Freelance Writing Jobs: Top 10 Sites Where You Can Get Paid to Write

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Anyone who has spent time looking for paid freelance writing jobs online will know the pain of regular disappointment. The sad truth is that when it comes to reliable places that will pay for your writing, there are more bad websites than good.

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But if you know where to look, there are a number of online publications who are looking for contributions from real writers, and who offer fair compensation for the time and effort that they put in.

In this post, we’ll look at 10 of the best websites where you can regularly submit freelance writing of different kinds, and get paid for the privilege.

 

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Listings for Freelance Writing Jobs

What we’ve listed below are 10 of the best sites in different niches who regularly accept freelance writing, but there are also a few good sites that host listings of various one-off freelance writing jobs:

Obviously the nature and quality of the jobs on offer can vary greatly on websites like these, but those 3 are generally better maintained and of a higher quality than many others.

And if you do go looking elsewhere for paid writing jobs, please be very wary of content mills and other low-quality sites that try to take advantage of freelancers hungry for work.

 

The 10 Best Sites for Paid Freelance Writing Jobs

And now, for the main list:

1. Cracked

2. Great Escape Publishing

3. WhatCulture

4. Listverse

5. Paste

6. BookBrowse

7. VQR

8. A List Apart

9. GetAbstract

10. The Write Life

 

Read on below for the details on each site and the kind of writing submissions that they’re looking for…

 

1. Cracked

Example of a typical article on Cracked.com

 

Easily the most visited website on this list, Cracked entertains more than 20 million readers per month with its selection of humorous articles, features and interviews.

It’s also unique in that every pitch you submit to their writers’ forums (once you’ve registered) will be reviewed and given editorial feedback, making it a tool for improving your freelance writing as much as for getting published and paid.

Speaking of which, pay starts at $150 per accepted submission, going up once you make it past 5 published posts, and with extra bonuses on offer if you can rank among the months’ most popular articles.

 

 

2. Great Escape Publishing

 

There are plenty of places where you can get paid to write about travel, but not many where you can get paid to write about travel-writing.

Great Escape offers freelance travel writers the chance to earn some extra cash by writing articles aimed at helping other aspiring travel writers improve their craft.

Pay ranges from $50 to $200 depending on the nature of the post, so if you’ve had success in travel writing why not see if you can pass on your insight?

 

 

3. WhatCulture

 

Don’t be put off by the list-style format of most of WhatCulture’s posts, because it’s actually a great platform for freelance writers who love anything entertainment-related.

If you’re successful in applying to contribute, you can choose to write about movies, TV, music, gaming and essentially anything to do with pop culture.

Writers are paid per 1,000 views of any post they publish, but with monthly page views of 140 million, there’s a clear opportunity for regular contributors to earn a nice bit of extra income here.

 

 

4. Listverse

 

As the name suggests, Listverse is even more strictly list-based than the previous entry – focusing solely on publishing “Top 10 lists of everything under the sun”.

The range of topics you can choose to cover is basically limitless: entertainment, general knowledge, lifestyle, science, politics and many, many more.

Like WhatCulture, the site is visited by millions of people every month, but the difference here is that you’ll always be paid a fixed sum of $100 for your writing efforts.

 

 

5. Paste

 

Monthly digital entertainment magazine Paste welcomes any submission that might be of interest to its large readership.

That means if you think you can write compelling articles on a variety of topics (but especially music) then Paste might present the perfect chance to get your work out there.

Pay can vary depending on the length and style of article, but can range from $50 to $200 for freelance submissions.

 

 

6. BookBrowse

 

Almost every avid reader wants to talk about a book as soon as they’ve finished it: BookBrowse gives you a chance to make money doing just that.

The site is always looking for writers to contribute 600 word reviews of newly release fiction and nonfiction books, paying them $50 per submission (a very reasonable fee for the modest word count).

Regular reviewers tend to write about one book review a month, so you’re not going to make a fortune, but if you enjoy reading in your spare time anyway then why not get paid for it?

 

 

7. VQR

 

VQR (Virginia Quarterly Review) is a bit different to the others on this list in that it’s a way of getting paid for your creative writing rather than just article or blog content.

The pay is a cut above many others too, with writers earning $1,000 and above for short fiction and extended prose, and $200 for poems – all of which will be published in print and online if accepted.

As you’d expect it’s a little more competitive because of this, but if you’ve got ambitions of publication then this is a great avenue to explore.

 

 

8. A List Apart

 

If you’re knowledgeable about web design, A List Apart offers an excellent platform for you to share that knowledge with others and get paid doing it.

From mini-articles to lengthy features, the site publishes a variety of posts on web, coding and related topics. The pay is good too, ranging from $50 to $200 depending on length.

A List Apart is constantly looking for new authors, so if you’ve got the know-how you can submit a pitch or draft post whenever you like.

 

 

9. GetAbstract

GetAbstract is a nonfiction writing website with a unique angle – providing succinct, 10-minute read summaries of lengthy nonfiction books.

The aim is to offer their readers “compressed knowledge” and help them decide which of the thousands of new nonfiction books published every year are most relevant for their own personal and professional development.

So if you fancy doing a bit of reading yourself to save others the time, this could be the perfect way for you to pick up some extra cash.

 

 

10. The Write Life

 

The Write Life featured on our annual list of the best creative writing blogs, so it’s great that freelance writers have an opportunity to contribute to the site as well.

It should appeal to almost any writer too: since the subject is writing itself! You can choose to submit posts about freelancing, blogging, publishing and pretty much anything to do with writing as a craft.

First-time submissions are rewarded with a link back to your own site, but beyond that you can opt for a $75 payment per piece – and you’ll benefit from The Write Life’s large monthly readership.

 

 

More Freelance Writing Resources

 

Hopefully you find a site or two you want to write for in the list above – we’ll be keeping this list up to date and adding more suggested sites as time goes on.

For more useful freelance writing resources, visit our Writing 101 page for helpful stuff like a guide to self-publishing & upcoming writing competitions!

We want to know about your own experiences too. Which websites have you used for finding freelance writing jobs? Have you tried any of those on our list? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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5 thoughts on “Freelance Writing Jobs: Top 10 Sites Where You Can Get Paid to Write

  1. I relate so much to what Jennifer said! Sometimes you’re so crippled with fear and anxiety that you can’t even start writing! Anyway, thanks for the great review of the platforms! It’s a piece of advice that I needed so bad.

  2. Hello!

    Thank you so much for this list, and for the succinct summaries too! This is hugely helpful for me.

    Although I’ve always wanted to write professionally, I have only just started to pursue it professionally.

    I am very cautious of the content mills that you mention, but I can’t seem to find much information on which websites are definitely content mills to be avoided. The only way that I have been able to tell if it is a company to be avoided thus far is if the pay is very low, if fines for late submission are extortionate, or if answers to my questions aren’t satisfactorily answered.
    However, maybe I’m erring too far on the side of caution, because not knowing which companies to actively avoid is making me scared to write for anyone or anything!
    If you could provide me with some examples of known content mills, or things to look out for other than the examples that I already gave, then that would be great!

    Secondly, I was wondering if any of you had any advice on overcoming writers anxiety, or imposters syndrome.
    It’s similar but also different to writers block, in that anxiety is clouding my ideas with a black fog; but my anxiety at present is also being a nightmare for making me think “that is really competitive, they’ll never accept any of my writing” , “I’m nowhere near as good as all the other writers out there”, or “what if they think my writing is rubbish?”
    I know that the logical thing to think is “nothing ventured nothing gained”, and if it was anyone else saying this to me, that’s what I’d say to them. However, I can’t seem to get the anxious and berating little woman in my head to shut up and stop distracting me!
    Have any of you ever suffered with similar feelings? Do you have any tips for overcoming this type of anxiety?

    Thanks for taking the time to read my comment, and I hope that what I’m describing isn’t too alien to you and doesn’t sound too stupid!

    Many thanks,

    Jen

    1. Hi Jen,

      Glad you found it helpful!

      In terms of content mills, there’s a very good article from Make A Living Writing that has testimonials from multiple writers about some of the different mills they’ve written for in the past – http://www.makealivingwriting.com/write-content-mills-writers-true-stories/ – while that’s by no means a comprehensive list (some may even be defunct by now) it should give you an idea of the kinds of things to be wary of when deciding whether or not to write for a site.

      Per your second question (and I hope this doesn’t seem like a shameless plug), we are running a webinar in just a couple of weeks time (23rd August at 6pm UK) on the subject of writer’s block with one of our tutors, where there’ll be the opportunity to ask any questions you might have on the subject or related issues like writer’s anxiety (not at all an unusual or alien problem to be having by the way!) If you’re already signed up to our mailing list, you’ll receive an invite within the next week or so – and we record and mail out all of our webinars for those who can’t make it at the scheduled time too. If you can’t make the webinar but would still like to have a specific question answered, you can drop me an email at enquiries@thewritersacademyonline.co.uk & I’ll make sure it gets answered during the Q&A.

      Hope this helps!

      Danny

    2. Goodness Jen, I relate to all your syndromes! I have written a children’s book but just waiting to publish. Then I had a great idea on writing ebooks but really nervous

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