80 Magazines That Pay Freelance Writers-Part 1

How cool would it be to have something that you personally wrote published in a popular magazine that’s read by thousands, or even millions of people?

Such an accomplishment would certainly look great on your resume. Now, if you get something published in a magazine that pertains to the industry which your business is in, imagine what that could do for your business.

Having your writing featured in a popular publication might seem like an unrealistic goal, but it is actually more obtainable than you might think. You may be surprised to find out how many magazines are open to submissions from freelance writers, and there are even some publications that rely on guest contributions for the majority of their content.

Now, if I were to try and find all of the magazines that publish content from freelance writers, it would be a very long, and exhausting research project, one which I simply do not have the time, or the energy for. I did, however, take the liberty of finding quite a few magazines that publish guest contributions so that I can list them in this post for you. Hopefully, you can at least get an idea of how many opportunities their actually are for you to have your work printed in a major publication.

Now, before you go submitting articles to magazines, you must take the time to find out exactly what it is that the editors of each magazine are interested in publishing. Every single publication that I found has their own submission guidelines, or rules, that they want contributors to follow in order for their work to be considered for publication.

If your content does not fall within a publication’s guidelines, then the time, and the effort that you put into researching, and writing the content will be in vain. This is why it is important for you to find out what each publication expects from its guest contributors, and to ensure that you meet those expectations. In doing so, you will greatly increase your chances of having your work published for the masses to read.

Alright, now for the information that you are really interested in, which magazines accept guest content submissions, and how much does each pay if they publish your content?

I tried to list magazines in a variety of topics or niches, so hopefully one, or a few of these will be good publications for the type of content that you want to create. I have also taken the time to group these magazines into categories to make it easier for you to find the ones that you would be interested in creating content for.

Without further delay, here are 80 magazines that accept guest content submissions:


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Magazines About Animals

American Falconry

For those of you that have no idea what Falconry is, it is the sport of hunting with a falcon, or other bird of prey. American Falconry the magazine is always open to guest content submissions, and their guidelines seem to be pretty loose too. If you create content that gets published in American Falconry, they will pay you $100.

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Bee Culture

This magazine covers all topics related to bee keeping. In order to write for them, you must be able to demonstrate at least a basic knowledge of bee keeping, but if you submit content to them that they decide to publish, your pay will be from $150 to $200.

Subscribe to Bee Culture

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Hoof Beats

This magazine is all about horse racing. Contributors can submit general content about horse racing, or they can submit content to be published in one of five monthly columns as follows:

  • Winners Circle
  • Photo Finish
  • Equine Clinic
  • The Shoeing News
  • Bay’s Anatomy

For guest content that they decide to publish, Hoof Beats pays out $200 for column articles, and $500 for feature articles.

Subscribe to Hoof Beats Magazine

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Veterinary Economics

This is a professional trade magazine for practicing veterinarians. Payment for guest content varies depending on the length of the content, and on which section of the publication the content is published in. Payouts for contributions are as follows:

  • Practice Tips – $50
  • “Building the Bond” – $250
  • “Hot Button” – $100
  • Featured articles – $250 to $350

The Veterinary Compensation Economics Handbook (28 pages)


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Magazines About Education

American Educator

This is the quarterly professional magazine of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). The AFT is interested in a wide range of topics such as new trends in education, politics, well researched news features on current problems in education, education law, professional ethics, and thought provoking essays that explore current social issues relevant to American Society. Contributing authors are paid $300 for articles that get published.

Techniques – Connecting Education & Careers

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American Libraries

This is the ALA’s full color magazine, and the primary prerequisite of membership in the American Library Association. Each issue features articles on professional concerns and developments, along with association news, library related legislation, and libraries around the country and around the world. Contributors to this publication are paid $100 to $250 for each article that is published.

ALA Presents Library Video Magazine: Fall 1987 / Spring 1988 (Stories That Are Fresh and of Immediate Interest to Librarians) [2 VHS Videos]

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Education Forum

Education Forum is a progressive voice on public education, and on issues affecting those who work in public education. Payments for contributed content vary depending on the length and type of content. See below for payment details:

  • Resource Reviews – $100
  • Short articles – $300
  • Featured articles – $500

The Education Forum also has an online publication in which they pay contributors a flat rate of $200 per article.

 Join the Education Forum

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Homeschool World

In case you couldn’t guess from the title, this magazine covers topics related to homeschooling. In the submissions section of the website, it states that there are no writers guidelines. If you submit an article to Homeschool World that gets published, you will be compensated in the amount of $50.

Practical Homeschooling – Only the best for our kids

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Teaching Tolerance

This publication is geared towards K-12 educators interested in social justice and anti-bias topics. Payment is $150 apiece for published submissions.

 Teaching Tolerance Package for One Survivor Remembers: with VHS, Teacher’s Guide, Resource Booklet, and Primary Documents (For Grades 8-12)

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Women in Higher Education

Subscribers of this publication are particularly interested in: advice from successful women on campus, communication techniques, leadership, career strategies, ethical values, using intuition, research on gender differences, mentors and role models, problems facing women chairs, and ending sexual harassment. WIHE offers $150 for contributions that they decide to publish.

Empowering Women in Higher Education and Student Affairs: Theory, Research, Narratives, and Practice From Feminist Perspectives


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Fiction Magazines

Analog Science Fiction And Fact

This magazine publishes science fiction, factual stories that sound like they should be science fiction, art, and poetry. Payments for guest contributions vary depending on submission length and type. See below for payment details:

  • Short fiction – 8 to 10 cents per word
  • Serials – 6 cents per word
  • Fact articles – 9 cents per word
  • Poetry – $1 per line

For you creative types, Analog SF also pays for certain types of art for which the rates are $1,200 for color cover art, and $125 for black and white interiors.

Analog Science Fiction & Fact, get your mind blown!

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Asimov’s Science Fiction

Asimov’s, according to their own website, is the world’s leading science fiction magazine. They welcome guest contributions for which they pay 8-10 cents per word for the ones that they publish. They also accept poetry for which they pay $1 per line.

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Beneath Ceaseless Skies

This magazine publishes literary adventure fantasy, and will accept guest submissions of the sort. If your work gets published here, the pay rate is 6 cents per word.

The Best of Beneath Ceaseless Skies Online Magazine

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Clarke’s World

This magazine publishes both science fiction AND fantasy. For published guest submissions they pay 10 cents per word for the first 7,000 words, and 8 cents per word for every word over 7,000 words.

Clarkesworld Magazine – Award Winning Science Fiction & Fantasy

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Factor Four

Factor Four Magazine publishes flash fiction in the science fiction, fantasy, super natural, and super hero genres. Their pay rate for contributing authors is 10 cents per word, and they pay $200 for published art submissions.

Check out Factor Four Magazine: Issue 5: April 2019 (Factor Four Magazien)

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Pseudopod Magazine

The editors of this magazine are interested in horror stories of all types. For submissions that they decide to publish, they will pay 6 cents per word for original fiction, $100 flat rate for short story reprints, and $20 flat rate for flash fiction reprints.

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Strange Horizons

On this magazine’s website, they state that they accept submissions of speculative fiction, broadly defined. So I gather that they mean that they publish fiction in several genres. For submissions that they decide to publish, they pay 8 cents per word with a minimum payment of $60.

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The Dark Magazine

The Dark Magazine publishes Horror, and Dark Fantasy. Contributors are paid at a rate of 6 cents per word for original work, and 1 cent per word for reprints.

 Read The Dark Magazine

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Three-lobed Burning Eye

These guys want original science fiction, fantasy, and horror submissions for which they are willing to pay writers $100 for short fiction, and $30 for flash fiction. Be advised that this publication does NOT accept reprints, so don’t waste your time sending them.

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The Vestal Review

The Vestal Review states on their own website that their publication is the longest running flash-fiction magazine in the world. This is  another publication that does NOT accept reprints, they only want original flash fiction stories. The rates that they offer for published submissions are as follows:

  • 10 cents per word for up to 100 words
  • 5 cents per word for 101 to 200 words
  • 3 cents per word for 201 to 500 words
  • Stories of great merit recieve a flat fee of $25; 3 cents per word is the minimum pay in any case.

Vestal Review – A flash fiction magazine


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Health Magazines

ADDitude Magazine

This publication wants articles and stories about ADHD, learning disabilities, and other related conditions. The website states that they will pay for published submissions, however, a payment amount is not specified.

 Subscribe to ADDitude Magazine – The best articles you don’t want to miss

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Organic Lifestyle Magazine

Organic Lifestyle Magazine publishes content about topics related to natural health, and healing. If you are interested in having your work published with these guys, be aware that they are very picky about the content that they decide to publish, so you’re going to need to follow their guidelines very closely. I recommend checking out their foundational articles to get a good idea of the type of content that you’ll be able to get published here.

Organic Lifestyle Magazine pays their contributing writers 10 cents per word with a cap of $150 plus a bonus structure for performance. The bonus structure is set up as follows:

  • $50 for 5,000+ social shares
  • $100 for 10,000+ social shares
  • $200 for 50,000+ social shares

Article shares must be reached within 6 months of article publication to be eligible for a bonus. An author of an article with 1,500 words or more that gets 50,000 shares or more within six months of publication will recieve a total of $500.

 Organic Lifestyle: 18 Secrets You Need To Know

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Radish Magazine

This magazine is dedicated to improving it’s readers’ health through natural foods, products, and services. The majority of their content is written by their staff, however, they do accept a limited number of freelance articles for each issue. For submissions that do get published, payment ranges from $50 to $150 for each article depending on the length of the article, and the work involved. Freelance pieces must be well documented, and tightly written.

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The Phoenix Spirit

The Phoenix Spirit welcomes articles that helps their readers improve their physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being. They use informational, inspirational, how-to, and personal experience articles. They pay $35 for most articles, and $100 to $150 for lead articles.


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Hobby Magazines

Kitplanes

Kitplanes is the leading independent voice of kit and amateur-built aircraft construction. As such, the magazine is written by actual aircraft builders, and experts who are active in the field. With that being said, if you are going to submit content to this publication, make sure that you know what you’re talking about. Kitplanes pays contributing writers between $250 and $1,000 for their articles depending on the length, and the topic discussed.

Kitplanes – Magazine Subscription from MagazineLine (Save 67%)

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Knitty Magazine

Knitty Magazine is interested in publishing knitting patterns, and knitting tutorials. They offer payments ranging from $150 to $200 for submissions that they publish.

 Ply to Knit: Spin the Yarn You Really Want

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Popular Woodworking

Popular Woodworking accepts unsolicited manuscripts on all aspects of the woodworking craft from tool use to techniques to builds; they buy all rights.

There are two columns in this magazine which are mostly written by freelancers: End Grain, and Tricks of the Trade. End Grain is a one page article that reflects the writers thoughts on woodworking as a profession or a hobby, and payment for this column starts at $250. Tricks of the Trade is a collection of tips in each issue from readers, and payment ranges from $50 to $100; the contributor who submits the best tip in each issue according to the editors is also awarded a $250 gift certificate to Lee Valley Tools.

Popular Woodworking – Subscribe Now!

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Two Plus Two

Two Plus Two Magazine accepts submissions about any topic related to gambling, especially poker. I think that it is important to note that they seek certain types of articles more than others, so I recommend that you read their submission guidelines before taking the time to write an article. Two Plus Two offers a payment of $200 for each article that they publish.

Roaring 21 Casino – Play all your favorite games with up to $1,000 FREE

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Wooden Boat

This is a bi-monthly magazine for wooden boat owners, builders, and designers. They seek to publish contributed articles, photos, and professional drawings/ illustrations.

They have a payout structure for submissions as follows:

  • Articles – $250 to $300 per 1,000 words.
  • Color photos – $350 for cover, $125 for full page, $100 for 3/4 page, $75 for 1/2 page, $50 for 1/4 page, $25 for spot photos
  • B&W photos – $75 for full page,  $60 for 3/4 page, $45 for 1/2 page, $30 for 1/4 page, $15 for spot photos
  • Professional drawings and illustrations – $50 to $400 depending on the size and complexity of the work

Woodenboat Magazine – Start your subscription today!


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Kids Magazines

Focus On The Family Clubhouse

This is a publication that is designed to inspire, entertain, and teach Christian values to children ages 8-12. They accept both fictional content, and non fiction. Fiction stories are purchased for $200+, and nonfiction submissions are bought for $150+.

Focus on the Family Clubhouse – Your child will love our magazine!

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Clubhouse Junior

This publication is much like the aforementioned Clubhouse Magazine, except that it is geared towards younger children ages 3-7. Contributors can be paid $100 to $200 for fiction, nonfiction, and Bible stories; or $75 to $150 for Rebus stories which are picture-story pieces written with the intent of encouraging parent/ child interaction and reading development.

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Cricket Media

Cricket Media publishes fiction, poetry, and literary nonfiction to engage its audience of young readers. Pay rates are as follows:

  • Stories and articles – Up to 25 cents per word
  • Poetry – Up to $3.00 per line; $25 minimum
  • Activities & recipes – $75

Cricket – A publication to engage our youth

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Guide Magazine

This is a Christian story magazine for readers ages 10-14. They accept true stories about the challenges, and learning experiences that people have in their walks with God. If you submit a story to Guide that gets published, your payment will be from $25 to $40.

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Pockets Magazine

Published for kids ages 6-12, Pockets Magazine teaches about God’s love and presence in life. They accept freelance submissions of fiction, scripture stories, puzzles and games, poems, recipes, colorful art, activities, and scripture readings.

Pockets pays contributors 14 cents per word for stories and articles, $25+ for poetry, and $25+ for activities, games, and recipes.

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The Kids’ Ark

This is a children’s Christian magazine that publishes both fiction and nonfiction stories. They offer $100 for submissions of original stories that they publish, and $25 for reprints that they publish.

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U.S. Kids’ Magazines

This company provides fun and entertaining reading material for children. They accept humorous, playful, and witty stories that kids would love to read-not stories that grownups think kids should read.

US Kids’ Magazines actually publishes two different children’s magazines for two different age groups. They publish Humpty Dumpty Magazine for kids ages 2-6, and Jack And Jill Magazine for kids ages 6-12. The text below explains the type of submissions each magazine accepts, and what they are willing to pay for each submission type.

Humpty Dumpty Magazine 

  • Short fiction stories – $30+
  • Poetry – $25+
  • Crafts – $40+

Jack and Jill Magazine

  • Fiction stories – $25+
  • Nonfiction stories – $25+

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Intermission

I’m going to go ahead and stop this article right here, although we’re not done with this topic. I haven’t even made it half way through all of the magazines that I wanted to list for you. So, this article will be continued in the next post.

In the meantime, if you haven’t yet, be sure to subscribe to my mailing list to receive exclusive tips, tools and resources, and awesome freebies that are only available to subscribers. Thank you for reading.

To be continued…

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