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Writers’ Markets

This is a directory of paying freelance writer's markets. You can browse the writer's markets by category below or search if you're looking for something specific. All markets included in this directory are paying markets. Payment details are included in summaries where possible.

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This is a directory of paying freelance writer's markets. You can browse the writer's markets by category below or search if you're looking for something specific. All markets included in this directory are paying markets. Payment details are included in summaries where possible.

What are you waiting for? Build a better writing career, one market at a time!

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Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores

Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores is an online publication of science fiction, fantasy, myths, legends, fairy tales, eldritch stories and art, as well as interviews, articles, and podcasts.
We pay 8¢/word for new fiction, 2¢/word for reprints and articles. Stories should be 1000 words minimum. We have no upper limit, but all else being equal, we prefer shorter works.
The submission schedule is the 1st and 2nd of every month. Hard Sells: Vampires, werewolves, zombies, monsters in general, super-heroes, Lovecraftian stories, anthro, robots with feelings, gritty and despairing post-apocalyptic worlds. Horror, hate, blood & guts, explicit language, excessive violence, angst-ridden romance, fan fiction, sex, axe-grinding, or stories that leave readers feeling they've had the energy and joy sucked out of them are not accepted. Also, seems we have to say it, we don't take work that makes fun of grief, suffering, and death, whether of real, imaginary, or religious characters.

Cosmopolitan.com

Cosmopolitan.com, tied to Cosmopolitan magazine, is looking for online contributors to submit essays about "a memorable, crazy, hilarious, or touching college experience." These should be up to 800 words and can focus on friends, dating, partying, classes, working, internships, and more. Pay is $100 for a published essay.

Couchbase

Couchbase accepts contributions of tutorials and blog posts related to Couchbase and the benefits of NoSQL. Topics they suggest include GeoJSON with .NET, Paging with N1QL, programming languages like PHP, Ruby, and Java, and more. They pay $200 for published posts.

Cracked.com

Cracked.com is a comedy site that publishes listicle-style articles around pop culture topics and more. They pay $150 for a contributor's first four articles and $250 per article after that.

Craftbits.com

Craftbits.com accepts paid submissions of tutorials for creative projects. They pay a maximum of $35, with a $10 kill fee if projects are unsuitable after three edit attempts.

Cricket

Cricket magazine is target towards children from ages 9 to 14. It features fiction,poetry and nonfiction. Types of fiction they look for include folk tales, sci-fi, historical fiction, and contemporary fiction. Nonfiction pieces and poetry can be on a variety of topics. The rate is up to $0.25/word for stories and articles and up to $3.00 per line (minimum of $25) for poetry. The majority of stories and articles are 1,200 to 1,800 words though they also need 600-900 word shorter stories, and most poems are 8-15 lines but can range from 3 to 35 lines. Activities and recipes pay a flat rate of $75.

Daily Science Fiction

Daily Science Fiction publishes original short works of speculative fiction. They pay 8 cents per word for first worldwide rights and nonexclusive reprint rights. They accept stories, including flash fiction, from 100-1500 words.

DAME

DAME accepts essays and reported features from freelance writers. Submissions should be written for an audience of women on issues such as politics, reproductive rights, civil rights, race, sex, class, gender, LGBTQ, disability, media, law, or cultural trends. Pay is $200 for essays and $300-400 for features.

Discover

Discover magazine accepts pitches from science journalists via email and can provide additional pitch guidelines on request.

Early American Life

Early American Life focuses on American from its founding through the mid-1800s. Topics covered include history, architecture and decorating, antiques, studio crafts, and travel. Payments for unsolicited manuscripts are negotiated upon acceptance, but the writer's guidelines note that they "estimate $500 for a first feature from a new writer."

More About the Writers' Markets

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