Business, Career, and Finance
1. B. Michelle Pippin pays $50-$150 for business related articles.
2. Back to College pays $55+ for articles that address the needs of adults going
back to school.
3. Brazen (formerly Brazen Careerist) will pay if you pre-arrange it with their editor. They’re looking for posts about higher education,
administration, marketing, networking, and recruiting and HR.
4. DailyWorth pays $150 for articles about women and money. They list a blackhole
editorial@ email address, but I recently tweeted them about how to submit a
pitch, and they suggested hitting up the managing editor, Koa Beck .
5. Doctor of Credit pays $50 for personal finance articles that focus specifically
6. eCommerce Insiders pays $60-$150 for articles about online retailing.
7. IncomeDiary pays $50-$200 for articles about making money online, including
SEO, affiliate sales, and traffic generation.
8. Mirasee (formerly Firepole Marketing) pays $200 for 1,000-2,000-word posts on
marketing, business productivity, and growth topics.
9. Modern Farmer reportedly pays around $150 for articles.
10. The Work Online blog pays $50 per post.
11. Cosmopolitan.com pays $100 for essays about college. They’re also using this
essay submission as a way to find writers to give assignments to.
12. Essig Magazine offers $100 for essays about a personal experience.
13. The Establishment pays $125 and up for reported stories and essays.
14. Eureka Street is an Australian site that pays $200 for analysis or commentary
on politics, religion, popular culture or current events in Australia and the world.
They also pay $50 for poetry, which seems to be a rarity these days.
15. Everyday Feminism pays $75 per post, but they are not always in the market
for contributors. Sign up for their newsletter or check back often to see when
they need a writer.
16. Guideposts pays $250 for faith-based essays.
17. LightHouse pays $100 for uplifting essays by blind or visually impaired writers.
18. Narratively pays $100+ for essays on specific topics. Check their guidelines for
a list of current needs.
19. The New York Times Modern Love column reportedly pays as much as $300 for
essays on any topic that could be classified as modern love.
20. The Washington Post’s PostEverything section reportedly pays $250 for essays
on politics or culture.
21. The Toast pays for essays. Negotiate your rate as part of the pitching process.
22. xoJane pays $50 for essays about crazy things that happened to you, beauty or
fashion trends you’ve tried, and other women-focused topics.
Family and Parenting
23. A Fine Parent solicits articles on a rotating topic. Check out the topic, then
pitch your idea on the theme. Each accepted article earns $100.
24. Adoptive Families covers the adoption process from every perspective. You’ll
need to negotiate your pay rate.
25. Babble pays $100-$150 for posts on parenting, entertainment, pregnancy,
beauty, style, food, and travel.
26. Lies about Parenting is a site that tells the truth about raising kids. They pay
$50 per post.
27. The Motherlode (the New York Times’ parenting blog) pays $100. Pitch the
28. Scary Mommy pays $100 for original parenting posts.
Lifestyle and General Interest
29. The Atlantic’s online health section reportedly pays $200.
30. BBC Britain doesn’t publish their pay rate, but I’ve seen reports of $350-
$1,000 for various BBC sites. Pitch stories with a British slant for an
international audience. Download their guidelines as a Word document.
31. Bitch Magazine’s website pays for pop culture features. Pay is variable, so
negotiate to get your desired rate.
32. BlogHer pays $50 per post on a variety of lifestyle and Internet topics. This
site is part of the SheKnows family of sites, which also includes StyleCaster,
DrinksMixer, and DailyMakeover.
33. Cultures and Cuisines pays $200 per article.
34. The Daily Beast reportedly pays $250 and up. Their submission guidelines have a
black-hole editorial@ email address, so you’ll want to do a little digging to find
the right person to pitch.
35. Dame reportedly pays $200 for essays. They do accept reported features and
other article types, and pay rates may vary for those.
36. Dorkly pays $75 for long features on Batman, Marvel, Pokemon, and other
potentially dorky topics.
37. END/PAIN is a new site launching in 2016, and they are paying $250. END/PAIN
is no longer paying this rate.
38. Expatics serves U.S. expatriates. This is another site where you’ll need to
negotiate pay before you write your article.
39. Fund Your Life Overseas pays $75 for articles about business ideas that provide
enough income for U.S. ex-pats.
40. Gawker Media reportedly pays $250 for reported features and essays on its
family of sites, which includes Deadspin, Jezebel, and more. They prefer to see
fully written stories. They shuttered a number of their sites yesterday and plan
to focus on politics now, so take care with pitching to ensure you hit a paying
41. getAbstract reportedly pays $300 for longer (2,000-4,000 word) book
42. Gothamist pays $50-$150 for reported pieces about New York.
43. HowlRound pays $50 for blog posts about the theater — management and
marketing, play production and writing, and so on. Note: This market asked to
be removed because they were receiving pitches that were not well targeted.
Target your pitches so we can keep providing these lists.
44. The International Wine Accessories blog pays $50 and up for articles.
45. Pay at The Daily Dot’s online magazine The Kernel varies, so be prepared to
negotiate. I saw a report of $350 for a 1,000-2,000 word option piece.
46. Knitty pays $75-$100 for articles about knitting.
47. Listverse pays $100 for long (1,500 word) lists on various topics.
48. The Mix, a network of contributors to Hearst online publications (including
Country Living, Bazaar, Esquire, Popular Mechanics , and more) pays $50-$100
49. New York Observer pays $100 on posts about politics and culture for
“sophisticated readership of metropolitan professionals.”
50. OZY does pay freelancers, but rates vary.
51. Paste pays $50+ for submissions in many different areas.
52. Penny Hoarder shares money-saving ideas. You’ll need to negotiate pay with the
editors during the pitching process.
53. Playboy.com pays up to $350, depending on the topic.
54. Pretty Designs covers fashion and beauty. You’ll need to negotiate per-post
55. PsychCentral covers mental health. They don’t list a pay rate on their site, and
they didn’t respond to my query about pay, but a reader on last year’s list
reported they are a paying market.
56. Refinery29 reportedly pays $75 and up for slideshows, articles, and essays on
various topics. They also post their needs for specific columns on their guidelines
57. Salon pays $100-$200 for essays and reported features, even very long ones.
58. Saveur starts at $150 for “amazing stories about food and travel.”
59. The Salt (NPR’s food blog) reportedly pays $200+.
60. Smithsonian Magazine Online reportedly pays established freelancers up to $600
for reported articles.
61. The Tablet pays for articles on Jewish news, ideas, and culture. Pay varies, so be
prepared to negotiate. I saw a report of $1,000 for a heavily reported 2,000+
62. TwoPlusTwo Magazine pays $200 for original posts about poker. They post articles
for six months, after which time the rights revert to the writer, so you can sell
reprint rights or post it on your own blog.
63. Upworthy pays $150-$200 for 500-word posts.
64. Vice ‘s pay rate varies, so you will need to negotiate if you’d like to write about
food, technology, music, fashion, and other lifestyle topics.
65. A List Apart covers web design. They pay $200 per article.
66. Compose pays $200 and $200 in Compose database credits for articles about
67. The Graphic Design School blog pays $100-$200 for articles and tutorials about
Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and open source design tools.
68. Indeni pays $50-$200 for posts that cover Check Point firewalls, F5 load
balancers or Palo Alto Networks firewalls.
69. Linode pays $250 for articles about Linux, Socket.io, NoSQL databases, game
servers, Open Change, and Web RTC.
70. SlickWP pays $100 for posts about WordPress and the Genesis Theme framework.
71. Treehouse pays $100-$200 for posts about web design and development.
72. Tuts+ pays $100 and up for tutorials on various technologies, including Web
design and Flash. Tuts once ran a network of 16 different blogs, including
Freelance Switch, but it’s all together on a single site now that encompasses
design, gaming, photography, writing, and more.
73. WordCandy pays 6 cents a word for ghostwritten pieces about WordPress —
these will appear on some of the larger WordPress blogs, such as wpmudev.
74. WPHub pays $100-$200 for posts on web design trends, coding best practices,
and other WordPress-related topics.
75. Funds for Writers pays $50 for original articles for the newsletter that cover
ways to make money writing. (If you don’t subscribe to their newsletter, it’s
worth signing up while you’re there reading the guidelines.)
76. Make a Living Writing . That’s right, this-here blog pays — and as of this post,
we’re raising our rates to $75 a post. We’re also paying $100 for longer
assigned posts on specific topics (see that guidelines link for a list).
77. Read. Learn. Write. Pays $50 for original essays about reading and writing.
They are no longer paying, though they are still accepting the same types of
78. WOW! Women on Writing pays $50-$150.
79. The Write Life pays for some posts — you’ll need to negotiate your rate.
80. Writer’s Weekly pays $60 for writing-related features