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AARP The Magazine claims to be the "world's largest circulation magazine." Catering to the over-50 crowd, the magazine accepts freelance submissions in the following categories: finance, health, food, travel, consumerism, general interest, and relationships. Rate of pay is not currently included in their published writers' guidelines.
Abyss & Apex is a "magazine of speculative fiction." They accept submissions quarterly -- normal reading periods are in February, May, August, and November. They accept flash fiction (fewer than 1250 words) and short fiction (up to 10,000 words). They pay $.06 per word for up to 1250 words and a $75 flat payment for works longer than that. Payment is 60 days after publication.
This is a magazine addressing issues related to ADHD. They accept submissions from journalists, mental health professionals, and those with first person stories to share. Payment is on publication and they offer a kill fee. Articles are generally under 2000 words.
Adirondack Life is a regional magazine serving readers in areas surrounding the Adirondack Mountains. The magazine accepts freelance submissions for the following departments: Special Places, Watercraft, Barkeater, Kitchen, Profile, Historic Preservation, North Country, Sporting Scene, Home, Wilderness, Wildlife, Working, and Yesteryears. At the time of inclusion, Adirondack Life pays $.30 per published word (around 30 days after publication). Departments run from 1000-1800 words and features are 1500-3500 words.
Adoptive Families is a digital publication for adoptive families and potential adoptive parents. Topics cover adoption, infertility, parenting, education, special needs adoption, LGBTQ adoption, single parent adoption, and much more. Pay rates aren't disclosed, but they are a paying market.
They pay $.25-.50 per word typically (for first rights) based on the length of their relationship with the writer. They accept both feature stories about adventure cycling / biking such as 2000-3000 word personal accounts about bicycle trips, and "Final Mile" essays of 1200-1500 words.
AGNI accepts stories, essays, and poems that are previously-unpublished. There are no word limits "though space is at a premium and length sometimes affects decisions." They do not publish romance, horror, mystery, or science fiction but are open to fiction borrowing elements of them. They don't publish academic essays or purely journalistic pieces. They pay $10 per printed page for accepted prose and $20 per page for accepted poetry, up to a maximum of $150.
The Smithsonian's Air & Space Magazine accepts freelance submissions for book reviews and the following departments: Soundings (300-1000 words), Above & Beyond (1500 words), Flights & Fancy (800-1000 words), Reviews & Previews (200-450 words), and feature articles (averaging 2500 words). This is a paying market, though rates vary widely and aren't disclosed in the guidelines.
Alaska Parent magazine accepts freelance submissions covering parenting topics such as education, pregnancy and babies, holidays, nutrition, special needs, family travel, and more. They accept both original content and reprints. Pay is generally $40-200 for original articles and $25-40 for reprints. They accept feature stories of 800-1200 words, short features of 500-800 words, and tips articles of 150-600 words.
Albedo is an Irish magazine that covers horror, fantasy, and science fiction stories. They are looking for fiction between 2,500 and 8,000 words and they pay 6 euro per 1000 words.
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