157 Publications That Pay Writers in 2021

The internet is full of places where you can get paid to write.

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“I love to write but I hate getting paid!” is something I’ve never heard anyone say.

More likely you’ve thought, “I love to write, but don’t know how to get paid/I’m tired of getting paid Dickensian prices.”

Luckily, there are a lot of paying publications out there and you don’t need a journalism degree or a million published samples to sell an idea.

To help you sort through all the publications out there (and filter out the ones that pay in “exposure.”), here’s a list of 150 publications that pay writers in 2021.

All of the entries link to the masthead or pitching guidelines for the publication. So, you’ll know exactly who to email or how to submit your story. Obviously, this isn’t a list of every publication ever, but it’s a good way to get going and start getting paid to write!

Culture Publications

The Advocate — LGBTQ+ life, culture, politics, news

Alma — Jewish life and culture

Artsy — Art, galleries, exhibitions

The Atlantic — Politics, Health, Business, Culture, Family pitching guidelines

Atlantic Books Today — Books and culture

Atlas Obscura — Interesting history, stories about places

Autostraddle — Queer & Trans culture

Broken Pencil — Art and culture zine

Brooklyn Rail — Art and culture

Bitch Magazine — Feminist culture

Black Girls Create — Culture, fandom, and personal essays from Black female writers

C Magazine — Contemporary art

Catapult — Essays, fiction, art, travel

The Chronicle of Higher Education — Academics and Culture

Culture Eater — Culture (pays between $25-$100 per piece)

Dame Magazine — Politics, civil rights, cultural trends

Dazed — Fashion, music, culture

Each Other — Underrepresented stories of the UK

Fifty Two — Essays on India’s history politics and literature

Fuller Project — Stories that impact women

The Gumbo — Hip Hop and Culture

Hyphen Magazine — Asian American culture and politics ($25 an article)

Huck — UK culture and politics

i-D Vice — Pop culture, identity

Insurrect! — Pre-1900 colonial Americas

Jezebel — Feminist culture, news, the Bachelorette

Latino Rebels — Latino culture, news, politics, pitch rebeldes@latinorebels.com

Lit Hub — Literary life and culture

Longreads — Reading lists, essays, features, often on the longer side

McSweeney’s — Humor (pays $30 an article)

Mental Floss — History, interesting facts

Mimp Magazine — Lives of womxn, essays, articles, creative writing, fiction, photography

NPR Code Switch — Race, Ethnicity, and Culture

Nerdist — Nerdy pop culture and news

Novara Media — Political commentary

Observer — Arts, entertainment, innovation

Out Magazine — LGBTQ+ issues

Prism — Environmental, racial, electoral, and criminal justice. LGBTQ+ and gender issues.

Rewire News Group — Abortion, Sexual Health, Contraception, BIPOC culture

Sapiens — Archaeology, Biology, Culture, Language

Slate — Culture, Politics

Smithsonian Magazine — History, Science, Travel, Arts and Culture

The Tempest — Life, Love, News, Social Justice, Pop Culture

The Triibe — Black Millennial life specifically in Chicago

Salon — Politics, Culture, Food, Economy, Health, TV, Food

Vox — Culture, Health, Politics, Science

Food Publications

Eater — Food, restaurants

EatingWell Magazine — Healthy eating, recipes

Epicurious — Food

Huffpost Food — Cooking

The Kitchn — Food and Personal Essays

Life and Thyme — Life, food, drink

Pellicle — Primarily UK beer, wine, and cider (some food)

Entertainment Publications

American Theatre — Shockingly, American Theater

Backstage — Auditioning, acting

Cineaste — Cinema

Certified Forgotten — Films with fewer than 5 Rotten Tomatoes reviews

Collider — Movie/TV News

Comic Book Resource — Comic Book News

Council of Zoom — Film, tv, gaming (£20 per post)

Current — Magazine for people who work at public radio and TV stations

Digital Spy — TV/Movies

Fanbyte — Video games

The Fence — Comedy and reporting on inside stories

Film School Rejects — Film columns and series

Games Industry Biz — Gaming

Grit Daily — News and Entertainment, Pitch julia@gritdaily.com

The Guardian’s Music Section — Music

The Hollywood Reporter — Movie/tv news

Knucklebone Magazine — Analog Role Playing Games

Incoming Magazine — Pitches for Sci-Fi comics

iO9 — Gaming, Comics, Sci-Fi, TV

Jump Cut Play — Video Games

Manor Velum — Horror Features

Paper — Entertainment, film/tv, life

Paste — Entertainment

Podcast Review — Podcasts

Polygon — Video games

Popdust — Music, film, TV pitch info@popdust.com

Soap Ear — Music and sound art review

SyFyWire — Science fiction movies, tv, games, books

Uppercut — Game writing

Variety — Entertainment business news

Vulture — Entertainment

Washington Post Launcher — Video games

We Are Horror — Horror films

XtraMagazine — Entertainment with an LGBTQ+ perspective

Lifestyle Publications

AARP Magazine — life over 50

Allure — Beauty, Hair, Style

Apartment Therapy — Apartment life, interior design

BBC Worklife — Working and life

Brides Magazine — Weddings

Broccoli Magazine — Cannabis

Bustle — Millennial life, culture, personal essays

Buzzfeed — Entertainment, life tips, pop culture

Buzzfeed Reader — Personal essays/cultural criticism

Cosmopolitan UK — Women’s lifestyle, style, fashion, essays

The Cut — Fashion, life, style

Dwell — Interior Design, Architecture

Esquire UK- Men’s fashion and lifestyle

The Everygirl — Fashion, Career & Finance, Wellness, Living

The Girlfriend — Gen X focused newsletter by AARP

Glamour Magazine — beauty, fashion, lifestyle

Hello Giggles — Female-identifying culture, money, beauty, relationships, style

Huffington Post — Enterprise, Personal, Food & Drink, Style & Beauty, Wellness

HuffPost Opinion UK — pitch ukopinion@huffpost.com

The Ladies Compartment — Fashion, Culture, Travel

Leafly — Cannabis

Level — Lifestyle for men of color

Marie Claire — Women’s lifestyle

O Magazine Online — women’s lifestyle

Real Simple — Beauty, living, home

Refinery29 Canada -Beauty, fashion, lifestyle,

Refinery29 — Beauty, fashion, lifestyle

Teen Vogue — Teen culture, lifestyle, fashion, politics

Vogue Magazine — Fashion, style

Woman’s Day — women’s lifestyle, personal essays

Women Who Write Are Dope — Mini articles for Instagram by women

Nature/Environmentalism Publications

Alpinist — Adventure mountaineering

Asparagus Magazine — Sustainable Living

Backpacker Magazine — Outdoor stuff, hiking, backpacking

Bee Culture — Beekeeping

Earther — Nature, Environment

It’s Freezing in LA — Environmental journalism

Outside/In — Living in the natural world, nature

Ours to Save — Climate Change

Outside/In — Living in the natural world, nature

Outside Magazine — Outdoorsy-ness

National Geographic — Science, animals, history, travel

National Geographic Kids — Natural history, geography, human interest

Next City — Sustainable living, politics

Paddling Magazine — Boats and things

SAN — Sustainability


Boston Globe

The Guardian Contact List

LA Times Freelance Guidelines

New York Magazine Editors

New York Times Masthead

Texas Observer

USA Today

Washington Post General Guidelines

Personal Essays/Human Interest

Better Humans — Advice from personal experience or expertise on becoming a better person

Dirty Spoon — Interviews, essays, interviews, and narrative nonfiction about people that work in consumable culture

How I Got Radicalized Column — personal stories about the moment you became politically aware

Introvert Dear — Introvert life

Narratively- Personal Essays, History, reported stories

Nashville Scene Vodka Yonic — Personal essays from women/non binary people, especially seeking pitches from people of color

New York Times Modern Love — Love stories (it takes 3 months to hear back, but they read every essay)

The Outline — Unusual stories

Penlight — Personal essays

The Rumpus — Fiction, essays, book reviews

The Smart Set — Critical essays, politics, personal essays

Split Lip Mag — Fiction, memoir

The Sun — Personal essays, fiction, short stories

This American Life — The illustrious podcast hosted by Ira Glass

Washington Post Inspired Life Inspiring reported piece or personal essays

XONecole — Inspiring stories focused on women of color

If you want to find 100 more masthead and pitching guidelines, get my free Big Guide To Paying Publications That Take Pitches. You’ll get the guide plus weekly emails about open writing jobs and freelance tips.

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