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3/4/2018FastCompanyDigitalWriting$.90 per wordGood rates for longform stories. Good to work with for the most part
3/1/2018Elle ParkerDigitalWriting1/word
2/28/2018NextCityDigitalWriting$125Flat rate for online piece regardless of length. Prompt payment.
2/27/2018VICE Snapchat Discover ChannelDigitalWriting$500500 word mini-feature
2/23/2018Gastro ObscuraDigitalWriting$425Negotiated up after offering photos.
2/17/2018DopeDigitalWriting$.15 per wordI told them $0.15 per word for web was too low, so they cheekily offered me $0.20 a word- but for print. That's not a raise. They are heinously corporate and boring for what appears to be a cool, marijuana magazine
2/14/2018Politico EuropeDigitalWriting$497Thoughtful editors who really put the effort in to make the story shine. Also, very prompt payers (1 month from publication), never had to chase the finance department
2/14/2018Al Jazeera EnglishDigitalWriting$350Expects photos as part of the fee, only willing to negotiate up to $400.
2/13/2018BustleDigitalWriting$50Sex & relationship section. $50 for normal articles (~300-800 words) and $75 for 7-day "experiment" articles (e.g. "I did X every day for a week and it...)
2/9/2018Pinwheel ContentDigitalWriting$500Electronic payment w/in 30 days
2/9/2018NBC News Asian AmericaDigitalWriting$300Fast edits, easy to work with, only commissions short though (800 - 1,000 words).
2/9/2018Gastro ObscuraDigitalWriting$500Negotiated up after I offered hi-res photos of a place that's hard to photography.
2/7/2018BRIGHT MagazineDigitalWriting$700They don't pay this much anymore.
2/7/2018Columbia Journalism ReviewDigitalWriting$1,000
2/7/2018EartherDigitalWriting$400Paid by direct deposit a few days after story ran. Great to work with.
2/2/2018SOMA MagazineBoth Print and DigitalWriting.10 per wordI LOVE writing for SOMA. I have written features for very chic, up-and-coming, artistic topics and they take pitches. email editorial@somamagazine.com.
2/2/2018Avianca en revista (inflight magazine)PrintWriting$150$150 for 400 words.
1/31/2018Cheese ConnoisseurBoth Print and DigitalWriting$ .30 per word
1/31/2018Apartment TherapyDigitalWriting$50
1/31/2018Chronicle for Social ChangeDigitalWriting$125$125 for a reported, 800-1000 word article.
1/24/2018GreatistDigitalWriting$150Researched and reported
1/24/2018DameDigitalWriting$3001,200-word reported piece
1/24/2018Pacific StandardDigitalWriting$3501,000-word reported piece
1/23/2018VICE - BroadlyDigitalWriting$3001,200 words
1/20/2018Homeland Security TodayDigitalWriting$100 per article up to 800 words; up to $250 for in-depth article on pre-negotiated topicLooking for stories on homeland security issues that are well-researched, are not political, and help explain a trend in security, a new technology, a State or local law enforcement, emergency management, first responder perspective.
1/19/2018ReligiousLiberty.TVDigitalWritingPays $0.10 and up for news articles.Fast turn around required (48-72 hours). Pays upon acceptance of article. More paid for articles requiring in-depth research.
1/18/2018The DiplomatBoth Print and DigitalWriting$300A ¥25,000 payment for a 1500 word article
1/18/2018VICEPrintWriting$1/word8,000 word magazine feature
1/18/2018Al Jazeera EnglishDigitalWriting$1,0001,200 words
1/18/2018VICE NewsDigitalWriting750* killedStory was killed after editor changed his mind about publishing a story online to coincide with a story appearing in the magazine. 50% kill fee. Be sure to demand a kill fee when negotiating with VICE news.
1/18/2018New York Times MagazineDigitalWriting$500
1/18/2018Pacific StandardPrintWriting$1/word
1/18/2018National GeographicDigitalWriting$1/word2,000 word web feature
1/18/2018VICE NewsDigitalWriting$7501,500 words. paid late.
1/18/2018National Geographic (website- NatGeo News)DigitalWriting$600800 words
1/18/2018NewsweekPrintWriting$1,200Company refused to pay. After several months I had to submit a letter of intent to file a small claims lawsuit. Only then did they pay. Parent company is International Business Times.
1/18/2018U.S. News & World ReportDigitalWriting$1,0001200 words
1/18/2018VICEPrintWriting$1/word6,500 word reported/investigative feature
1/18/2018The GuardianDigitalWriting$220Terrible experience. Editor assigned story at 31p per word at 800 words. For two entire weeks after I submitted it, it sat un-edited. Suddenly one night she decided to edit it, without notice, and because I didn't respond to her questions within a 45-minute period (during which i was eating dinner), she cut the piece in half and published it, thus I was given only half the pay despite having done all the work. Terrible. I suggest making them promise in writing to pay you per words commissioned--not per words published--to avoid this happening again.
1/18/2018The NationPrintWriting$1,0002,500 word print
1/18/2018USA TodayDigitalWriting$1
1/18/2018Africa Renewal (UN)DigitalWriting800 (.50 per word)Terrible editing--worst in my entire career. I do not recommend it. Took months to get paid.
1/18/2018Al Jazeera EnglishDigitalWriting$7501,500 words
1/18/2018U.S. News & World ReportDigitalWriting$1,000good editing.
1/18/2018Foreign PolicyDigitalWriting$5,500Extensive investigative feature reported over more than a year. Good editing
1/18/2018The New RepublicPrintWriting$188Article was killed AFTER it was completed, seemingly because they wanted to make more space for Trump coverage. I do not recommend working for TNR; a 25% kill fee on an article that took weeks of work is a scam.
1/18/2018VQR - Virginia Quarterly ReviewPrintWriting$2,750Article was pushed back by 6 months because editor was too overworked to get to it. But when it finally came, the editing was superb. 6,500 words
1/18/2018The AtavistDigitalWriting$6,500Company did not pay for travel expenses; out-of-pocket travel cost me $1,500. Story was long-delayed due to turnover at the company. When they finally got to it, however, it was edited well.
1/18/2018Huck MagazinePrintWriting$500low pay for a 3,500 word piece. But good editing
1/18/2018Pacific StandardPrintWriting$1,200Print piece, 1,000 to 1,200 words
1/18/2018U.S. News & World ReportDigitalWriting$850Great editing
1/18/2018Roads & KingdomsDigitalWriting$1,000
1/18/2018AL Jazeera EnglishDigitalWriting$1,250This was an investigative piece of journalism that required extensive field-work and follow-up. Company did not pay specifically for expenses, just offered a flat rate for the package.
1/18/2018Al Jazeera EnglishDigitalWriting$8001,500 word reported feature
1/18/2018playboyBoth Print and DigitalWriting$7,200
1/18/2018OZYDigitalWriting$1,000This was a longer feature, the type they seem to run just once per week. Called a 'splash' piece.
1/18/2018OutsideDigitalWriting$2,500Company refused to pay. 5 months after publication I had to threaten to sue. Only then did they pay.
1/15/2018Pacific Standard (Digital)DigitalWriting$300Really slow to respond after handing in draft, very slow edits, and final version looked nothing like the edited version we worked on together. In total, the editor held on to the draft for more than 2 months. No pre-approval of draft before publication, either. Generally poor and slow editing. Not worth the money.
1/12/2018EartherDigitalWriting$350Didn't seem interested in buying photos at all.
1/9/2018Vice - TonicDigitalWriting$250Reported.
1/9/2018Vice - BroadlyDigitalWriting$300Reported.
1/1/2018History CollectionDigitalWriting$0.03 per wordYou can get a bonus of $100 if you are the best writer for the month (based on click-through rate) but generally articles take quite a long time to write. Pieces are lists of 10 items and can't be more than 5,000 words.
12/21/2017Middle East EyeDigitalWriting$350
12/14/2017Brit + CoDigitalWriting$50
12/5/2017The LilyDigitalWriting$250 for 800 wordsGreat to work with. Very timely with edits and pay.
11/29/2017Atlas ObscuraDigitalWriting$500, $100 extra for photosFast edits, great to work with.
11/17/2017LA Review of BooksDigitalWriting$0They don't pay. Sometimes they offer $100. Not worth it.
11/17/2017Extra CrispyDigitalWriting$200Fast payment through direct deposit.
11/11/2017The Raddington ReportDigitalWriting$0The publication fails to pay its writers and editors.
11/8/2017Teen VogueDigitalWriting$1001,000-word personal essay
11/8/2017The New York TimesBoth Print and DigitalWriting$1,6001,300 words and 3 photos
11/4/2017CIM MagazineBoth Print and DigitalWriting39 cents a word (50 Canadian cents a word)Pleasure to work with. Pay promptly
11/3/2017BuzzFeed IndiaDigitalWriting$200Not willing to negotiate rates.
10/26/2017Pacific StandardDigitalWriting$300Heavily reported piece, online.
10/26/2017Mother JonesDigitalWriting$0No payment for web-only stories, doesn't take freelancers for digital.
10/26/2017RavishlyDigitalWriting$125Fast editor response, low rate, but no reporting required.
10/24/2017Extra CrispyDigitalWriting$400Fast edits, direct deposit, little to no reporting.
10/20/2017A Beautiful PerspectiveDigitalWriting$250$50 photo budget. $250 for 800-1,000 words. Editor is open to negotiating if higher word count.
10/13/2017The BalanceDigitalWriting$150 flat
10/13/2017CreditCards.comDigitalWriting$1 per word for reported pieces; $250 flat for shorter pieces
10/13/2017Al Jazeera EnglishDigitalPhoto$350For AJE online "In Depth" - photo essay of 15 photos with 200-300 word intro. Payment received after two months via wire.
10/9/2017TIME MagazineDigitalWriting$600$600 for web-only article of 1200 words, original reporting from overseas
10/9/2017Asia Times OnlineDigitalWriting$110Additional money possible if heavy, investigative piece. Additional photo budget available.
9/29/2017Women Under SiegeDigitalWriting$200
9/29/2017Los Angeles Review of BooksDigitalWriting$0Offered to publish news article on blog instead of main site. I declined and asked for $100 - it was rejected.
9/23/2017The Guardian (UK)DigitalWriting.42 per word800 words commissioned, direct deposit
9/23/2017Washington Post - WorldViews blogDigitalWriting$200Fast payment through their system. Editor was fast and easy to work with.
9/21/2017AAA Northeast (Your AAA)DigitalWriting$200 for 800 words800 words
9/14/2017SkiftDigitalWriting$200650 words, interviews required
9/13/2017The Mortgage ReportsDigitalWriting250.00 flatThis is the for 750+ words. Internet research only but sources from high domain authority, noncompeting sites required. Pays Thursday by PayPal if you submit posts by Wednesday morning PST. Payment by check is an option, too. But, if you get paid via PayPal, expect to pay fees on each payment. Editor is great and very helpful.
7/30/2017FitnessDigitalWriting$0.03 Per WordI do blog writing,
creative content and
SEO writing
7/25/2017Article-Writer.coDigitalWritingAt or less than 0.02 CAD for starting writerThey advertise up to ten cents per word, but routinely beg you to take work at 0.02 or below (CAD) and if you don't you never get the opportunity for fair-paying work.
6/20/2017Psychological researchDigitalWriting$50I do photography as well.
6/17/2017MIT Technology ReviewDigitalWriting$700Wrote 700-word multi-sourced piece about subject I know very well and have covered for many years. Two or three minor revisions/requests for added info. Had to negotiate to get up this high.
6/8/2017Bodybuilding.comDigitalWriting$200Well paying, but often late with payments and finance department dodges emails. Overall would not recommend.
6/6/2017Bodybuilding.comDigitalWriting$150 to $300 flatStarted at $150 and negotiated up to $300 flat after doing some work with them; Things seem a little disorganized, paperwork and payment wasn't made crystal clear from the get-go.
6/6/2017Men's JournalDigitalWriting$175 to $250, depending on focusEditor is great. Consistent work after I developed a good relationship.
5/26/2017VocativDigitalWriting$4001000-1200 words, very light editing
5/8/2017World NomadsDigitalWriting$1500 - 550 words max
5/3/2017Washington PostBoth Print and DigitalWriting$250 flatCan "negotiate" for up to $300 for basic story. Opinion piece $250 flat.
4/27/2017FinalFileDigitalWriting$200 for 500 works1 revision
4/22/2017Major Pharma CompanyDigitalDesign$80Web Portal UX Design
4/19/2017Blitz Publications (Nourish magazine, Women's Health & Fitness magazine, Natural Health magazine included)PrintWriting$350 (US $260) for writing and photography, split between two people. With the exception of the editor, in house editorial staff are paid as freelancers, even though they legally would be considered part-time or full-time staff. They are required to invoice for their work, and don't receive sick pay, holiday pay, superannuation, etc. The in-house rate is about $20 an hour.Freelancers are paid one month after the magazine has been on stands, which is generally months after they originally submitted the work. Even then, this usually requires weeks, if not months, of follow up emails and calls.
Articles are reused multiple times(sometimes slightly re-written, usually not), and sometimes repurposed for online too.
4/19/2017Domain (Fairfax media)Both Print and DigitalWriting$1000 flat rate (US $755) for approx 1000 word print features - includes sourcing images and 3-4 interviews. Online news/lifestyle articles pay flat rate of $200-$350 (US $150-$264) depending on the writer's experience and work involved, and usually require sourcing of images. $600 (US $453) flat rate paid for advertorials. Articles are heavily syndicated to Fairfax's print and digital platforms with no additional payment to the writer.
Paid quickly.
4/18/2017NautilusBoth Print and DigitalWritingNever paid for commissioned articleCommissioned 2000 word piece at $1600 (in retrospect, an unusually high rate, I should have wondered!) but never published. Editor claimed a mix-up. Kill fee offered after several months negotiation but still not paid one year later.
4/18/2017AeonDigitalWriting$250 for 1600 wordsComparatively very low rates but helpful and friendly editorial process
4/14/2017Ambassador (National Italian American Foundation)PrintWriting$350 flat rate with photos; $300 without photosEditor was friendly and professional. I was paid immediately upon publication as agreed. They gave my story and photos a beautiful layout.
4/13/2017Sierra MagazineBoth Print and DigitalWriting$250 flat rate (web)$250 flat rate for web, but print rate varies
4/7/2017Miami New TimesDigitalWriting$30 flatEvent review/blog post with images.
4/7/2017Miami New TimesDigitalWriting$20 flatPreview article/blog post with at least one image.
4/7/2017QuartzDigitalWriting$200flat rate, 1200-1500 words, personal commentary with some research and citation
4/6/2017Parade MagazineBoth Print and DigitalWriting$2,500Professional editors, prompt payment.
4/3/2017BridesPrintWriting$2/wordFor print (not online), including reporting.
3/31/2017BitchPrintWriting$100 kill feeOffice seems disorganized. Long waits for responses, followed by tight deadlines. Found out after submitting first draft that assigning editor had left the publication. After significant work and reporting, the story was not published, and I was promised a $100 kill fee. Frustrating experience.
3/24/2017Paste MagazineDigitalWriting$100Travel section, 800-1000 words
3/23/2017nickBoth Print and DigitalAudio/Video$1,000film
3/15/2017CloudwardsWriting0.05 - 0.10 per word
3/7/2017Sunday Times StylePrintWriting$0.55 per word900-word feature; quite a bit of reporting
3/2/2017ThinkGeekDigitalWriting30 flatTakes 4-6 weeks to get your first payment, so submit your invoice ASAP. Nice editors, seasonal work, expect 5-20 products per week during rush seasons.
2/17/2017Smarter WorldDigitalWriting$400Blogging tips & tricks
2/13/2017El Confidencial.comDigitalWriting150 USD flat rate
1/31/2017Everyday FeminismDigitalWriting$751,000+ word piece (contributors get $100)
1/31/2017Rink MagazineBoth Print and DigitalWriting$150800-word feature with reporting
1/24/2017Seeking AlphaDigitalWriting$35Additional $10 per 1,000 page views. Contributors who get Pro Articles approved are paid $150 flat. Pro top ideas are paid $500.
12/21/2016Local PalatePrintWriting$250 plus mileageFor the Notes from a Farm dept
12/21/2016VICE SPAINDigitalWriting$83
12/15/2016Horizon GuidesDigitalWriting$200 – $900Commissioning features, service copy and background research on travel destinations and activities. Register here: http://www.horizontravelpress.com/journalists
12/14/2016Advice Interactive GroupDigitalWriting0.03/wordAdvice Interactive Group allows you to choose from two pay options: $20 per hour or $12 per piece. If you choose the hourly rate, they expect you to finish at least two pieces per hour. Pieces are 300-400 words of content about roofing, vacuums, custom home building, carpet cleaning, etc. They will often assign two or more identical pieces, but each piece will be for a different client - and they expect you to write the pieces differently every time.
12/14/2016ALIVE MagazineDigitalWriting0-50Rate depends on budget availability, writer's seniority and what the writer is willing to take. Rate usually is around $20 for a blog post, though they get many writers to work for free.
12/14/2016Riverfront TimesDigitalWriting20-50Rate is for blog posts, depending on word count, complexity and writer's seniority. Local to St. Louis, Missouri, USA area.
12/14/2016Riverfront TimesPrintWriting600-1300Rate is for cover story features, depending on word count and complexity. Local to St. Louis, Missouri, USA area.
12/14/2016Porthole Cruise MagazinePrintWriting$400800 words, no reporting.
12/13/2016ViatorDigitalWriting$50 per attraction150-250 words per "attraction" written for Viator.com pays $50/attraction.
12/13/2016Parents,comDigitalWriting$150 flat750-1000 words, including citing research studies and/or interviewing several sources.
12/10/2016Financial TimesBoth Print and DigitalWriting$250360 word review
12/9/2016RootsRatedDigitalWriting$150.00 flat
12/8/2016ABC NewsPhoto350 per dayPrompt payment
12/8/2016The Guardian USADigitalPhoto350 per day
12/7/2016HoodlineDigitalWriting$50 for basic content, $100 for longformGreat publication to write for
12/7/2016Colorado ExpressionPrintWriting$250 flate rateThe contract says payment will be made 30 days after the publication date -- after you turn in the story about six months ahead of that -- but both times I had to beg for a check at least another month after it was supposed to have been sent, so build in at least 8 months from deadline for payment. Fee is for up to 2,000 words.
12/5/2016World NomadsDigitalWriting$165550 words
12/3/2016The Airstory ReviewDigitalWriting$400
12/2/2016Esports EditionDigitalWriting$0.05 per wordThis client is looking for short-form content. Most submissions are 200-500 words
12/1/2016Mint Hill TimesPrintWriting$35$35 per weekly article, $50 for bigger projects
12/1/2016Refinery29DigitalWriting$500Commissioned early 2016
12/1/2016The New YorkerBoth Print and DigitalWriting$1 per wordTalk of the Town
12/1/2016The Wall Street JournalBoth Print and DigitalWriting$600 flat800-word essay, plus recipe. Contract (issued after publication) was work for hire.
12/1/2016Princeton Alumni Weekly (PAW)PrintWriting$1 per word
12/1/2016CIO.comDigitalWriting$0.50 per word
12/1/2016The Motley FoolDigitalWriting$100 flat500-800 words
12/1/2016CheapismDigitalWriting.15 per wordFor blog. Different pay scale for product reports
12/1/2016Extra CrispyDigitalWriting$0.50 per word700-800 words
12/1/2016Gastro & Endo NewsBoth Print and DigitalWriting$0.75 per word
12/1/2016Living Northside (Atlanta Journal Constitution)PrintWriting$275900 words, magazine story.
12/1/2016The Washington PostDigitalWriting$300550 words
11/21/2016BuzzFeedDigitalWriting$100 flatEssay
11/21/2016The Wall Street JournalPrintWriting$300 flat300 words, sports section
11/16/2016The BillfoldDigitalWriting$40 flat
10/18/2016Mother JonesPrintWriting$1,200 flat1,000 word article
10/16/2016Rebellious Magazine for WomenDigitalWriting$100 flat$50 for essays; $25 for reviews. Chicago-based digital feminist lifestyle publication
10/9/2016Atlas ObscuraDigitalWriting$200 flatUp to $250. $200 for a reported story, and $250 for a story and photos. Can go higher for more ambitious longform stories
10/6/2016StackCommerceDigitalWriting$20 flat
10/4/2016EFE News AgencyPrintWriting$75 flatUp to $125. $75 for 350-400 word text, $125 for 600-word text, $125 for 3-4 minutes of video broll, $125 for 6 photos
9/30/2016National Geographic TravelDigitalWriting$1,100 flat Web-sourced
9/26/2016Washington Post Sunday MagazinePrintWriting$1 per wordI've freelanced for the Post's travel section (which does pay the $600 fee your site mentions) but the best money is at the Sunday magazine, which pays a lot more. From 2010 to the present, I've earned anywhere from $2,000-$5,000 for stories for the magazine, although I worked like a dog to do them
9/2/2016CityLabDigitalWriting$400 flat
9/2/2016Civil EatsDigitalWriting$250 flat
8/30/2016RewireDigitalWriting$200 flatUp to $300
8/29/2016Foodable NetworkDigitalWriting$150 flatFor video
8/24/2016Atlas ObscuraDigitalWriting$150 flatUp to $250. Story fee ranges but depends on scope. A lightly or online-reported story will go for $150, a story that is a bigger lift or includes photos is $250
8/20/2016DogsterDigitalWriting$75 flat
8/17/2016T: The New York Times Style MagazineDigitalWriting$100 flatWeb feature, translation, interview
8/11/2016MamamiaDigitalWriting$50 flat
7/31/2016Meredith Corp.PrintDesign$62.50 per hour
7/30/2016Cox CommunicationsDigitalAudio/Video$80 per hourMotion Graphics
7/30/2016Sterling Moving and StorageDigitalWriting$200 flat per monthThis is for 6 Facebook posts with images, per month
7/30/2016Tenya RestaurantDigitalPhotography$12 per photograph
7/29/2016NickelodeonDigitalMisc.$2,000 per weekAnimation
7/27/2016Himal SouthasianDigitalWriting$150 flat
7/27/2016VICE NewsDigitalPhotography$25 per photograph
7/26/2016Visit SouthDigitalWriting$40 flat
7/21/2016Southwest: The MagazinePrintWriting$1 per word
7/15/2016Content CavalryDigitalWriting$15 flatAbout 500 words per article
7/14/2016Sydney Morning HeraldPrintWriting$0.50 per wordStandard rate for editorial freelancers
7/9/2016NylonPrintWriting$0.50 per word
6/26/2016FanBreadDigitalWriting$20 flat
6/26/2016SheKnowsDigitalWriting$60 flat
6/23/2016TakePartDigitalWriting$1 per word$1 per word for 3000-word feature with heavy reporting.
6/20/2016NPR's Latino USADigitalWriting$125 per minute
6/9/2016VariousDigitalWriting$150 flatI write blog posts and edit ebooks for various online clients using these rates: $0.13 per word, $150 flat , $45 per hour
5/23/2016Vermont LifeDigitalWriting$600 flatNot sure if rate is for digital or print. Info here: http://vermontlife.com/guidelines-for-contributors/
5/10/2016Matador NetworkDigitalWriting$60 flat
4/10/2016Freelancer.comDigitalMisc.$0.01 per wordUp to $0.03. Translation
3/31/2016Pacific StandardDigitalWriting$250 flatReported piece
3/31/2016Kill ScreenDigitalWriting$20 flat
3/31/2016WiredDigitalWriting$400 flatWas a short, data-focused piece. Killed for space in magazine, got 1/2 the rate
3/31/2016Columbia Journalism ReviewDigitalWriting$300 flatProject was killed by EiC without explanation after terrible editing process. I did get a full kill fee, however
3/23/2016Trip 101DigitalWriting$10 flat
3/21/2016Modern FarmerDigitalWriting$125 flatIt can be web-sourced or reported. 800-1000 words
3/21/2016HorticulturePrintWriting$500 flatThis is for a feature article, 1,000-2,000 words
3/21/2016Hobby FarmsDigitalWriting$100 flatPlus $50 per deparment. Web-sourced. It's best if you know something about the topic at hand. They prefer expert writers and hands-on articles
3/21/2016BuzzFeedDigitalWriting$2,700 flatReported
3/14/2016StatDigitalWriting$1 per wordMedical/health writing
3/14/2016Seattle WeeklyPrintWriting$125 flatFeature length pieces range from $125-$175 depending on content. Generally, pieces are 800-1,200 words and appear in both print and digital form
3/3/2016Harlot MagazimeDigitalWriting$50 flatUp to $65. Prioritizes marginalized writers
2/28/2016GothamistDigitalWriting$400 flatLongform, digital
2/25/2016USAA NewsDigitalWriting$1 per wordRates are the same for digital and print
2/24/2016Matador NetworkDigitalWriting$20 flatUp to $60
2/22/2016Broke-Ass StuartDigitalWriting$10 flatAlso a bonus for views
2/20/2016ThrillistDigitalWriting$150 flat800-1,000 words
2/11/2016Oyster.comDigitalWriting$50 flatBlog article
1/20/2016The AtlanticDigitalWriting$200 flatOpen to negotiation if including hi-res photos or overseas reporting
1/20/2016ThinkProgressDigitalWriting$250 flatNegotiated up for $100 and photos included from overseas. Not well-paying
1/20/2016GOOD Project LiteracyDigitalWriting$500 flatNo extra photo budget
1/12/2016Fortune.comDigitalWriting$400 flatShort, 800-word reported story; editor was responsive and clear with direction
1/5/2016UpworthyDigitalWriting$150 flat$50 bonus
1/5/2016Astronomy MagazinePrintWriting$1,500 flat
12/29/2015The BillfoldDigitalWriting$30 flat
12/25/2015Content MagazinePrintWriting$50 flat
12/16/2015Mental FlossPrintWriting$100 flatFor a list
12/16/2015CNNDigitalWriting$250 flat
12/15/2015The Daily BeastDigitalWriting$200 flatReported piece
12/14/2015VariousPrintWriting$50 per hour
12/10/2015CommonwealDigitalWriting$150 flat
12/3/2015Time Out New YorkDigitalPhotography$75 flat
11/26/2015KTNDigitalWriting$30 flatWeb-souced
11/10/2015ReutersDigitalWriting$225 flatI saw you had $450 as a day rate and the day rate I have had for over two years is $225. The per article rate you listed as $100, I have had $125
11/10/2015The Guardian USDigitalWriting$150 flatMinus the wire transfer fee
11/10/2015The Atlantic HealthDigitalWriting$200 flat
10/29/2015NarrativelyDigitalMisc.$80 flatIllustration. For 3 images
10/28/2015KickerDigitalWriting$50 flatWeb-sourced news explainers
10/28/2015Om SaiPrintDesign$100 flat
10/27/2015CNN.comDigitalWriting$100 flatUp to $350. The rates vary depending on whether you write for their religion blog ($100 flat) to their education blog, from which I managed to extract $350 for a long, complex piece. $200 flat (which is what you have on your site) is typical, but just know there's a difference depending on the topic
10/27/2015Washington Post Sunday MagazinePrintWriting$1 per wordI've written 14+ articles for them including a cover story this summer, so I am well acquainted with their rates! They know $1/word is low, but they have little incentive to raise it
10/16/2015Barry UniversityDigitalWriting$1 per wordInterviews and web-research
10/16/2015BBC NewsDigitalWriting$300 flat
10/14/2015Atlas ObscuraDigitalWriting$250 flat$250 for a ~1,400 word post (give or take, they're flexible) plus a handful of photos on www.atlasobscura.com
10/11/2015Julien's Journal (Dubuque, IA)PrintWriting$0.05 per wordContent is distributed both digitally and in print. Payment is $0.05 per word, with no extra payment for photographs. Generous with complimentary copies
10/11/2015TH Media (Dubuque, IA)PrintWriting$75 flatResearched feature stories with a minimum of two interview subjects. Minimum 750 words
10/6/2015Foreign PolicyDigitalWriting$200 flatReported
10/6/2015Nature NewsDigitalWriting$80 flatUp to $150 flat. News $0.80 word / Research Highlights $100 flat fee / Seven Days News In Brief $80 flat fee / Online Blog $150 flat fee
10/5/2015Women's Health AustraliaPrintWriting$0.70 per word
10/5/2015CleoPrintWriting$0.60 per word
9/29/2015Silicon ANGLEDigitalWriting$0.10 per wordUp to $0.12
9/29/2015VoxDigitalWriting$500 flatPersonal essay
9/10/2015BBCDigitalWriting$311 flatFor 500 words
9/10/2015The GuardianDigitalWriting$387 flatPer 1,000 words
9/10/2015VICEDigitalWriting$343 flatPer 1,200 words
9/9/2015PandoDailyDigitalWriting$250 flatFor shorter pieces (mine was 750 words)
9/9/2015Think ProgressDigitalWriting$200 flat
9/8/2015J. CrewPrintWriting$450 per day
8/21/2015BridesPrintWriting$2 per wordReported. I was assigned a story at this rate
8/21/2015Ligiddy.comDigitalWriting$40 flat
8/14/2015Spare Change News (Boston)PrintWriting$25 flatUp to $50. Both digital and print. Flat, under 1,000 words: $25 Flat, over 1,000 words: $50
8/14/2015ThrillistDigitalWriting$1,500 flat For longform reporting
8/11/2015AtllerDigitalWriting$0.30 per word
8/5/2015Community GroupPrintDesign$50 per hour
7/31/2015Popular SciencePrintWriting$2 per wordFeature story w/ multiple revisions
7/28/2015The National (Abu Dhabi Media Company)PrintWriting$0.54 per wordAll stories appear online too
7/27/2015BeyondMVPDigitalWriting$100 flat
7/6/2015Piccolo UniverseDigitalWriting$80 flat
6/13/2015Travel + LeisureDigitalWriting$100 flatUp to $250. The website was recently overhauled and new editors brought in. Pay rates have dropped significantly from $1,000 to $250-$100
6/10/2015The New York Times, InternationalPrintWriting$528 flatGreat Homes and Destinations section, 700 words
6/9/2015Latin TradePrintWriting$0.50 per word
6/9/2015Latin FinancePrintWriting$0.70 per wordRate varies, but starts at $0.60-$0.70/word
6/4/2015Working MotherDigitalWriting$300 flat
5/29/2015CareerAddictDigitalWriting$20 flat
5/2/2015EBSCODigitalWriting$1.50 per word
4/24/2015The LoopDigitalWriting$185 flatRates vary depending on type of gallery, but generally $250 CDN is the rate for researched slideshows of eleven photos or more (numbers in the higher teens and low twenties are preferred). In addition to writing captions, contributors are responsible for sourcing and editing photos
4/24/2015Food & Nutrition MagazinePrintWriting$1 per word
4/23/2015The Advocate MagazineDigitalWriting$25 flat
4/23/2015SheKnowsDigitalWriting$55 flatLight research, no custom photos
4/23/2015Fast CompanyDigitalWriting$0.10 per word
4/23/2015KickerDigitalWriting$50 flatRegular freelance. Web-sourced current events coverage
4/18/2015Sacramento News & ReviewPrintWriting$0.20 per wordNews story -- long or short -- I was paid by the word, no matter how long I was with the company (over a decade), this rate never changed, no matter how many in-depth features I turned in for them. / Articles appear in BOTH digital and print versions of paper
4/18/2015SF ChroniclePrintWriting$600 flatReported/Analysis piece. 900 words + multiple sources
4/18/2015SF ChroniclePrintWriting$150 flat600-word reported op-ed; at LEAST three sources, typically more + "How to get involved" sidebar links/info graf // Runs in BOTH Digital and Print.with reprint rights in NYTimes, et al
4/14/2015Brit + Co.DigitalWriting$20 flat
4/14/2015CosmopolitanDigitalWriting$100 flat
4/14/2015LoverlyDigitalWriting$30 flat
4/11/2015EContent MagazineDigitalWriting$200 flat
4/11/2015The BarkPrintWriting$0.35 per word
4/11/2015Boys' LifePrintWriting$1 per wordArchive payments once a year for digital use
4/11/2015Model RetailerPrintWriting$0.25 per word
4/11/2015Pizza TodayPrintWriting$0.50 per word
4/11/2015Family CirclePrintWriting$2 per word
4/10/2015Hewlett-PackardDigitalMisc.$85 per hourMarketing strategy
4/1/2015Fast CompanyDigitalWriting$400 flat
4/1/2015Asian ScientistDigitalWriting$0.17 per wordSometimes the digitally published articles are used for print issues! Must be dealt with by the editor
4/1/2015Progressive Farmer MagazineDigitalAudio/Video$800 per dayVideography
3/29/2015Investor's Business DailyPrintWriting$450 flat$200 for web only
3/29/2015Institutional Investor AlphaPrintWriting$1.25 per word
3/29/2015Forbes.comDigitalWriting$40 flatPlus $0.005 per page view and $0.05 per repeat visitor
3/29/2015Institutional InvestorDigitalWriting$500 flat
3/29/2015stylerescue.comDigitalDesign$20 per hourWeb design
3/29/2015Zaner-BloserPrintWriting$60 per hourCopywriting. Writing and editing curriculum materials for children
3/21/2015VariousDigitalDesign$3,000 flatWeb design
3/19/2015Trazee TravelDigitalWriting$20 flat300-500 words
3/17/2015Vanichi MagazineDigitalWriting$30 flat
3/16/2015Global TravelerPrintWriting$0.40 per word
3/16/2015Failure MagazineDigitalWriting$50 flat
3/16/2015HemispheresPrintWriting$1.00 per word
3/16/2015IndieWireDigitalWriting$150 flat
3/16/2015The FreelancerDigitalWriting$300 flat$200 for columns, $300 for reporting
3/6/2015The New Statesman's CityMetricDigitalWriting$63 flatReported, 800 words
3/6/2015The GuardianDigitalWriting$195 flatReported, 500 words. £310 for 1,000 words is their rate-for-all, non-negotiable
3/5/2015The AtlanticDigitalWriting$200 flat
2/26/2015NextCityDigitalWriting$.50 per wordHeavily reported 3,000-word article
2/25/2015POLITICO MagazineDigitalWriting$500 flat rate
2/11/2015Reviews.comDigitalWriting$2,000 flat
2/11/2015The New York TimesPrintWriting$.50 per wordYou have a flat rate listed for the NYT, but I was paid by the word for a 1,300-word feature in the Sunday Metropolitan section. Perhaps they pay differently according to section?
2/10/2015Life by DailyBurnDigitalWriting$150 flatStories are often longer than typical low-rate stories, usually around 600-800 words
2/10/2015RodaleDigitalWriting$200 flatUp to $300. Quick-hit stories for MensHealth.com
2/10/2015Consumer ReportsPrintWriting$2 per word
2/10/2015DwellPrintWriting$1.00 per wordReported
2/10/2015MarieClaire.comDigitalWriting$100 flat
2/10/2015Balanced Living MagazineDigitalWriting$500 flatThis magazine is BOTH digital and print. I write feature stories for them, which requires that I interview one or two sources whose input I include (direct and indirect quotes) in the stories
2/10/2015Cleveland ClinicDigitalWriting$200 flatThese stories require that I interview one to two sources as experts as well as analyze abstracts from the clinical trials they are involved in, then write a feature story about it
2/10/2015Al Jazeera AmericaDigitalWriting$350 flatReported
2/9/2015Mint.comDigitalWriting$150 flatUp to $300 flat
2/9/2015TH MediaPrintWriting$100 flat700-1,000 words
2/7/2015Smithsonian.comDigitalWriting$400 flat
2/7/2015New York MagazinePrintWriting$1.50 per word
2/4/2015Fast CompanyDigitalWriting$0.50 per word
1/28/2015Marie ClairePrintWriting$2.00 per word
1/28/2015Art RadarDigitalWriting$25 flat

Tired of writing for pennies (or peanuts or whichever cliche for crappy pay you prefer) and ready to earn money online for real?

We’re tired of it, too. That’s why Carol started paying for posts a few years back — and why she upped her rates to $75+ last fall. And it’s why we update our list of sites that pay on a regular basis.

Below is the new-and-improved, early 2016 edition of Make a Living Writing’s list of websites that pay at least $50 per post.

What’s included — and not

Rather than linking to the list we published last fall, we’re posting a comprehensive and updated new list. We’ve added new markets we learned of in the past 6 months and removed sites that have categories of posts that are below $50. That’s our minimum.

In some cases, these sites keep it on the Q.T. exactly what they pay. We’re including markets where freelance writers in our network report they pay more than $50, in order to bring you the widest variety of paying markets possible.

We also removed sites that are not currently accepting pitches, which knocked a good portion of the writing-focused sites off. Sites where you only have a shot at earning $50 writing on spec, or based on traffic or ad clicks, are NOT included. This is a list of markets offering guaranteed pay only!

The list runs the gamut of topics, from parenting and knitting to business and writing, so there should be something here for everyone.

As always, we appreciate any corrections or additions — please post them in the comments. Here’s the list:

Business, Career, and Finance

  1. B. Michelle Pippin pays $50-$150 for business-related articles.
  2. Note: This site is no longer functioning.
  3. Brazen (formerly Brazen Careerist) will pay if you pre-arrange it with their editor. They’re looking for posts about higher ed administration, marketing, networking, and recruiting and HR.
  4. CEO Hangout will pay $50 if you pre-arrange it with the editor — send a pitch and negotiate payment before writing the article. They run posts about the CEO lifestyle, success stories, interviews, and other reported features of interest to business leaders.
  5. DailyWorth pays $150 for articles about women and money. They list a blackhole editorial@ email address, but I recently tweeted them about how to submit a pitch, and they suggested hitting up the managing editor, Koa Beck.
  6. Doctor of Credit pays $50 for personal finance articles that focus specifically on credit.
  7. eCommerce Insiders pays $60-$150 for articles about online retailing.
  8. FreelanceMom pays $75-$100 for posts about running a business as a busy parent.
  9. FreshBooks (yup, that same invoicing site Carol recommends) pays $200 a post and up. Be prepared to negotiate to get a better rate.
  10. Acorns has a new online pub called Grow Magazine that pays $50+ for finance writing geared toward millennials. They don’t have guidelines posted, but they told me to submit to grow@acorns.com with the word STORY in your subject line. We don’t normally recommend those generic emails, but because the pub is still new, it might not be a huge black hole yet.
  11. IncomeDiary pays $50-$200 for articles about making money online, including SEO, affiliate sales, and traffic generation.
  12. Mirasee pays $200 for 1,000-2,000-word posts on marketing, business productivity, and growth topics. [NOTE: Mirasee is currently paying only for posts they commission. Unsolicited posts are unpaid.]
  13. Modern Farmer reportedly pays around $150 for articles.
  14. Penny Hoarder shares money-saving ideas. You’ll need to negotiate pay with the editors during the pitching process — and be willing to forego a link back to your site.
  15. Priceonomics The catch? Articles must be submitted on spec. They occasionally post requests for articles on specific topics, which might get you closer to that big paycheck. [NOTE: This pub’s writer’s guidelines now say they pay $50/article. Be prepared to verify/negotiate payment.]
  16. RankPay about SEO, content marketing, and social media. [NOTE: This pub’s writer’s guidelines now say they pay $50/article. Be prepared to verify/negotiate payment.]
  17. The Work Online blog pays $50 per post.


  1. Aish accepts first-person accounts on the positive influence of Orthodox Jewish beliefs on everyday life — and they pay $200 on publication. Know the frum life to succeed here, and email ebraverman@aish.edu.
  2. Cosmopolitan.com pays $100 for essays about college. They’re also using this essay submission as a way to find writers for assignments.
  3. Dame reportedly pays $200 for essays. They do accept reported features and other article types, and pay rates may vary for those.
  4. Essig Magazine offers $100 for essays about a personal experience.
  5. The Establishment pays $125 and up for reported stories and essays.
  6. Eureka Street is an Australian site that pays $200 for analysis or commentary on politics, religion, popular culture or current events in Australia and the world. They also pay $50 for poetry, which seems to be a rarity these days. [NOTE: This publication is closed to submissions from December 13, 2016 to January 10, 2017. Anything submitted during this time will not be read – please verify they’re back open before you submit.]
  7. Guideposts pays $250 for Christian faith-based essays.
  8. LightHouse pays $100 for uplifting essays by blind or visually impaired writers.
  9. Narratively pays $200-300 for 2000 – 2500-word essays on specific topics. Check their guidelines for a list of current needs.
  10. The New York Times Modern Love column reportedly pays as much as $300 for essays on any topic that could be classified as modern love.
  11. Skirt pays $200 for essays about women’s issues.
  12. [NOTE: The Toast is closing July 1, 2017, and is no longer accepting submissions.]
  13. Vox First Person reportedly pays in the $400 range for personal essays of about 1,500 words. Pitch firstperson@vox.com.
  14. xoJane was purchased by Time, Inc., and shuttered on Dec. 31, 2016. Certain content will fold into InStyle.

Family and Parenting

  1. Babble pays $100-$150 for posts on parenting, entertainment, pregnancy, beauty, style, food, and travel. (NOTE: Babble’s writer’s guidelines are no longer easily found. You may have to do some sleuthing to find contact info for an editor.)
  2. Just Parents is a UK-based site that focuses on pregnancy and parenting. They pay $60 per post.
  3. Parent.co posts non-snarky articles about parenting and family issues. Pay starts at $50.
  4. [NOTE: No longer pays for unsolicited submissions.]
  5. Stork Guide focuses on pregnancy and parenting of newborns and toddlers. They pay $50+ per post.
  6. Well Family (the New York Times’ parenting blog) pays $100. Pitch the editor.


  1. The Anxiety Foundation pays $50 for mental health articles.
  2. The Atlantic’s online health section reportedly pays $200.
  3. PsychCentral covers mental health. They don’t list a pay rate on their site, and they didn’t respond to my query about pay, but a reader on last year’s list reported they are a paying market. [UPDATE 12/2016: The website says they don’t pay, but exceptions are made if you discuss payment BEFORE submitting.]

Lifestyle and General Interest

  1. BBC Britain doesn’t publish their pay rate, but I’ve seen reports of $350-$1,000 for various BBC sites. Pitch stories with a British slant for an international audience. Download their guidelines as a Word document.
  2. Bitch Magazine’s website pays for pop culture features. Pay is variable, so negotiate to get your desired rate.
  3. BookBrowse pays for book reviews! Writers accepted into their stable of reviewers will earn $50 for a 600-word review.
  4. [NOTE: BuzzFeed is no longer accepting submissions.]
  5. The Daily Beast reportedly pays $250 and up. Their submission guidelines have a black-hole editorial@ email address, so you’ll want to do a little digging to find the right person to pitch.
  6. Note: Gawker.com shut down in August 2016.
  7. getAbstract reportedly pays $300 for longer (2,000-4,000 word) book summaries.
  8. Gothamist pays $50-$150 for reported pieces about New York.
  9. HowlRound pays $50 for blog posts about the theater — management and marketing, play production and writing, and so on. Note: This market asked to be removed because they were receiving pitches that were not well targeted. Target your pitches so we can keep providing these lists.
  10. The International Wine Accessories blog pays $50 and up for articles.
  11. [NOTE: The Kernel paused weekly publication as of July 2016.]
  12. Knitty raised their rates to $120-$200 for articles about knitting and knitting patterns. They also have a sister site —Knittyspin — for knitters who like to use handspun yarn.
  13. Lifezette pays $100-$200 for articles on parenting, politics, faith, health, and pop culture. Contact the appropriate editor with your idea.
  14. Listverse pays $100 for long (1,500 word) lists on various topics.
  15. [NOTE: The Mix is no longer accepting submissions.]
  16. New York Observer pays $100 on posts about politics and culture for “sophisticated readership of metropolitan professionals.”
  17. OZY does pay freelancers, but rates vary.
  18. Paste pays $50+ for submissions in many different areas.
  19. Playboy.com pays up to $350, depending on the topic.
  20. Pretty Designs covers fashion and beauty. You’ll need to negotiate per-post pay.
  21. Refinery29 reportedly pays $75 and up for slideshows, articles, and essays on various topics. They also post their needs for specific columns on their guidelines page.
  22. Salon pays $100-$200 for essays and reported features, even very long ones.
  23. Smithsonian Magazine Online reportedly pays established freelancers up to $600 for reported articles.
  24. The Tablet pays for articles on Jewish news, ideas, and culture. Pay varies, so be prepared to negotiate. I saw a report of $1,000 for a heavily reported 2,000+ word feature.
  25. TwoPlusTwo Magazine pays $200 for original posts about poker. They post articles for six months, after which time the rights revert to the writer, so you can sell reprint rights or post it on your own blog.
  26. Upworthy pays $150-$200 for 500-word posts.
  27. Vice‘s pay rate varies, so you will need to negotiate if you’d like to write about food, technology, music, fashion, and other lifestyle topics.
  28. YourTango pays $50 for posts on love, sex, travel, mental health, and just about anything else that affects your relationships.


  1. A List Apart covers web design. They pay $200 per article.
  2. Compose pays $200 and $200 in Compose database credits for articles about databases.
  3. The Graphic Design School blog pays $100-$200 for articles and tutorials about Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and open source design tools.
  4. Indeni pays $50-$200 for posts that cover Check Point firewalls, F5 load balancers or Palo Alto Networks firewalls.
  5. Linode pays $250 for articles about Linux, Socket.io, NoSQL databases, game servers, Open Change, and Web RTC.
  6. Devilish about web development? SitePoint pays $100-$150 for articles on HTML, CSS, Ruby, PHP, and more.
  7. SlickWP pays $100 for posts about WordPress and the Genesis Theme framework.
  8. Tuts+ pays $100 and up for tutorials on various technologies, including Web design and Flash. Tuts once ran a network of 16 different blogs, including Freelance Switch, but it’s all together on a single site now that encompasses design, gaming, photography, writing, and more.
  9. WordCandy pays 6-10 cents a word for ghostwritten pieces about WordPress — these will appear on some of the larger WordPress blogs, such as wpmudev.
  10. WPHub pays $100-$200 for posts on web design trends, coding best practices, and other WordPress-related topics.

Travel and Food

  1. Big Grey Horse page $125-$200 for posts about Texas — photos must be included. Texas-based writers are preferred, because the site requires in-person visits.
  2. Cultures and Cuisines pays $200 per article.
  3. Desert Times pays $50-$100 for stories about the deserts of North America and the culture and lifestyle of the people who live there. They prefer writers to also submit photos.
  4. Expatics serves U.S. expatriates. This is another site where you’ll need to negotiate pay before you write your article.
  5. Fund Your Life Overseas pays $75 for articles about business ideas that provide enough income for U.S. ex-pats.
  6. The International Wine Accessories blog pays $50 and up for articles.
  7. Saveur starts at $150 for “amazing stories about food and travel.”
  8. The Salt (NPR’s food blog) reportedly pays $200+.


  1. ClearVoice is a platform to connect bloggers with brands in various niches, as well as commissioning posts for its own blog. Pay is variable but ranges as high as $250-$400 (from what we’ve seen so far). When you apply, you set the rates you’re willing to accept; then, the platform emails you when appropriate opportunities arise. It’s not a bid site — fees are preset. But gigs are presented to multiple writers, and then the client chooses who they’ll work with. Luckily, there’s no elaborate application process, once your profile is set — you simply reply that you’re interested, and they let you know if you win the gig.
  2. Contently pays about 35 cents a word for their freelancer-focused online magazine. Download their pitching guidelines here.
  3. Freedom with Writing pays $50+ for lists of paying publishers. They also pay for short ebooks, so there is an option for longer-form content, too.
  4. Make a Living Writing. That’s right, this-here blog pays $75-$100 for guest posts, depending on complexity and research needed. Be sure to read our guidelines thorougly, especially our list of the topics we’re actively looking for guest posts on right now. Pitching one of those will seriously improve your odds!
  5. WOW! Women on Writing pays $50-$150.
  6. The Write Life pays for some posts — you’ll need to negotiate your rate.

Tips for successful pitching

Before you pitch any of these sites, read the guidelines carefully and study the posts they’ve already run. Make sure you either have a fresh topic or a new way of exploring an issue they’ve covered before.

Paying markets are more competitive than posting on free sites. And the more bad pitches a site receives, the likelier they will reconsider whether they even accept guest posts, let alone pay for them. (Believe me, this happens, and it is the reason some sites we’ve listed before are no longer accepting pitches.)

Need help learning how to pitch a paying guest post? See this post, and this one.

Have you written for any of these markets? Found others that pay well? Tell us in the comments below.

Jennifer Roland is a freelance education, financial institution, and technology writer — and the guest-blog editor here at Make a Living Writing. Her latest book, 10 Takes: Pacific Northwest Writers, was published by Gladeye Press.

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