One of the easiest ways for anyone to get started in earning extra money online is by writing articles for blogs and online magazines.
It doesn’t require any investment. The pay is mostly fast–you write and submit the article, it gets published, and you get paid.
And that is why I personally recommend freelance writing to anyone who wants to earn extra cash on the side and can write.
I have gathered a huge list of online magazines and websites that will pay you anywhere from $10 up to $500 or more per article.
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Table of Content
- Sites that pay you to write about: Vacation/Travel
- Sites that pay you to write about: General Interest
- Sites that pay you to write about: Short Stories
- Sites that pay you to write about: Politics/News/Entertainment
- Sites that pay you to write about: Humor
- Sites that pay you to write about: Education
- Sites that pay you to write about: Religion
- Sites that pay you to write about: Special Interest
- Sites that pay you to write about: Business/Money
- Sites that pay you to write about: Fiction
- Sites that pay you to write about: Parenting
- Sites that pay you to write about: Lifestyle
- Sites that pay you to write about: Regional
- Sites that pay you to write about: Kids/Teens
- Sites that pay you to write about: Sports/Outdoor
- Sites that pay you to write about: DIY/Home Improvement
- Sites that pay you to write about: Art
- Sites that pay you to write about: Science
- Sites that pay you to write about: Farm & Gardening
- Sites that pay you to write about: Web & Technology
1. Transitions Abroad – $150 per post
Transitions Abroad focuses on people who travel, regardless for work, education, retirement or volunteering purpose. If you can produce factual information or experience to that effect, you can expect to make around $150 for your article.
2. Wanderlust – £220 per post
Britain based Wanderlust targets the travel market. Writers are known to have received £220 for their feature articles (with article length around 1000 words).
3. Great Escape Publishing – $50 to $200 per post
Great Escape Publishing focuses on the how and what about travel writer. The rates vary a lot, from $50 to $200 per article, subject to how useful or interesting your article is.
4. Alaska Airlines Magazine – $150 to $700 per post
This is the proprietary in-flight magazine found inside Alaska Airlines. You get paid between $150 and $700 for every contribution.
They boast of a circulation approaching one million, and they regularly invite new writers for fresh ideas. They are known to be a good paymaster; rewarding good articles with the rate of $1 for every word.
6. Air Canada enRoute – Pay unknown
This is yet another in-flight magazine with over 1 million monthly international readership. The standard is high here but they also have a correspondingly attractive pay scheme.
7. Horizon Edition Magazine – $100 to $450 per post
Horizon Air flies in the regions connecting 42 cities, and they are an affiliate to Alaska Air. They welcome freelance contribution, and it is $100 for short interesting articles. Your feature story is going to fetch you $450, potentially including all expenses paid trip.
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8. Delta Sky Magazine – Pay unknown
Delta is an international airline, and they welcome all sorts of contribution from freelance writers. They can be short pieces of 100 words or they can be expanded into 2,000 word feature stories. There is also an editorial internship program if you are interested.
9. MotorHome – $900 per post
10. Vibrant Life – $100-$300 per post
This one here encourages healthy lifestyle and the straightforward content does not hide its strong Christianity root. If you can produce decent article on vegetarian diet or balanced eating, your every article will be paid between $100-$300.
11. The War Cry – $0.35 per word
The Salvation Army is behind the publication of War Cry. Their rates vary depending on the nature of the articles. If it is an original content, they pay $0.35 per word; if this is a rewrite or reprint, the payout is $0.15 for every word.
12. Guideposts – $250 per post
Guideposts seek to demonstrate how personal faith can inspire success in one’s personal journey. Every successfully accepted article will be paid upwards of $250.
13. Chicken Soup for the Soul – $200 per post
The key thing here is to demonstrate how one has been inspired. If you can relate a personal story that features the positive aspects of life, they want your contribution.
14. Power For Living – $125 to $375 per post
Power For Living is dedicated to Christian adults. For short articles that range from 750 words up, the payout is $125. Those longer articles (1400-1600 words) will go for $375.
15. AARP – Pay unknown
AARP is targeted at the more mature segment of the society and they welcome works that challenge conventional wisdom with regards to issues pertaining to the 50+ age bracket. You can make one dollar for every word you submit.
16. Tor – $2000 per 10,000 words
Tor welcomes writings of speculative fictions sort. You will be paid $2000 on the first 10,000 words in the article.
17.Clarkesworld – $500 to $1,380 per post
Clarkesworld is a multiple award-winning (with 3 Hugo Awards among them) science fiction magazine. The first 5000 words in your article will earn you $500, and each subsequent word count is worth $0.08. The maximum payout is $1,380, so you are encouraged to restrict your article length to the 16,000 words bound.
18. Harper’s Magazine – Pay unknown
Harper is a made in America monthly publication that writes about everything under the sun. They have produced great names Jonathan Franze, Annie Dillard, and David Foster Wallace. So even while they don’t make their rates public, it won’t be too shabby considering that the above authors write for them.
19. The New Yorker – Pay unknown
This is arguably the most commercially successful magazine with a large international fan base. You can submit short stories to take advantage of the amazingly huge readership over here.
20. Asimov’s Science Fiction – up to $1,600 per story
21. The Christian Science Monitor – $200 to $225 per post
The Christian Science Monitor writes about everything contemporary, and they tend to have a slight national focus. Your article will fetch you around $200 to $225 here.
22. High Country News – $0.50 to $1.50 per word
High Country News focuses its circulation on the American West. The rate is $.50 to $1.50 a word (which is impressive considering that they are a not for profit organization), with a cap on 2,400 words.
23. The Sun Magazine – up to $2500 per post
The Sun Magazine is an elegant magazine with a huge slant on literary stuff. A typical non-fiction article can fetch something like $2,500 if it is written well.
24. The Nation – $150 to $500 per post
They talk liberal politics here, and they will welcome you if you have incisive political articles and commentaries. You can command $350-$500 if they accept your article. For political commentary, they pay $150 for each one of them.
25. Salon – $100 per post
26. Cracked – $50 to $200 per post
If you can put together humorous pieces, this site can be pretty rewarding. They pay $50 for four really short funny stories, and when you submit feature-length articles, your payout goes up to $100. Your fifth article on will be paid $200 apiece.
27. Reader’s Digest – $100 per post
With their international and massive circulation, it is no surprise that Reader’s Digest pays $100 for every piece of work accepted. The payout does not tie to the length of article produced; it can be a short hilarious quote or a funny exchange between lovers.
28. Teaching Tolerance – $1 per word
Another magazine intended for the teachers, with those involve with pre-K through 12 kids. The content is more about diversity and social tolerance. Accepted articles will be paid $1 for every word.
29. American Educator – up to $300 per post
American Educator is a quarterly magazine funded by the American Federation of Teachers. It covers all aspects of teaching from the perspective of policy formulation, labors, trends, etc… Accepted article will be paid $300 upwards each.
30. devozine – $25 to $100 per post
devozine’s goal is to provide guidelines to young adults in order to strengthen their faith in Christianity. Your article will be paid $25 for meditations related stuff, and $100 for feature-length articles.
31. The Quiet Hour – up to $115 per post
The quarterly issued Quiet Hour features anecdotal stories, and each one is to be closed with a prayer or quotation. The work here is contract based and awarded writers are responsible for 7 devotionals each quarter. Individual contract will pay $115 upwards.
32. Sports Spectrum – $315-$420 per post
33. Pentimento – $250 per post
Pentimento intends to make the public more aware of the story of disabled people. If you can write a well balanced and engaging story about the disabled community in general, or specific story of a disabled member of society, they are willing to pay you $250.
34. Drum! Magazine – $50 to $300 per post
As the name implies, it is all about drums. If you have interesting stuff to say about drumming, you get paid $50-$300 for every feature article.
35. LightHouse – $100 per essay
The focus here at LightHouse is the stories of the blind and visually impaired writers. The underlying theme is not so much on the sufferings, but about conquering adversities in life.
36. Porthole Cruise Magazine – Pay unknown
This magazine sets out to collate and consolidates all things pertaining to cruises. Do take note that payment is issued only upon publication.
37. DRAFT – $0.80 per word
It is not entirely focused on the consumption of beer, but also things related to the senses and cultures of the beer drinking population. You get $0.80 for every word published, but keep in mind that they are not interested in the technical aspect of beer making.
38. Rapid Magazine – Pay unknown
This one is dedicated to water paddling sports. In general, they prefer short articles (
39. Maine Boat, Homes & Harbors – $250-$500 per article
Maine Boats talks about boating life in the Maine area. They only invite short articles (of 500-1500 words), and the payout is $250-$500, as soon as your article is published.
40. Country Magazine – $250 per post
Business / Money
41. eCommerce Insiders – $125 per post
This covers almost everything you need to know about the online commerce. If you have new insight to contribute on this space, you get $125 for 600 words article.
42. iWorkWell – $200 per article
43. Fantasy and Science Fiction – up to $3000 per article
44. A Fine Parent – $100 per post
They look for useful parenting tips. The accepted article will be paid $100.
45. Scary Mommy – $100 per post
Scary Mommy gives parenting a unique twist; practical tips presented in a humorous way. If you can produce lighthearted yet useful parenting tips, you will be paid $100 for your article.
46. Babble – $150 per post
Disney is the parent company of Babble. You can write anything with regards to parenting, and for every 1200 words produced, you will be rewarded with $150.
47. Youth Today – $150-$2000 per article
Youth Today is intended for the caregivers and policymakers on youth and children, in their effort to shape the development of this new generation. The website does not say how much it pays but from the research I have done on online forums and blogs, seems like your article can fetch $150-$2000, subject to negotiation.
48. Girls Life – $300 per post
This magazine gives useful updates and advises on boys-girls relationship, celebrities gossips, grooming, etc… Payment can go $300 up for each article.
49. NY Times’ Modern Love Column – $300 per post
This is the column piece found in the New York Times. They encourage personal stories in relation to parenting, marriage, relationship and dating. They pay $300 for individual contribution.
50. L.A. Affairs – $300 per essay
This is another column in another paper, i.e. the Los Angeles Times. They tell of the hot and not-so-hot aspects of the dating scene surrounding Southern California. If your article is accepted, you get $300 per essay.
51. Heroes and Heartbreakers – $1000 to $2000 per post
Popular publisher MacMillan runs this Heroes and Heartbreakers magazine. They generally take in articles of 15k-30k words. If you are planning to write a long story (e.g. 30k words), they don’t mind paying you a $1,000-$2,000 down payment, on the back of a 25% royalty offer.
52. Italian America – $350 per post
53. Boulevard – $225 per post
The Canadian based magazine that tends to focus on the art scene in Vancouver Island, while also talk about subjects of interest in general. They encourage short articles (around 850 words) with each words going for 25 to 30 cents, meaning that you stand to make up to $255.
54. Big Grey Horse – $125-$200 per article
Big Grey Horse is a lifestyle magazine from Texas. You can add useful information towards that regard, and you can get paid $125-$200 for your article.
55. AMC Outdoors – $150 to $700 per article
AMC Outdoors zooms in on recreational activities around the Northern Appalachian, but it also contains some educational stuff about our environment. For short submissions, you get $150 to $400, and feature-length articles pay $500 to $700.
56. Vermont Life – $600 to $800 per post
Vermont Life is a magazine that tells specifically Vermont lifestyle. Depending on the nature of your articles, pay ranges from $600 to $800.
57. 1859 Oregon’s Magazine – $150 to $250 per article
1859 Oregon’s Magazine is another magazine that celebrate the history and lifestyle of the region. For short articles, you get 30 to 50 cents per word, and longer articles (e.g. 500 words) fetch $150 to $250 per article.
58. Colorado Life Magazine – $75 to $975 per story
Colorado Life Magazine is dedicated to the entire Colorado state and the magazine uses clever and colorful storytelling to illustrate the many attractions in the state. The rate ranges from $75 to $125 for short stories and $130-$975 if they are feature-length articles.
59. Alaska Magazine – $1500 per post
Alaska Magazine is well-known for its narrative style used to describe Alaska life in general. Payment can hit up to $1,500, subject to the article length and accompanying photo.
60. South Carolina Living – $400 per post
The South Carolina’s not-for-profit electric corporation is responsible for the publication for this magazine and it commands a very healthy readership on its many diverse and interesting subjects. Expect to get paid in the region of $400.
61. Douglas – $0.40 per word
Douglas is a business magazine caters for the Southern Vancouver Island’s community. They are often interested in feature-length articles (around 1,200 to 3,00 words) and each word pays $0.40).
62. New Mexico Magazine – $250 per article
This is the brain child of the New Mexico Tourism Department. For short articles that inspire the visitations to the region, the pay rate is 35 to 40 cents per word. Longer ones (e.g. above 600 words) can fetch up to $250 per article.
63. Cicada Magazine – up to $2250 per article
Here the target market makes up largely of teenagers and young adults. The rate is $0.25 per word, with a 9000 words cap, so the most you make is $2,250 for one single article.
64. Cricket Magazine – $0.25 per word
65. Canoeroots – $0.20 per word
Canoeroots have just three publications every year, but they touch on all aspects of canoeing. They pay $0.20 for every word, and there is a limit imposed on feature-length articles, i.e. no more than 2000 words.
66. Sporting Classics – $300-$700 per post
Sporting Classics is dedicated to fishing and hunting. You will make $300-$700 for every contribution.
67. Blade Magazine – $150-$300 per article
Blade Magazine is a great read for knives hobbyists. If you have your facts about knife making or interesting stories on knifes in general, each article fetches you $150-$300.
68. BirdWatching Daily – $400 per post
For people with a fascination on birds, this magazine will not disappoint. For each accepted bird related article or photo-essay, the payout is $400 a piece.
69. Sport Fishing Magazine – $250 to $750 per post
Sport Fishing magazine offers good rate for freelance writers. It is $250 for short articles and $750 if you conjure up a feature length article.
70. Canoe & Kayak – $800 per article
Canoe & Kayak has a bunch of their regular writers, but you can get in touch on new topics/subjects they want to cover. No published rate is available but WritingCareer.com reported that payout is around $800 an article.
71. Hoof Beats Magazine – $100 to $500 per post
Hoof Beats Magazine focuses enormously on the harness racing scene. Since this is a specific field, you must make sure that you have stuff to cover in this area. Depending on article length, the payout varies from $100 to $500.
72. USDF Connection – $40 to $400 per post
This is published by the United States Dressage Federation, with focus on horse training methods and non-competitive adult riding. You can expect to be paid $40-$400 subject to article length and comprehensiveness of your writing.
73. Wooden Boat – $250 to $300 per post
Wooden Boat talks about everything from design to build, to cruising. If you can produce articles that surround wooden boats, it can fetch you $250-$300 for every 1,000 words published.
74. Tai Chi Magazine – $75 to $500 per post
Tai Chi Magazine deals exclusively with the ancient martial arts, popularly known as T’ai Chi Chu’an among the Chinese community. Every accepted article can fetch $75-$500.
75. Black Belt Magazine – $150 to $300 per post
Black Belt Magazine is the pioneer magazine that popularized martial arts publication in the US. If you can tell a good story on the history, philosophy, strategies or techniques of the martial arts, for every article that spans across 1000-3000 words (accompanied by good photos), they are willing to pay $150-$300.
76. Boys’ Quest – $0.05 per word
Boys’ Quest’s audience makes up primarily young boys in the 6-13 age bracket. If you can write in a way that connects to this target audience, the magazine is going to pay you at least five cents for every word. Keep in mind that they prefer short articles (around 500, nothing more than 750 words).
77. The Chronicle of the Horse – $150 to $250 per news story
The weekly magazine has its coverage exclusively on the equestrian world in the United States. Every related news story will fetch you $165-$220 (words count is to be kept around 1500), and if you produce a feature length story (1,500-2,500 words), the payout is $150-$250.
78. Kitplanes – $250 to $1,000 per post
Kitplanes dedicates itself to amateur built aircraft industry, and the magazine often features real aircraft builders and aerospace specialists. They pay generously, with each article expected to fetch $250-$1,000.
79. Backpacker – up to $1 per word
The magazine is specially created for the hikers and backpackers and it tackles all issues on this outdoor adventure. Payout can be as much as one dollar for every word subject to the complexity of the issue you take on, and your credential as a writer in this particular field.
80. Gray’s Sporting Journal – $600 to $1250 per feature article, $600 for yarns, and $100 per poem
Grays Sporting Journal revolves around the great outdoor, like hiking, fishing, hunting, etc… The pay scale varies a lot: with features paying $600-$1250, $600 for yarns, and $100 (poems).
81. Horse & Rider – $25 to $400 per post
Horse & Rider caters for riders who are just starting up with riding as a hobby as well as those in the competitive races. The articles they look for can be anything related to the horses or riders, and each can fetch $25 to $400, subject to the length and what great insight you can bring to them.
82. Popular Woodworking – $250 per post
This is one magazine that dedicates its entire content on fine handicrafts, specifically revolving around woodworking. If you have excellent ideas on artisan handicraft, they are willing to pay $250 for 600 words article.
83. Beat&Button – $400 per post
Beat&Button is everything about beading. Writers are welcome to submit all sorts of articles on the subject. Payment is generous and you stand to make $400 for a feature-length article.
84. Howlround – $150 per post
Howlround restricts its content to just theater performance and plays. You stand to make $150 here.
85. SpinOff – $50 per page
Spin•Off is the magazine to go to when it comes to handspinning yarns and fibers. They pay by the page and one page pays $50. You can submit a maximum of 6 pages (or use 2,700 words as a guideline).
86. HOW – $250 to $800 per post
HOW has all the latest information with regards to graphics design. Freelance writers are paid $250-$800, subject to stories covered and also credential of writers.
87. The Artist’s Magazine – $400 to $600 per post
You can submit all natures of work regarding arts here. They pay between $400 and $600 for feature length articles.
88. Pastel Journal – up to $600 per post
Pastel Journal appeals to both amateurs and professionals who share the fascination on using this choice medium to produce artwork. You can send in articles around the subject but feature-length articles get paid up to $600.
89. Ceramics Monthly – $0.10 per word
Ceramics Monthly focuses on craft making with the use of ceramics and clay. Writers here are paid $0.10 per word, but they are willing to pay $250 on subjects that require more finesse and elaboration.
90. The Earth Island Journal – $0.25 per word
The Earth Island Journal attempts to make sense of our environment in the context of our day-to-day life. Short articles are paid 25 cents for every word count, and feature stories can fetch up to $1000.
91. Western Art & Architecture – $400 to $600 per article
Western Art & Architecture is meant for people who appreciate the exquisite designs and excellent engineering feats. The pay here ranges from $400 to $600 an article.
92. Writers Digest – $300 for a 600 word article
Writers Digest tends to impart life lessons to its audience, with emphasis on short essay, e.g. a 600 words article will suffice. So it can be up to $300 for a 600 words narration of a personal experience.
93. Analog – $0.08 to $0.10 per word
Analog deals on science subjects that flip between fiction and fact. For short article (up to 7,500 words), pay rate is 8-10 cents a word and they pay 8.5 cents for every word if it is a longer story.
Farm & Gardening
94. The American Gardener – $150 to $600 per post
The American Gardener expands from the usual agriculture stuff to include also art, science, technology and environment in general. For shorter articles, they pay $150 to $200. And feature-length articles will fetch $300-$600.
95. Hobby Farms – $300 per post
Hobby Farms targets people who are hobbyist farmers. They don’t publish their rates so expect to do some negotiation on your work, but they are known to pay $300 upwards for feature-length articles.
96. Canadian Gardening – $125 to $350 per article
This Canadian based magazine pitches on gardening techniques and advice. For short articles, you get paid $125 upwards, $350 and up if these are feature-length articles (500 to 2,000 words).
97. Central Coast Farm & Ranch – $1 per word
Web & Technology
98. A List Apart – up to $200 per post
A List Apart advises new and upcoming e-commerce sites from web design to development, and payment processors. Each article of length 1500 – 2000 words can earn you $200 net.
99. iPhone Life Magazine – $50 to $100 per post
iPhone Life Magazine features exclusively on iPhone stuff, and it is an excellent source to understand the full capability of your iPhone and it also recommends apps and review associated gears. You get $50–$100 for every contribution.
100. The Layout – $50 to $100 per post
The Layout has excellent instructional materials for all things WordPress. Each article can fetch $50 and $150 per article (for 700-1200 words count), subject to complexity. They also publish the specific content that they want.
101. PhotoshopTutorials.ws – $25 to $300 per tutorial
Similar to the Layout, PhotoshopTutorials.ws also features great instructional stuff, but on Photoshop application. They calibrate the pay scale as follows: $25-$50 (articles), $50 (quick tips), and $150-$300 (full tutorials).
102. DigitalOcean – $100 to $200 per tutorial
Readers come to DigitalOcean for its many useful lessons on Linux and FreeBSD, specifically with regards to cloud hosting. Full tutorial will earn you $200, and you get $100 for the shorter version.
103. Polygon – $0.25 per word
Polygon targets computer/video gamers. They encourage short stories (approx 500 words) and every word goes for $0.25.
There you have it, over 100 online magazines and websites that will pay you to write on variety of subjects.
This list by nu means is a complete list. I will be adding to it as I find other online magazines and websites that pay writers.
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