In an ideal world, as a writer or blogger, you spend most of your time writing and creating excellent content. However, in reality, much of your time is spent looking for places to pitch your ideas to as well as promoting your work. Finding opportunities to share your writing online is simple enough but identifying reputable platforms that pay can be more of a challenge.
Sometimes, the struggle is real.
And because we feel your pain, we’ve compiled a list of 25 websites that pay you to write for them - as long you meet their guidelines and submit outstanding pitch ideas, of course.
Think Pieces and Social Topics
A leading independent digital media and tech company delivering news and entertainment content to a global audience. They're looking for personal essays, cultural criticism, profiles, and reported features that touch upon some aspect of the LGBT experience. They confirm on their website that they do pay but the amount is not specified.
Provides a platform for voices that have been marginalized by the mainstream media. They publish originally reported features, interviews, long-form journalism, personal essays, and a variety of multimedia.
Payment is $125 - $500 per published piece.
A quarterly print magazine and online platform dedicated to providing and encouraging an engaged, thoughtful feminist response to mainstream media and popular culture.
They are looking for discussion-provoking critical essays, interviews with feminist culture-makers, activist profiles and reviews of books, films, comics and computer games.
Payment is from $50 up to $500.
A magazine that publishes literary essays and reviews, long-form journalism, interviews, fiction, and new media that further feminist correspondence, criticism, and community in Canada.
The content on their blog is typically informal and accessible and falls within the following categories: Politics, Culture, Interviews, and Lives.
Payment is $50 per blog piece.
Personal Stories and Essays
A leading independent digital media and tech company delivering news and entertainment content to a global audience. They are looking for cultural criticism, personal essays, fiction, and poetry.
On their website they state that payment is competitive but the exact rate is not specified.
Looking for personal essays about a memorable, crazy, hilarious, or touching college experience. Alternatively, you can share an essay about why you didn't go to college and what you're doing instead.
Payment is $100 per published essay and there's also the opportunity to be contacted for future assignments.
A digital library dedicated to advancing literature in the digital age by sharing new literature by celebrated authors and the best new and emerging writers.
They have a number of categories you can submit your work to including story of the week, poem of the week, six-word stories, general fiction, non-fiction and poetry. They also run a number of contests with cash prizes.
Payment is as follows:
—$150 for a Story of the Week, with $400 each for the annual Top Five Stories of the Week.
—$150 to $350 for 500 to 2,000 word manuscripts.
—$350 to $1,000 for 2,000 to 15,000 word manuscripts.
—Rates for book-length works vary, depending on the length and nature of the work.
—$50 minimum for each accepted poem and audio piece. ($25 for poetry reprints.)
—$200 each for the annual Top Five Poems of the Week.
—$100 for Readers’ Narratives.
A travel website sharing destination guides and tips to help people learn everything they need to know before their next trip. They are looking for bloggers who love travelling to share their experiences. Articles should be at least 1000+ words.
Payment is $20 for each article plus possible bonuses.
An independent, multi-award winning magazine and website sharing expert articles for and by people who are passionate about travel. They consider interesting blogs, inspirational round-ups, guides and advice pieces.
Payment for most magazine features are £220 per 1,000 published words. Unless otherwise agreed, the fee is based on printed, not submitted, words. Fact pages are paid at £90 per page (approx 750 words) pro-rated. Fees for other sections (including Pocket Guides, Dispatches and interviews) are set per-article rates, agreed on commissioning.
The UK’s leading travel inspiration site used by more than 5 million people to research their holidays. Travel writers or writers hoping to get into the industry can submit travel articles to the editors.
Payment is between £50 and £100 per article published, depending on its length and complexity.
A place where food and travel meet, publishing pieces that share a deep interest in and love of a particular place. They are looking for first-person or third-person articles and essays about holidays, celebrations, festivals, and other food-related traditions, preferably those that aren’t as well-known among U.S. readers.
Payment is $200 per article.
Lifestyle, Health and Wellbeing
An online magazine that believes in the balance of mind, body, and spirit and that the basis for health is a balanced, nutrient rich, organic diet.
Payment is 10¢ per word with a cap of $150 plus a bonus structure for performance.
A website offering information and advice about anxiety. They are interested in articles by anybody who would like to share their experience, knowledge or tips about mental health.
Payment is $50 per published article and articles must be a minimum of 550 words.
A website dedicated to helping wine lovers create a rich and cultured wine lifestyle. They welcome articles from people who enjoy sharing their wine knowledge . They especially appreciate submissions about the best ways to choose, use, install or enjoy wine cellars, racks, cabinets and cooling equipment.
Payment starts at $50.
Tech & Digital
A website that explores the design, development, and meaning of web content, with a special focus on web standards and best practices. They are looking for writers to contribute features, articles and mini-articles about current and cutting-edge topics in the web industry.
Payment is $50 per mini-article, $100 per article, and $200 per feature.
An online graphic design school looking for individuals to contribute articles and tutorials on Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.
Payment is $100 - $200 for every accepted article or tutorial.
An American “Software as a Service” submission workflow management company. For their blog, they are interested in articles on anything to do with the publishing industry or digital media as well as book reviews and essays.
Payment is $50 per post, payable upon publication.
A website sharing small business marketing strategies that help to create more leads, more clients and more profit.
They are looking for business related articles written by experts sharing real-world experience. For example, time, profit or marketing “hacks” that can help increase income, impact or influence.
Payment per piece ranges from $50 – $150 and is paid via Paypal.
A personal finance blog with a focus on helping people earn and save more money. They are looking for articles sharing unusual and unique ideas and strategies that everyday people, especially detailed stories with numbers, strategies, and tips related to personal finance.
Payment is generally between $30 to $150 per post.
A personal finance blog created with the goal of helping people manage their financial lives in the best possible way. They are looking for writers and bloggers to share their experience in personal finances. Articles should be at least 1000+ words.
Payment is $20 for each article plus possible bonuses.
A website with a newsletter that explores opportunities to earn an income all over the world. They want stories from people who are earning an income overseas, running their own business abroad or traveling the world with a portable income.
Payment is $75 for stories used as an e-letter and up to $400 for a story used in the Incomes Abroad newsletter.
A website sharing lists on a broad range of new and fascinating facts, specializing in bizarre or lesser-known trivia. They favour lists that look at something normal in an unexpected way, misconceptions, hidden knowledge and unsolved mysteries.
Payment is $100 per list published and is paid via Paypal.
A media company on a mission to change what the world pays attention to. They are looking for freelancers to write stories about important issues that connect people and maybe even change the world.
Stories are paid at a base rate with traffic and distribution bonuses.
An e-zine promoting the communication between women writers, authors, editors, agents, publishers and readers. They are open to articles related to the craft of writing and publishing. In particular, how-tos on a variety of writing and publishing topics and interviews/round-ups with acquiring editors/literary agents/publishers.
Payment is arranged between the writer and editor for the piece, but most articles pay $50 or $75.
One of the oldest and most respected sites on freelance writing.
They want articles on how to make more money from writing as well as other forms of home-based businesses and self-employment that may result from writing. E.g. self-publishing, corporate writing, ghostwriting, etc.
Payment is $60 on acceptance via PayPal.
Getting paid to write is not easy, but as you can see from this list it is definitely possible. Whether you choose to share your skills and expertise on a specific topic or discuss your personal views and experiences, you can make money writing online.
In order to successfully pitch to a website, read their guidelines thoroughly. Spend some time reading through articles that they have already published and make sure the idea you are pitching has a new or unique way of exploring or discussing the topics they cover.
As you can imagine paid writing opportunities are much more competitive so be sure to bring your A game!
Did we miss anyone? Let us know below!
Leanne Lindsey is a freelance blogger, qualified careers adviser and certified life coach who loves inspiring and motivating women to live happy, healthy lives they love by sharing simple and practical insights on self-care and wellbeing. She is a native Londoner who is currently trying out life the beautiful island of Tenerife. You can connect with her in The Self-Love & Wellness Lounge, at her website and on IG @leanne__lindsey.