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Monster List of Markets: 135 Places to Find Freelance Writing Jobs

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Monster List of Freelance Writing Jobs. Makealivingwriting.comAre you looking for freelance writing jobs?

Here’s a hint. Content mills, bid sites, and job boards might seem like an easy place to go to find freelance writing jobs, but they’re usually a waste of time when you’re trying to figure out how to make money writing.

Too much competition, flaky clients, low rates. That’s usually what you’ll find there. And it doesn’t have to be that way.

You’re better off looking for freelance writing jobs by pitching magazines and websites that pay writers. It’s called pro-active marketing. And it’s a game changer if you’re serious about full-time freelancing.

Instead of sitting around waiting for the Mysterious Force to drop some assignments in your lap, pitch a story idea to a magazine or website. Study the market. Come up with a story idea. Do a little research and mini-interview. Then write a great pitch letter and send it off. Rinse and repeat.

Need a little help figuring out where to pitch your bright ideas? We’ve done some of the hard work for you. Check out this updated monster list of 135 markets (from posts we published in 2018) in a variety of different niches, and start pitching.


1. Coaches Training Blog

If you want to add coaching to your business or turn your industry knowledge into a coaching program or service, where do you start? That’s what Coaches Training Blog founder Jeffrey Sooey teaches people via his blog, videos, courses and training.

Have an idea for a blog post or video about coaching? Follow the guidelines to submit your idea. Pay based on assignment.

2. Copyhackers

Drill down to the basics of running a successful business, and one common element will emerge that’s critical to build a brand, create a following, make sales, convert subscribers into paying customers, establish authority…copywriting.

“We’re here to teach you how to write copy you’ll be proud,” says Joanna Wiebe, who co-founded Copyhackers with Lance Jones. “It [copywriting] reflects your brand and vision, and it moves units. Or gets sign ups. Or whatever conversion looks like for you.”

Study the guidelines. Seriously. You’ll see Copyhacker covers classic topics related to copywriting and branding. But the site also accepts guest posts about running a business, user interface design, A/B testing, and digital marketing strategies.

Pitch your idea to joanna@copyhackers.com. Pays $325 per assignment.

3. Entrepreneurship Life

Robert Farrington knows what it’s like to work a retail job, deal with in-your-face customer service issues, make minimum wage, and wish things were different. So he hustled to make it happen, achieved some success and launched Entrepreneurship Life (and several other businesses) to help other people.

Want to write about your own entrepreneur journey or report on business, branding and entrepreneurship? Pitch your story idea to Robert Farrington. Pay based on assignment.

4. Freelance Mom

Lisa Stern runs the Freelance Mom website designed to help moms build a freelance business to make money from home.

Blog posts include a mix of personal experience and how-to guides to teach moms how to run a freelance business. Plus, every post includes a 20 to 30-minute action plan to help moms take the next step, instead of the classic, “I’ll do it tomorrow,” (which really means never) response.

If you want to write for The Freelance Mom, study the guidelines and send a pitch to lisa@freelancemom.com. Pays $75 to $100 per assignment, plus potential $150 bonus for traffic.

5. GetAbstract

When Rolf Dobelli, Patrick Brigger, and Thomas Bergen were trying to climb the corporate ladder, reading books by gurus about business, mindset, and success strategies seemed liked a good idea.

But if you’re ultra busy, how much time do you actually have to read a book. That’s what sparked the idea to launch GetAbstract.

It’s a site that summarizes books into bite-sized chunks into a specific format to help someone get all the essential details in a fraction of the time. And they use freelance writers to do it.

To land an assignment, you have to apply first. Once accepted, GetAbstract pays up to $300 per book review.

6. Income Diary

In today’s Internet-driven environment, business owners need to know how to leverage technology to be successful. And that’s what Income Diary founder Michael Dunlop aims to help business owners with at the Income Diary.

“We write about creating awesome websites, driving traffic, social media or making money online,” says Dunlop.

Follow the guidelines to pitch a story idea. Pays up to $200 per assignment.

7. iWorkwell

It didn’t take long for Harvard grad Robert Padulo to realize that a lot of companies struggle with hiring and keeping great people. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

The iWorkwell blog provides readers with content about how to do just that, along with many other topics related to human resources essential to running a successful organization.

If you’re not a subject matter expert on all things HR-related, you can still write for iWorkwell by interviewing someone who is and pitching an idea. Pays up to $250 per assignment.

8. LiisBeth

Can you carve out a niche that’s even more specific than entrepreneurship? That’s what the online magazine LiisBeth has done.

“We look for journalistic, edgy, positive, well-informed articles that offer readers’ a feminist’s perspective on entrepreneurship and innovation happenings, including policy and politics,” says LiisBeth Managing Editor Margaret Webb.

If you want to write for LiisBeth, here what you should do. Study the guidelines. Read past articles and content on the site. Digest the About page and the LiisBeth Manifesto.

Once you know the voice and target audience of LiisBeth, pitch an idea to Margaret Webb. Pays $100 to $2,000 per assignment.

9. 99 Designs

Every start-up obsesses over logo design and branding. And at some point, almost every established company will plan a complete redesign of its logo, website, messaging, or all of the above. 99 Designs founders Mark Harbottle and Matt Mickiewicz launched the company in 2008, and now it’s a hub for designers and entrepreneurs.

Want to write for 99 Designs? Tips, advice, and how-to design topics are the staple of this site’s content. But 99 Designs also covers the business of freelancing, entrepreneurship, and crowdsourcing. Pitch ideas to Brand Content Manager Antonia Zimmerlich. Pay based on assignment.

10. Smart Business Trends

What’s the best…? Fill in the blank (WordPress theme, hosting service, content management system, email automation software, employee review process, etc).

Entrepreneurs and business owners ask those kind of questions all the time. And Smart Business Trends has positioned itself as the resource to provide thoughtful answers.

Want to write for Smart Business Trends? Study the site content, and pitch your idea. Pays $100 to $200 per assignment.

11. Starting Business

This business consulting practice aims to help start-ups and established businesses with all the planning, legal requirements, strategy, accounting, recruiting and investing associated with building and growing a business. Pitch an idea for the Starting Business Library. Pay based on assignment.

12. Technical.ly

You’ll need to know the intersection of business and technology in Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Delaware, Baltimore and Washington, D.C, to write for Technical.ly.

This niche business site features content about start-ups, data analytics, Internet activism, and new ways to leverage social media, among other topics. Recent stories covered eSports teams based in Philadelpia, Yelp’s influence on Baltimore’s restaurant industry, the most popular programming languages for 2018, and more.

Want to write for Technical.ly? Study the site and guidelines. Then pitch your idea to Editor-in-Chief Zack Seward. Pay based on assignment.


13. Big Buds

Big Buds is an authority pub for the cannabis industry, policy makers, growers and retailers, and users (medicinal and recreational).

“Our site covers reviews, interviews and features about cannabis,” says Big Buds Editor Josh Glazer. “But we are also looking for dedicated news and list writers.”

Got a story idea about cannabis growing and cultivation methods, medical research, legislation, or cannabis culture? Pitch with a query letter via email.

Pays: Competitive rates, per assignment

14. The Bold Italic

“We’re interested in what life is like within the subcultures that make San Francisco an eclectic city and how these trends affect the rest of the country,” says Bold Italic Editor Keith Spencer.

And that includes the city’s cannabis culture where marijuana has only been legal for recreational use in California since Jan. 1.

Pays: $50 and up, based on assignment

15. Cannabis Culture

Almost 20 years before Colorado became the first state in the U.S. to legalize marijuana for recreational use, Cannabis Culture cropped up as a voice to legalize marijuana around the world.

“We’re recognized as one of the best sources for information due to our highest-standards for journalism and news delivery about cannabis-related politics, activism, growing information, entertainment and more,” says Editor-in-Chief Jeremiah Vandermeer.

Pays: Based on assignment

16. Cannabis Now

Cannabis Now is one of just a handful of specialty magazines about the cannabis industry and culture sold in major bookstores, airports, and grocery-store chains. And it’s garnered a massive following of readers and subscribers in just eight years.

“Our goal is to enlighten, educate and entertain by providing [cannabis] information readers need to stay informed and on the cutting edge of industry innovations,” says Senior Editor Ellen Holland.

Pays: Competitive rates per assignment

17. Cannabis Tech

It wasn’t that long ago when cannabis growers operated behind closed doors with low-tech equipment and sold products discreetly.

But with more and more states legalizing marijuana for medicinal and recreational use, demand is up, and so is technology and innovation to meet those needs, says Cannabis Tech Publisher Christine Comatos.

“We serve enterprise decision-makers and users with the critical information they need to stay ahead of an evolving market,” says Comatos.

Got a story idea about B2B technology in the cannabis industry? Pitch your idea with a query via email.

Pays: Based on assignment

18. CAT Scientific

Ever wonder what the process looks like to make products like hemp oil, drinks, edibles, and topicals out of cannabis?

In today’s cannabis marketplace, companies like CAT Scientific design equipment for companies that manufacture cannabis products. 

CAT Scientific Manager Steve Gold works closely with cannabis product manufacturers and runs the company’s blog written by freelancers who understand cannabis post-processing applications. Send an LOI and pitch ideas for blog posts, or get your LOI reviewed in the Freelance Writers Den first.

Pays: Based on assignment

19. The Daily Chronic

For the person who knows how to grow the perfect crop of cannabis, those green-thumb skills can pay an annual salary of up to $250,000. Oversee compliance for a growing operation or run a cannabis dispensary? Those jobs pay $40K to $100K a year.

How much money can you earn in the legal marijuana business? Did you know an estimated 14.6 percent of adults have used marijuana in the past year? These are just a few of the latest stories written by freelancers for The Daily Chronic about the business and culture of cannabis, says Editor Scott Jaeck.

Pays: Competitive rates per assignment

20. The Daily Leaf

What if there was a version of Groupon to find deals on marijuana products and services?

That’s what The Daily Leaf founders Andy Yashar and Stephen Gold created after marijuana was legalized for recreational use in Oregon in 2015. Check out their interview in Forbes.

In addition to connecting people with cannabis deals, The Daily Leaf works with freelancers to publish content about the cannabis industry in Oregon, including reviews about locally-made cannabis products, wholesalers, and dispensaries, in addition to reporting on local cannabis events.

Pays: Based on assignment

21. Dope Magazine

In the old-school world of marijuana, “dope” was just another name for the plant like “weed” and “pot.” But that changed when Dope Magazine was founded in 2011 as a niche magazine that features news and content about cannabis culture, business, and legalization.

Based on the magazine’s mission, D.O.P.E. stands for Defending Our Plant Everywhere, says Editor David Bailey.

Have an idea for a feature story, blog post, or opinion piece about cannabis entertainment, health and wellness, law and politics, or the cannabis lifestyle? Pitch an idea.

Pays: Up to $150 per assignment

22. Green Entrepreneur

Earlier this year, Entrepreneur magazine launched GreenEntrepreneur.com, to give readers that latest news about entrepreneurship, business, technology and lifestyle aspects of the cannabis industry.

“Rarely does a new industry explode with the exponential success that the legal marijuana trade has experienced,” Entrepreneur Media President Bill Shaw, said in a press release. Green Entrepreneur recently published a list of the Top 100 Cannabis Leaders in the industry.

If you want to write for Green Entrepreneur, study the guidelines and pitch a story idea about the cannabis industry via email with a query to Executive Editor Jonathan Small.

Pays: Up to $1.50 per word, based on assignment

23. High Times

Sean Cooley (yes, that’s his real name), is the director of content for High Times. “We use cannabis as a vehicle to cover news, politics, advocacy, entertainment, health and fitness, food and drink, travel, culture, and more.”

Recent stories include:

  • Actress Kristen Bell on using cannabis
  • Findings from a clinical trial that used cannabis to treat adults with autism
  • The latest in marijuana legalization
  • Tips for growing better cannabis crops
  • Soda made with CBD oil, and much more

Have a story idea for High Times? Study the site content. Read the submission guidelines. And submit your story idea with a query to Cooley or the editor.

Pays: $0.40 per word

24. Leafly

Leafly started out as a resource to help medical marijuana patients learn more about different strains available to help treat various health conditions. But it’s evolved since then to serve a larger audience of recreational marijuana users, too.

“If you’re a writer or reporter and have a story you’d like to write, send me a pitch,” says Leafly Associate Editor Ben Adlin.  Include a brief description of your proposed story for the news section, a tentative word count, and any relevant clips.

Pays: Based on assignment

25. Maximum Yield

Maximum Yield is a trade pub for the cannabis industry that provides tips, information, and updates on equipment and technology to improve growing and harvesting cannabis.

“We’re looking for writers with experience in the industry to help us in our mission,” says Associate Editor Cameron Maxwell.

Recent stories include tips for growing greenhouse cannabis, identifying and treating marijuana leaf problems, using hydroponic water systems to grow cannabis, and more.

Pays: Honorarium per assignment

26. NXT Alpha

Did you know serial entrepreneur and investor Gary Vaynerchuck recently acquired a 50 percent stake in the cannabis marketing company Green Street? He’s also been an early investor in companies like Twitter, Facebook, and Uber.

But if you’re going to invest in the cannabis industry, where do you get financial data and information to make informed decisions?

“We’re a financial news site focused on Canadian and U.S. cannabis public companies with a focus on quality journalism for financial investors,” says NXTalpha Editor Tony Zerucha. “We’re seeking writers to provide financial coverage of the emerging cannabis industry.”

Pitch a story idea or send a letter of introduction.

Pays: Based on assignment

27. Nugg

It’s no secret that recreational marijuana has received most of the buzz lately. It’s now legal in Washington, Massachusetts, Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington D.C.

But there’s an estimated 3.5 million people who get a prescription to use marijuana for medicinal purposes. And that’s the market Nugg serves, connecting patients with dispensaries and even facilitating doctor-patient telemedicine calls via NuggMD.

“Nugg is a trusted go-to resource for cannabis users and proponents,” says Nugg Co-founder and Marketing Director Alex Milligan. “Through our website, publications, and events we offer a vast body of cannabis-related content, trustworthy information, knowledge and resources to the cannabis community.”

Want to write about cannabis and medical marijuana for the Nugg blog? Check out the blog, study the guidelines, and pitch an idea to Milligan or Nugg Editor-in-Chief Emily Hois.

Pays: $0.07 to $0.10 per word based on assignment


28. Clubhouse

Clubhouse magazines is published by the Christian organization, Focus on the Family. It’s a children’s magazine aimed at 8- to 12-year-old kids, and publishes both fiction and non-fiction humor writing, says Editorial Director Jesse Florea. Examples include:

  • Short, humorous how-to articles (e.g., how to get good grades, how to be a good friend)
  • Fictional humorous stories with a point (around 500 words)

Rates: $150 to $200

29. Cracked

The print version of Cracked magazine died a slow and painful death in 2007, after a 50-year run as one of just a handful of markets dedicated to humor writing.

Fortunately, it lives on as Cracked.com, where Executive Editor Jason Pargin and his team work with writers to serve up laugh-out-loud satirical and humor writing in the form of articles, photo captions, list-posts and more.

Rates: $50 per assignment

30. Country

Do you live on a farm? Maybe you just live out of town in the country? Or maybe, you leave the city or the suburbs every chance you get for a taste of country life. If you’ve ever seen the city-boys-turned-ranch-hands movie City Slickers, you know some funny and crazy stuff is bound to happen.

And you can write about it for Country, a custom mag published by RDA Enthusiast Brands.

Have a funny story to tell, humorous essay about country life, or jokes about country living? Check the editorial calendar for topics and themes in upcoming issues, and pitch Copy Chief Deb Mulvey.

Rates: Up to $250 per assignment

31. Funds for Writers

It’s no secret that being a freelance writer can have it’s ups and downs. Ever had one of those days where you just had to laugh it off, and move on? Making money writing isn’t always easy, but it’s possible when you learn the business and craft of freelancing and work hard.

Funds for Writers founder C. Hope Clark accepts guest posts for the site (although the guest post calendar is currently booked through June) about how to make money writing. Review the guidelines, and don’t overlook the last line for tips on what can help land you an assignment: “a dash of humor, if possible; a positive note and a happy ending.”

Rates: Pays $50 per assignment

32. The Funny Times

Self-described “publishers and troublemakers” Ray Lesser and Susan Wolpert laugh about this every day. They’ve been publishing The Funny Times for more than 30 years, and the magazine doesn’t include any advertising. Seriously, it’s not a joke.

“Our print publication pokes fun at politics, news, relationships, food, technology, pets, work, death, environmental issues, business, religion (yes, even religion) and the human condition in general,” says Lesser and Wolpert. “Not much is off limits, so do your best to make us laugh.”

Length for stories is typically 500 to 700 words.

Rates: Pays $60 per assignment.

33. Guide

In this Christian-focused magazine for tweens and teens (ages 10 to 14), a little humor can help teach a lesson and build confidence to manage those sometimes stormy years of adolescence.

“Stories in this category use a lighthearted story line that goes beyond one-liners to expose a character-building principle,” says Managing Editor Laura Samano.” The key is to write what’s funny to kids and keep it believable.”

Length for stories is typically 450 to 1,200 words.

Rates: Pays $0.07 to $0.10 per word.

34. The Imperfect Parent

If every kid came with a parenting manual, the world might be a different place. But that’s just not the case, according to The Imperfect Parent. Everybody knows “perfect parenting” is a funny business.

“The name Imperfect Parent came from the disgust of being constantly preached to on how to be the perfect parent, and what we were doing wrong,” says Editor Preston Carlson.

Instead of cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all solutions to parenting, The Imperfect Parent publishes parenting articles to make you think and make you laugh about things like the euphoria of the school bus taking the kids away, managing an angry-cup-throwing toddler, strategic ways to embarrass your kids as a twisted form of discipline and control, and much more.

“Anything that deals with any aspect of the lighter side of parenting,” says Carlson. “Parody, humorous takes on parenting, satire, an ‘open letter.’ Take your pick. And if you are questioning if your humor crosses the line, then definitely send it in.”

Rates: Pays $25 and up

35. Minnesota Monthly

What do you know about life and culture in the Twin Cities, the North Start state, and the Upper Midwest? If it’s anything close to Garrison Keillor’s Minnesota Bucket List, you’re bound to have some laugh-out-loud stories to write about for Minnesota Monthly.

Editor Rachel Hutton says the best way to break into this magazine is to pitch stories for a First Person or True North feature. And if you’re going for humor, submit a full manuscript, instead of a query letter.

Rate: Depends on assignment.

36. The New Yorker

Want to combine humor writing and fiction, but not ready to commit to crafting a full-length novel? Check out Shouts & Murmurs in The New Yorker magazine.

This isn’t essay writing. It’s pure fiction and satire like “Shakespeare, Off the Cuff,” “Trump I.Q Test,” “Family Vacation Breakdown,” and many others.

Study published Shouts & Murmurs articles, and start thinking like the editors by following Daily Shouts, before submitting.

Rates: Depends on assignment.

37. Mother.ly

Parenting isn’t exactly a cakewalk. Unless of course, you’re the parent of that perfect little angel who is exquisitely well-behaved, well-mannered, and has never thrown a single temper tantrum…ever. LOL. If you can serve up parenting advise with a dose of humor, pitch a personal narrative or essay to Parent.co Community Manager Sara Goldstein (sara@parent.co). Like it or not, this pub prefers writers pitch via Submittable. Check back for an open call for submissions.

Rates: $50 and up per assignment.

38. Sasee

Sasee is a women’s lifestyle magazine that features stories and art about fashion, food, travel, and family life near Charlotte, South Carolina. “Essays, humor, satire, personal experience, and features on topics relating to women are our primary editorial focus,” says Editor Leslie Moore.

Rates: Depends on assignment.

39. Saturday Evening Post

Only a few magazines in the U.S. have been around longer than the Saturday Evening Post, which was first published in 1897. And it includes a regular humor feature, called The Lighter Side. Recent submissions include a man’s complicated relationship with his wood stove, the trouble with raising cows, and spring break traditions that are about as fun as a prostate exam.

Study the guidelines and past articles for The Lighter Side, and pitch an idea to Editor Steven Slon.

Rates: Pays $25 and up, per assignment.

40. Reader’s Digest

If you haven’t looked at a copy of Reader’s Digest recently, it’s not the same magazine it was when it launched way back in 1920. It’s still half the size of the typical magazine, but it’s been redesigned to keep up with competing pubs in the general interest and lifestyle niche. One regular feature includes jokes, gags, quotes and funny stories written by freelancers.

Rates: Pays $25 to $100 per assignment.


41. ADDitude Magazine

Ever wonder how parents deal with raising a kid with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD)? Here’s a hint, it’s not all rainbows and unicorns. Yet, about 11 percent of kids (6.4 million) have attention deficit, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Managing editor Wayne Kalyn is always looking for fresh pitches that include first-person articles by parents, employers, and teachers with personal experience working with ADHD kids. FYI – Freelance writer and Den member Jennifer Theuriet has written for this niche parenting magaizne.

Rates: Pays an average of $100 to $200 per assignment.

42. Adoptive Families

Did you know an estimated 150,000 kids are adopted every year in the United States? Based on census data and information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, about 2 million people in the U.S. were raised by adoptive parents.

It’s a life-changing event for kids and parents, and managing editor Eve Gilman says she’s always on the lookout for stories that help parents through the adoption process and provide practical tips on parenting.

Rates: Varies, depending on assignment.

43. Alaska Parent

Know what it’s like to be a parent with kids in the state also known as “The Last Frontier?” Check the editorial calendar link for a 2019 update. Develop a story idea, and be sure to follow the query guidelines to submit a pitch.

Rates: $40 to $200 per assignment.

44. Atlanta Parent

Know where all the family-friendly hot-spots are in Atlanta, Ga.? Want to write about issues that impact parents and children in the community? Have an idea for an Atlanta-based profile on a parent, kid, or family with a compelling story to tell? Pitch editor Tali Toland.

Rates: $100 and up.

45. Bay Area Parent

Know where the kid-friendly hangouts are in the Bay Area: Marin County, San Francisco, the Peninsula, the East Bay, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz? Pitch a story idea to editor Jill Wolfson. Or read the guidelines and pitch a feature story idea , or Q&A profile for the Mom’s Minute department. If you want to write for the Bay Area Parent blog, pitch editor Amy Ettinger.

Rates: $0.25 per word.

46. Carolina Parent

This monthly magazine features stories and content for parents and families in North Carolina. Check the 2019 editorial calendar for themes per issue, and special editions. Pitch magazine ideas to editor Beth Shugg. She’s also the editor for the Where Traveler Raleigh-Durham blog published by Morris Media. 

Rates: $75 to $300 per assignment.

47. Charlotte Parent

Michelle Huggins is the editor for Charlotte Parent magazine. She says queries should typically be submitted three months in advance of publication. Queries should focus on stories, events, and ideas, that provide useful advice and resources for parents with kids in the Charlotte area.

Rates: $50 to $150 per assignment.

48. Chesapeake Family Life

Your best bet for breaking into Chesapeake Family Life is pitching a feature story on a person, place, family, or special event with an original angle about family-friendly living in Maryland, says editor Ann Levelle.

Rates: $75 to $200 per assignment.

49. Chicago Parent

If you’ve heard the chatter about paid essay writing becoming extinct, Chicago Parent hasn’t received the memo. A 400 to 500-word first-person essay with your take on raising kids in the “Windy City” is one of the best ways to break in says editor Tamara O’Shaughnessy. The magazine also publishes news and features about parenting and family life in Chicago. For the “Going Places” department about family-friendly things to do in Chicago, pitch editor Elizabeth Diffin.

Rates: $25 to $100-plus per assignment.

50. Cincinnati Parent

What do you know about Cincinnati that’s off the beaten path, different, or unexpected that even locals might not know about? If you can identify a story idea with a fresh angle, or something completely new to Cincinnati parents, editor Susan Bryant wants to hear from you. Check the 2019 editorial calendar for monthly themes to help you pitch ideas. 

Rates: Varies, depending on assignment.

51. Fatherly

Mom’s aren’t the only ones who swap stories about grocery-store meltdowns, parenting advice, money matters, and the curiosities of raising kids. Dads do too. Got some “fatherly” advice that might help other dads, or a funny experience with your kids to share? Pitch a story idea to Fatherly editor Andrew Burmon. Add video with your pitch to get noticed.

52. Georgia Family

When Olya Fessard launched Georgia Family magazine about 26 years ago, she did it to help parents find opportunities in the area to help their kids learn and develop. Since then, the magazine has grown to over 15,000 subscribers who want to read about Georgia-based events, travel, family matters, and lifestyle. Submit queries to editor and publisher Olya Fessard. 

Rates: $20 to $80 per assignment.

53. The Green Parent

This UK-based magazine covers green-living (UK) topics on raising children, alternative health, and environmental concerns. “We are particularly keen on features written in the first person about a real-life experience,” says editor Melissa Corkill.

Rates: $100 to $200 per assignment.

54. Grown and Flown

Your kids may be grown and gone, but you never really stop being a parent. Plus, you might have some advice to share for new parents, or a story idea for this blog. Pitch guest post ideas to Assistant Editor Christine Burke or email grownandflown@gmail.com.

Rates: Based on assignment.

55. Hudson Valley Parent

Can you be the editor of a parenting magazine, even though you don’t have kids of your own? That’s Cassidy Brighton. But she’s the perfect fit, having grown up in the area with rich family ties, lots of friends, and institutional knowledge of Hudson Valley over the last few decades.

If you’ve got a story idea about summer camp, school, health, family life, and things to do for parents and kids in Hudson Valley, send a query to Cassidy. While the magazine mainly works with local writers, Cassidy says, she open to pitches from writers outside the area.

Rates: $80 to $120 per assignment.

56. Indy’s Child

Here’s a hint about landing magazine assignments. Pitch the right editor, and it’s possible to tap into a fountain of work. For example, if you read the details for Cincinnati Parent (No. 11), you’ve already met editor Susan Bryant. But she’s also the editor for Indy’s Child, among other publications. Pitch family-friendly story ideas about life in Indiana based on the editorial calendar to Susan Bryant.

 Rates: Varies, depending on assignment.

57. MetroParent

If you want to tap into this magazine for parents and kids in southeast Michigan, study back issues and get familiar with sections and departments, first. Then pitch editor Julia Elliott. Freelance writers Kristen Gough and Diana Christensen have both written for MetroParent and worked with Julia Elliott on a long list of assignments. “I’ve found that she encourages creativity, exudes professionalism and always expects excellence. I’m glad I’ve been able to work with her,” says Gough.

Rates: $50 to $350 per assignment.

58. Minnesota Parent

This parenting magazine covers a wide range of topics about parenting, family life, and kid-friendly things to do in Minnesota. Be sure to study the editorial calendar before pitching editor Sarah Jackson. Freelancer Tina Mortimer has completed multiple assignments for Minnesota Parent, and says, “Sarah is not only a wonderful writer and editor, she’s someone I consider a mentor…She has been more than generous with her guidance, feedback, and support.” 

Rates: Varies based on assignment.

59. Mommy Nearest

Can having kids make you crazy? The next time your kids whine in agony, “Mom, I’m so bored,” what should you do? What are the best board games for kids and parents to play together? Those are just a few of the blog posts you”ll read on the blog Mommy Nearest. Got a guest post idea? Pitch Editor-in-Chief Rory Halperin.

Rates: Based on assignment.

60. Mothering

Want to write about natural and eco-conscious living for parents with kids? Mothering covers topics like alternative childbirth options, breastfeeding, natural family planning, homeschooling, healthy nutrition, and co-sleeping. To break in, you’ll need to be able to validate your ideas with research, interview expert sources, write in journalistic style, and send your pitch to editor Amy Tokic. 

Payment: $200 to $500 per article.

61. Nashville Parent

If you want to write about family-friendly events in Nashville, this is the magazine to pitch. Managing editor Chad Young says the magazine mainly covers topics, events, and issues for families and parents with kids from newborn to age 14. And he should know, he’s been at the helm of every issue for more than a decade. 

Rates: Based on assignment.

62. New Jersey Family

You might pitch New Jersey Family editor Angel Madison via email, with a story idea about family life in The Garden State. But that’s not the only place you’ll find her. Angel is also the master of the magazine’s social media accounts on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram. The window for pitching stories for 2017 issues may be closing, but you can get an idea of what this magazine is looking for by reviewing the 2019 media kit.

Rates: $25 to $100 depending on assignment.

63. North State Parent

If you want to break into North State Parent, a magazine that covers family life in northern California, you’ll need to do your homework before you pitch editor Lisa Shara. You’ll get her attention with stories that nurture the bonds of “family” and community, especially if you can find an angle for a story that promotes healthy and developmentally-appropriate environments for children. 

Rates: Varies depending on assignment.

64. The Points Guy

Ever tried to travel cross-country with kids? Or maybe you know how to navigate the madness, rides, shows, and travel plans for a trip to Disneyland? The Points Guys is a site dedicated to helping people maximize credit card points and miles when you travel. Pitch guest post ideas for the Family Travel section to Managing Editor Alberto Riva.

65. Portland Family Magazine

Know what’s it like to live in the Rose City with kids? In a city that likes its unofficial slogan, “Keep Portland Weird,” there’s ample opportunities to write about the accomplishments of others, things to do, and family matters like health, travel, education, holidays, special events, and much more.

“We believe that local community members want to read something meaningful,” says Managing Editor Melissa Kniazeva, “something that enhances their relationship with each other and with their community.”

Rates: Varies depending on assignment.

66. Raising Arizona Kids

If you didn’t get the manual on how to raise a child, Raising Arizona Kids was created to be the next best thing. Its target audience is adults, ages 25 to 59, trying navigate the sometimes murky waters of being a new parent to raising teenagers in Arizona. “Articles should be written to inform, enlighten, challenge, support, amuse or touch these parents as they grow within their new roles, seek ways to enhance their children’s lives and face the pressure of combining careers and parenting,” says editor Kara Morrison.

Rates: $50 to $250 and up, depending on assignment.

67. Ravishly

Can you convince a toddler to eat broccoli, like a kind of child-whisperer? Or maybe you’ve got a story idea to tackle a tough issue like miscarriages, gender identify, pregnancy, and parenting to help others? Ravishly’s “Families” section is perfect for guest posts of that nature.

“We celebrate the mess of being human,” says Editor-in-Chief Joni Edelman. “…what makes us tick, what ticks us off, plus pictures of our dogs or cats. Inclusivity is important. We laugh. We cry. We do it all together.”

68. Romper

This Bustle Digital Group site gets millions of views every month. Mostly female readers interested in content about pregnancy, motherhood, relationships, fashion tips, and the latest in news and entertainment. Got a guest post idea for Romper? Spend some time writing a highly-clickable headline. Managing Editor April Daniel Hussar is a self-described “badass headline writer.”

Rates: Based on assignment.

69. San Diego Family

San Diego Family Magazine connects readers to businesses in the San Diego County,” says Publisher Sharon Bay. “It focuses on families with children between zero and 16. It has a great monthly calendar of events, local resources, education and health topics plus much more. If you want to write for this magazine, check out the editorial calendar that includes a list of hot topics, along with themes and deadlines for upcoming issues. Then send your queries to Managing Editor Lisa Gipson.

70. She Knows

SheKnows publishes a mix of content for a female audience, including the kind of girlfriend talk you’d likely hear a group of moms discussing over coffee after dropping the kids off at school. Food, family, health, entertainment. For more, check out this Q&A with a SheKnows editor. Pitch parenting guest post ideas to Editor Amelia Edelman.

71. Simply Family

Billings, Mont., landed on the map as a railroad town and later became a hub for oil refineries after one of the largest discoveries in U.S. history. And while much of the U.S. struggled during the recession, Billings and the surrounding area grew by 57.8 percent, making it the largest city in the state.

With over 157,000 people living in the area, Simply Family is the magazine for stories about parenting and family life for people living in Yellowstone County. Executive Editor Stephanie Toews says the best way to break into the magazine is to pitch a story idea with a strong local angle of interest to parents of a newborn to college-bound teens.

Rates: Varies depending on assignment.

72. Western New York Family Magazine

The odds are ever in your favor for landing an assignment for Western New York Familymagazine. About 90 percent of the magazine is written by freelancers. Check the 2019 editorial calendar to develop story ideas about having a newborn or special needs child for the April issue (deadline is Feb. 1), and other family-related topics later in the year. Pitch story ideas to Editor Michelle Miller. 

Rates: $40 to $150 per assignment.

73. Working Mother

What’s it really like to be a working mom and parent? It’s not always easy, but it’s certainly possible to make it work, enjoy life, and be a role model for your kids. That’s the focus of Working Mother magazine. Have an idea for a story? Check out the Contacts page to pitch the right person. 

Rates: $100 to $300 per assignment.

74. Your Teen

And you thought being a teenager was hard? It’s just as challenging for parents, and it’s why Your Teen exists. This print magazine and site with a blog publishes content aimed at helping parents guide their kids from the teenage years into adulthood on a wide range of topics. Pitch story ideas to Parenting Editor Sharon Holbrook.

Rates: $0.10 to $0.50 per word, based on assignment.


75. 50 Haikus & Three Line Poetry

These two journals, run by the same editors, want short lines with meaning and welcome new writers. They also reprint your poem in an anthology.

  • Charge to submit: none
  • Rates: $1.50 per poem + a subscription

76. The American Journal of Nursing 

A nursing journal that publishes poetry? Yes. The American Journal of Nursing publishes poems about health and health care, but not necessarily nursing. I actually help screen submissions for this publication. And I ask this question of every poem I judge: “Would this poem appeal to nurses?”

  • Charge to submit: none
  • Rates: $150 per poem

77. The Antigonish Review

This is a lovely literary journal published in Canada. It doesn’t have an agenda about edgy vs. formal poetry, but the guidelines do say “expect. . .work to be considered within the full context of old and new poetry.”

  • Charge to submit: $2.00
  • Rates: $5 per page (up to 5 pages) + plus two copies

78. Arts & Letters

This highly-regarded poetry journal based at Georgia University, specifically encourages emerging poets and writers to submit their work for consideration.

  • Charge to submit: $3
  • Rates: $10 per printed page (minimum payment: $50), +  one contributor copy + a one-year subscription.

79. New Letters

News Letters writers and poets frequently win tons of rewards, and the editors are a pleasure to work. This publication prefers to work with writers and poets “waiting to be discovered.” Plus, New Letters publishes a range of styles and subject matter.

  • Charge to submit: none
  • Rates: Minimum pay for poetry is $12 plus. More for multi-page poems, but pay often exceeds those minimums. Payment to contributors also includes two copies of the issue and 40 percent discounts for additional copies and subscriptions.

80. Poetry Magazine

If you’ve spent any time trying to publish poetry, you’re probably familiar with this publication. It’s the authority mag on poetry that publishes established and new writers.

Study the mag, and pitch your poetry. This is the top journal in the field. Crack this mag, and you’ll earn top pay, and build your credibility as a poet.

  • Charge to submit: none
  • Rates: $10 per line with a minimum payment of $300

81. Strange Horizons

Strange Horizons calls itself a magazine of speculative fiction, but it also publishes fantasy and science fiction poetry.

  • Charge to submit: none
  • Rates: $40 per poem, regardless of length or complexity.

82. Cricket Media

Cricket Media publishes a series of six journals that feature children’s poetry for different ages. These poetry journals include Ladybug, Cricket, Babybug, Spider, Cricket, and Cicada.

Want to write for one of these poetry journals? Check the site for the editorial calendar, themes, and submission deadlines.

  • Charge to submit: none
  • Rates: up to $3 per line; $25.00 minimum


83.  The American Conservative

Interested in political writing from a conservative perspective? You’ll need solid journalism skills to report and write about current events, trends and issues for The American Conservative, a magazine published by the American Ideas Institute.

“We believe in constitutional government, fiscal prudence, sound monetary policy, clearly delineated borders, protection of civil liberties, authentically free markets, and restraint in foreign policy mixed with diplomatic acuity,” says editor Robert Merry.

Rates: Pays $150 and up depending on assignment.

84. The Atlantic

If you want to write for The Atlantic, a magazine that covers news and analysis on politics, business, culture, technology, national, international and political life, read this by former Atlantic staffer Garance Franke-Ruta: “How (not) to pitch: A guide for freelance writers.”

FYI – The Atlantic is also open to working with new freelancers. It’s where I landed my first magazine assignment as a newbie for a piece about the career trajectory of Donald Trump that landed him in the White House.

Want to write for The Atlantic? Study the magazine and pitch an idea with a query first.

Rates: Pays $150 to $1,600 depending on assignment.

85. New Statesman

This progressive-thinking political magazine, based in the United Kingdom, has been covering politics and issues from around the world for more than 100 years.

“Timely, well-written contributions that bring a new angle to topics within the New Statesman‘s remit,” says editor Jason Cowley. “Make sure you’re familiar with the website and what we cover before pitching – following us on Twitter is a good way of doing this.”

Have a story idea for The New Statesman? Pitch editors Julia Rampen or George Eaton.

Rates: Pays $150.00 to $300.00 per article.

86. The National Review

You’ll only find conservative-focused articles in this 60-year-old magazine that features news and commentary pieces on political, social, and cultural affairs.

Want to write for The National Review? Pitch Senior Editor Richard Brookhiser, but current issues and read The Magazine’s Credenda first.

87. Slate

Got a knack for writing witty and opinionated analysis pieces about political issues? That’s the Slate’s niche in the world of online journalism.

“We are a general-interest publication offering analysis and commentary about politics, news, business, technology, and culture,” says Editor-in-Chief Julia Turner.

Pitch story ideas to Political Editor Reid Pillifant.

Rates: Pays $0.23 per word. 

88. The Sun

Here’s an interesting way to differentiate yourself as a news and literary magazine…no advertising. That’s the Sun’s approach to focus on great writing.

This magazine has been around for 40 years, and is looking for essays, interviews, and story ideas about political and cultural issues.

“We’ve been described in many ways,” says Editor and Publish Sy Safransky. “Celebratory, fierce, unflinching, thoughtful, truthful, dark, darkly funny, tender.”

And it shows in recent articles on wealth and poverty, Donald Trump as a taboo topic at work, inequalities in education, and much more.

Rates: Pays $300 to $2,000 per assignment.

89. Washington Monthly

Class warfare, the latest insights on the Nunes memo and the FBI, party battles over climate change, and rural America in the 21st century. Those are the kinds of reported stories you’ll find in the Washington Monthly.

And if you have an idea for an investigative piece, opinion-based feature, or even book reviews of political titles, pitch Editor Gilad Edelman.

Rates: Pays $0.10/word

90. Tablet

Do you know where politics and Jewish life intersect? Then pitch a story idea to Tablet, a daily online magazine of Jewish news, ideas, and culture.

Recent freelance political pieces published in Tablet include: “Three theories of the rise of Trump,” “George Loinger’s simple game of catch,” “Mob rule,” among others.

Query news and politics editor Matthew Fishbane, and include a brief summary of your story idea, bio, and writing experience.

Rates: Pays $150 and up depending on assignment.

91. Vox First Person

Got a political view and personal experience you’d like to share and get paid to write? Vox First person wants to hear from you. This news-opinion-style site welcomes opinion-focused articles, essays, and points of view that help explain politics and current events from a first-person perspective.

Rates: Pays $150 and up.

92. Liberal America

When Texas-born Tiffany Willis Clark spent time working with disadvantaged and oppressed populations, the elderly, people living in poverty, at-risk youth, and the unemployed, it changed the way she sees the world. And it’s one reason why she founded Liberal America.

This site covers political and social issues liberals care about. And if you have an idea for a story, send your pitch to tiff@liberalamerica.org.

Rates: Pays $50 and up.

93. PoliZette

PoliZette is a division of LifeZette, and features political articles that offer commentary, insight, and explanation of the sometimes crazy world of politics. Pitch story ideas to Senior Editor Mark Tapscott. But do your homework, he’s a guy who’s been on the front lines of political journalism for more than 30 years.

Rates: Pays $100 to $200 per assignment.

94. New York Observer

Like writing about the latest news from the White House? Or have an inside scoop, opinion, or point of view about New York politics? If you can write for a “sophisticated readership of metropolitan professionals,” pitch an idea to Contributors Editor Kelsey Smith.

Rates: Pays $100 per assignment.

95. The Progressive

If you want to write about the people, events, and issues shaping social and economic justice, civil liberties, human rights, the environment, and democracy, pitch a story idea to Managing Editor Bill Lueders at The Progressive.

Rates: $50 to $1,300 per assignment.

96. The Nation

“We are a weekly journal of left/liberal opinion, covering national and international affairs as well as the arts publishing in both print and digitally,” says Editor and Publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel.

The Nation was founded on principles of investigative journalism and old-school reporting. Stories include analysis of breaking news, politics, social issues and the arts. Check The Masthead to pitch the appropriate editor.

Rates: $225 and up per assignment.


97. AJ Magazine

Want to write for Canada’s leading magazine about science and environmental issues?

Take a look at recent stories like Walmart’s attempt to go green, repairing environmental damage after a marine oil spill in Nova Scotia, and solutions to prevent city drinking water shortages.

Then come up with a story idea for a feature, short report, expert interview, resource guide, or new research findings. Journalism skills, knowledge of academic research, and a solid query will help your pitch rise to the top.

Who to pitch: Editor Leah Gerber
Rate: $0.10/word for 500 to 4,000-word assignments.

98. Bee Culture

If you want to learn how to raise bees and harvest honey, Bee Culture, is one of the best resources available for the most current information in trends and best practices. But the how-to of bee keeping isn’t the only thing this magazine covers.

“There’s so much more to the world we touch,” says Senior Editor Kim Flottum. “Pollination, honey plants, gardening with bees, wildlife and woodland plantings, and all the creatures that bees affect and interact with.”

Bee Culture also features stories about the impact pesticides, pests, predators and disease have on bee colonies, says Flottum.

Study the magazine, and pitch a story idea with a 200-word query that outlines the piece. If you can provide photos, be sure to mention it in your pitch.

Who to pitch: Senior Editor Kim Flottum

Rate: $150 to $200 per assignment, typically 1,500 to 2,000 words.

99. Chatelaine Magazine

Chatelaine is a popular monthly women’s magazine in Canada that covers health and fitness topics, including the latest in health and science research.

If you can explain scientific research in consumer-friendly language to help women make better food, fitness, and lifestyle choices, pitch a one-page story idea. Explain why it’s a good fit for the magazine and what section it’s best suited for. If you have ideas for a sidebar, infographic, quiz, or other graphic element, be sure to explain.

Who to pitch: Managing Editor Laura Brown

Rate: $1/word

100. Discover magazine

If you customized your search in Writer’s Market to find magazines that pay the highest rates for science writing, this is one that would rise to the top of the list.

Discover is a consumer-focused magazine that features stories about medical research, scientific breakthroughs, technology, physics, space travel, and even paleontology. Keep in mind it’s written for a lay audience, so academic language won’t get you an assignment.

“Discover magazine has a stable of highly qualified contributing writers,” says freelancer Susan Etchey. “The only way a new writer has a chance to get the attention of its editors is to have an explosive, compelling untold science story to tell.”

Best bet for breaking in, before pitching a major feature story…study the magazine. Pitch an idea for the Data section (150 to 500 words), or the 20 Things Column (650 words).

Who to pitch: Senior Editor Gemma Tarlach or another member of the editorial team.

Rate: $2/word

101. Earth Island Journal

If you want to write for Earth Island Journal, follow the first rule of writing for any magazine. Read it. Study back issues.

In the current issue, you’ll learn about how everyday citizens are transforming scientific discovery, a type of worm that’s crawling across Africa destroying crops, plants, and vegetation with world domination in mind, and efforts to create sustainable, environmentally-friendly perfume, among other topics.

If you’ve got a story idea about innovations in science and technology that will have an impact on the environment, pitch an idea for a shorter 1,000 to 1,500-word piece or longer feature (up to 4,000 words).

Who to pitch: Editor Maureen Nandini Mitra

Rate: $300 to $1,000 per assignment

102. Eating Well

Get in line at the grocery story, and you might see this magazine on the news stand. But it’s not just a magazine filled with recipes, photos of tasty food, and tips for healthy eating. There’s plenty of science behind the taste, textures, and flavors that make food delicious that Eating Well readers want to know about.

“EatingWell’s voice is journalistic and authoritative,” says Editor-in-Chief Jessie Price. “…We cover nutrition with a newsy, science-based approach.”

Best way to break in. Pitch a story idea for one of the front-of-book sections (listed on the guidelines page). For example, Fresh Health features new information about current health and nutrition studies.

Who to pitch: Associate Nutrition Editor Julia Westbrook or another member of the editorial team.

Rate: $1/word

103. Folk Rebellion (no longer published)

Before Folk Rebellion founder Jess Davis launched this site, she spent the better part of her career as a copywriter and consultant for a long list of leading consumer brands. And then she realized, today’s world had become slightly out of touch with a simpler way of life. Folk Rebellion was her answer to change that.

So what does a digital pub like Folk Rebellion have to do with science writing? There’s room for how-to articles, interviews, features, and columns for lot of different topics here, including the psychology of motivation and change, and neurosciences.

Who to pitch: Founder and Editor-in-Chief Jess Davis

Rate: $100 to $350 per assignment (500 to 3,500 words)

104. Forensic Magazine

You’ll need to know the language, jargon, and lifestyle of forensic scientists to write for this magazine. It’s primarily a trade pub for forensic researchers and crime scene investigators.

Pitch ideas about the merging of science and technology to advance forensic science, which may include the use of biometric data, DNA testing, toxicology reporting, or evidence collection and testing.

Who to pitch: Associate Editor Laura French. Pitch Editor-in-Chief Michelle Taylor when she returns from maternity leave in October 2018.

Rates: Based on assignment.

105. Growing Magazine

If you want to grow a garden in your backyard, or raise crops on a farm, you can learn about it Growing Magazine. This mag features lots of practical how-to guides on growing.

But you’ll also find articles about agricultural science, soil testing, watering and irrigation, and managing pests and invasive species to prevent crop failure.

Who to pitch: Editor Stephanie Peake

Rate: $175 to $500 per assignment

106. Hakai Magazine

If you want to write about archaeology, ecology, biology, geology, and oceanography of marine coastal environments, take a closer look at Hakai magazine.

If you’ve got solid journalism experience, research skills, and the ability to interview sources, you’re a good fit for writing for Hakai.

“We are interested in great stories and strong voices,” says Editor Jude Isabella. “We tilt toward science and environmental stories, but we’re also interested in people and communities and how they interact with coastal ecosystems.”

Pitch short news stories about coastal environmental topics (500 to 800 words), or an in-depth feature (1,000 to 5,000 words).

If you can provide video (five minutes or less), to go with your story, include details in your pitch. You may also pitch an idea for an infographic related to marine coastal environments.

Who to pitch: Editor Jude Isabella

Rates: $0.75 to $1/word

107. Humanosphere

Got journalism skills, an attitude for social justice, and the chops to write about the connection between science and humanity? Here’s another place to get paid for science writing.

Recent stories by Humanosphere writers included the rise of cholera in East Africa linked to El Nino, the 12 deadliest bacteria on earth, results of clinical trials for a new malaria vaccine, and new technology that may make breathing the air in even the most polluted cities better.

“We want to tell stories that influence the public dialogue about global development so we can actually live up to the lofty aspiration of a more just and equitable world,” says Publisher Tom Paulson. “We look for writers who do their homework…, but are not afraid of taking a stand and holding people or organizations accountable. We want stories that have authority, flavor, and personality.”

Study the site and guidelines before pitching a news story or feature.

Who to pitch: Publisher Tom Paulson

RatesBased on assignment

108. Mother Earth News

In Mother Earth News, you can learn about things like designing a geothermal heat pump to warm your house, why growing borage can help your entire garden thrive, and how to use resources like the sun, wind, and even bio mass as an energy source.

If you want to write about science-related topics for Mother Earth News, pitch a feature story idea about renewable energy, green transportation, natural health, or environmental issues. Best way to break in: Start with a short how-to articles (100 to 300 words), before pitching a more in-depth feature.

Who to pitch: Editor Hank Will or another member of the editorial team.

Rates: $25 to $150 per assignment

109. New Jersey Monthly

You’ll need to know a lot about The Garden State to write for New Jersey Monthly. It’s primarily a lifestyle magazine for the East coast state with an estimated 9 million people. But an estimated 100 million people a year visit New Jersey. That alone as an environmental impact, along with bordering the Atlantic Ocean.

If you’ve got a New Jersey-focused story idea about the environment, science or technology that goes beyond a traditional hard news story, pitch your idea. Recent examples include a profile on physicist Rush Coleman (a New Jersey U.S. Congressman), a science-inspired art exhibit featuring 20 of New Jersey’s best artists, ocean explorations and discoveries off the coast of New Jersey, and many others.

“We are looking for writers who can deliver brightly written, well-researched service articles,” says Editor Ken Schlager. “But we are also interested in investigative stories from qualified reporters.

Pitch a story idea based on the editorial calendar, to improve your chances of landing an assignment.

Who to pitch: Editor Ken Schlager

Rates: $750 to $2,500 per assignment

110. New Scientist

The New Scientist has an editorial staff of 40-plus writers who cover news about science, technology, health, and the environment. That’s important to know if you want to pitch a story idea to this magazine. Your best bet, pitch a feature story with a strong science focus.

“We are looking for science and technology stories from around the world that will intrigue, entertain and inform the widest possible audience, be they physicists, biologists or people with no science background at all,” says Editor Emily Wilson. “We cover fascinating bits of pure science with no possible application as well as high-impact stories such as weapons technology and the psychology of terrorism. Besides reporting the latest research, we also try to find interesting scientific or technological angles on major news events.”

Recent examples include stories about the earliest people to live in North America, medical debates about breast cancer surgeries, why some people’s brains can remember and recall more, the impact drilling for natural gas will have on the global environment, and many others.

Got a feature story idea for New Scientist? Pitch your story idea in a couple of paragraphs, show off your writing skills, and make a case for why this story will matter to readers.

Who to pitch: Check the editorial staff page to find the right person to pitch. Then find their email address.

Rates: $300 and up per assignment

111. Popular Science

Few magazines have been around as long as Popular Science. It made its debut in 1872, and has been one of the most widely-read magazines around the world about science and technology for the average reader ever since.

“For freelancers interested in science who are pursuing print assignments, Popular Science‘s front-of-book is a good place to start,” says Contently Editor-in-Chief writer Jordan Teicher.

If you’ve got some journalism experience, and the ability to explain science in a way that’s interesting, engaging, and educational to the average reader, pitch a story idea to the magazine. Start with a front-of-book pitch in 200 words or less. Land that assignment, and move on to pitching full-length features of 1,000 words or more.

Want insider information about writing for Popular Science? Check out this Q&A with a former editor about how to land front-of-book assignments.

Who to pitch: Senior Editor Rachel Feltman

Rates: $2/word

112. Science magazine

Did you know the American Association for the Advancement of Science publishes a journal widely read by a unique audience: scientists and academics, and everyday people interested in science? It’s called Science.

And if you want to break in to this well-paying science pub, you’ll need to look a lot further than the latest press releases about new research, findings, and publications.

“Our biggest piece of advice for selling us on a straight research story is this,” says Deputy Editor Barbara Jasny, “Pitch us hidden gems.”

If you know how to combine hard-news journalism skills, science, and storytelling, study the “How to pitch” guidelines, develop a story idea, and track down the right editor to connect with.

Breaking science news that hasn’t been covered in depth yet, an inside scoop, or a scandal within the scientific community will put your idea on the fast track for consideration. And there’s opportunity to write for the online version of Science as well as the print version.

Who to pitch: Check the “Meet the Editors“ page to find the right staff member to pitch your story idea to.

Rates: Based on assignment

113. Sky & Telescope

Even if you’ve never picked up a telescope or studied the stars, you probably heard about the total solar eclipse that passed over the United States in 2017. Millions of people from coast to coast scrambled to viewing locations within the Path of Totality across America to get a glimpse of the moon blocking out the sun for just a few minutes.

For the amateur astronomer, the eclipse was a monumental opportunity to test out equipment, teach others about astronomy, and even practice taking astrophotos. And it’s the kind of content you’ll find in Sky & Telescope for the hobbyist interested in science and astronomy.

“These enthusiasts run the gamut from armchair astronomers to professional astrophysicists,” says Senior Editor Kelly Beatty. “Most, however, are amateur astronomers. People from all walks of life who love the night sky and want to learn everything they can about it.”

Who to pitch: Senior Editor Kelly Beatty or Senior Editor Alan MacRobert

Rates: Based on assignment.

114. Smithsonian

Did you know the Smithsonian Institute includes 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and 2.7 million square feet of indoor space? There’s a lot to know and a lot to learn about the past, present and future of science, technology, the environment, and even the universe. And you can write about it for the Smithsonian magazine.

But you’ll need to do your homework, know the magazine and it’s readers, and write a stand-out query to land an assignment. In your pitch:

“There has to be something surprising and narratively interesting there,” says Senior Editor Jenny Rothenberg Gritz. “If the story is about the natural world, either the person you’re writing about has to be super charismatic and interesting, or something done about the issue has to be amazing.”

Who to pitch: Associate Editor Thomas Stackpole. Or use the submission form to query the print magazine or the website.

Rates: $1 to $3.50/word

115. Tonic

If you know the intersection where health and wellness meets science and research, and like to tell stories, you can write for Tonic. It’s an online lifestyle mag designed to give readers a fresh perspective on healthy living using science-based journalism, and plenty of in-your-face facts, like:

“We tell the human stories on the leading edge, capture paradigm shifts in research that allow us to see the world in new ways, and offer a roadmap to people who want to live healthier lives,” says Editor Kate Lowenstein.

Who to pitch: Editor Kate Lowenstein

Rates: $250 per assignment


116. Alaska Beyond

Not all in-flight magazines openly publish writer’s guidelines, but Alaska Beyond is one that does. About 75 percent of this magazine is written by freelancers. Best way to break in: Pitch a short piece for “The Feed” department. Pays $150 to $700 based on assignment.

In-flight magazine for: Alaska Airlines
Published by: Paradigm Communications Group
Editor: Paul Frichtl

117. American Way

The estimated readership for American Way is kind of crazy. About 200 million people board an American Airlines flight every year. Check the media kit for reader demographics, cover stories, and departments to pitch story ideas about destinations, food, sports, music, entertainment, and more.

In-flight magazine for: American Airlines
Published by: Ink Global
Editor: Bill Kearney

118. b.inspired

Got a travel writing idea for world-class destination? Brussels Airlines magazine, b.inspired, features stories about people, ideas, culture, society, food, fashion, travel and business anywhere this airline flies (that’s three continents).

In-flight magazine for: Brussels Airlines
Published by: Ink Global
Editor: Vicky Lane

119. Celebrated Living

Even if you’re a frequent flyer on American Airlines, you may not have seen this magazine. Celebrated Living is published exclusively for first-class passengers. Pitch story ideas for an affluent audience about travel, food, culture, fashion, accessories, property, or emotionally and spiritually enriching experiences.

In-flight magazine for: American Airlines (first class)
Published by: Ink Global
Editor: Erick Newill

120. Delta Sky

Here’s another in-flight magazine that publishes writer’s guidelines. Carol happens to be a regular contributor to Delta Sky, including a story in the November 2018 issue. Pitch story ideas about food, sports, lifestyle, business, and travel (including international destinations).

In-flight magazine for: Delta Airlines
Published by: MSP Communications
Editor: Sarah Elbert

121. enRoute

In-flight magazine for: Air Canada
Published by: Spafax Canada Inc.
Editor: Caitlin Walsh Miller

“We engage our audience through intelligent writing, insight, humour and spot-on service journalism,” says Editor-in-chief Jean-François Légaré. Study the guidelines, back issues, and media kit before pitching a story idea.

122. Hana Hou!

“Hana hou!” means “one more time. It’s an islander phrase you’ll hear from a crowd after a performance. This custom pub is primarily aimed at vacationers. Query with story ideas about the people, places, events, and culture that makes the Hawaiian Islands special.

In-flight magazine for: Hawaiian Airlines
Published by: Pacific Travelogue Inc.
Editor: Michael Shapiro

123. Hemispheres

The United Airlines in-flight magazine, Hemispheres, happens to be one of two in-flight magazines listed in Writer’s Market listed with a $$$ pay rate. And it’s one of many in-flight magazines published by Ink Group. Publishes stories about global culture, adventure, business, entertainment, and sports. For personal essays, check out “Three Perfect Days” feature.

In-flight magazine for: United Airlines
Published by: Ink Global
Editor: Ellen Carpenter

124. High Life

You’ll need to have a sense of British irreverence, wit and attitude to write for British Airway’s magazine, High Life. It’s a perfect market for travel writing pieces about international destinations, vacations, and luxury living.

In-flight magazine for: British Airways
Published by: Cedar Communications
Editor: Andy Morris

125. n

Page through issues of Norwegian Air’s magazine, n, and you’ll find stories about space travel, dining on insects, exploring the Arctic, destination guides to more than 130 cities, and more. Get to know the magazine and readers, and study the media kit before pitching.

In-flight magazine for: Norwegian Air
Published by: Ink Global
Editor: Sara Warwick

126. Open Skies

Emirates Airlines carries more than 3 million passengers a month to places like Dubai, Sri Lanka, London, Switzerland, Maldives, Indonesia, and more. Read the current issue here, and study back issues before pitching a travel writing piece.

In-flight magazine for: Emirates Airlines
Published by: Motivate Publishing
Editor: Georgina Lavers

127. Oryx

Qatar. It’s one of the smallest countries in the world located in the Middle East. It’s a hub for oil production. But it’s also a destination place for wealthy travelers served by Qatar Airways. Last year Orynx went through a redesign, and adopted a monthly-theme format for each issue. Study the magazine and get to know the readership before pitching.

In-flight magazine for: Qatar Airways
Published by: Ink Global
Editor: Mandi Keighran

128. Qantas: Sprit of Australia Magazine

Qantas Editor Kirsten Galliot has earned Editor of the Year at the Publish Awards three years in a row for this Australian-based in-flight magazine. Qantas features stories, profiles and features about the best destinations, restaurants, top hotels, and food in Australia and around the world. Read the current issue and back issues here before pitching.

In-flight magazine for: Qantas Airways
Published by: Medium Rare Content
Editor: Kirsten Galliot

129. Sawubona

Take a closer look at the in-flight magazines listed here, and you’ll notice they’re all managed by media or publishing companies, and not the airlines. And that includes Sawubona (in Zulu it means: “We see you. Hello. Welcome.”), the in-flight magazine for South African Airways, published by Ndalo Media. Publishes stories about travel, business and lifestyle articles for areas served by South African Airways.

In-flight magazine for: South African Airways
Published by: Ndalo Media
Editor: Ingrid Wood

130. Scandinavian Traveler

Open the current issue of Scandinavian Traveler, and you’ll find stories about an Egyptian billionaire who built a European ski resort, a prolific fiction writer, California wine, the popularity of podcasting, and much more. Pitch stories about places, people, lifestyle, food and drink. FYI: Travel writing features are a staple for this magazine.

In-flight magazine for: Scandinavian Airlines
Published by: Off the Wall
Editor: Anna-Lena Ahlberg Jansen

131. SilverKris

Wondering what SilverKris means? A “kris” is a 14th century Malaysian weapon thought to have magical abilities. Later the “kris” became a family heirloom passed down to the younger generation, along with its stories. That’s where Singapore Airlines got the name for it’s in-flight magazine. Publishes stories about Singapore-based events, celebrities, experts, fashion and destinations.

In-flight magazine for: Singapore Airlines
Published by: Ink Global
Editor: Delle Chan

132. Smile

Look through the latest issue of Smile, the in-flight magazine for Cebu Pacific Air based in the Philippines, and you’re read about Crazy Rich Asians star Henry Golding, an outdoor wonderland in Malaysia, a curious attraction in Bangkok, Thailand, and much more. Study the magazine and back issues before pitching. Travel writing stories and celebrity interview are a staple of this magazine.

In-flight magazine for: Cebu Pacific Air
Published by: Ink Global
Editor: Kimberly Koo

133. Southwest: The Magazine

Need some help coming up with stories to pitch Southwest: The Magazine for Southwest Airlines? Check out the editorial calendar for 2019. Writing for the January issue is out. But take a look at deadlines for the rest of the year. Southwest plans to publish stories about music, Hawaiian vacations, summer season travel, food, college football, pets, winter travel, spirits, and more.

In-flight magazine for: Southwest Airlines
Published by: Pace Communications
Editor: Tommie Ethington

134. Traveller

If you’ve been paying attention to the names of custom publishers that handle in-flight magazines, you’ll notice Ink Group practically owns the niche. It’s not the only custom publisher for in-flight magazines, but its portfolio includes more than two dozen in-flight and travel-related magazines, including Traveller.

It’s the in-flight magazine for easyJet Airlines. This low-cost airline based in London that carries passengers to over 820 destinations in more than 30 countries. Traveller features a mix of stories about travel, sports, business and lifestyle, from around the world. Check out the most recent issue here.

In-flight magazine for: easyJet Airlines
Published by: Ink Global
Editor: Jonny Ensall

135. Vera

Forget about pitching Vera, the in-flight magazine for Virgin Atlantic Airways, for just a minute. Go read the profile of Ann Dowd (aka Aunt Lydia from The Handmaid’s Tale) in the November 2018 issue. Then page through the rest of the magazine to get a sense for the magazine’s style and content. Features about travel, entertainment, fashion, destinations, food, and more.

In-flight magazine for: Virgin Atlantic Airways
Published by: Ink Global
Editor: Claire Bennie

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The best way to find freelance writing jobs: Keep pitching

Want to land more freelance writing jobs? Pitch magazines and websites that pay writers, and makeit a regular part of your marketing efforts. Here’s a few things to keep in mind about pitching:

  • Study back issues and site content. It’s really the only way to get to know your market’s style and start thinking like the editor. Read through writer’s guidelines, media kit, and editorial calendar if available.
  • Write and proofread your pitch. Take the time to write a great pitch or query letter with research, interviews, and other resources. Proofread every word, or ask a fellow writer to proofread your pitch before you send it to an editor.
  • Accept feedback. If you hear back from an editor with a rejection, don’t give up. Study up on the publication, find out how to improve, and give it another shot.
  • Keep going. Even pro writers get rejected or never hear back from an editor. Laugh it off, and keep going. It’s a numbers game. The more pitches you send out, the more likely you are to land an assignment.

How do you find freelance writing jobs? Leave a comment and let’s discuss.

Evan Jensen is the blog editor for Make a Living Writing. When he’s not on a writing deadline or catching up on emails, he’s training to run another 100-mile ultra-marathon.

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In this list of sites that pay freelance writers, we’ve identified new markets we haven’t featured before. And even though these sites represent a variety of different niches, they all have one thing in common.

These are sites that pay $100 or more for blog posts, articles, essays, tutorials, and other types of writing assignments.