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Get Paid to Write Articles: 10 Publishers That Pay $500 or More

Want to earn $500 per article?

Here are ten publishers that pay that rate.

If you're brand new to freelance writing, you might be aware of the many opportunities out there to make real money as a writer. While finding quality paying work is difficult, it isn't impossible. In fact, there are lots of publications that will pay you a premium to write for them.

It isn't necessarily easy to get into these publications, and it may take time and experience to build up your writing to a level that will help you get paid these rates. But you can take solace in the fact that writing work exists beyond content mills and low paying gigs.

It's the dream for many of us. Writing from home. And not just writing, but getting real pay. Here's a list of sites that pay freelance writers. All are currently taking submissions. I checked for you.

  1. FusionAuth is a Customer Identity and Access Management (CIAM) solution. They are "looking for devs to write tutorial posts that show FusionAuth’s code and features in Angular, Python, Rails, Node, and more." According to a previous version of their site, they pay $500 to $1,000 or more for a post. To learn more, refer to this page.
  2. Refit Guide offers best techniques and gear to improve a boat. They publish new in-depth articles every week on a wide range of topics related to “outfitting, refitting, and maintaining a boat.” They pay $300 to $1,000 per article, plus 50% of the profit generated from the article. To become a contributor, visit this page
  3. The American Gardener is the American Horticultural Society’s official publication. They publish pieces that appeal to experienced amateur gardeners, and topics range from garden design to environmentally appropriate gardening. The magazine is mostly written by freelancers, and they accept article pitches for feature articles and department sections. They pay $300 to $600 for features and $150 to $200 for departments. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
  4. Life & Thyme is a print magazine and website that specializes in culinary storytelling and food journalism. They welcome contributors from all over the globe. They typically pay $200 to $500 per story. To become a contributor, refer to this page.
  5. GreenBiz is a business-to-business media company that focuses on corporate sustainability practice and strategy. They are looking for both shorter (500 to 800 words) and longer (800 to 1,200 words) pieces across a range of topics. Their target audience is senior leaders in large corporations. These senior leaders’ “firms are driven by hardcore business goals as much as by sustainability ones, and they’re seeking to align the two.” According to their editorial director, they pay $200 to $500 per piece. To learn more, refer to this page.
  6. Via Magazine is a magazine and website that serves AAA (American Automobile Association) members in nine western states. They offer travel tips and inspiration. They also offer practical life advice about managing your money, living well at home and away, and taking care of your house and car. They pay $200 to $500 per piece. To contact them, refer to this page.
  7. Mobilisation Lab is “a global learning and collaboration network powering the future of social change campaigns.” They publish stories (500-1,200 words) about lessons and innovations in advocacy campaigns. They pay $250 to $500 per piece. They want writers to send a one paragraph pitch of the story that they want to write. For details, read their contributor guidelines.
  8. Glimmer is a new magazine by Glitch (a community and platform for people who make the web). They are “commissioning reported features, interviews, analysis, and illustrated works about how technology impacts our culture, work, and world.” They will pay $500 to $800 for stories of 500 to 2,000 words. To submit a pitch, refer to this page.
  9. Priceonomics bills itself as a “data studio.” They use data analysis and data visualization to deep dive into a diverse array of topics. They pay anywhere form $250 to $1,000 per article. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
  10. Good Old Boat magazine publishes articles on cruising sailboats. They’re looking for full article submissions that cover “the pride of ownership…upgrades, maintenance, refits, and restoration of good old boats.” They pay from $50 to $700, depending on the type and length of the article. To learn more, read Good Old Boat’s submission guidelines. (View their pay scale here.)

Keep in mind that all of these publishers have very specific requirements. You need a high quality pitch. Writing a good pitch is both simple and hard. Every freelance writer should always be working on improving their ability to send out high quality pitches. The better you are pitching, the more freedom you’ll have in your career. You’ll have better relationships with editors. You'll get to pick and choose from more opportunities. And, ironically, if you’re really good at pitching you'll spend less time pitching, and more time writing for money.

All the best!

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