Five Markets for Short Articles

An earlier post touched on writing shorter articles, and more of them, as one way of increasing freelance income. Now seems like a good time to post some paying markets for short articles, so here goes:

Backpacker
Freelancers most often break in here with shorter pieces (up to 1,200 words) on backpacking adventures, nature, techniques about hiking and other outdoor activities, tested recipes and food suggestions, and health issues ranging from poison ivy to snakebites to altitude sickness.

Payment is on acceptance and the magazine wants all rights. Pays $.60 to $1.00 a word, depending on complexity and demands of the article and experience of the writer. Guidelines are available here.

ByLine Magazine
For End Piece, the magazine wants a strong, thoughtful, first-person essay of 550 words, related to writing. May be humorous, motivational or philsophical.

Read the magazine for other departments. First $ale carries 250-300 word accounts of a writer’s first sale. Writing-related humor of 50-400 words is needed for Only When I Laugh. For Great American Bookstores, editors want features on outstanding independent bookstores in 400 words (with a high quality photo) (500 words with no photo). Stores should be unique in some way and also promote writers. No chains, children’s only, or used bookstores. Here are writer’s guidelines. Mail/phone: ByLine Magazine, P.O. Box 111, Albion, NY 14411, 585-355-8172.

Underwired
This website for women welcomes personal essays (800-1200 words) for publication every month. Pays $100. A list of themes on topics of interest to women is on the website and contributions should relate to a theme. Wants personal essays (800-1200 words) and is always looking for new contributors. Buys one-time rights. No fiction or poetry. Check the website for monthly themes. The complete calendar will be published soon.

Smithsonian Magazine
The magazine does, on occasion, accept unsolicited manuscripts and proposals, most commonly for departments and particularly for The Last Page, a monthly 550-700 word column that aims at humor. Because of the difficulty in judging humor, the magazine wants to see only completed manuscripts for the column. Payment ranges from $1,000 to $1,500. See writer’s guidelines here.

According to the Smithsonian:

“The article should be amusing and the tone genial — a story rather than a list of jokes or situations. The story usually relates to the writer’s own particular experience. For example, what happened after he shaved off his moustache; what it’s like to be colorblind (or a hypochondriac); or how an innocent-seeming toy ant farm turned into an unintended lesson in life. A Last Page story has a beginning, middle and end, and something happens. The best way to learn what a successful Last Page piece is, and how it works, is to study several of them.”

Guideposts Magazine
The magazine is looking for true stories of hope and inspiration. Pays $250-$500 (occasionally higher) for full-length articles of 750-1,500 words; $100-$250 for shorter manuscripts (250-750 words) and $25-$100 for short features and fillers. No fiction, essays or sermons. For department requirements and writer’s guidelines, go to the website.

So there you are — five markets that could help add to your income. Please let me know if you find it helpful to learn about markets here. If so, I’ll search out more from time to time. If you have some markets to share, please let us know.

Please leave a comment.

Use the listed information at your own risk. Words into Print gives no warranty to
completeness, accuracy, or fitness of the markets, although research is done to the best of our ability.

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4 Comments on “Five Markets for Short Articles”

  1. Thanks Laverne, this is good info.

  2. ldaley says:

    Thanks for your comment, Michele. Two of my blog goals are to freely share writing information and to help new writers get published. I talk a lot about writers helping writers. That’s because so many other writers have helped me along the way and I am grateful.
    LD

  3. Laura says:

    what a great website this is, and the info is so helpful. you’re very generous. So many writers are secretive about possible sources of income or clients, so it’s nice to see this info. Writing is hard enough without feeling alone! Just yesterday, I had to hear a client say (for probably the 100th time)…..”no one reads the copy anyway.” Ahhhh!

  4. ldaley says:

    Laura: You are so kind. Thank you. So many others have helped me over the years (you included) and this is my way of giving back a little. And besides, I’m having a great time with this blog.


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