80 Magazines That Pay Freelance Writers – Part 2

In our last post we began discussing various magazines that pay freelance writers to give them content, and the list of magazines that I have for you is quite long, thus I decided to break this discussion up into 2 parts.

So picking up right where we left off, here is part 2 of our discussion regarding magazines that pay freelance writers for content.


Literature Magazines

Copper Nickel

Copper Nickel accepts submissions of poetry, fiction, essays, and translation folios. They offer contributors $30 per page of published work, 2 free copies of the issue in which the work gets published, and a 1-year subscription to the magazine. They also award two $500 cash prizes every issue for poetry, and prose.


El Chapo Review

This is a literary journal which believes in giving back to the community. They pay professional rates for published submissions. $100-$500. On their submissions page, it states that they will read anything, any genre. They love great writing above all else.


Literature For Life

This is a prestigious, Los Angeles based online literary journal, salon and resource for middle and high school educators designed to spark a love of reading and writing. They publish just two issues annually in which they feature 8-15 fiction and nonfiction stories, articles, essays, short plays, and poems spanning multiple genres. A flat payment of $100 is offered for the submissions that are published.


Nashville Review

The Nashville Review seeks to publish “the best work they can get their hands on”; bottom line, if it’s a moving work of art, they want it. They accept work from both distinguished and emerging artists. They pay $25 for poems and $100 for prose and art.


The Sun Magazine

The Sun accepts submissions of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. For the submissions that they publish, they pay $300-$2,000 for both fiction and nonfiction depending on the length and quality,  and for poetry, they pay $100-$250.

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Three Penny Review

This publication pays $400 per article or story, and $200 per poem or table talk piece.


The Wild Musette

The Wild Musette Journal of Music, Mystery, and Myth is a literary magazine focused on imaginative stories, inspired poetry, traditional music and dance, and fantasy. They pay $50 for fiction and nonfiction, $15 for poetry, and $100 for cover art.



Parenting Magazines

HTL Magazine

This publication helps its readers navigate socially conscious parenting and community building through shared stories and resources. See below for the types of submissions they accept, and what they pay for each.

  • Super short pieces under 600 words – $10
  • Shorter pieces, listicles, and book reviews – $35
  • Longer articles over 1,100 words – $75
  • Photos – $15
  • Poetry – $20


PTO Today

This magazine is published in order to help parent leaders make schools great. They are interested in publishing articles pertaining to the following topics: parent involvement, leadership, fundraising, group management and organization, working with school staff, playgrounds, and education. PTO Today offers payments ranging from $125 to $500 for submissions that they publish.



Political Magazines

Earth Island Journal

The Earth Island Journal is always looking for compelling and distinctive stories that anticipate environmental concerns before they become pressing problems. They pay contributors at a rate of 25 cents per word.

Earth Island Journal



Christian Magazines

Elders Digest

This magazine is written for deacons to help them lead others to Christ. They offer payments of $25-$75.


Prism Magazine

This is a Christianity based magazine that accepts unsolicited submissions. The subjects that they are most open to are social justice, Christianity and how it relates to contemporary culture, holistic ministry profiles, and spiritual challenges. They offer payments of $50 for each work they publish.


Providence Magazine

Providence Magazine is a journal of Christianity and American foreign policy. They have both an online, and a print publication. For submissions that are published online, they offer $100 per article. For their print version they pay $250 for book reviews, and $500-$1,000 for essays and features.


Touchstone Magazine

Touchstone Magazine, A Journal of Mere Christianity, accepts submissions of features, views, and communiques. They pay their contributors $125 per published page.

 Touchstone : a Journal of Mere Christianity


Vibrant Life

This is a bi-monthly lifestyle magazine that promotes physical health, mental clarity, and spiritual balance from a practical, Christian perspective. As far as the type of submissions this publication wants, specific areas of interest are as follows:

  • Health
  • Exercise
  • Nutrition
  • Self-help
  • Family
  • Spiritual balance
  • Challenges and triumphs
  • Environmental stewardship
  • Informational
  • Interviews and profiles

The Vibrant  Life pays contributors $100-$300 per published work.

Subscribe to Vibrant Life


The War Cry

This is a Christian publication by The Salvation Army. They accept submissions of articles, reprints, photos, news, nonfiction, and fiction. For original articles, they pay a rate of $0.35 per word, and they pay $0.15 per word for reprints.



Travel & Outdoors

Caribbean Compass

This magazine publishes articles on a variety of topics pertaining to the Caribbean Sea for those that are interested in it. They accept article submissions for which they pay $55 for the ones they publish, and they accept photo submissions for which they offer $8.


The Chronicle of the Horse

This Magazine is  and has been America’s most trusted source for horse news and equestrian lifestyle since 1937. They publish news stories for which they offer $165-$220, feature articles for which they offer $150-$400, and photos for which they offer $30-$50.


Cruising World

This magazine publishes news articles and stories about cruise vacations and destinations all around the world. They offer payments of $25 to $200 for shorter articles, and $300 to $1,000 for technical and feature articles.

Cruising World


Good Old Boat

This publication is “the sailing magazine for the rest of us.” The following are the submission types they accept, and what they pay:

  • Boat reviews – $700
  • Book reviews – $50
  • Cover photos – $100
  • Articles for their Cruising Memories column – $150 to $300
  • Articles for their history column – $500 to $700
  • Articles for their Learning Experience column – $200 to $500
  • Articles for their Reflections column – $175
  • Articles for their Simple Solutions column – $50 to $250
  • All other articles – $100 to $700

Good Old Boat – The Sailing Magazine for the Rest of Us


Gray’s Sporting Journal

Gray’s Sporting Journal is “The Magazine for the Discerning Sportsman.” The following are the submission types they accept, and what they will pay for each:

  • Features – $600 to $1,250
  • Yarns – $600
  • Poems – $100
  • Photos – $50 to $300
  • Expedition pieces – $850 to $1,000 plus $75 per photo published

Gray’s Sporting Journal’s Noble Birds and Wily Trout: Creating America’s Hunting and Fishing Traditions


Green Prints

This is a magazine for gardening enthusiasts. They do accept unsolicited submissions, and they pay $150 for the ones that they publish.


Gripped Magazine

This magazine wants articles and stories related to rock climbing. The following are the types of submissions they accept and what they will pay for each:

  • Features – $250
  • Articles for their Northern Faces column – $150
  • Area Profiles – $150
  • Cover photos – $200
  • Double page spreads – $150
  • Full page photos – $100
  • Half page photos – $75
  • Smaller photos – $50

Gripped: The Climbing Magazine


High Country News

High Country News will consider pitches for reportage, analysis, opinion, essays, or criticism under the broad framework of science and nature; conservation and preservation; food and agriculture; health and well being; water; environmental justice and racism; climate change and energy; post colonialism and the legacy of conquest; the rural urban divide; environmental law, policy, and philosophy; public lands and resources; military and nuclear activity and legacies; and economics. For submissions that they publish they pay from $0.25 to $1.50 per word.

High Country News


Maine Boats

They call themselves “The Website of the Coast.” Maine Boats is published for sailing enthusiasts in Maine and the surrounding states. For article submissions that they publish, they pay $250 for shorter pieces, and up to $400 for features. They also take photo submissions for which they pay $50 per photo that is published inside the magazine, and up to $500 for cover photos.


Reef 2 Rainforest

Reef 2 Rainforest is an independent publishing house that publishes two different magazines: Coral Magazine, and Amazonas Magazine. Coral is the world’s leading marine aquarium magazine, and Amazonas is the world’s leading freshwater only aquarium magazine. Reef 2 Rainforest is open to guest submissions for both of their publications, as well as their blogs. The following are the type of submissions that they will publish and what they’ll pay for each:

  • Blog posts – $25
  • Magazine articles – $100 to $600
  • Single images – $10 to $150
  • Image packets – $100 to $300


Sailing Magazine

This publication covers all topics related to sailing from beginner techniques, to advanced maneuvers. They accept article and photo submissions for which they will pay $50 to $500 for the articles or photos that they publish.

Sailing by Port Publications


Smarter Travel

Smarter Travel accepts articles on a range of consumer travel topics. They pay $500 for long form articles, and $100 to $250 for shorter articles.


Sport Fishing

Sport Fishing seeks to publish articles related to serious salt water fishing, so no beginner stuff. They offer payments for articles starting at $750, but for articles with a lot of great photos, they will pay up to $1,500. They also have an online publication for which they pay contributors $200 to $300.

Sport Fishing


The American Gardener

This publication is primarily written by freelancers and is geared towards gardening enthusiasts. They pay $300 to $600 for features, and $150 to $200 for department articles.



Miscellaneous Magazines

Blade Magazine

Here is a magazine all about knives. They accept guest contributions and offer $150 for shorter stories, $250 for profiles, and $300 for feature stories.



Early American Life

This magazine covers a diversity of topics all centered around America from its founding to the mid 1800’s: history, architecture and decorating, antiques, studio crafts, and travel. The rates that they pay contributors vary, but payments average around $500.

 Early American Life


Funny Times

When it comes to accepting writer submissions, not much is off limits with this publication, as long as it makes people laugh. Funny Times accepts stories for which they offer $60, and cartoons for which they offer $30-$50.

 Funny Times



LiisBeth welcomes queries from emerging and professional feminist writers and artists. The types of stories they are interested in publishing include profiles, service articles, issues/ op ed essays, investigative features, and book or film reviews. They offer payments ranging from $100 to $2,000.



The acronym stands for Military Officers’ Association of America. They publish a monthly magazine for their members and other interested individuals. Topics that they are interested in include current military/ political affairs, recent military history, personal financial planning, health and fitness, military family issues, retirement lifestyles, travel, and general interests. They do NOT publish fiction or poetry submissions, nor do they publish reprints; original writing only. For submissions that they publish, they pay a rate of $0.80 per word.



Published 10X per year by the American Planning Association, this publication offers news and analyses of events in planning which includes suburban, small town, and rural planning, environmental planning, neighborhood revitalization, economic development, social planning, and urban design. For contributed content, the APA offers payments ranging from $100 to $1,000 for articles depending on length, and $50 to $300 for photos and drawings. You can download a copy of their contributor guidelines here.


Plum Deluxe

This magazine features content on a variety of topics regularly including themed entertaining occasions, tea time topics, and spiritual/ mindset/ well being. Before submitting your work to Plum Deluxe, it is highly recommended that you read about their philosophy. For submissions that are published, contributors are paid $30.



This publication is always looking for freelance writers to contribute content. It is important to note that they always have specific topics that they want to publish in each issue, so if you want to write for them, be sure that you check to see what type of topics they want submissions for. If they publish your article, payments range from $250 to $1,000.



This is a biannual multi-media experimental magazine geared toward building a new cinephilia ÷÷ diverse themes and leftist ideology. They want submissions of articles on specific topics for each issue so be sure to find out what they are looking for before writing a piece for them as it changes every issue. Payment for published submissions averages $40-$50.


The Gay and Lesbian Review

This magazine publishes nonfiction and poetry. The type of submissions they accept include feature articles, reviews, interviews, artist’s profile, art memo, international spectrum, correspondence, and guest opinions. Guest contributors are paid a flat fee of $100 per article.


Writers Digest

Last but not least, this publication is the number 1 magazine for writers, celebrating the writing life and what it means to be a writer in today’s publishing environment. For submissions that they publish, they pay a rate of 30-50 cents per word.

Writer’s Digest [Print + Kindle]


Closing Thoughts

If writing is a career that you would like to pursue, having your work featured in a major publication is an excellent way to start off that career. With all of the magazine topics that were listed, you should have no problem finding a topic that you could write an article about. Of course, I just barely scratched the surface as far as how many magazines are actually out there that welcome, and pay well for submissions from freelance writers. If you did not find a magazine in this post or the previous one that fits your interests and writing style, then all you have to do is look for one that does; I imagine that a simple search on Google or Bing would suffice.

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In the next post, we’ll discuss websites that accept, publish, and compensate for news content submissions from freelance writers and journalists.

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