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.
16 Children's and YA Magazines That Pay Writers
The magazine market for younger readers is one many writers tend to miss. This is in part due to the fact that, unlike the adult literary journal market, one does not need to be a writer to publish in children's magazines. Articles can be written by parents, teachers, anyone with enough contact with children and young people to know what they like. But where fiction is concerned, skilled writers are at a premium.  
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.
Literary Markets for Disabled Writers
These magazines accept fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, essays, novel and memoir excerpts, reviews, drama, and, in some cases, artwork.  Some of these magazines are paying markets. I have included non-paying markets as well, as this is such a small niche. There are no fees to submit.
21 Magazines That Pay for Travel Writing
If you like to travel, you are in luck, because lots of magazines want to hear about your trips. And, as a bonus, they are perfectly willing to pay to get your insights, print your photos, share your adventures.
13 Paying Markets for Flash Fiction
In this age of short attention spans, flash fiction is becoming increasingly popular. Literary magazines which previously only considered short stories of at least 3,000 words are now calling for fiction short enough to be considered "flash."

5 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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  3. I tried posting this post to a writer's group on FB and they blocked it. Sent FB support a piece of my mind and pointed out that this isn't that much different from "The Canadian Writer's Market". Hopefully they catch a clue and unblock you on FB. It's just abhorrent that something as useful as this would get blocked because of an algorithm.

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  4. Thank you Kristan. Let's hope it works! FB has blocked my blog URL, so nobody can share anything from this site. It's a pity. There are a lot of good resources for writers here.

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  5. You have some great posts. I appreciate all the market listings! Thank you so much.

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