the best starting point for new writers to break into Fresh Cup. We accept queries for features (1,500–2,000 words), our blogs (300-500 words), and café profiles (800 words). For the best chance of publication, present a clear angle to the story, show us that you’ve researched it, tell us the sources and experts you’ll interview, have a sketch of the narrative structure, and explain why you’re the person who should write it. When querying, please include clips or links to published writing. If you have no clips, please write a 300-word story introducing us to your favorite café or teahouse.
Civil Eats is a daily news source for critical thought about the American food system. We publish stories that shift the conversation around sustainable agriculture in an effort to build economically and socially just communities. Founded in January 2009, Civil Eats is a community resource of more than 100 contributors who are active participants in the evolving food landscape from Capitol Hill to Main Street. Pays around 25 cents/word per www.whopayswriters.com
ISSUES IN EARTH SCIENCE
We are interested in MG and YA fiction that incorporates Earth Science concepts as key, rather than incidental, elements. Stories with adult characters but written for MG or YA will also be considered. The science element should be more substantive than “cool facts” or jargon that is slipped into a story. Rather, the Earth Science concept should both be integral to the story and represent a key idea that might be taught in an Earth Science classroom. Stories should be between 1,000 and 3,000 words, with preference for stories around 2,000 words. Payment will be $0.06/word ($60 minimum).
Growing covers what rises above the green. Whether it be science, pest control, the art and business of farming fruits and vegetables or even the literal definition of “agriculture” – we cover what our audience deals with on a daily basis. For most, growing is a passion and a way of life that has been passed down from generation to generation. In the pages of Growing you will find content with tried-and-true practices along with new suggestions that will move our industry forward. Pays $175-$200 for columns, and $400 to $500 for features for 800 to 1,800 words.
Payment for first-time publication rights is made within the following ranges: Feature length articles (over 1,500 words) – $300-450; Shorter articles (500-1,500 words) – $125-250; Sidebars and “Off the Beaten Path” articles – $75; Second-time publications rights are made at one-half the above rates. Hunting, fishing, wildlife conservation, natural history, camping and much more are yours when you subscribe to “Outdoor Oklahoma,” the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s full-color, bi-monthly magazine.
We work with first-time authors and seasoned pros. Our travel content is aimed at experienced travelers, who have read it all and want something new. Don’t pitch us Morocco, pitch us a multi-sport excursion with tweens across Morocco. You know? For our adventure side we’re looking at US and Canada destinations and ways to make your favorite sport accessible. We also want essays and think pieces on what it means to be a parent, raise kids and live a fulfilled life – many of our readers have traveled the world or deep dived into the outdoors and this influences everything. You can find the rate in each section on the website but generally pays $1/word for print and between $50-$250 flat for the web. (Thanks ErikaDreifus.com)
THE NEW QUARTERLY
We pay writers $250 for a short story or nonfiction entry, and $40 per poem or postscript story. In exchange, we get first Canadian publishing rights. You keep the copyright.
The Travel section, both print and online, is looking for bold, original travel features that tell a great story. Stories should be sophisticated, compelling, complete and written with flair. They should evoke a strong sense of place (sounds, colors, smells, tastes), time (when did you go?), expertise and personal perspective, and they should be written with a precise story angle. Print stories (other than briefs) vary from $200 to $750, depending on placement. Online only stories generally pay $500, but if they are used in print, we will pay depending on placement. There is but one payment; the contract you sign gives us permission to use in any medium. Weekend Escapes pay $200. Blog posts pay $75 with no additional money for handout art (or $25 for an original piece of art).
We’re looking for a wide range of perspectives from writers of every age, gender, race, sexual orientation, and political leaning. We also happily accept pitches from previously unpublished writers — or, for that matter, from non-writers who may have an important story to tell but need help turning it into a piece; we’re here to provide that help. Vox is a news site that loves current issues and culture, business and science. Pays $500.
MOTHER OF INVENTION
Deadline August 31, 2017. Mother of Invention anthology will feature diverse, challenging stories about gender as it relates to the creation of artificial intelligence and robotics. We want to bring some genuine revolution to the way that artificial intelligence stories are told, and how they intersect with gender identity, parenthood, sexuality, war, and the future of our species. We are looking for stories of 500–5000 words, within our stated theme and not published previously in any medium, including limited audience media such as Patreon. Payment is US$0.06 per word.
DIVA pays £150 per thousand words. We pay in pounds sterling, in the month of issue. DIVA brings you the latest in lesbian and bi related celebrity interviews, news, politics, pop culture, style, travel, social issues, entertainment and more. We tackle the tough topics, like racism in the LGBT community, mental health and the challenges facing queer youth, and profiles of inspirational women making a difference to the lives of lesbian, bi and trans women.
Healing Lifestyles & Spas’ content focuses on infusing integrative spa modalities and destination spa experiences ~ healing remedies ~ integrative medicine ~ wellness and sustainable practices into our daily lives; providing tools and inspiration to live a more healthy and healing spa lifestyle. We believe that spa living is a day-to-day experience. We all need to slow down, press pause, and nurture this absolute need to give back to ourselves. Living a healing lifestyle means taking care of the Earth and its people, and we thereby emphasize environmental wellness and sustainable living as a necessary component on this path. Pays $150 to $500 for articles of 1,000 to 2,000 words.
FT. MYERS MAGAZINE
Ft. Myers magazine is a bi-monthly magazine focusing on local and national arts and lifestyles throughout Lee and Collier Counties in Southwest Florida. Ft. Myers magazine is targeted at educated, active, creative and successful residents of Southwest Florida, ages 20-75 years old, as well as guests at the best hotels and resorts on the Gulf Coast. Pays ten cents/word for articles of 500 to 1,500 words.
CALIFORNIA REAL ESTATE MAGAZINE
Traditionally, California Real Estate magazine works with freelance writers on an assignment basis. To be considered for a freelance opportunity, please submit your résumé and three recent published samples of your writing. California Real Estate magazine works on a three to four month lead time. View our editorial calendar.
WORLD WAR II MAGAZINE
Most of our stories are assigned by our staff to professional writers. However, we do accept written proposals for features and for our Time Travel department. Pays competitively.
Gripped magazine welcomes submissions from writers, photographers, athletes, coaches and enthusiasts from all climbing disciplines. Features are between 1,500 and 2,500 words long and pay $250. Photos will be paid at the photo rate. Other columns for shorter pieces are also available.
The Toastmaster magazine prizes originality, depth of research, timeliness and excellence of expression. The magazine accepts unsolicited article submissions via email. Columns are 200, 300, and 700 words.
AUTHORS PUBLISH MAGAZINE (ONLINE)
We pay between $25 and $30 per article. Most of our articles are between 250 and 800 words in length. We are particularly interested in articles about how authors can promote their writing or build their careers. We are interested in articles about traditional and self publishing. This includes articles about agents, publishers, and conferences. We occasionally publish articles about the mechanics of writing.
We are looking for lively, original, well-written stories that provide a good sense of place, with useful
information and fresh ideas about travel and the travel industry. Service articles such as How to Protect Your Valuable While on the Beach, 10 Best, Top 10, Round up Pieces, Looking Back, and articles for the Chef’s Table and In the Vineyard, our wine column and Looking Back, a 1,000-word article that takes a historical look at a travel destination or subject and brings it up to current day, are articles that are most likely to be accepted from freelance journalists. Payment and tear sheets for free-lance material sent within a reasonable period following publication. Feature Articles – 800-1,000 words – $150. Chef’s Table/Post Cards from Home – 500-600 words – $150. Wine Column – $150. Looking Back Column – $150.
EARTH is a nonprofit magazine published by the American Geosciences Institute with a mission to inform the public on the science of Earth, energy and environmental topics. Accepts pieces from scientists as well as freelance writers. Feature-length articles are 2,000-3,500 words.
Word limit 1,000 to 16,000 words, no exceptions. Pays ten cents per word for the first 5,000 words, eight cents for each word over 5,000. Genres: Science fiction and fantasy. Language: English (We accept stories from all over the world. Translations are welcome.)
Haute Media Group is looking for seasoned and highly motivated freelance writer based in NY to write 1x a week about Fashion Trends. Applicants must have a genuine interest in luxury lifestyle/fashion, writing experience, and solid Fashion PR contacts. Applicant work will go online, along with Print of Haute Living Magazine. Responsibilities include pitching and writing four to five original posts per month and covering key fashion trends, launches, and more.
CREATIVE LOAFING CHARLOTTE
Creative Loafing Charlotte is always looking for that next great story. We’re a small staff, you see, and much of our print and online editions are supplemented by freelance writers who can craft an interesting read, whether that be in the form of a profile, investigative piece, polemical essay or a well-reported story about a local institution. We also publish reviews of movies, theater, the visual arts, music, books, video games and dance. Reviews range between 500 words and 1,000 words in length. The pay scale for freelance work varies widely, but we generally start off at 10 cents a word in print. All freelance pieces are accepted on spec.
The Binge-Watching Cure II, our all horror edition is open for submissions. We want to see your most terrifying prose. We’re interested in the full range of horror fiction genres and topics: dark fantasy, vampires, zombies, werewolves, Cthulhu Mythos, pure horror, psychological horror, ghost stories, East European myths, kind fairies gone rogue, Japanese monsters, apocalyptic horror, gothic, and plain scary monsters. If your imagination can conjure it, we want to read it. The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2017. We pay $200 for stories under 5,000 words and $500 for stories 5,000 words and longer. Contributors also receive a paper copy of the book.
At Seizure, short-form work is living large. Flashers is the online home of Australian flash fiction. Each week they publish work between 50 and 500 words that could be written in an hour and read in a minute. Thanks to the Australia Council, they are able to pay Flasher contributors $50 for each published piece.
Saltscapes is an award-winning magazine for and about people on Canada’s East Coast. The mandate of Saltscapes magazine is to focus on the region’s traditional lifestyle, with a bias towards rural life. It features stories of the people, places, history, natural world, food and art that make the Atlantic Provinces distinctive, and also explores regional issues. The tone is upbeat and celebratory, promoting pride of place, defending the local culture and evoking an emotional response tinged with nostalgia for a simpler time. The magazine does not publish poetry or fiction. Story lengths vary. Regular department pieces range from 500 to 1,000 words; feature articles average between 1,500 and 1,900 words. The length of a piece will be determined by the editor after a query or story idea has been accepted; however, feel free to include an envisioned word count in your correspondence. Fees are typically $.50/word: $.45/word for first North American rights and $.05 for non-exclusive web rights (the right to archive the story on our website). Payment upon publication.
THE CONTEMPORARY SPORTSMAN
Contemporary Sportsman is a quarterly online magazine devoted to people who share a serious passion for fly fishing and wing shooting. Accepted articles aren’t the predictable stories or portfolio of pretty pictures. They want the reader to feel the experience, hear, see and taste peripheral issues like food, wine, art, history, ecology, friendship, humor and culture. Emphasis is not on techniques, technologies, or product reviews. Payment is made upon publication from $450 to $700 for feature articles and is based on quality not length. Feature articles and photo essays are paid on publication, and payment is subject to negotiation with the publisher and editor.
NORTHERN VIRGINIA MAGAZINE
First and foremost, we seek profile stories (1500-1800 words) with interviews of the region’s most prominent or notable figures. Immediate attention will be paid to queries aiming to spotlight these individuals in a way that is both current and relevant to the region. Do not come to us with a story “idea” without the resources to execute it. If you want to write a profile on Mr. Prominent CEO in the region, you better have access to Mr. CEO. Feature stories (2,000-2,500 words) most likely to get our attention will present new information on topics making headlines or a story yet to be published anywhere else in the Metro D.C. area. Freelance contributors may receive anywhere from $50 to $1,000 for a story, depending on length, research, newsworthiness and complexity.
NATIONAL WILDLIFE MAGAZINE
As in nature, we have strength in numbers. National Wildlife Federation works closely with those who span the social and political spectrum, but who are connected by a common commitment to conservation. Our ability to meet the needs of wildlife is inextricably linked to the amazing individuals, groups, organizations and corporations we call our supporters. Together, we form a pack, leveraging our influence to safeguard America’s wildlife and wild places.
SOUTH CAROLINA WILDLIFE
SCW considers all types of articles dealing with conservation of our wildlife and natural resources, outdoor activities (hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, etc.), natural and scenic areas, the state’s heritage as related to the outdoors, natural history of particular game and nongame species, and subjects on a national level of interest to outdoor-oriented readers anywhere (such as famous outdoorsmen of the past who affected our outdoor lifestyle, or environmental issues). We also are looking for well-done outdoor articles with a humorous angle. We generally do not purchase nostalgic or first-person accounts unless they are exceptionally well crafted and would appeal to a cross section of our readership. Pays 20 cents/word.
The majority of the news section of New Scientist magazine is written by staffers but we are always on the lookout for exciting freelance pieces. On the other hand, features are mostly written by freelancers. In general, we are looking for science and technology stories from around the world that will intrigue, entertain and inform the widest possible audience, be they physicists, biologists or people with no science background at all. We cover fascinating bits of pure science with no possible application as well as high-impact stories such as weapons technology and the psychology of terrorism. Besides reporting the latest research, we also try to find interesting scientific or technological angles on major news events.
Longreads is currently accepting pitches for original stories (1,500 words or more) and blog posts (500 to 1,000 words). We pay competitive rates. In the past we’ve produced in-depth interviews, deeply researched nonfiction narratives examining a specific moment or person in history, thoughtful reporting about a public interest issue, and personal essays investigating a universal human experience. You can also find inspiration from our annual “Best Of Longreads” series, which features our favorite stories from a variety of publishers and genres. We want to hear about story ideas that excite you, that make you reconsider a previously long-held belief, or inspire you to spend long hours at the library to explore.
Hakai Magazine explores science and society in coastal ecosystems. Our editorially independent, web publication examines the ties between the ocean, land, and human societies through long- and short-form journalism, illustration, photography, and video. Fees vary depending on the length and complexity of a story and on the experience of the storyteller. Payment in Canadian dollars is made upon acceptance of the final draft.
Discover magazine is a popular science magazine made available to the general public in doctor’s offices, schools, and libraries. It has a large home-subscriber base as well. The subject matter covers exciting breakthroughs and research in medicine, technology, and science, written in language an educated layman can comprehend. The magazine’s breadth of science topics also includes paleontology, space travel, and physics along with many other science-related topics. According to the editors’ written instructions, if you have a science-related story you wish to write for Discover magazine, you must first send them a query or pitch.
THE NEW HAVEN REVIEW
We like to see submissions from writers who can claim some connection to Greater New Haven, no matter how spurious, though it’s not mandatory. We also like to see book reviews that are better than the book reviews you usually see out there, for whatever reason. But that said, we mostly publish essays, fiction (of any genre), poetry, and occasionally photojournalism. You might be able to convince us to publish something other than any of these things, if we think it’s really, really good. So write to us and tell us what you’ve got. We pay at least $500 for prose pieces, fiction or nonfiction. We pay at least $25 per poem, and are often amenable to publishing more than one of an author’s poems.
Scout.ai, an online community that combines science fiction and journalism, is seeking speculative and science fiction vignettes that illustrate the social impacts of emerging technologies. We pay eight cents per word for vignettes and short stories, most often between 250 and 2,000 words. We seldom buy stories longer than 3,000 words, and we don’t serialize novels.
Seeks original scifi and fantasy up to 10,000 words. Pays eight cents/word.
From the start, we promised only original content, focused not simply on where the world is but, more importantly, where the world is going. And every morning, we set out to profile the people, places, trends and technology that are ahead of their time and worthy of yours. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org There are no guidelines. You’ll have to read the publication for ideas. It’s very current and hip and unique in its news delivery. Known for paying 40 cents/word and up.
The latest food and restaurant news across the world. Even has a local spin-off of 23 different cities for a more local flavor. Very upscale and urban. Pays 10 cents/word and up.
We’re looking for original science fiction and fantasy stories up to 10,000 words. Please specify the word count at the beginning of the story. Language: English or French. No multiple submissions. Pays eight cents per word (English texts).
Samovar is a quarterly magazine of and about speculative fiction in translation, published by Strange Horizons. We want good speculative fiction stories! If your story doesn’t have a speculative element, or strong speculative-fiction sensibilities, it’s probably not for us. We like fiction from or about traditionally under-represented groups, unusual yet readable styles and inventive structures and narratives, and stories that address political issues in complex and nuanced ways, resisting oversimplification. For newly translated stories, accompanied by the original-language version, we pay six cents per word to the author, and six cents per word to the translator, up to a maximum word count of 5,000 words. (We can consider longer pieces, but regret that we will have to cap payment at $300 to the translator and $300 to the author). For reprints of translated stories, accompanied by the original-language version, we pay a flat $100 to the author and $100 to the translator, regardless of word count.
All submissions are considered for both the print and online magazines. The print magazine appears twice yearly, in spring and fall. The website grows biweekly with postings of new online-only fiction, poetry, essays, reviews, and interviews. AGNI welcomes unsolicited manuscripts between September 1 and May 31. AGNI now pays $20 per page for prose and $40 per page for poetry, with a $300 maximum.
The magazine has a readership of 40,000 children between eight and 13 years. The majority are in the nine- to twelve-year-old range. The content is designed to appeal to bright children who are confident and independent readers. The story should be between 1,000 and 1,150 words (to fill one double spread). If a feature is accepted, a fee of £90 will be payable on publication.
GREAT JONES STREET
To submit to Great Jones Street, you must reach out to one of their existing writers. This is a site about community. The writer then makes an introduction to the editor. They have a Fresh Writers Series for newer writers. Their writers are diverse. Many of them will read stories for a fee and most of them teach. Many are editors at literary journals. The goal is to build a definitive catalog of short fiction in all genres, and by established and emerging artists. They buy 1,000 stories per year. Pays between $250 and $500 for new stories of any length. Commissioned serials pay more and are negotiated. Pays $50 minimum for reprints. For flash fiction of 1,500 words or less, pays $50-$150. Will resume accepting submissions in June.
The purpose of Herizons is to empower women; to inspire hope and foster a state of wellness that enriches women’s lives; to build awareness of issues as they affect women; to foster a spirit of co operation; to promote the strength, wisdom and creativity of women; to broaden the boundaries of feminism to include building coalitions and support among other marginalized peoples; to foster peace and ecological awareness and to expand the influence of feminist principles in the world. Herizons is a non-profit organization based in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada. Payment is made in Canadian funds upon publication. Articles in Herizons are licensed for first time North American rights @ .25 cents per word with an additional three cents per word for non-exclusive subsidiary rights, including the right to transfer articles to CD rom for educational/academic libraries and/or secure on-line database services.
ADVENTURE TRAVEL MAGAZINE
Adventure Travel core destination features cover active outdoor travel and in particular trekking and mountaineering. Articles on train journeys, wine tasting or dancing with elephants in Antarctica all have their place, but it isn’t in Adventure Travel. Our definition of trekking is quite broad and ranges from day hikes in the UK right up to serious multi-day or multi-week wilderness expeditions in the Arctic. We’re just as interested in classic ‘must do’ routes like the Inca Trail or Kilimanjaro as in more obscure expeditions. Though it has to be said, a fresh angle and new perspective is even more critical on these routes. We also run inspirational pieces on mountaineering generally, but not always, drawing the line at trekking peaks. Something like Aconcagua, a high, serious undertaking, involving genuine risk, serious determination and great fitness, but not a highly technical climb. That said, we do publish the occasional extreme feature.
FLAME TREE PUBLISHING
So, for 2017 we’re opening short story submissions for the following titles: Lost Worlds, Supernatural Horror, Time Travel, and Heroic Fantasy. As always we need between twenty to thirty short stories by new writers to complement a selection of classic tales. We are keen to encourage new writers, without prejudice to age, background or previous publication history. It’s the story that matters, and the quality of writing. Word length is most likely to be successful at 2,000-4,000. We pay Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) rates of six cents per word.
THE NEW QUARTERLY
We pay writers $250 for a short story or non-fiction entry, and $40 per poem or postscript story. In exchange, we get first Canadian publishing rights. We will accept once piece per author, per genre, per calendar year. That is a grand total of one piece of fiction or non-fiction, up to three poems, and three postscripts. Limit 6,000 words but prefers shorter pieces. The longer the piece, the less likelihood it gets accepted due to the limited space in the publication.
RODALE’S ORGANIC LIFE
We accept pitches for print and/or online articles that address some aspect of the magazine’s focus on living naturally in the modern world. Pitches for the front-of-book Gather section, the Food, Home, Garden, or Wellbeing sections, feature articles, or the back-of-book Almanac section should be succinct yet detailed. Pays up to $1/word.
King Features is always interested in looking at new columns and features for possible syndication. We place great importance on reviewing new material. Without exception, every column or feature submitted to us is carefully considered. In order to help you present your work in the best possible light, please follow these submission guidelines: Five sample columns circa 600 words each. These may be submitted as tear sheets or in manuscript form. Some information about yourself, and any additional published articles and materials you believe to be relevant; your bio or CV. You will be contacted if there is interest in syndicating your material.
BUZZFEED NEWS READER
READER is BuzzFeed News’s home for cultural criticism, personal essays, fiction, and poetry, as well as BuzzFeed’s Emerging Writer Fellowship. Personal essays can deal with almost any topic; some to think about are money, family, food, religion, sexuality, relationships, disability, illness (mental or physical), hormones, race, body image, drugs, travel. The bottom line is that you should know why you’re writing about whatever you’re writing about. A critical essay could be about almost anything — books, technology, sports, entertainment, celebrities, politics, fashion — or it can connect the dots between examples in multiple categories. (from www.erikadreifus.com)
What you first need to understand is that we aim to be the dominant magazine for clean fantasy and sci-fi stories. It’s our tag-line. If you can tell a gripping story that doesn’t rely on sex, swearing, and graphic violence — you’ve come to the right place. For first world-wide rights, we pay $.08 per word for the first 5,000 words and $.06 per word for each word between 5,001 and 16,000 words, with payment capped at $1,060 for stories longer than 16,000 words.
Answers in Genesis-USA (AiG) is a non-profit evangelistic and educational ministry. The purpose of Answers magazine is to illustrate the importance of Genesis in building a creation-based worldview, and to equip readers with practical answers so they can confidently communicate the gospel and biblical authority with accuracy and graciousness. Up to 500 words pays $75-$125 with $50-$75 for reprints. For 501 – 1,000 words pays $150-$200 with $85-$100 for reprints. For 1,001 – 2,000 pays $225-$275 and $110-$135. For 2,001+ words pays $300-$400 and $150-$225 for reprints.
NEBRASKAland Magazine is published ten times a year by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Subject matter includes all varieties of outdoor recreation including camping, travel, canoeing, hunting, fishing, Nebraska’s state parks and recreation areas, wildlife, natural history, unique personalities, art, culture, history and personal reminiscence. All articles have a strong Nebraska association. The magazine welcomes freelance submissions and pays $.15 per word of edited text. Freelance submissions for photographs are also welcome, and pay the following rates: Front cover, $250; Inside front cover, $150; Back cover, $100; and $125 per individual page.
MT BAKER EXPERIENCE
MBE is a quarterly magazine that covers the people, sports and activities, and the gear of outdoor recreation in the Pacific Northwest. Our motto is, “If you can see Mt. Baker, you are part of the experience.” We cover skiing (both downhill and Nordic) and snowboarding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, hiking, kayaking, biking (both road and mountain biking), and scuba diving – any sport or activity that takes place outdoors. While our primary focus is local, we occasionally run out-of-area stories. Pays ten to fifteen cents per word.
explore is a magazine for active outdoor enthusiasts. We cover a wide range of topics-hiking, mountain biking, climbing, canoeing, kayaking, winter sports and more. And as our tagline suggests, our content is largely Canadian.
Providence publishes widely on matters intersecting Christian faith and theology with national security and foreign policy, international relations, political theory, defense, war, terrorism, global economy, energy, etc. Website: We prefer to publish 500-1,000 words but are willing to publish longer pieces so long as they are highly readable. Print journal: Book Reviews: 800-1,200; Essays: 1,500-3,000; Lead features: 3,250-4,000. Website pays $100 per post. For print journal we pay $250 for book reviews and $500-$1,000 for essays and features.
Now, what do they want? The best, personal (important word, that) garden writing they can get. Expressive, thoughtful, humorous, angry, contrite, flippant, searching, witty, observant, sad, inviting. They focus on the human, not how-to side of gardening. On the people as well as the plants. Pays up to $150 for articles less than 2,000 words.
GRIT publishes feature-length articles on topics of interest to those living in rural areas, on farms or ranches, or those interested in the rural lifestyle. Articles will be from 800 to 1,500 words. Departments and columns are generally 500 to 1,500 words. GRIT Gazette items are 350 to 700 words. Rates vary depending on experience and expertise. Fees are negotiated on an individual basis. Payment will include two contributor’s copies.
Covers the 13 Western U.S. states as well as British Columbia and Mexico, publishing five regional editions of the magazine: Pacific Northwest, Northern California, Southern California, Southwest, Rockies. The magazine is largely staff written; its largest freelance need is in travel, and more for shorter items and one- or two- page stories than features. Payment will be made upon acceptance of the text with submission of an invoice in the amount specified in the contract.
Thriving Family focuses on marriage and parenting from a biblical perspective. Most articles address marriage and the needs of families with 4- to 12-year-olds in the home, but parenting preschoolers and teens are not ignored. Pays $50 for 450-word articles. Please write to a specific column.
Open for scifi, fantasy, myth, legend, fairy tales, and eldritch in written, podcast, video and graphic story form from around the world. Considers 1,000 flash fiction on up. Pays six cents/word for original and two cents/word for reprints and fact-based work.
We’re looking for original short stories from all around the world as long as they are written in English. Our goal is to publish at least three short stories, unified by a central theme. Each short story will be accompanied by one original piece of artwork from an artist commissioned by us separately. For the publication period between May and August 2017, the theme is: GODS AND MONSTERS. We are looking for original speculative fiction, between 1,500 and 17,500 words in length. Deadline December 31, 2016. We will be paying $0.06 per word up to $500.
We focus on outdoor adventures, race events and Maine craft beer. For specific Activity Maine topics, we are looking for various types of content ranging from stories that introduce our readers to new adventures, towns or areas with lots to do, how to’s, travel and gear guide, reviews of places or equipment, adaptive recreation, outdoor event coverage, etc. Manuscripts submitted for feature consideration should be approximately 1,000 words in length. Most of our stories are shorter and more direct and range from 350-750 words as a general rule. Our rates vary with each individual submission and range from $100 per item for shorter pieces up to $250-$400 for feature articles.
We are a literary magazine and look for what moves and amazes us. We are drawn to big minds, large hearts, sharp pens.
Print limit 15,000 words. Online limit 4,000 words. Send one story or essay at a time, up to five poems. We do not consider work that has previously been published either in print or online (including personal blogs etc.) LitMag Print: Upon acceptance, we pay $1,000 for fiction or nonfiction; $250 for a poem (or the rare short short). LitMag Online: Upon acceptance, we pay $250.
If you are a travel writer, or hoping to get into the industry, we offer a number of ways you can contribute to 101 Holidays. Writers can submit travel articles to our team of editors. We pay between £50 and £100 per article published, depending on its length and complexity. Although we do not have strict word counts, most articles we publish are between 800 and 1,500 words. 101 Holidays runs an internship programme, allowing you to write for us on a part-time remote basis with regular interaction with our experienced editors. Many of our interns have gone on to staff jobs in travel journalism.
DAME is proud to feature a variety of voices writing reported pieces, op-eds, and personal essays covering culture, politics, parenting, family, gender, sex, entertainment, tech culture, business and personal finance, and whatever else strikes our fancy and captures our readers’ attention. DAME’s tone is irreverent, witty, and provocative. We accept narrative-driven reported features, first-person essays, Q&As, op-eds, and humor essays (especially satire). Stories are generally between 800 and 2,000 words, depending on the subject matter and the story format.
Thank you for your interest in Adventure Cyclist magazine. We are once again accepting submissions and will do so through October 31, 2016. Adventure Cyclist is a bicycle-travel magazine published nine times yearly by Adventure Cycling Association, a nonprofit service organization for bicyclists. Adventure Cyclist is dedicated to publishing stories about bicycle travel and other recreational cycling subjects. Adventure Cyclist generally uses two types of stories from free-lancers: Feature-length stories. These should be about specific areas and must be accompanied by high-quality photos, both in terms of content, composition, and size. The Final Mile. These are essays less about locale than about a singular experience while on a bicycle trip. These run at 1,200-1,500 words and don’t require accompanying photos. What we pay is negotiable, but generally ranges from $.30 to $.50 per word, depending on various factors.
Have experience in telecom? Speedtest by Ookla is working on a series of country- and region-specific market reports about broadband and mobile providers across the globe, and we need freelance writers. Ookla is the company behind Speedtest.net, an app that people use to test their internet speeds. People have run 9 billion Speedtests so far. Pay range or word count varies so much based on region,but they’re currently building a database of writers for the whole globe. Please have published clips about telecommunications; region-specific expertise is a welcome bonus. Contact email@example.com for more information. Very competitive pay.
We’re looking for 2,000 words or fewer — a nice, digestible internet length — of speculative fiction honing in on the tech, science, and future culture topics driving the zeitgeist. We’re looking especially for nearer-future fiction; think a bit more along the lines of sentient chat bots or climate-changed dystopias and less far-flung alien space operas. And we don’t care what form it comes in: Classic-style SF short stories, social media posts from beyond the horizon, fictive data dumps, experimental graphic narratives, and so on. Our baseline rate is $0.20 a word.
Quoted from Carol Tice @ www.makealivingwriting.com – Pays $250-300 for personal identity pieces. They’re no longer “Old Cosmo” and don’t want pieces about how to please your man. They now want personal pieces about how you tried something out of the box, were scared to try it, but it paid off in the end by enhancing your relationship. Query sex and relationships senior editor Alex Drucker,ADrucker@hearst.com.
Upworthy reaches a massive audience with meaningful stories every day, and we’re looking for original stories that support our mission of creating a better world. That’s where you come in. Our stories are generally short (usually less than 500 words). Pays up to $200.
Currently accepting pitches from freelancers for stories that are:
Surprising – Is the topic, narrative, character, or outcome something truly new?
Meaningful – If a million people saw this story, would it make the world a better place?
Visual – Are there enough visual elements to engage readers who might be skimming on a phone?
Shareable – Would you share it? Would your friends share it? Most importantly, would your mom’s friend share it?
We’re interested in anything to do with the publishing industry or digital media. We’re also interested in book reviews and eclectic essays on any topic, as long as they are of high literary quality and are a good fit for our audience of writers, artists, and publishers. Nothing generic-sounding, please. Additionally, we’d love to hear from people with contrary opinions to any posts on our blog and/or critiques and criticisms of our services. We’ll absolutely publish opinions that suggest there’s a better way. We’ve typically found that 600-800 words is a good sweet spot to aim for. If you have accompanying artwork, please include it in the submission. We pay $50 per post, payable upon publication.
PodCastle is looking for quality fantasy fiction. If you’re a writer with a speculative short story that you’d like to hear narrated by one of our performers, we’d like to see it. We pay $.06/word for original fiction 6,000 words or less, $100 flat rate for reprints over 2,000 words, and $20 flat rate for flash fiction reprints (stories below 2,000 words).
THE BOOK SMUGGLERS
We’re looking for original short stories from all around the world as long as they are written in English. Our goal is to publish at least three short stories, unified by a central theme. For the publication period between May and August 2017, the theme is: GODS AND MONSTERS. We are looking for original speculative fiction, between 1,500 and 17,500 words in length. Deadline December 31, 2016. We will be paying $0.06 per word up to $500.
We judge on quality of writing and thought or imagination, so we will accept genre fiction. However, it must have literary merit or it must transcend or challenge genre. Send complete manuscript. Length: Up to 7,200 words, one piece per submission; six pieces per submission for flash fiction (up to 500 words per piece). Payment: $175-$250; more for commissioned work. As for poetry, length should be kept to two pages. Send up to six poems per submission. Payment: $75-$100; more for commissioned work. Nonfiction – We publish personal as well as cultural, political and other kinds of essays, and (self-contained) sections of memoirs. Send complete manuscript. Length: 1,500-5,000 words, one piece per submission. Payment: $100-$150; more for commissioned work.
We’re looking for personal essays, cultural criticism, profiles, and reported features that touch upon some aspect of the LGBT experience. Typically stories are somewhere between 800 and 2,000 words. Pays $200-300 an article. Contact Buzzfeed LGBT editor Shannon Keating, firstname.lastname@example.org. (Thanks, Carol Tice at www.makealivingwriting.com)
Salvo publishes an eclectic range of articles in the areas of sex, science, and society. What distinguishes our content is its systematic deconstruction of false ideologies, philosophies, and worldviews. Articles should be well-researched and logically sound, as well as somewhat timeless in subject matter. Salvo is intended as a permanent resource; thus, articles that are overly tied to current events will be rejected. We do not accept fiction or poetry. We do not accept articles that are overtly religious, that proselytize, or that contain scripture references. We do not review current movies or music. Articles should be no less than 600 words and no more than 2,500. Original articles are given an honorarium of 20 cents/published word. Authors receive one author’s copy of the magazine.
ON SECOND THOUGHT
The Sense of Place issue of On Second Thought magazine is an annual collection of essays, poems, and stories showcasing some of the best writing from or about North Dakota. You do not have to be a current resident or a North Dakota native to submit. Poetry submissions must not exceed 60 lines. Fiction, creative nonfiction, essay, and memoir submissions must be 1,000–3,000 words. Submission deadline is September 1, 2016. The NDHC will pay $250 for selected pieces.
EARTH ISLAND JOURNAL
Earth Island Journal is always looking for compelling and distinctive stories that anticipate environmental concerns before they become pressing problems, stories that scan the horizon for the next big issue. We want stories that will surprise, provoke, and entertain our readers and that explore new territory overlooked by other publications. We cover the entire spectrum of environmental issues, including: wildlife and lands conservation; innovations in science and technology; public policy and the politics of environmental protection; climate and energy; animal rights; public health; environmental justice and cultural survival; and environmentally related film, music, and books. We pay writers 25 cents/word for shorter dispatches (1,200-1,500 words) and for longer investigative features (2,500-3,000 words). You can expect to earn about $750-$1,000 for an in-depth feature story. For online reports, the fee ranges from $50 to $100.
Northern Woodlands’ audience consists of conservation-minded people with an interest in all aspects of the forests of the Northeast. Our articles and columns range in scope, and may include subjects such as woodlot management, wildlife species, scat, chainsaw maintenance, woodworking, and reflections on natural landscapes. We like to surprise our readers with stories they won’t find anywhere else. We are not a trade magazine for the forest products industry or an advocacy magazine for preservationists. We welcome submissions from writers with varying backgrounds, but all should be familiar with the magazine, its contents, and our audience before pitching. Pays ten cents/word and up.
BOSTON GLOBE MAGAZINE
The best places for new writers to start with the magazine are the Perspective column, an opinionated 800-word essay on a timely local news topic, and Connections, a 650-word first-person essay on relationships of any kind (romantic as well as those between friends, siblings, and parents and children). The following are not open to freelance submissions: Your Week Ahead, On the Block, Cooking, Miss Conduct, Dinner With Cupid. The Boston Globe Magazine is published weekly inside The Boston Sunday Globe.
Sierra is a bimonthly national magazine publishing writing, photography, and art about the natural world. Our readers are environmentally concerned, politically diverse, and actively enjoy the outdoors. Sierra is looking for strong, well-researched, literate nonfiction storytelling about significant environmental and conservation issues, adventure travel, nature, self-propelled sports, and trends in green living. Feature lengths range from 500 words to (rarely) 4,000 words or more with payment starting at about 75 cents a word and rising to considerably more for well-known writers with crackerjack credentials. Department articles are 100 to 1,500 words in length; payment is $50 to $1,000 unless otherwise noted. Expenses of up to $50 may be paid in some cases.
Pittsburgh Magazine has celebrated the people, places and happenings in our region for 40 years. Built on a foundation of independent quality journalism, the Pittsburgh Magazine brand is a trusted information partner for our most engaged residents and visitors.
MAKING A LIVING WRITING
Pays $50 to $100 per post on topics about making a living as a writer. A list of needed topics is posted at the website. Posts are usually around 500 words, but there are some topics where the editor requests longer posts.
Slice magazine welcomes submissions for short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. We’re looking for anyone with a fresh voice and a compelling story to share. In each issue, a specific cultural theme becomes the catalyst for articles and interviews from renowned writers and lesser known voices alike. Along with these pieces, we publish fiction and poetry that isn’t bound by the theme — we simply look for works by writers who promise to become tomorrow’s literary legends. We offer all contributors of Slice a monetary award for their work ($250 for stories and essays and $75 for poems).
We welcome all humor submissions and the best way to know what we’re looking for is to take a look at what we’re doing now! Originality and visual humor are especially prized! We’re interested in material focusing on evergreen topics, such as dating, family, school and work, plus topical material about celebrities, sports, politics, news and social trends. In addition, we will consider submissions for our Fundalini Pages and annual MAD 20 (The Dumbest People, Events and Things of the Year). We also welcome submissions for our Strip Club (artist-writers or artist-writer teams preferred).
WELL FAMILY – THE NEW YORK TIMES
A new blog for news about parenting, child health and relationships, with advice also from experts to help every family live well. Pays $100.
Tablet is a daily online magazine of Jewish news, ideas, and culture. Tablet welcomes submissions from freelance writers. Please submit a full pitch — including a detailed description of what you’d like to write, a brief biography, links to previously published stories, and, if necessary, a short writing sample — to the appropriate section editor. Do not submit a completed piece.
Upworthy reaches a massive audience with meaningful stories every day, and we’re looking for original stories that support our mission of creating a better world. Pays up to $200 for 500-word pieces.
The Two Plus Two Internet Magazine accepts articles on any topic related to poker or gambling. Articles should be about 1,000-2,000 words. If accepted, we will pay a fee of $200 (per article) by the end of the month after the article appears on www.twoplustwo.com.
PasteMagazine.com focuses on signs of life in music, movies, TV, videogames, comedy, books, design, tech, drink and all things geek. We focus on a variety of musical genres — whatever else we think will grab music-lovers seeking something a little deeper. Paste strives to cover the best music in this eclectic mix, devoting space to independent musicians alongside more established artists. The tagline, “Signs of Life in Music, Film and Culture,” refers to the depth and meaning we feel the best art is capable of conveying.
PEOPLE OF COLO(U)R DESTROY HORROR!
Anyone who identifies as a person of colo(u)r can submit horror short stories up to 7,500 words. Deadline May 15, 2016. For the special issue, we are offering a special pay rate of eight cents per word.
RED SUN MAGAZINE
Red Sun publishes science-fiction, fantasy, and horror fiction between 3-5k words, up to 17k words; 3-5k is preferred, but we will consider works up to 17k. We also will consider serializing longer works up to 80k. $100 for stories; $150 for stories 15-17k; and $300 for serializations. For art and comics we will pay $20 per piece; $50 for a cover.
POWDER is written by and for advanced skiers. Our mission is to come as close as possible to the expert skiing experience through words, photos, graphics, and humor. No snow bunnies, dweebs (unless they’re relatives), condominium reviews, hot stone spa treatment reviews (unless you’re poking fun), travelogues or “my first day on the slopes” stories. If you feel your story appeals to the expert skier, however, we’ll look at anything.
RANGE magazine is an award-winning quarterly devoted to the issues that threaten the West, its people, lands, and wildlife. RANGE needs (1) stories about working family ranches successfully tending land and livestock, (2) solid profiles of working cowboys and sheepherders, and (3) interviews with government employees and environmentalists who have made a positive difference for people on the land. Regular features, tightly written, run 1,200-2,000 words; mini-features 600-1,200 words. Columns and “Confessions of Red Meat Survivors” (great nostalgia about people over 80) run 500-650 words. Payments are from $50 to $400 per article. RANGE buys First North American serial rights.
We are proudly Canadian and one of less than a handful of Canadian motorcycle magazines on the newsstands in a sea of American titles. We are a family-oriented motorcycle magazine that focuses on all types of road-going motorcycles, touring, history and destination articles. Destinations, meaning somewhere you can ride to for a weekend (or longer) and take in an event or a festival of some nature. A travel story may be a weekend trip just to ride the roads of a certain area, it could be a two-hour ride or a two-week ride, or longer. We are especially interested in travel within Canada or south of the border – some place Canadians can actually ride to. Small stories can be 600-800 words while travel features might run into 2,000 words.
We publish fiction and nonfiction. There are no rules. The best way to get a sense of what we’re interested in publishing is to read the Quarterly. Read articles online and note the quirky sense of humor required in the stories accepted.
We are devoted to covering all aspects of the RV lifestyle, including travel destinations, activities and events, the newest motorhomes on the market, do-it-yourself projects and RV service and repair recommendations. Payments for articles with photos: Major Travel $500 – $700, Getaway $400 – $500, Crossroads $100, Personality $400 – $500, Technical $500 – $900, and Do-It-Yourself $400 – $600.
THE COMPASS MAGAZINE
The Compass Magazine is an online-only magazine. We focus on an audience of educated Seventh-day Adventist laypeople. Our goal is to provide solid biblical content dealing with important issues in the church and society in a way that supports the church and Adventist beliefs. Most published articles are between 800 and 2,500 words, are written in a general or conversational style, and cover topics that are relevant today. We pay up to $200 for original, unpublished articles.
Uncanny Magazine is currently OPEN to all short story submissions. We are closed to unsolicited poetry submissions. Uncanny is looking for original, unpublished speculative fiction stories between 750-6000 words. Payment is eight cents per word (including audio rights). We will reject any story that doesn’t follow our guidelines and procedures.
EARLY AMERICAN LIFE
We cover a diversity of topics, all centered around America from its founding through the mid-1800s: History, Architecture and Design, Antiques, Studio Crafts and Travel. Although we cover academic topics, we don’t want academic writing. The best sign of a writer’s skill is to be able to present solid information in a readable, entertaining manner. We appreciate a deft touch with a bit of humor or word play to keep things interesting. A one-page story in Early American Life, such as Worth Seeing, runs about 750 words. A typical feature may run 2,500 words. Note that it’s always easier for an editor to make a story shorter, so if anything, err on the long side. Never, however, go more than 10 percent beyond the length an editor assigns. We would estimate $500 for a first feature from a new writer, more if you are an experienced, skillful writer. If we assign a story to you, we will negotiate the rate before you begin work.
EARTH ISLAND JOURNAL
Earth Island Journal is always looking for compelling and distinctive stories that anticipate environmental concerns before they become pressing problems, stories that scan the horizon for the next big issue. We want stories that will surprise, provoke, and entertain our readers and that explore new territory overlooked by other publications. We pay writers 25 cents/word for shorter dispatches (1,200-1,500 words) and for longer investigative features (2,500-3,000 words). You can expect to earn about $750-$1,000 for an in-depth feature story. For online reports, the fee ranges from $50 to $100.
Entrepreneur delivers distinctive content on every road taken by the independent thinkers, builders and leaders driving economies across the world. High paying magazine. Entrepreneurs have a community with the magazine – a place they can go to learn how to face business challenges head-on and persevere. Every issue of Entrepreneur is as inspirational as it is informational, covering what inspires entrepreneurs as well as what they need to know to succeed. To break in, consider writing for the online blog or pitching the smaller columns.
Wordcount 2,000-6,000 words (firm). We publish short-form fiction more or less exclusively. We are not interested in flash fiction, poetry, serialized fiction, or novel excerpts. Payment six cents/word for original fiction; $100 flat rate for reprints of any length. We are an SFWA qualifying market for original fiction and pay professional rates.
New Mobility covers active wheelchair lifestyle with articles on recreation, travel, people, health, relationships, media, culture, civil rights and resources. Eighty-five percent of our readers have disabilities, most caused by spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, post-polio syndrome, cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy. Pays 15 cents/word.
A\J is dedicated to in-depth analysis of environmental issues, including their ecological, social and economic dimensions. It combines the learned rigour of an academic journal with the accessible style and format of a general-interest magazine. This unique hybrid has proved itself by its staying power: A\J has been publishing continuously in Canada since 1971, making it the oldest environmental policy journal in the country. We have a limited budget of about 10-cents per word.
Tayen Lane Publishing is now seeking short stories for its 2016 Articulated Press anthology. The collection, co-edited by Nora Boxer and Kelly Luce, aims to feature literary fiction from around the world. Max word count 5,000; multiple story submissions fine. Contributors receive a $100 stipend, two hardcovers, two softcovers, and an ebook. Submissions remain open until 11:59 p.m. PST, Thursday, March 31, 2016. The anthology is slated for a Fall 2016 publication date, with national distribution through Ingram in 38,000 retail outlets as well as online. Tayen Lane’s mission is to challenge the status quo by publishing provocative, thought-provoking, beyond-the-mainstream books.
The Lookout is designed to provide Christian adults with true-to-the-Bible teaching about current topics to help them mature as believers and live in the world as faithful witnesses of Christ. Our emphasis is on the needs of ordinary Christians who want to grow in their faith rather than on trained theologians or church leaders. Operates strictly with themed issues. Average articles 1,200 to 1,400 words. The Lookout pays up to 11 cents per word for first rights on unsolicited articles.
InSite magazine informs and inspires professionals serving in the Christian camp and conference community. Readers enjoy poignant features, practical columns, current association news and industry-related product information. Sample available for download. Pays up to 20 cents/word.
Original articles are usually assigned to regular contributors to the magazine. We do not accept or return unpublished manuscripts. We do, however, accept one-page queries that clearly detail the article idea – with special emphasis on the arc of the story, your interview access to the main characters, your access to special documents, etc. We look for dramatic narratives, articles about everyday heroes, crime dramas, adventure stories. Do include a separate page of your writing credits. Please email your article proposal queries to email@example.com.
Highlights for Children is a general-interest, advertising-free magazine for children up to age 12. Stories for younger readers (ages 3 to 7) should have 500 words or fewer and should not seem babyish to older readers. Stories for older readers (ages 8 to 12) should have 800 words or fewer and should be appealing to younger readers if read aloud. Frequent needs include humor, mystery, sports, holiday and adventure stories; retellings of traditional tales; stories with urban settings; and stories that feature world cultures. Payment $150 and up. Rebuses should have 120 words or fewer. Pays $100 and up. Nonfiction pays $150 and up.
Today’s Christian Woman’s mission is to encourage, equip, and inspire Christian women to live out their faith fearlessly in the grit of everyday life. Today’s Christian Woman is a daily website and weekly iPad app for the Christian woman who wants to love God more deeply and live fearlessly for his kingdom. All articles should be between 800 and 1,500 words, with optional but suggested sidebars with “how-to” tips and/or suggested resources relevant to topic addressed.
The Lookout is designed to provide Christian adults with true-to-the-Bible teaching about current topics to help them mature as believers and live in the world as faithful witnesses of Christ. Our emphasis is on the needs of ordinary Christians who want to grow in their faith rather than on trained theologians or church leaders. Operates strictly with themed issues. Average articles 1,200 to 1,400 words. The Lookout pays up to 11 cents per word for first rights on unsolicited articles.
As a multimedia publication, Stories of Music can include a wide array of storytelling styles. We are specifically seeking creative nonfiction (personal essays, memoir excerpts, and literary journalism), poetry, photography and art, videos, and audio recordings, but we are also open to additional genres and styles. As long as music is the centerpiece and the story is true, it will be considered. Do not use song lyrics in your story unless you are the author of the lyrics or you have written permission to use them. Each author or artist can submit up to three stories/works. Submit up to 9,000 words. Your poem(s) should be no more than 100 lines each. Audio works can include music, spoken word, poetry readings, journalism, or essay readings under 10 minutes. Each author or artist who is selected and accepts our offer to be published in Stories of Music will receive $200, a copy of the print edition, the ebook, and (hopefully) a good feeling that your work will help us donate money to global and national music organizations. (Found through www.erikadreifus.com)
Every month The Introspectionist chooses a theme and does a deep analysis of that theme. Stylistically, we publish several types of articles. We look for articles that both tell a story and inform. We publish persuasive essays, creative nonfiction, and in-depth informational pieces. We also publish one piece of short fiction and one poem every month which relate directly to the theme of that issue. For a department piece (from 100 to 500 words), we pay $25. For a feature article up to 2000 words, we pay $100. For a feature article up to 5000 words, we pay $200. Short fiction pieces pay $25. Poems pay $25. Each contributor will receive a photograph and short bio in that issue.
The Writer is dedicated to expanding and supporting the work of professional and aspiring writers with a straightforward presentation of industry information, writing instruction and professional and personal motivation. We are interested in how-to stories, reported pieces, narrative essays and profiles of writers and others in the field. We are not interested in pieces that have been previously published online or in print. Article lengths vary widely from 300 to 3,000 words. On occasion, longer articles and excerpts also appear in the magazine.
WellBeing magazine covers ways to improve the quality of your life, the lives of those around you and the health of the planet. Columns are very clear on the website under writers guidelines. No promotional pieces or profiles. We pay the following rates for items published in WellBeing: Feature articles: AU$600-$750 depending on word length. Article length, generally, is 2,000-2,500 words; and Real Life Experiences: AU$150 each, regardless of the number of words published.
Seanyoungphd (dot) com is expanding to include weekly news articles related to public health, social media and psychology. Are you a journalist with an interest in these topics? Did you study them in college? For this project, you will write AP-style news articles on the latest trends in this field. You will interview scientists, physicians, mental health counselors and others who can shed light. Each week you will be expected to contribute a high quality article, loaded with hyperlinks and a photograph with permission. You will be paid on a per article basis. Current budget is $600-$700 per article and extra consideration will be given to writers with an advanced degree in health care or science. (**Thanks WriteJobs.info)
Sporting Classics is the magazine for discovering the best in hunting and fishing worldwide. Every page is carefully crafted, through word and picture, to transport you on an unforgettable journey into the great outdoors. We pay from $300-$700 per article, depending on the subject and author and how long he or she has been writing for our publication. About 95 percent of our stories are assignments to our contributing editors; still, we do welcome submittals. Before submitting an article, please review our magazine to familiarize yourself with story length (not to exceed 2,500 words) and the kinds of topics we publish. We do not publish how-to stories, and only rarely do we publish poetry. We do publish fiction.
Send us an essay of no more than 800 words about a memorable, crazy, hilarious, or touching college experience. Stories about friends, class, dating, partying, studying, working, interning — anything that happened to you or around you in college is fair game. (Or: Tell us why you didn’t go to college, why college is bullshit, what you’re doing instead… ) If we publish your essay on Cosmopolitan.com, we’ll pay you $100 — and hit you up for future assignments.
The Establishment is looking to unearth overlooked stories, produce original reporting, and provide a platform for voices that have been marginalized by the mainstream media. And yes, we want your humor, wit, and good old-fashioned satire, too. We publish originally reported features, interviews, long-form journalism, personal essays, and multimedia of all shapes, sizes, and creeds. We pay $125 for features (800-1,500 words) and $500 for long-form (3,000 words).
Everyday Feminism is seeking Contributing Writers who have a strong intersectional feminist analysis and excellent writing skills for online readers. To achieve this, our articles are written in a down-to-earth, emotionally reflective, and easy-to-read style and are normally 1,500-1,700 words long. $75 payment per post and additional bonus for high traffic posts. The Modern Love column pays up to $300.
Guideposts publishes true stories about people who have attained a goal, surmounted an obstacle or learned a helpful lesson through their faith. A typical story is a first-person narrative with a spiritual point that the reader can apply to his or her own life. The story may be your own or someone else’s. Payment for full-length stories (about 1,500 words) is made when the story is accepted for publication. Pays up to $250.
Submit your strong, detailed pitch, which should include a link to your proposed post outline (preferably in Airstory but alternatively in a Google doc), by emailing Joanna, co-founder of Airstory and editor of The Airstory Review. We are accepting pitches for thoughtful, thought-provoking, well-researched and -supported articles of at least 2,000 words on the following subjects: Non-fiction writing of any length, Fiction writing of any length, The life of the writer, Writing communities, Blogging and content marketing, Intersections of writing worlds or writing with other worlds, Experimental writing, Trends in writing, reading, literature and literary scholarship, Politics and writing, Gender and writing, LGBTQ writing. We value creative thought leadership and, as such, are not opposed to publishing fiction, although we will give preference to non-fiction. Note that we are not accepting poetry, screenplays, opinion or editorial pieces. Pays $400.
If you are an expert at anything to do with: Creating awesome websites, driving traffic, social media or making money online, we would love to pay you to write for us. Pays $50 to $200.
We’re always looking for dynamic, global, surprising journalism about the people, policy, plants, animals and technology of agriculture. Pays up to $150.
So you want to write for the world’s most widely read harness racing magazine… One of the reasons that Hoof Beats is so popular among our readers is because we feature the best writers in racing. Writers should be as familiar with harness racing as our readers are. We don’t need any general how–to stories. Topics of interest include unique horse stories, veterinary care, tips on equipment or feed innovations, historical perspectives, unique first-person perspectives, and stories on issues or trends. Payment is made upon publication and ranges from $100 (departments) to $500 (features).
In general, we are looking for creative nonfiction that takes a fresh approach to aspects of travel, culture, people and life in general in Hawaii, and occasionally in one of the other destinations served by Hawaiian Airlines. We stress an “insider’s” point of view, so a background of extended residency in the place you’re writing about is preferred. With a new writer, we generally want to start with a short piece for our front-of-the-book “Native Intelligence” section (250 words or less), so it is best to submit proposals that would be appropriate for that length. Native Intelligence: $175. Features and departments: 40 cents per word. Best of the Islands: $50.
High Country News will consider pitches for well-researched stories on any natural resource or environmental topic, as long as it concerns the American West as a region. We define resources to include people, politics, culture and aesthetic values, not just coal, oil and timber. We are a magazine whose stories include incisive reporting, strong storytelling and intellectual honesty. We divide submissions into front-of-book stories (500 to 1,600 words) and features (2,400 words and up). We pay on publication, between $0.50 and $1.50 per word, depending on the writer’s experience and our experience with the writer. Kill fee is 25 percent.
Each issue celebrates the Georgia lifestyle in word and photo, revealing the spirit of its people and the flavor of its past in a friendly, conversational tone. Feature articles and departments focus on what’s in it for the reader, bringing home the story in a useful, personal way that touches their lives directly. Features start at $500 (including expenses and photography); shorter articles and departments pay $400 to $500.
Narrative is strongly committed to supporting our authors’ work. Our current rates for work are as follows:—$150 for a Story of the Week, with $400 each for the annual Top Five Stories of the Week.
—$150 to $350 for 500 to 2,000 word manuscripts.
—$350 to $1,000 for 2,000 to 15,000 word manuscripts.
—Rates for book-length works vary, depending on the length and nature of the work.
—$50 minimum for each accepted poem and audio piece. ($25 for poetry reprints.)
—$200 each for the annual Top Five Poems of the Week.
Open to submissions through September 30, 2015. Fireside is looking for original, unpublished flash fiction (1,000 words or less) and original, unpublished short stories up to 4,000 words. Fireside pays 12.5 cents per word, with payment on completion of edits.
Vibrant Life is a bimonthly lifestyle magazine that promotes physical health, mental clarity, and spiritual balance from a practical, Christian perspective. Vibrant Life focuses on the typical adult man or woman and family. Articles should be written in an informal, interesting, easy-to-read style, avoiding hard-to-understand medical jargon. Articles should focus on one topic and stay with that subject to the end. Short articles (450 to 650 words) are always in demand. Feature articles should not exceed 1,000 words and, if the article is informational, should include at least one sidebar (helpful tips, steps to take to accomplish a goal, and additional resource information, etc.). Payment for articles ranges from $100 to $300.
We pay $250 for story submissions that run a page or more. Contributors published in “Mailbox” or “Little Humor” receive a gift certificate for a one-year subscription, or subscription extension, to Country Extra. Most other contributors will receive an authentic hand-forged iron dinner triangle. In our “Just For Fun” section, photos garner a dinner triangle; jokes and short items earn payment of $25. Country and Country Extra magazines celebrate the breathtaking beauty, engaging people, enduring values and spiritually rewarding lifestyle of the American countryside. Our enthusiastic community of more than 1 million readers contributes nearly three-fourths of each magazine’s content, sharing their inspirational stories, landscape photography and passion for a simpler, better life close to the land.
We are open to stories on holistic and integrative health, alternative healing, green living, sustainability and organic food, yoga, spirituality and personal growth, social responsibility, conscious business, the environment—in short, anything that deals with a progressive, healthy lifestyle. WLT accepts up to three longer stories (800–1000 words) per issue, for which pay ranges from $75–150 depending on topic, research required and writer experience. In addition, we have a number of regular departments that pay $35–125 depending on topic, research required and writer experience. City of Angels is our FOB section featuring short, newsy blurbs on our coverage topics, generally in the context of Los Angeles. These are generally 300–400 words and pay $25-35 depending on length and topic. This is a great section for writers who are new to us. BackWords is a 750-word personal essay that often highlights a seminal moment or event in the life of the writer and pays $100.
Auto Restorer is a monthly how-to newsletter with in-depth articles and step-by-step photos on auto and truck restoration, written by people experienced and knowledgeable on the subject. It serves as a forum for readers to interact with experts and other restoration enthusiasts. Submit 250 to 2,000 words. Pays $150 per published page.
Basically, we publish science fiction stories. That is, stories in which some aspect of future science or technology is so integral to the plot that, if that aspect were removed, the story would collapse. Fact articles for Analog should be about 4,000 words in length and should deal with subjects of not only current but future interest. Analog pays 8-10 cents per word for short stories up to 7,500 words, 8-8.5 cents per word for longer material (Works between 7,500 and approximately 10,000 words by authors who make more than 8 cents a word for short stories will receive a flat rate that will be no less than payment would be for a shorter story.), and 6 cents per word for serials. We prefer lengths between 2,000 and 7,000 words for shorts, 10,000-20,000 words for novelettes/novellas, and 40,000-80,000 for serials. Fact articles are paid at the rate of nine cents/word. We pay $1 a line for poetry, which should not exceed 40 lines.
Speculative fiction, broadly defined. Up to 10,000 words (under 5,000 preferred). Previously unpublished in English. Payment of eight cents/word USD, within 60 days of contract.
Indicate in the subject line of your email what section of Babble your piece would run: Mom, Pregnancy, Baby, Toddler, Kid, Body + Mind, Work + Money, Home, Relationships, Entertainment, Beauty, Food, or Travel. Pays roughly ten cents/word for articles up to 1,200 words.
If you want to write the list-style feature articles that Cracked.com is famous for (like 26 Sexy Halloween Costumes That Shouldn’t Exist or 6 Books Everyone (Including Your English Teacher) Got Wrong) you simply need to sign up for our writer’s forum. Comedy website Cracked pays writers $100 to write guest posts about pop culture, weird news and other topics.
You write your list (1,500 words/10 items minimum), you send it in, we reply and say “Great—we’ll publish it” and send you $100 by PayPal. As long as your list (and we do mean yours—don’t steal other people’s stuff) is over 1,500 words you can choose any topic you like. We also need you to link to reputable sources so we can verify what you’re saying.
We start at $50 for blog posts that help our audience learn about storing and enjoying wine. We especially appreciate submissions about the best ways to choose, use, install or enjoy wine cellars, racks, cabinets and cooling equipment. Aim for 500-700 easily readable words.
Verge is the magazine for people who travel with purpose. It explores ways to get out and see the world by volunteering, working and studying overseas. Our readers are typically young (17-40 years), or young at heart, active, independent travellers who want to do something different and make a difference doing it. Pays ten cents/word.
DRAFT prides itself on providing its audience with current, accurate and creative coverage of beer and other areas of life enjoyed by our readers. Pitches need not be beer-centric, but those that are should focus on beer/brewery news, trends and ideas, rather than the technical aspects of brewing and/or profiles. Aside from beer, we happily accept pitches on topics ranging from food, sports (both professional and leisure), travel, and many other topics.
Astronomy’s readers are interested in the sciences, with a particular interest in astronomy. They are well-educated, curious readers who are not formally schooled in the subject of astronomy. The magazine contains two broad types of articles: features on the science of astronomy and those on the hobby of astronomy. Articles typically range between 1,500 and 3,000 words.
Each issue of YES! includes a series of articles focused on a theme—about solutions to a significant challenge facing our world — and a number of timely, non-theme articles. Our non-theme section provides ongoing coverage of issues like health, climate change, globalization, media reform, faith, democracy, economy and labor, social and racial justice, and peace building. Pay rates vary for articles that appear online and in print. In both platforms, YES! pays higher rates for original reporting and deeply researched stories that break new ground.
Travel and adventure stories. Columns and smaller stories range in length from 1,000 to 1,500 words. All payment rates for content submissions are negotiated with the publisher on an individual basis. Long-form journalism and travel writing, detailing a particular adventure travel experience you or someone else had: typical length is 3,000 to 5,200 words, but can be longer if the subject allows and when the prose is exceptional.
Alaska Airlines Magazine is the monthly in-flight magazine for Alaska Airlines, reaching more than 2 million travelers each month in nearly 100 destinations, including Alaska, California, Washington, Oregon, Hawai‘i, Arizona, Nevada, Western Canada and Mexico. Additional cities added in recent years include Chicago, Boston, New York, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, St. Louis and San Antonio. The Journal department is the best way to break into Alaska Airlines Magazine. Journal is a collection of short pieces that range from business personality profiles to new museum exhibits in cities served by Alaska Airlines. We pay a kill-fee of one-third the contracted price. Rates begin at $150 to $250 for short articles in the Journal section (200 to 600 words); $150 for business shorts (500 words); $500 for columns (1,600 words); and $700 for features (2,000 to 2,500 words).
Young Disciple magazine is a weekly publication dedicated to the preparation of young people for heaven. The target age group is roughly grades 5-8. Fillers to features, word count ranges from 100 to 1,200 words.
This weekly take-home paper for adults is filled with inspiring articles about famous and ordinary Christians whose insights demonstrate following Christ. Featuring reports on unique ministries, world missions, spiritual trends, and issues that affect families. Includes stories that are written by or about well-known authors on key faith concepts, social concerns, prayer, and much more. Well-suited as a church bulletin insert or in any doctor’s waiting room. Power for Living is currently OPEN to feature article and short poetry submissions. We are not currently accepting unsolicited submissions for: Into the Word, Church in the World, Patches of Grace, or devotionals. We accept submissions year round, but please not the following cut-off dates for quarterly issues. Power for Living pays up to $375 for lead articles between 1400-1600 words and $125 for stories between 750-1000. Power for Living pays $50 per poem up to 20 lines.
New magazine seeks submissions for articles for both the print publication and the online publication. While we do not pay for articles for the website, the print publication pays $0.15 per word. Once this issue is completed, the magazine will be distributed in public areas (grocery stores, metro stations, fitness centers, office complexes, etc) throughout northern Virginia, Washington DC and Maryland. This is an excellent opportunity for emerging and experienced writers and journalists alike. Please don’t submit if you’re not willing for the article to be published online.
Traveller is the UK’s original travel magazine. Pays £200 per 1,000 words printed.THE WASHINGTON DIPLOMAT
The Washington Diplomat is a monthly newspaper that focuses on the diplomatic community in D.C. We’re seeking news writers with expertise in world affairs, U.S. politics and foreign policy. We’re also seeking culture writers who can cover the local arts scene. This is not a full-time position. Freelancers receive about one to two assignments per month, with story lengths varying from 1,000 to 2,000 words and a pay range of $175 to $250 per story for news articles, and about 800 words and $100 for arts stories.TRAINS
TRAINS buys news stories and feature articles covering railroading’s past and present, including first-person recollections. We do not buy travel stories, poetry, or fiction. Standard manuscript rates begin at 10 cents per word.RUG HOOKING MAGAZINE
Our goal is to provide high quality articles and photographs about the art and craft of rug hooking, and how-to articles on techniques and projects. Rug Hooking readers are passionate about rug hooking, and they value informative articles about the craft and the people involved in the field. They also enjoy the high quality projects that they find in our magazine.OKANAGAN LIFE
Okanagan Life is a regional character magazine serving Okanagan residents Valleywide from Salmon Arm in the north to Osoyoos in the south. We want to see a passionate sense of Okanagan pride as you explore the Valley’s most fascinating and diverse people, places and activities. Combine the pastoral allure of the region with smart, entertaining dabs of urban sizzle and small town seductiveness. Pay ranges from 20 cents to 25 cents per published word, depending on experience (paid within 30 days of publication). Location Kelowna, BC Canada.AMC OUTDOORS
AMC Outdoors inspires readers to get outside and get involved by providing high-quality coverage of outdoor recreation, education, and conservation topics throughout the Northern Appalachian region, from Maine to Virginia. We generally pay $500-$700 for features and $150-$400 for department columns.VERMONT LIFE
We seek stories that have to do with contemporary Vermont culture and the Vermont way of life. Standard department rate is $600, feature rate $800.DESOTO MAGAZINE
DeSoto Magazine, produced by DeSoto Media, is an upscale lifestyles publication focused on stories about life in Mississippi, Memphis and the Southeast. Features – 900 to 1000 words. Essays – 500 to 600 words. Departments – 600 to 800 words. DeSoto Magazine pays $.15/word.THIS MAGAZINE
A good This Magazine article offers background and context to ongoing national issues, a challenge to the mainstream media perspective, or an important story that hasn’t been told elsewhere. Subject matter includes politics, culture, the arts, social issues, labour, feminism, indigenous issues, and sexuality, with a focus on quality writing and in-depth reportage. Our readership is Canada-wide, so local issues are only covered when they have national interest or implications. International stories must have a strong Canadian angle.NEW MEXICO MAGAZINE
New Mexico Magazine is about the power of place — in particular this place: more than 120,000 square miles of mountains, desert, grasslands, and forest inhabited by a culturally rich mix of individuals. The magazine is an enterprise of the New Mexico Tourism Department, who strives to make potential visitors aware of our state’s multicultural heritage, climate, environment and uniqueness. Pay is roughly 35-40 cents per word.CHIZINE
They are looking for stories founded on the character of James Bond as depicted in Ian Fleming’s 14 published Bond spy novels. ChiZine Publications is publishing the anthology in Canada only because Fleming’s work is now public domain material in Canada and a few other countries. Due to these legal constraints, stories must only cite parts from Fleming’s stories, and not parts unveiled specifically in the movies, new books and stories, games or other media. Limit 5,000 words. Pays six cents/word. Deadline June 1, 2015.SKIRT!
Skirt!® magazine publishes 5-6 personal essays every month on topics relating to women and women’s interests. A personal essay is a narrative that emphasizes a personal, subjective view. All essays for consideration should be submitted in their entirety and be between 800 and 1,100 words. Essays must fit one of our monthly 2014 print themes.CS MONITOR
Our aim is to embrace the human family, shedding light with the conviction that understanding the world’s problems and possibilities moves us towards solutions. Our basic rate for a story is $200 to $225. But please be in touch with individual news and section editors (see entries below) about any variation from this rate. Longer stories can pay appreciably more. Short stories or sidebars often pay half the basic rate.
Amazing travel experiences and insights told in compelling prose by engaged adventure travellers and fantastic travel writers. Columns and smaller stories range in length from 1,000 to 1,500 words. All payment rates for content submissions are negotiated with the publisher on an individual basis.
TEXAS HOME SCHOOL COALITION
THSC REVIEW is published quarterly in February, May, August, and November. We appreciate authors who are familiar with our magazine and its general content and style. We are interested in curriculum reviews as well as how-to articles that explore different approaches for various learning styles — in particular subject areas such as math, writing, spelling, history, good citizenship, etc. We welcome submissions that seek to encourage and inspire home school families. The ideal length of an article is, for one page 650–750, for two pages 1,000 – 1,250. Pays $100.
Features are generally 800-1,000 words in length, and cover travel, specific outdoor destinations, issues affecting children and the outdoors, and how-to articles; they should reflect a wide diversity of outside opportunities in a variety of environments. Recipes, trip reports, and gear reviews should range between 600-800 words. “My Outdoor Family” is a popular segment of our magazine, and a great vehicle for writers new to online publications. Share your family’s outdoor passions, experiences, and goals in 600-700 words. Fifty percent kill fee.
THE THREEPENNY REVIEW
The Threepenny Review is paying $400 per story or article, $200 per poem or Table Talk piece. This payment buys first serial rights in our print and digital editions, and the copyright then reverts to the author immediately upon publication. As a rule, critical articles should be about 1,200 to 2,500 words, Table Talk items 1,000 words or less, stories and memoirs 4,000 words or less, and poetry 100 lines or less.
TAKE A BREAK MAGAZINE
It’s your magazine and we’re interested in your lives. Love and betrayal, loss and sin. Use our on-line story form as a guide. You only need to send us a brief outline, although you can include much more if you wish. Pays £2,000 for accepted stories.
We seek articles on how to make more money doing what you love….writing! We are also interested in other forms of home-based businesses and self-employment that may result from writing, such as self-publishing, corporate writing, ghostwriting, etc. All ideas that help writers support themselves performing the work they love are warmly welcomed. $60 for 600 words. Also seeks success stories. Pays $40 for 300 words.
Planning is published 10 times a year by the American Planning Association. It offers news and analyses of events in planning (including suburban, rural, and small town planning, environmental planning, neighborhood revitalization, economic development, social planning, and urban design). Under 500 words for news stories. Up to 2,500 words for feature stories.500-700 words for book reviews. Pays $100-$1,000 per article, depending on length, quality, and topic.
Accepts poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction for its eleventh issue. Pays $50 to $150for poems. Pays $50 to $250 for short stories or essays. Each author will also receive one complimentary copy, and may purchase more copies at a reduced rate.
Canada’s History publishes well-written, well-researched, and informative articles about Canadian history that focus on all parts of the country and all areas of human activity. Subject matter covers the whole range of Canadian history, from social history, politics, exploration, discovery and settlement, to aboriginal peoples, war, culture, business and trade. Articles run various lengths: long features (from 1,500 to 3,000 words) that provide an in-depth look at an event, person, or era; short features (from 600 to 1,200 words) that provide a more narrow focus. Pays up to 50 cents/word.
Avalon Travel, a member of the Perseus Books Group, is always looking for experienced, deadline-oriented freelance copy editors to help us produce our high-quality travel books.
THE ELKS MAGAZINE
The Elks Magazine is published 10 times a year for the nearly one million
members of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Each year, the editors buy 20 to 30 articles. These articles consist of previously unpublished, informative, upbeat, entertaining writing on a variety of subjects, including science, technology, nature, Americana, sports, history, health, retirement, personal finance, leisure-time activities, and seasonal topics. Articles should be authoritative (please include sources) and appeal to the lay person. They should be between 1,200 and 2,000 words long. Does not need political or religious articles or poetry. We usually do not publish first-person pieces. Pays 25 cents/word.
We’re looking for articles, preferably accompanied by photos, which explain in detail the successful completion of a service project or fundraising activity. Because a story must be of interest to the majority of the magazine’s readers, we don’t publish accounts of a club’s social activities such as anniversary or charter celebrations. Pays up to $750 for up to 2,000 words.
Scouting magazine fills its pages with stories that make you say, “My guys would love to do that!” Now, you can inspire that same feeling in others. We’re sure that your unit has some fun-filled adventure planned. Help your pack, troop, crew, or ship appear in a story that more than a million Scouters will read. Tell us about any activity — large or small. Anything involving Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, or Venturers having fun and growing as young adults is fair game. Mountain-biking at Mount Mitchell? Rafting the Rio Grande? Camping in Colorado? Or maybe you’re just putting a clever spin on an outing closer to home. We want to hear the details: who, what, when, where, why, and how. Short pieces are 500 to 700 words. Longer features up to 1,200 words. Pays $300 to $800.
Manuscripts are usually 1,000 words, depending on the subject. Simultaneous submissions are not considered. Recognition of veterans and military service is paramount at the VFW. Articles related to current foreign policy and defense along with all veterans issues are of prime interest. Topics pertaining to American armed forces abroad and international events affecting U.S. national security are particularly in demand. Articles dealing with military history must take a fresh approach. (Over the last 20 years, the magazine has covered WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf and all subsequent wars extensively.) Some national political and social issues also qualify for inclusion in the magazine, especially if covered by VFW resolutions. And, of course, we are always looking for up-to-date stories on veterans concerns.
Tor.com welcomes original speculative fiction short stories and poetry. We define speculative fiction broadly, including SF, fantasy, horror, alternate history, and related genres. We’re particularly interested in stories under 12,000 words. We will consider stories that are slightly longer than 12k, but we really must put our foot down at the “novelette” mark — in other words, we will not read anything over 17,500 words. We pay 25 cents a word for the first 5,000 words, 15 cents a word for the next 5,000, and 10 cents a word after that.
Send original, unpublished articles, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and visual art that represent current mental health issues and reflect on their impact on individuals, especially in the Saskatchewan region of Canada where the publication is headquartered. Maximum manuscript lengths: articles – 15 pages; all other prose – 10 pages; poetry – 10 poems or 10 pages, whichever is less; visual art – 10 pieces. Payment is $50 per printed page.
Needs 250 word meditations and pays $25 per meditation. Wants authentic meditations about a writer’s belief in God.
WORDS WITHOUT MASTER
Words Without Master is currently seeking works of fiction totaling 2,500 words or less in the sword & sorcery genre. We will pay $200 for the rights to accepted works of this nature. Words Without Master is also seeking complete and functional tabletop role-playing games totaling 2,500 words or less appropriate to the sword & sorcery genre. We will pay $200 for the rights to accepted works of this nature. Words Without Master also wants non-fiction articles totaling 1,500 words or less. We will pay $100 for the rights to accepted works of this nature.
Poetry can be any length, and all styles of poetry are welcome. We understand that our mission of “positive casual queerness” may be difficult due to poetry’s limited length, and will keep that in mind while reading submissions (subtext and inference of queerness is very acceptable), but positivity is still an important factor. Please do not submit angsty poems. You may submit up to five poems at one time, as long as all poems do not exceed more than 150 lines in total. We may accept as many or as few from those provided for publication. Poetry receives a flat fee of $50 per poem. NOTE: This publication accepts prose as well, but only pays five cents/word for it.
Always interested in great nonfiction, fiction and poetry. The Atlantic covers consequential news and ideas in politics, business, entertainment, technology, health, education, and global affairs. Flash up to 1,000 words. Short stories up to 7,500 words. Will consider novellas.
Book Smugglers Publishing is currently open for submissions for short stories to be published between April and June of 2015. For the publication period between April and June of 2015, the theme is: FIRST CONTACT. We are looking for original speculative fiction, between 1,500 and 17,500 words long. We will be paying $0.06 per word up to $500 (although we welcome stories from a minimum of 1,500 words and up to a maximum of 17,500 words long).
FANTASTIC STORIES OF THE IMAGINATION
We want stories that cover the entire science fiction and fantasy spectrum. Payment: 15 cents per word on acceptance for original stories (maximum of 3,000 words) or $25.00 flat fee for reprints.
Buzzy Mag is looking for original science fiction, fantasy and horror short stories up to 10,000 words. Thriller, suspense and paranormal tales that cross into traditional speculative fiction are welcome. Magazine also pays five cents/word for book reviews.
MY SPOTLIGHT: KANADA
MySpotlight: Kanada is a modern Canadian tourism magazine developed for the German market. It is mostly written in German. We focus on presenting Lodges & Resorts, as well as smaller Canadian tourism regions to readers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland in a story-telling and compelling way. Our editorial focus is set on the Great Canadian Outdoors, and features seasonal outdoor activities and adventures. We also feature stories about people, Canadian life-style, travel experiences, history, culinary aspects, and unusual travel tips that exceed the standard information you will find in a regular travel guide. Fees are typically .27 CAD$ per word for first international right for magazine content. For website/blog articles the fees are .05 CAD$ per word for first international rights.
Pacific Standard publications include a bimonthly print magazine and a daily website—PSmag.com — that put social and behavioral science research into lively, intelligent conversation with the news and the national debate. We are a great home for writers who can tell deeply reported, gripping tales while plumbing the intellectual, theoretical, and empirical context that surrounds them. We have a particular interest in stories covering economics, society and justice, education, and the environment.
Overland is always looking for nonfiction pieces, especially for its online magazine. Each fortnight or so, we will list particular subjects that seem interesting – though we consider pitches on any topics. You can pitch to us on one of the topics on the website, or submit completed articles (of between 500 and 1,000 words) to us via our submissions page. Pays up to $400.
We judge on quality of writing and thought or imagination, so we will accept genre fiction. However, it must have literary merit or it must transcend or challenge genre. Send complete manuscript. Up to 7,200 words, one piece per submission; six pieces per submission for flash fiction (up to 500 words per piece). Payment $50-$125; more for commissioned work.
Magazine for occupational therapy practitioners. Feature stories published in print are paid at the rate of up to $250 per one full page or more. A $50 total bonus will be added for pictures and/or artwork provided by the writer that appear in the article. Features shorter than one full page of copy may be pro-rated according to length. Opinion pieces include guest editorials (2/3 of a page) $75, and Reflections on Practice (one full page), $100. Games Page games published pay $25; Book Reviews published pay $50, payable upon submission. Feature articles that appear on the website only are paid at a rate of $150 total. My Story submissions published pay $25.
AMERICAN BEE JOURNAL
The American Bee Journal, the oldest English language beekeeping publication in the world, is a bee magazine for professional and sideline beekeepers, as well as those with interest in bee-related subjects.
TravelMag.com is looking for three talented freelance writers based in the United States. You would write travel features about destinations that you have visited. Additionally, you could write a number of more commercial articles on subjects such as hotels, B&Bs or tour operators. Working hours are highly flexible, the remuneration would be $100-$300 per article.
SOUTH CAROLINA LIVING
Our features alternate between pocketbook energy issues and travel/lifestyle/general-interest topics. We’re looking for a mix of great read features and solid service journalism. Almost any topic goes, so long as it has statewide interest and great art potential. Recent stories have ranged from an examination of the state’s foster care system and the ways S.C. veterans are coping with post-traumatic stress disorder, to a humorous essay on the Springfield Frog Jump. Length: 1,500 to 3,000 words. Rate: $450.
The primary audience for COINage is coin collectors and investors. The magazine provides a refreshing review for the experienced collector and an introduction to key concepts for the less experienced. COINage will only consider unpublished manuscripts of 2,000 to 4,000 words. Note that photos are a serious part of the submission process.
NATIONAL PARKS MAGAZINE
National Parks magazine publishes articles about areas in the National Park System, proposed new areas, threats to parks or park wildlife, scientific discoveries, legislative issues, and endangered species of plants or animals relevant to national parks. We do not publish articles on general environmental topics, nor do we print articles about land managed by the Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, or other federal agencies. Articles for National Parks should be directed to a largely nonscientific but well-educated audience. News articles and smaller departments are 500-1,200 words. Features run approximately 1,800-2,000 words. We generally pay 70 cents to $1/word, the high end being reserved for our proven contributors.
Fireside publishes original, previously unpublished flash fiction of up to 1,000 words and short stories of 1,500 to 4,000 words. (Firm limit.) We pay 12.5 cents per word, with payment on completion of edits. We buy first world publication rights and six-month exclusivity, as well as the right to reprint the story once, non-exclusively, in a Fireside anthology.
ALASKA QUARTERLY REVIEW
Alaska Quarterly Review is a literary journal devoted to contemporary literary art, publishing fiction, short plays, poetry, photo essays, and literary non-fiction in traditional and experimental styles. The editors encourage new and emerging writers, while continuing to publish award winning and established writers. The editors invite submissions of fiction, short plays, poetry, photo essays, and literary nonfiction in traditional and experimental styles. Pays up to $200 for prose; up to $50 for poetry.
THE CHANGE AGENT
The Change Agent (est. 1994), a semiannual print tabloid for adult teachers who are advocates of social change, is now open for submissions for its next issue. The theme for this issue is called “Prisons and Justice?” This issue will feature reflective and personal stories about mass imprisonment in the U.S. and the effects on our society. Pays $50 for 200 to 1,000 words. Our mission is to provide a low-cost teaching resource that features writings by adult learners and inspires adult educators and learners to make civic participation and social justice part of their teaching and learning.
Though many pitches have merit, DRAFT can only assign and publish the most tightly focused, error-free queries that meet our needs and guidelines. Pitches need not be beer-centric, but those that are should focus on beer/brewery news, trends and ideas, rather than the technical aspects of brewing and/or profiles. Aside from beer, we happily accept pitches on topics ranging from food, sports (both professional and leisure), travel, and many other topics. Whatever the focus, it must appeal to DRAFT’s audience, and should cover a new idea or story, or provide a unique angle on a topic that’s already received media attention. The scope of your query should be national. Pays up to 80 cents/word.
Parabola is a quarterly journal devoted to the exploration of the quest for meaning as it is expressed in the world’s myths, symbols, and religious traditions, with particular emphasis on the relationship between this store of wisdom and our modern life. Each issue of Parabola is organized around a theme. Articles run 1,000-3,000 words. Book Reviews run approximately 500 words. Retellings of traditional stories run 500-1,500 words. Article payment generally ranges from $150 to $400. The payment for epicycles and book reviews is $75.
NATIONAL RADIO PROJECT
Stories should avoid time-dating and should be relevant three to six months after broadcast: we distribute Making Contact to community groups and educators, and some radio stations use our website archives to fill holes in their broadcast schedules. Before pitching a story, be familiar with the mission of National Radio Project. Making Contact pays $450 for 6-8 minute produced segments. Other lengths, terms discussed. We accept unedited recordings of interviews, speeches and events.
Our magazine brings the latest cancer updates, research and education to patients, caregivers and health care providers. We accept queries, but no unsolicited manuscripts. Please include enough detail in queries to demonstrate that you have resources for the science behind every story. Send all queries to firstname.lastname@example.org. Pay is approximately $1/word with a 50 percent kill fee for the magazine and $0.50/word for web-exclusive content.
IDEA is known for publishing articles that meet the needs of the fitness professional on multiple levels. We are particularly adept at balancing theory with practical application. Our readership includes personal trainers, fitness facility staff, fitness instructors, program directors, business owners and managers, and other health and wellness professionals. Each issue of IDEA Fitness Journal includes feature articles, which are approximately 3,000-3,500 words in length and cover industry issues and research reviews.
Massage Magazine is an internationally circulated trade publication for massage therapists and allied health professionals. Payment for articles ranges from $50 to $400, depending on the subject matter, category, length and quality of writing.
Highline Magazine is a connection to the unique mountain environment and culture of Canada’s Rocky Mountains. We feature a wide range of topics – from summer and winter sports to environmental issues, local heroes, health, humor and more. Based in the gateway to the Rockies, our content is largely local and has a distinctly authentic Bow Valley flavor.
The words “Coast Mountains” are right there in our masthead so it goes without saying that the majority of our articles need to be related to the BC Coast Mountains, specifically the Vancouver to Lillooet region. We do run stories on epic trips to places near and far but usually only one per issue. The best time to send in ideas or queries is well in advance. We plan the summer issue in February, the November issue in July, and the February issue in August. The earlier we know about you and your awesome idea, the better. Many columns of many sizes, but pays 30 cents/word.
Scrap is the bimonthly magazine of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), a Washington, D.C.-based trade association with more than 1,600 member companies that process, broker, and consume scrap commodities, including ferrous and nonferrous metals, paper, glass, textiles, rubber, and plastics. Scrap pays $600-$1,000 depending on the length and difficulty of the assignment. Payment upon acceptance. Byline given.
The Cattleman covers all aspects of the beef industry in Texas, Oklahoma and the Southwest. In the most recent readership survey, subscribers said they were most interested in the following topics in this order: range/pasture, property rights, animal health, water, new innovations and marketing. Our feature stories are generally more in-depth than other livestock publications. Word counts average between 1,500 to 2,000.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS
MOTHER EARTH NEWS is a bimonthly magazine that promotes more self-sufficient, financially independent and environmentally aware lifestyles. From our readers, we welcome articles and quality photographs for our “Country Lore” department. “Country Lore” presents handy how-to tips of 100 to 300 words; payment is $25 to $100 per published item. We accept submissions for consideration for online posting to our website, but do not pay for them at this time. Most of our feature articles are written by our Contributing Editors. We sometimes assign articles to freelance writers, particularly those who have experience with our subject matter (both firsthand experience and writing experience). If you would like to submit a query, please send a one-page outline. Also send digital photos, if available.
Send us researched, original ideas with a strong backcountry hook, from current events to prolific characters to unique destinations. We are always looking for Feature ideas, as well as Destination stories for our Route Finding Department. Pitch us Profiles and Newsworthy items, Mountain Skills pieces, and Accounts of avalanches and other mountain mishaps as well. Our standard payment for manuscripts is $0.35 per word.
All articles and photos that appear in the magazine must adhere to Leave No Trace’s ecologically friendly practices. Likewise, we do not promote motorized use in the wilderness or backcountry.
Our readers are knowledgeable and experienced backpackers; therefore we accept only authentic, well-researched, well-crafted stories. We pay $.40 to more than $1.00 per word, depending upon the complexity and demands of the article, as well as the proven experience of the writer.
We consider original works written in the English language as well as translations of poetry into English. Payment is made on publication at the rate of $10 per line (with a minimum payment of $300), and $150 per page of prose, for first serial rights. All rights will revert to the author upon publication. Authors will also receive two contributor copies of the issue in which their work appears.
EARTH ISLAND JOURNAL
Island Journal is always looking for compelling and distinctive stories that anticipate environmental concerns before they become pressing problems, stories that scan the horizon for the next big issue. We want stories that will surprise, provoke, and entertain our readers and that explore new territory overlooked by other publications. We cover the entire spectrum of environmental issues, including: wildlife and lands conservation; innovations in science and technology; public policy and the politics of environmental protection; climate and energy; animal rights; public health; environmental justice and cultural survival; and environmentally related film, music, and books. We pay writers 25 cents/word for shorter dispatches (1,200-1,500 words) and for longer investigative features (2,500-3,000 words). You can expect to earn about $750-$1,000 for an in-depth feature story.
Pays up to $1/word. We’re interested in just about anything that will raise our readers’ eyebrows, but we focus especially on these areas: national politics, environmental issues, corporate wrongdoing, human rights, and political influence in all spheres.
Brain, Child is an award-winning literary magazine for mothers. We publish 20-plus essays per month for our print, online and blog publications. Not only are they seeking nonfiction, fiction, and journalism for their magazine, but they have a special call for submissions. “In 2015 we will have another special issue for parents of t(w)eens. Here we invite essays, fiction and poetry that capture the unique experience of raising t(w)eens. Examples of essays include a father coming out to his daughter, a mother letting her son take a gap year, and a mother’s foray into heavy metal music with her teen daughter. Deadline: September 1, 2014.” (Thanks to www.erikadreifus.com)
1859 OREGON’S MAGAZINE
1859 is an exploration of the state’s rich history, its incredible destinations and colorful personalities. Departments like “What I’m Working On,” “Home & Design,” “Ventures” and “Sound Off” will resonate with residents of Oregon. Departments like “From Where I Stand,” “The Road Reconsidered,” “Home Grown” and “Top 5” are visual and editorial pollen that attracts the travel bee. Payment varies from $0.30/word to $0.50/word, with web-only copy at a lower rate. We pay on publication. 1859 Oregon’s Magazine buys all rights, although there can be some exceptions.
5280 is the premiere monthly guide to the arts, entertainment, dining, and lifestyle issues in Denver. We accept pitches for our front-of-the-book sections, Front Range and Scene; for our departments; for our feature well; and for our back-of-the-book section, Eat & Drink. Front-of-the-book and back-of-the-book stories, which are short, lively takes on life in Denver, run anywhere from 50 to 400 words. Departments are generally 800 to 1,200 words and cover everything from travel to sports to politics. Features can run up to 6,000 words.
DOUGLAS BUSINESS MAGAZINE
Douglas readers are Southern Vancouver Island’s business elite — entrepreneurs, influential decision-makers, CEOs and upper management. Editorial topics include: in-depth business features, profiles, real estate and development, finance, sales and marketing, technology, business lifestyle and resources. Like all of our publications, Douglas is designed to be coffee-table worthy and is a respected source for readers seeking the inside track on business. Pays 40 cents/word.
YAM magazine celebrates the unique personalities, trends and tastes that make Greater Victoria such a desirable place in which to live. This vibrant magazine features exclusive, original content designed to inspire readers, with a focus on home and garden, food and wine, experiential travel, arts and culture, health and fitness, and lifestyle. We are looking for features of 1,200 to 3,000 words in length, as well as shorter pieces.
WANDERLUST TRAVEL MAGAZINE
Wanderlust aims to cover all aspects of independent, semi-independent and special-interest travel. We do cover ‘soft’ adventure but leave the crampons and adrenalin stuff to other magazines. Off-the-beaten-track destinations, secret corners of the world and unusual angles on well-known places are always of particular interest. We are particularly interested in local culture and try to provide more of an insight than travel articles in other publications – hence, we prefer pieces to be written by someone with an in-depth knowledge of a topic or destination. Pays £220 per 1,000 published words.
DELTA SKY MAGAZINE
We are looking for expertly executed stories about travel, lifestyle and business. Features range from 600–2,000 words. Departments include very small 100-word pieces to longer 500-word columns.
Escapees magazine’s contributors are RVers interested in sharing the RV lifestyle. Our audience includes full-time RVers, snowbirds, and those looking forward to traveling extensively. Escapees members have varying levels of experience; therefore, the magazine looks for a wide variety of material, beyond what is found in conventional RV magazines, and we welcome submissions on all phases of RV life, especially relevant mechanical/technical information. Payment will not exceed $150 per article and word count is limited to 1,500 words.
San Francisco’s longest-running neighborhood newspaper is looking for freelance writers to cover news stories of community interest. Pays $50 to $500 per article. Questions/ applications: email@example.com
Briarpatch Magazine publishes writing and artwork on a wide range of topics, including current events, grassroots activism, electoral politics, economic justice, ecology, labour, food security, gender equity, indigenous struggles, international solidarity, and other issues of political importance. We welcome queries from unpublished writers, seasoned freelancers, front-line activists, and anyone else with a story to tell and a desire to tell it compellingly. $50 – Profiles, short essays, parting shots (generally <1000 words). $100 – Feature stories, photo essays. $150 – Research-based articles and investigative reportage (generally 1,500-3,000 words).
Collidor is a science fiction appzine. We seek character and relationship driven stories from the full gamut of subgenres of speculative fiction, as long as there is a scientific or technological element that reflects the existential conditions for life forms and consciousness (human or otherwise). We are unfortunately not accepting horror, pure fantasy, vampire or zombie themed stories unless they meet the above criteria. We are accepting pitches for essays, reviews, opinion pieces and editorials that would be of interest to our readers. Topics include science, technology; book, movie and game reviews; geek/fandom culture, interviews, artist profiles and event coverage. We pay $0.25 per word for the first 5,000 words, $0.20 per word for the next 5,000 and $0.10 per word up to 18,000 words. We pay $0.11 per word for serialization rights for the entire series. We pay $0.10 per word for previously published stories.
Buzzy Mag is looking for original science fiction, fantasy and horror short stories up to 10,000 words. Thriller, suspense and paranormal tales that cross into traditional speculative fiction are welcome. Buzzy accepts submissions from both authors and literary agents. Make sure you short story is acceptable for a 15-year-old to read. We DO NOT ACCEPT pornography, child subject matter, racial propaganda or fan fiction. Payment is ten cents/word.
WOMEN IN HIGHER EDUCATION
Do you research women in higher education? Is there a book you want to review related to gender and higher education? Have a program for women in higher education that succeeded or failed? Do you want to talk about issues of gender and equality? Send your 50-100 word pitch in addition to a brief bio to our editor Liana Silva-Ford, at firstname.lastname@example.org, and explain to her what you bring to the table! Pays $150. Most columns around 1,100 words.
We are a YA lit/comics magazine fascinated with the lyric and strange and committed to work that speaks to teens’ truths. We publish poetry, realistic and genre fic, essay, and comics by adults and teens. Nonfiction up to 5,000 words and fiction up to 9,000 words. Stories and articles: up to 25¢ per word.
We are looking for subversive fairy tale retellings. These retellings need not be reimaginings of Hans Christian Andersen, the Brothers Grimm, or Charles Perrault (although we love these fables and are happy to read and consider any retellings); we want a broader pool of stories, traditions, and canons to choose from. We are looking for original speculative fiction, between 1,500 and 17,500 words long. We will be paying $0.05 per word up to $500 (although we welcome stories from a minimum of 1,500 words and up to a maximum of 17,500 words long).
THE HEALTH JOURNAL
Every issue of The Health Journal contains a variety of content ranging from feature stories to physician-written columns, local interest to general interest. Regular departments include fitness, nutrition, men’s health, running, parenting, family health, senior health, natural healing and more. The Health Journal agrees to pay a baseline of 15 cents per word for original work based on the final published word count.
We prefer proposals to completed articles. For features, the proposal should be 125 – 250 words; for columns and reviews, 50 words is plenty. Tell us what and who you want to discuss, and what you plan to say. If you haven’t written for ART PAPERS before, please include two brief writing samples (1,000 – 2,000 words), together with a short bio (40 words) describing your background and interests. Features are 2,400 to 2,700 words. Columns up to 1,000 words. Reviews are 800 words. ART PAPERS, an Atlanta-based nonprofit organization, provides an accessible forum for examining, discussing, and documenting the full spectrum of contemporary art and culture, as well as the ways they affect and reflect our lives. We do so in print, online, and through public programming.
MILITARY SPOUSE MAGAZINE
Deployment, PCS moves and other aspects of military life, profiles of military spouses, career and education, travel, food, health and beauty, home design/decorating, relationships and marriage, parenting/family matters, money management and other lifestyle-related subjects. Feature Stories: Each issue includes at least one main feature article. These articles require extensive reporting and interviewing. Length: generally 800-1,200 words. We also run a variety of shorter features in each issue, plus monthly coverage of major topics.
A typical Guideposts story is a first-person narrative written in simple, dramatic, anecdotal style. The story may be the writer’s own or one written in the first person for someone else. Even our short features use this format. Full-length manuscripts (750-1500 words) pays $250-$500.
The Aquarian InPrint is a tabloid-size newsprint publication, published quarterly on the first week of March, June, September, and December, and distributed free in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and beyond. We are mostly looking for original feature articles, topical opinion pieces, interviews, reviews and book excerpts. Our features and interviews usually run 1500-2500 words; op-eds, 500-1500 words; and reviews, 300-800 words. Holistic health (natural, complementary, alternative) and progressive environmental, social, cultural, political and spiritual issues are our major focus. However anything that sheds new light on the path to greater meaning, value, purpose, and fulfillment – personal or social – is potentially grist for our mill.
Features are typically 1,000 to 1,500 words long. Shorter articles such as sidebars to features or photo essays are 250 to 500 words. A monthly four-color magazine focusing on the activities and interests of the U.S. Army worldwide.
People 50+ live their most fulfilling lives. Story idea letters for specific features and departments should be one page in length and accompanied by recent writing samples. Features and departments cover the following categories:
•Finance: investments, savings, retirement, and work issues
•Health and Fitness: tips, trends, studies
•Food and Nutrition: recipes, emphasis on healthy eating
•Travel: domestic and international
•Consumerism: practical information and advice
•General interest: new thinking, research, information on timely topics, trends
•Relationships: family matters, caregiving, living arrangements, grandparents
Avenue is a full-spectrum city and lifestyle magazine that takes an insightful look at how our community is evolving, keeps abreast of key movers and shakers and offers survival- guide advice to living here well. The magazine is a provocative and useful read for the active, curious and sophisticated city-dweller interested in everything from the arts and home fashion, to municipal politics and scientific breakthroughs. Stories published in Avenue must have a strong relevance to our Edmonton readership, and should offer a unique perspective on the topic. Our tone is thoughtful, polished and confident. Stories run 500 to 2,000 words, with shorter pieces typically published in our health and fitness, arts or humor departments.
CATALYST is a newsprint magazine that has served as Salt Lake City’s resource for creative living since 1982. We’re always on the lookout for great local writers, both to take story assignments from our editor as well as to present us with stories and story ideas. Please note: We are primarily looking for writers to approach us with story ideas they would like to write. Our feature stories generally run 2,000-4,500 words. Smaller stories usually run between 600-1500 words. We pay $.10/word, upon publication. Some in-depth, research-heavy articles will be paid at $.12/word. We are most interested in pieces on the following topics:
•Transportation (alternative, etc.)