One of the constant challenges that freelance writers face is where to find gigs. We can’t stress enough the importance of continuing to look for clients, even when you are going through a “feast” time in your freelance writing online career. Things can change quickly, and the move to “famine” can happen all too rapidly. To give you some help, we’ve assembled a list of 101 websites that pay writers. In this list, you’ll find a variety of sites covering various topics and pay rates.
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100 Websites that Pay You to Write
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1. A List Apart
ALA publishes original, feature-length articles (1,500-2,000 words), as well as articles (600-1,500 words) and mini-articles (500-600 words) about web design. This site prefers submissions in Google docs. Pays $200.00 per feature, $100.00 per article and $50.00 per mini article, typically within a month of publication.
If you enjoy conducting research and finding interesting facts and details, while making sure that you get the facts absolutely correct in the process, you may enjoy writing for Today I Found Out. This site specializes in posting informal, conversational articles. Send a pitch or an article for consideration.
Cracked is looking for writers for list-style articles; if interested, sign up for the writers’ forum. The site is also looking for writers for infographics and charts, and will buy content in text form based on your funny idea. Unlike some other writing sites, no experience is necessary to write for Cracked. Their focus is on finding people who can write funny or creative content. If you think you have what it takes, reach out to their editors.
College Humor is one of the biggest comedy sites on the Internet. Submit a pitch by e-mail and the editors will work with you on your article. Pay is $35.00 for a single page and $50.00 for a multi-page article. The site also accepts picture galleries for publication. Submit your idea for consideration to the editors. Pay is $$25.00 for 15 pictures and $35.00 for 25 pictures.
5. The Diplomat
The Diplomat covers reporting and analysis related to Asia-Pacific Region. Submit pitches, blogs or feature articles for consideration. Submissions for the blog section should be 400-800 words, and feature articles are 1,000 words and up. For original reporting, start by pitching your idea to an editor. If you wish to be paid for your submission, indicate this to the editor from the outset. A decision about acceptance will be made quickly, usually within three business days.
6. Screen Rant
Screen Rant is always looking for writers who can produce in-depth premium content with expert knowledge in one or more of their featured categories.
SitePoint is a Melbourne-based website that is at the forefront of web-based technology. Its writers are web professionals who are passionate about design and development. SitePoint pays “above-industry rates” for articles covering:
- Mobile development
- New technology that doesn’t fit into these categories
The site is looking for the following types of content:
- Quick Tips (500-700 words)
- Articles (800-1500 words)
- Tutorials (1500-2000 words)
- Video content (up to the discretion of the Production Manager
8. Metro Parent (for Southeast Michigan)
The site is always looking for talented freelance writers to work with who can produce pieces with a local flavor. The site publishes work of a variety of lengths, from pipeline pieces, to columns to features and reprints. The editorial calendar is listed on the website. Payment ranges from $25.00 to $200+. Metro Parent buys First North American rights.
New Scientist publishes science and technology stories appealing to a wide audience, from lay people to physicists and biologists, focusing on the latest developments. It is strongly recommended that you familiarize yourself with this publication before pitching a story. Pays per word published, within about a month. Also pays tip-off fees for story ideas.
10. Income Diary
This site is looking for contributors who are experts on creating websites, social media, making money online or driving traffic. They “pay up to $200 for worthy articles of the highest standard”. Submit idea via online form for consideration.
Country music and country lifestyle lovers who write are invited to submit a resume, two writing samples and a brief description of themselves to Wide Open Country for consideration. Successful candidates will be invited to join the contributor team and get paid to submit content about country music, lifestyle and entertainment. Pay rate not disclosed.
This site calls itself the “premier community for web designers and developers” and is always looking for writers who can write about cutting-edge design topics. To apply, send an e-mail with links to your previous work and your per-article rate.
13. Sacramento Press
The Sacramento Press is an online newspaper that hires professional writers (on-staff, freelance writers) who contribute on a regular basis. Submit a resume and writing samples, a bio and a pitch for a story or a new column to be considered.
14. Money Crashers
Money Crashers is a personal finance site that is looking for writers who wish to write about money management, retirement planning, estate planning, investing, tax preparation, credit and debt, real estate, mortgages, frugal living and lifestyle. If you are comfortable visiting sites like its.gov, sec.gov and treasury.gov, fill out the application form.
15. E-commerce Insiders – CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING WRITERS BUT IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Use the online form on the website to apply and include at least one pitch for an article you would like to write for E-commerce Insiders. Pay rates range from $75.00-$150.00 depending on length.
RantSports is currently powered by over 300 paid writers located across the USA and Canada. If you’re interested in becoming a contributor for RantSports, please send a resume and at least one sports-related writing sample. You must be at least 18 years old to apply.
17. WestJet Magazine
WestJet has a print magazine and a website, both of which pay freelance writers. Read back issues before e-mailing query letter with your story pitch.
If you are a writer, blogger or journalist interested in Asian news and current affairs, this site is looking to hire correspondents. Applicants who live in one of the following countries are invited to apply:
19. The Sportster
Experienced writers with an interest in the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, MMA, soccer, wrestling or entertainment are invited to apply to be a contributor to this site. Published authors receive a byline and payments are made twice monthly by Paypal.
Do you enjoy writing list articles about things that are unusual or interesting? Can you add a dash of humor? Listverse pays $100.00 per list (minimum of 10 items) on acceptance.
The Layout is all about sharing WordPress knowledge with fellow Internet users. If you have knowledge to share on this topic, apply to be a writer. You need PayPal to get paid.
Are you an aficionado of film and television shows? Industrial Scripts pays for articles analyzing shows and movies. This site is looking for people with a broad range of interests across the genre; simply fill out the online form to apply. Pay is $30-$70 per article.
23. Secular Pro-Life
Secular Pro-Life Blog accepts submissions of any length, but is especially interested in work of approximately five paragraphs in length. Submit your blog posts for consideration by e-mail. If accepted, you will receive payment of $25.00.
24. Athlon Sports
Athlon Sports is seeking talented football writers for paid opportunities. To apply, complete the online form, which includes links to your work and your Twitter profile. Pay rate not stated.
LWN is seeking writers with expert knowledge of the free software community. Contact the editors to discuss your interests. Pay range is $200.00-$250.00 for 1500 words.
If you have a knack for writing and teaching people how to use Linux, visit this site to check out the topic list to see what types of articles they are interested in publishing.
If you can write articles for software developers, you will be paid $100.00 to $200.00 via Paypal. A list of ideas is posted on the website, and you can get in touch through the author form to apply and provide a writing sample.
28. Profit F
Do you know about Forex or Binary options trading? Submit an application to become part of the ProfitF team. This site is looking for contributors to create quality content on a number of areas, including:
- Forex / Binary Options articles
- Education Articles
- Technical Analysis
- Fundamental Analysis
- Review of Brokers/Programs for trading
- Trading Psychology
- Money Management
Pay rates are $10.00-$50.00 per article, depending on quality. Complete the online form to apply.
Write tutorials for designers and developers. High quality is expected, and the site is specifically looking for writers interested in these topics:
- Servers and Hosting
Pay rate depends on the quality, article length and your expertise.
OWJ has been in business since 2006. Writers are hired and assigned projects based on their knowledge and expertise. Payment is made weekly, via Paypal or check.
Do you have a story about living overseas you want to share? International Living publishes daily “postcards” from expats about the best, and cheapest, places to retire in the world. If your story is selected for publication, you will be paid $75.00.
Technopedia pays “competitive rates” to writers for producing web content for the site on topics geared toward IT professionals. Pitch your 600-1200 word article by sending an e-mail to the editorial staff.
Theme Park Tourist publishes entertaining and unique articles about theme parks. The site specializes in long-form content (1000-5000 words) and pays $0.05 per word, plus potential bonuses of $25 and $150 per article.
SQL Server Central accepts articles on any SQL topic; length is not specified, but you should cover your topic in depth and with clarity. Pay is $50.00 per article.
If you have experience with the US military (current service member, veteran, spouse or family member) and are a great writer, MilitaryBenefits.com is interested in hearing from you. This website is seeking writers who can communicate effectively on topics about military benefits. Pay is per article (500-1,000 words). Complete online form for consideration.
Transitions Abroad is a website and web magazine that welcomes submissions from new and experienced travel writers alike. Detailed writers’ guidelines are provided on the website. Writers are paid on acceptance of their articles. Pay ranges from $75-$150.
Tutorials Point is looking for writers who can deliver great content on IT topics, as well as academic and general interest topics, such as resume writing. Pay ranges from $250.00-$500.00 per tutorial. Send your resume and writing samples to the e-mail address on the website to apply.
Open Road Journey pays writers to share their experiences about motorcycle touring, traveling, riding motorcycles and road trips. Forward a resume and a sample of your work for consideration. All articles must be accompanied by 10-20 images. Payments are made via Paypal on completion of the article. Authors receive a six-month Pro membership as well.
39. Duffel Blog
Duffel Blog delivers satirical military news content every day. If you feel that you have the right stuff to contribute to the team, visit the website to see the list of instructions to apply. You’ll need to provide a writing sample, a list of headline pitches and more. Pay is a flat rate per article published.
Dorkly publishes list articles on topics ranging from Pokemon to Batman to Nintendo to TV. If you feel confident about tackling these types of subjects, send your pitch to the e-mail listed on the website. Single page articles pay $35.00 and multi-page articles pay $75.00.
41. Doctor of Credit
This site pays $50.00 for guest posts on topics related to credit scores and credit cards. Submission of articles is preferred, but you can submit a query for consideration. Regular contributors are hired from guest posters whose articles are particularly well received. Pay for regular contributions is a flat rate plus performance bonus.
42. Horse Network
Horse Network is always seeking fresh content about the equestrian lifestyle and the sport. The site is seeking content in the following areas:
- Natural Horsemanship
Pay is $50.00 and up per article, plus bonuses for social shares.
southsoundmag.com is the online version of South Sound magazine. Detailed writers’ guidelines are posted on the website. Payment is by flat fee and is negotiated on a case-by-case basis.
Hypergrid Business compensates writers for assigned, feature stories and reported news. Typical rate is $0.05 per word. Writer guidelines are available on the website.
Would you like to write about freelance writing? Submit a pitch to WealthyWebWriters and you can get paid for your knowledge and promote yourself as an expert in this niche. They prefer to run posts that are between 800 and 1,200 words.
Higher Ground Memphis is an online media outlet looking for feature stories focusing on trends affecting Memphis. This site is also interested in Q&As with influencers and disruptors and shining a light on positive news. Send a query letter to the editor to request an assignment.
Photodoto wants to hear from experienced photographers who have solid copywriting or blogging experience to contribute paid guest blogs on their website. If you have the writing chops and can contribute content on tips and techniques, the latest gear or post-production, get in touch at the e-mail posted on the website.
48. Asian Scientist
Asian Scientist Magazine is seeking full-time editors and marketers. The magazine is also seeking contributions from students, journalists, researchers and interested parties. All stories must have a focus on Asia. Send queries or completed manuscripts to the editors for consideration.
Dollar Stretcher pays $.10 per word for content related to helping people save time and money. The site’s motto is “living better…for less.” Please note that only content appearing in its print newsletter is eligible for payment. Send pitch to the editor and indicate clearly whether you wish to be paid for your submission, as items appearing on the website will not be compensated.
RankPay’s audience wants to learn about SEO, content writing and social media. This site pays $50.00 for each original article that it publishes. Detailed blogger program guidelines are posted on the website.
More Websites that Pay You to Write
The Marriage Counseling Blog is looking for new authors from the licensed therapist community. Pay is negotiable for regular contributors. Contact the website for information on submitting articles.
52. Jewish Journal
Jewish Journal accepts OpEd, First Person and Singles columns of 850 words. Send an e-mail to the address listed on the website. The publication pays for all freelance submissions it prints. You can also send story queries with clips if you are interested in contributing to the Journal’s blog.
If you are familiar with guns, the shooting lifestyle and the Second Amendment, apply to write for guns.com as a freelance contributor. Send in your resume and three samples to the e-mail address posted on the website for consideration. The site pays a flat rate per article (rate not disclosed).
Do you have a particular interest in travel writing? Check out the submission guidelines posted here. ITKT has six travel-focused sites looking for bloggers. One of these paid opportunities may be a good fit for you. Pay is $10.00 for 450+ word story and $3 for a blog post of 150+ words. Send submission to e-mail address posted on the site for consideration.
55. Wine Frog
Wine Frog is looking for contributors who are experts and can provide insight and inspiration to food and beverage professionals. If you feel that you can help readers increase their understanding of the wine business, submit a pitch for a piece ranging from 600-1,200 words. Pay is described as “competitive.”
TutorialBoard pays up to $150.00 per tutorial to writers on topics such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe AfterEffect, Autodesk Maya or any other standard CG software. Tutorials must be original and not published elsewhere on the Web. Payment is made within two weeks after the start of the month after publication.
57. 5 Best Things
Do you enjoy researching and writing list articles? 5 Best Things may be a site where you would like to contribute. It is looking for contributors interested in posting lists on software, electronics and web services topics, as well as product reviews. Other available categories for list articles are cities, restaurant, world, food, recipes, health, science, entertainment and more. Pay starts at $15.00 and tops out at $65.00 for full product review articles.
58. Sex, etc.
All of the stories on this website are written for, and by, teens. Editorial contributors can be teens located anywhere in the world who are high school or college students aged 19 or younger. Pay is $75.00 for every published story.
LadyQs.com provides trusted answers to questions from women around the world. They pay contributing writers for original unpublished nonfiction. The content should loosely fall into one of the pre-existing site categories, although spectacular pieces outside these categories will also be considered. They publish nonfiction and fiction.
Standard pay is $50 per article.
Curbly is all about DIY design and if you have a flair for home improvement and interior design and want to submit a tutorial or content for the site, go ahead and pitch your concept. Writers’ guidelines are posted on the website. Payment is made in USD within the first week of the new month following publication.
61. New Statesman
Send a pitch to the e-mail posted on the website if you are interested in becoming one of its regular contributors. Include one or two links to previous work in your e-mail. Be sure to negotiate your fee before your article is accepted and published.
If you’d like to share your opinions, news, or guide with our readers, please submit an article. You can submit articles on any topics related to The Prepping Guide.
In order to be published, you must adhere to the rules listed on the page.
They especially invite topics on:
- Off-the-grid living
- Prepping for disaster
- Military methods
AuctionBytes-Update is a free twice-monthly newsletter which is distributed to new and experienced users of online auctions. If you are knowledgeable about this topic, you are invited to contribute articles. Regular articles are compensated at a pre-negotiated fee, stories about collectibles pay $20.00. All story ideas must be approved in advance. Send story ideas to e-mail address on website.
Cincinnati Parent is dedicated to being a local resource for the community. Some stories that it publishes are suitable for a national audience, but for the most part, they have a local flavor. To be considered as a freelance writer, send an e-mail to the editor outlining your interest and experience. Include several samples of your work.
Writing for iPhoneLife.com gives writers the opportunity to build their credentials, get free iOS gear and apps for review and press passes to major tech conferences. To propose an article for iPhone Life magazine or Donna Cleveland or Senior Web Editor Sarah Kingsbury., email our Editor in Chief
This is an online publication that focuses on wildlife, travel, geology, desert lore and natural history in North American desert regions. The site is interested in purchasing new material for the following sections:
- Natural History
- Native American & Southwest Arts & Crafts
- Desert Lore
Pay is $50.00 per published article with photos. Sample writer contract is on the website.
Devozine is a bi-monthly magazine for young people. Each issue includes devotional writings that are designed to bring the reader closer to God. Pay is $25.00 for weekday meditations, and specific themes are posted on the magazine’s website. You can also submit a pitch for a feature article, which is paid at the rate of $100.00.
68. SHFT Blog
Survivalists, outdoorsmen, firearms enthusiasts and skilled people are currently being sought to write for SHFTBlog and Survival Cache. For the first five articles, pay is set at $50.00 for 850 words and five original images. A raise is offered after that point. Send e-mail to editor with your background and what you would like to write about.
Zafigo is looking for writers who can contribute commissioned articles on traveling in Asia and the Middle East can be made better, easier or safer for women for professional and leisure purposes. Send an e-mail to the editor introducing yourself, stating what you would like to write about and what drives your passion for writing.
Halifax Media Co-op is looking for writers who wish to focus on stories dealing with Nova Scotia or Atlantic Canada. Contributor guidelines are posted on the website. Pitches are accepted at any time; there are no deadlines. Rates range from $75.00-$125.00.
Are you savvy about balancing money matters for your family? Would you like to blog about what you know and get paid? Fill out an online application for SheBudgets and attach a writing sample for consideration. Payment is made twice a month.
72. Capitol Startup
Capitol Startup is always looking for independent journalists who cover Washington DC startups, whom they compensate for their stories.
PSDFan accepts content from various authors on the following types of subjects:
- Photoshop tutorials
- Inspiration posts & articles
- Vector sets
- Brush Packs
- Icon Sets
- Photo/Textures Packs
Rates are described as being “very good” and are negotiated after the final article is received. Authors receive credit for their work.
This site is looking for writers who would be comfortable reviewing the latest software offerings and sharing them with readers. If this sounds like something you would enjoy, contact the editor at the e-mail address posted on the website. Include at least one writing sample.
Submit your proposal for a craft or a picture of a finished project to the e-mail posted on the website for consideration. Once approved, your submission must be written with step-by-step instructions and include at least one image of the finished product. Payment for each accepted and published submission is USD$35.00.
Creative Loafing Charlotte is always on the lookout for what it describes as the next great story. If you can write stories and reviews with a local flavor, send your pitch for consideration.
Real estate central is seeking real estate professionals who want to write and experienced freelance writers with experience in this area who are interested in taking on assignments related to residential and commercial real estate, career guidance, news and industry trends. Fill out the online form to contact the website about receiving writing guidelines, information about pay rates and the writers’ agreement.
Note: Hiring is on freeze as of this writing, but they advise you to check back periodically for updates.
Cake decorators who would like to write about their techniques are being recruited by this site to write about their area of expertise for pay. The site is looking for projects, tutorials and articles (with images). Submit an idea to an editor for approval and then create an outline once it has been approved.
The Christian Courier publishes content that is divided into three areas: Features, News and Opinion. Content does not have to be of an overtly Christian nature to be considered. Writing should appeal to readers of all ages. Rates range between $45.00-$70.00 CAD, depending on type and length of submissions. Send queries to editors for appropriate section listed on the website.
Experienced vapers who have an array of product knowledge and excellent writing skills are invited to apply for a position as a contributor to this website. The site is looking for a variety of content in the news blog, such as:
- Top 10 & Best Of lists
- New product announcements with commentary
- Tips and advice articles
- Updates about e-cig studies and research
- Coverage of major news stories with opinion
- Other e-cigarette and vaping news
This opportunity is open to people who are actively involved in the vaping community and can supply their own topics. Expect to contribute two, 600+ word blog posts per month.
81. The College Fix
The College Fix offers paid internships to college students and recent graduates in the spring, summer and fall each year. If you are interested in exploring a career in journalism and honing your skills, apply for one of the available positions.
82. Skilled Survival
If you have experience in the survivalist area, this website would like to see examples of your work. Submit samples of your best efforts for consideration. If you are a good fit, you can expect competitive pay for quality work.
This website for landscape/nature photography pays their regular writers $20-$150.
Zift is always looking for people that can write knowledgeably on parenting, particularly where parenting intersects with technology. They pay $100 (via PayPal) for published pieces.
Cooking Detective is a cooking, recipe and food blog. They publish informative articles, useful tips, how-to guide, expert interviews, experts round-up, and product reviews dedicated to cooking, cooking courses, cooking products, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, entertaining menus, fitness guides and other related topics.
- Ultimate Guide (3000–4000 words): $120-$160, depending on the depth of the topic covered
- Articles (2000+ Words): $75
The Christian Science Monitor publishes articles on international/national news, People Making a Difference features, A Christian Science Perspective, and more.
Standard pay is $250 per story.
87. Nutri Inspector
It is a nutrition, diet and weight loss based blog and regularly publish new informative articles, how to guides, product reviews, recipes etc.
- Ultimate how-to guides (3000-4000 words): $120-$180
- Informational articles (2000-3000 words): $120
- Product reviews (1000 words): $60
These 100+ Websites that Pay Writers only scratch the surface of the opportunities available to you as a freelancer. The more gigs you apply for, the more chances you have for freelance writing success. Happy writing!
Get paid $50-$150 per piece related to business. You must be an expert on the subject, with first-hand experience.
89. Wanderlust UK
They consider inspirational round-ups, “listicles”, guides and advice pieces. Their audience is mainly British but also Americans, Canadians, Indians, and Australians.
Guideposts publishes true stories about people who have attained a goal, surmounted an obstacle or learned a helpful lesson through their faith. Payment for full-length stories (about 1,500 words) is made when the story is accepted for publication.
FreelanceMom is a community for moms who believe that women can still be who they are after becoming a mom. They’re looking for:
- Highly personal articles
- Highly researched articles
- Education-based articles (guides)
They pay between $75-$100 via PayPal.
Tor.com accepts pitches for non-fiction – essays, think pieces, list posts, reaction pieces, and reviews in the 1000-2000 word range.
Suggested areas of interest include (but are not limited to):
- Author appreciations
- Essays on classic or overlooked works of SF/F
- SF/Fantasy in translation (international SF/F)
- Nostalgia-driven looks at older film/TV
- Manga and Anime
- Internet/Geek culture
- Science and technology
93. FreshBooks Blog
The FreshBooks blog is an active daily resource for Small Business Owners and FreshBooks customers.
If you’ve got a story idea or area that they’re not currently covering and absolutely should, send your pitch. Notes:
- Ideal story length is 800-1200 words
- Only accept original content
- They do not publish anything that’s been published elsewhere (including on your blog)
High Country News is an award-winning nonprofit magazine that tells the ongoing story of the modern American West through coverage of its environment, natural resources and diverse communities and in the belief that the West holds lessons of national and global importance. High Country News will consider pitches for well-researched reportage, analysis, opinion, essays or criticism on issues vital to the West — especially under the broad frameworks of science and nature; conservation and preservation; food and agriculture; health and well-being; water; environmental justice and racism; etc.
Aish.com accepts freelance submissions. Articles should convey Jewish wisdom in a positive manner, preferably with interesting first-person accounts that show how Judaism is applicable to everyday life. Articles should be geared for Jews of all backgrounds. Suggested word count is 800-1200. Send article to: [email protected]
96. The Nation
The Nation is a left/liberal opinion website. It covers both national and international affairs. Pay is from $150 to $500.
97. Eureka Street
Humane, ethical analysis or commentary on politics, religion, popular culture or current events in Australia or the world are accepted.Payment for freelancers is $200 per article, paid for exclusive first publication rights upon publication and invoice. They also pay $200 for first publication rights of short fiction and ‘creative non-fiction’ up to 1000 words.
98. Reader’s Digest
Renowned for their 100-word story submissions. If your story is chosen, you get paid $100.
99. Just Parents
JustParents provides information for parents and pregnant couples, many of whom are first time parents. Typically, articles are informational pieces on a certain topic of pregnancy or parenting, or a light-hearted opinion piece on an aspect of parenthood. Payment is made via PayPal.
100. Youth Today
Youth Today is the national trade newspaper for people who work with children and youth. The Atlanta-based nonprofit newspaper is published bi-monthly in print and daily online. Read their Contributor’s Guide thoroughly before pitching.
101. Grammar Gang
Grammar Gang covers writing tips, tricks, and trends. We’re looking for new writers who can share their experience on becoming a better writer, or becoming a better-paid writer. That includes both one-off submissions and ongoing contributions. Our content tends to be longer (~2k words on average), but we can pay between $250-500/per piece depending on the length, depth, and insight. Simply apply on our site and we’ll reach out ASAP to let you know if it looks like a good fit, and to discuss potential topics.
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