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While Astronomy's editors commission most of their content, they do accept freelance pitches as well for both science features and hobby features.
Atlanta Parent is a locally-owned print and digital magazine for Atlanta area parents. They accept personal essays of 400-500 words, practical articles of 400-600 words, and longer feature articles of 800-1200 words. Payments range from $25-50 for short articles up to 600 words and begins at $100 for features.
Aurealis is an Australian science fiction, horror and fantasy magazine. They look for short stories between 2000 and 8000 words that are preferably tied to Australia in some way. They pay between AUD $20-60 per 1000 words.
The University of Alaska Fairbanks' Aurora magazine is published twice per year for the college's alumni. They pay $.50 per word for the original assigned word count.
Autostraddle is a progressively feminist online publication catering to lesbian, bisexual, and queer trans women. They also include content about and by non-binary individuals. They accept freelance submissions covering fashion, beauty, sex, relationships, dating, trends, and humor. They're particularly interested in contributions from butch/masculine-of-center women, people of color, trans women, those under 23, and those over 45. Payments generally fall in the $50-200 range, though they also accept longer (3000+ word) investigative journalism and pop culture features where they negotiate pay up to $2000 in addition to covering expenses.
Back2College.com focuses on adult students re-entering educational institutions to pursue advanced degrees or other professional development. They pay $55+ for original feature articles of 1000 - 1500 words.
Backpacker magazine covers hiking, backpacking, North American destinations, and advice for improving the backcountry experience. All articles and photos must appear to Leave No Trace's ecologically friendly practices. Destination features run 1500-5000 words. They also accept personality, technique, and gear features as well as freelance-friendly departments (Life List: 300-400 words; Done in a Day: 500 words, Weekend; Skills; and Gear). They also publish web-only content from freelancers based on each month's theme. They pay on acceptance and buy all rights. Payments run $.40 - over $1.00 per word.
Backwoods Home Magazine is a how-to magazine focused on readers living in the country. Stories are about topics such as how to build your own home, grow your own food, etc. Pay is $40-200, and writers are paid on acceptance.
BankForclosuresSale.com, online since 1998, accepts contributions from freelance writers. They look to build ongoing relationships with their contributors and negotiate pay depending on expertise (according to a representative, compensation for submissions they like starts at $50).
Bee Culture is a magazine focused on American beekeeping. Articles can be serious or cover the humorous side of beekeeping and fall in the realm of how-tos, the history of beekeeping, equipment of beekeepers, political effects, gardening with bees, and other related topics. Payments usually range from $150 - $200 for a 1500-2000 word feature.
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