Paying Markets

Writers should get paid for their work. We need to eat, just like everyone else. Unfortunately, most literary journals are staffed by volunteers, and have no budget. Some, however, are willing to pay for articles, stories, and poems.

The best-paying magazines tend to be non-fiction publications, but some of these are beginning to accept poetry and creative non-fiction. It's a question of finding your niche.

Here are some good sources for finding paying markets:

Writers Weekly

Freelance Writing

Write Jobs

Who Pays Writers

Contently: The Freelancer

Litworth

 For additional paying markets, be sure to check this page:



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15 Magazines That Pay $500 or More
Many of these journals specialize in niche markets, which means they have a loyal readership. If you happen to have expertise or a background that would appeal to their audiences, these magazines will be happy to read your pitch. Quite a few accept poetry.

These magazines represent everything from speculative fiction, to poetry, to gardening. Payments range from $1.25 to $1,000. You will find a home for your work in this list. (This list is continually updated.)

Going through the Poets & Writers database, I found 36 magazines that pay their contributors. This is a nice selection with something for everyone. 
13 Paying Markets for Personal Essays
Like the short story, personal essays are structured, have a theme, and usually involve a moral or message of some kind. Some literary journals and niche magazines are willing to pay substantially for these essays, so devoting a few hours to writing one is worth your consideration.
18 Paying Markets for Humor 
If you have a sense of humor, why not use it to make some money? There are ample economic opportunities for people who can see the lighter side of life, or skewer the darker side with a well-aimed quip. These publications will be more than happy to pay you to make their readers laugh.
If you write science fiction, fantasy, or horror you will want to pore over this list. I have included pay ranges as well as whether they accept simultaneous submissions and/or reprints.
Most magazines prefer original work, but some (surprisingly) not only accept reprints, but pay for them. I have indicated which markets currently pay writers. 
Freelancing: Getting Paid to Write Nonfiction Articles 
When it comes to the short form, nothing is more lucrative than nonfiction. Even if your focus is on poetry or fiction, you can publish short informative pieces - and get paid quite handsomely. This article lists some great resources for finding paying markets.
33 Feminist and Women's Publications That Pay Writers 
These publications accept a wide variety of submissions, including articles, personal essays, fiction, news items, humor, and poetry.
18 Paying Markets for Tech Articles
The whole world is looking for techies, which means if your area of expertise is web development, website design, and/or all those things with confusing initials, you can write about it and make money!
36 Parenting and Family Magazines That Pay Writers
If you are a writer with children, you're in luck! Magazines that are geared to families tend to have significant circulations. Many are local, which means they are eager for stories about regional family events and places to go that are family-friendly. Some publish fiction and poetry, and nearly all accept personal essays. There are no fees to submit. 
13 Outdoor and Environmental Magazines that Pay Writers
Magazines focusing on the environment have a dedicated readership, and some pay quite well for a thoroughly researched feature. But even if your only interest is writing about your hiking adventures, there is plenty of opportunity to get published.

2 comments:

  1. Hi Erica Verrillo, thank you for the submission roundup. I'm new to Google+ Writers, Authors, Bloggers community and am interested in submitting some writing. However, I can't seem to find any info about protecting myself so that I'm sure to get paid for any submissions used by the publishers. Is there anything you can share with me about that? Thank you, P J Williams

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  2. Most magazines and journals that pay won't accept a piece if it has appeared online. So, if you want to submit to a paying market, don't post it anywhere until after it has been published. As for how to get paid by magazines or journals, that's pretty straightforward. Once your work is accepted, they will send you a contract. In the contract it will stipulate when you will get paid (on publication, on acceptance, after 30 days, etc.) I've never had a problem getting paid when submitting to a paying market. Usually they send a check or make a paypal payment when the piece is published.

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