Get paid to write about writing and earn more than pennies.
A massive piece of writing for pay is knowing which websites offer decent rates. The internet is full of opportunities to write for free or earn measly pennies for your hard work. But you don’t need to subject yourself to low rates.
Plenty of writing websites pay $50 or more for articles. Avoid the low-pay trap.
So, where do you submit?
Below, I’ll show you 10 writing websites that pay a minimum of $50 for articles. Use the list to send a proper pitch, query, or submission. You’ll start earning money from your writing in no time!
1. Funds for Writers
Funds for Writers is an award-winning website that helps writers earn more money from their work through grants, contests, writing jobs, publishers, agents, and more. Head straight here for writing awards.
- Owner and editor: C. Hope Clark
- Submission guidelines: https://fundsforwriters.com/submissions/
- Pay: $60 for original articles and $15 for reprints. You can expect the money via PayPal immediately when your submission is accepted.
Pitch Hope your idea via email. If your guest post is accepted, expect it to be a few months before seeing your words in print. My Funds for Writers pitch was accepted by Hope in early January 2021 and scheduled to go live in the May issue.
2. Inkwell Editorial
Inkwell Editorial teaches freelance writers and self-publishers how to make more money through writing. The well-known site has been an industry favorite since 1999. Your guest post must have something to do with the blogging, freelance writing, affiliate marketing, or self-publishing niches.
- Owner and editor: Yuwanda Black
- Guest post submission guidelines: https://inkwelleditorial.com/guest-posts-wanted-submission-guidelines
- Pay: Independent bloggers receive $50 per guest post via PayPal.
Email your submission as an MS Word doc with “Guest Post Submission” in the subject line. Accepted posts are typically published within four to eight weeks.
3. Writer’s Digest
Writer’s Digest is the #1 magazine for writers. They talk about the writing life, staying inspired, improving the writing craft, and publishing challenges. The advice extends to fiction, nonfiction, essays, poetry, articles, and more.
· Submission guidelines: https://www.writersdigest.com/resources/submission-guidelines
· Pay: $0.30-$0.50 per word for accepted manuscripts; $50-$100 for unsolicited online articles and guest posts
Send a query via email to the Acquisitions Editor at email@example.com with an outline of your idea and how the article would benefit readers. You can also send completed guest posts for the online publication attached as a Word doc with your headshot and bio. A response could take between two to four months.
4. Make a Living Writing
Make a Living Writing provides practical advice (and jobs) for freelance writers. Carol Tice started the website in 2010 to help writers find better pay. She’s looking for topics on blogging, copywriting, ghostwriting, marketing, and just about anything else writing-related.
· Created by: Carol Tice
· Submission guidelines: https://www.makealivingwriting.com/why-i-pay-writers/
· Pay: $75-$150 per post, with higher fees for longer, in-depth pieces (on assignment)
Carol only accepts guest posts from her Freelance Writers Den (current or former) or Job Marrow’s mentoring program graduates. Sometimes, she has an open pitch period. Email your pitch with the blog editor via firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. Be a Freelance Blogger
Be a Freelance Blogger is exactly what it sounds like: a website that helps writers earn more money through blogging. They want articles related to freelance blogging or relevant side topics with at least 2,000 words.
· Created by: Sophie Lizard
· Submission guidelines: https://beafreelanceblogger.com/guest-blogging-guidelines/
· Pay: Unpaid contribution, but you receive promotion efforts, feedback, and a personal LinkedIn recommendation. Submit your post during pitch fest (a guest blogging contest taking place from March to September) for a chance to get paid $150.
Before you submit, sign up for their newsletter and comment on existing posts. Pitch your idea as an outline to teamBAFB@gmail.com with an explanation about why your article is beneficial. Guest posts public every month or two, so there may be a delay between submission and publication.
6. Barefoot Writer Magazine
Barefoot Writer is a freelance writing magazine with advice and job listings. They aim to show writers hot and current opportunities, paid writing gigs, and tips on the world of writing. The lineup includes sections like Productivity Secrets, Cool Tools, and Become a Better Writer.
· Submission guidelines: https://www.thebarefootwriter.com/submission-guidelines
· Pay: between $100 and $300 for publishing articles, depending on the topic
The fastest way for new writers to get published in Barefoot Writer is to join the Club. Members receive the monthly magazine and additional community support. Read their tips on submitting guest posts for the best results: https://www.thebarefootwriter.com/submit-your-writing. If you don’t hear back after two weeks, you can submit your pitch elsewhere.
7. Income Diary
Income Diary launched in 2009. Ever since it has helped tons of writers each year. They want articles on creating websites, SEO, driving traffic, making money online, and content creation. Current needs include an SEO expert to write blog posts for between $150 and $300 per post.
· Submission guidelines: https://www.incomediary.com/write-for-incomediary/
· Pay: up to $200
Submit a well-written, original article description for review on the submission guidelines page. Make sure to include your fee and let them know what makes you the right writer for the topic.
8. WOW! Women on Writing
WOW! Women on Writing is an ezine that promotes women writers, authors, editors, agents, publishers, and readers. They also have quarterly writing contests and offer help with book promotion.
· Submission guidelines: https://wow-womenonwriting.com/contact.php
· Pay: between $50 and $75
Freelance contributors should submit articles between 1,000 and 3,000 words. Make sure your query fits one of their upcoming themes. Email your guest post idea to email@example.com for more information on current rates and other details.
9. Write Naked
Write Naked is a go-to website for creative writing. They’re looking for pitches during their limited open period. They want interviews, publishing trends, writing essentials, “Day-in-the-Life of a Writer,” and “Behind the Pen” posts from 450 to 600 words.
· Founder and editor: Tara Lynne Groth
Submission guidelines: https://writenaked.net/2018/03/10/creative-writing-submission-strike-is-over/
· Pay: $75 per post
The original submissions guidelines page is unavailable. However, you can send your query letter during open reading periods to firstname.lastname@example.org. Recheck the Write Naked guidelines before you submit. Make sure also to include details about your platform with your query.
10. Writers Weekly
The Writers Weekly website accepts contributions about selling your writing or making money as a writer year-round. They’re looking for features, marketing secrets, and author or book backstories. Articles should be around 600 words.
· Submission guidelines: https://writersweekly.com/writersweekly-com-writers-guidelines
· Pay: $60
Read the guidelines thoroughly before sending your query letter. You’ll need to subscribe to Writer’s Weekly (it’s free) and become familiar with their content and style. Send your query using the contact form on the guidelines page. Look for the specific instructions on how to submit depending on your article type. Payment takes place on acceptance via PayPal.
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And if money isn’t a huge deal to you or you’re just starting out as a writer, you can use my list of writing websites looking for guest posts to gain recognition or traffic to your blog.
Which publication will you pitch first?