Not all websites have a “writers needed” page on their website that tell you how to apply (and what they pay).
Many, however, do—which can be super helpful if you’re a beginner who’s looking to get their first few gigs.
Here are just 20 websites that that have a writers needed page—all of which publish content on a variety of topics in a wide range of niches ranging from science and politics, to web design and photography.
Best of all, these sites all claim to pay $100 per article or more.
Topics: Lifestyle, Beauty, Home, Business, Finance, Technology, Travel, Food, Health
DotDash Meredith is the parent company of a range of authoritative sites including Verywell, The Spruce, The Balance, Investopedia, Lifewire, Byrdie, MyDomaine, TriSavvy, Brides, Liquor.com, ThoughtCo., EatingWell, Better Homes & Gardens, and more. On their Careers page, select the Contract/Freelance tab and look for positions beginning with “Freelance.”
Topics: Entertainment, Lifestyle, Science, Books, Facts, History, Society, Crime, Politics, Religion, Bizarre/Weird Stuff
Listverse is an entertainment-style website with a focus on educational and interesting lists of at least 10 items. Facts should be backed up by reputable sources and writers must have a PayPal account to accept payment.
Topics: Personal Finance
MoneyPantry is a personal finance site looking for blog posts that teach readers how to earn and save money. The more unusual, interesting, and practical — the better. You can increase your chances of scoring a gig with a detailed blog post that includes numbers and strategies.
Topics: Advice and How-Tos on Lifestyle, Health, Career, Productivity
Better Humans is a publication that exists exclusively on the writing platform Medium. They accept long-form pieces of personal experiences that help teach and educate others on how to improve their lives. All advice and tutorials must be backed by evidence.
Topics: All Topics — however you must have good understanding of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and white hat link-building techniques.
Link-Able is on the hunt for writers needed, but it doesn’t have writing jobs on its platform. Instead, it gives established freelance writers and/or experienced guest bloggers the opportunity to earn more by partnering with their clients to publish articles for them on other reputable sites for the sake of building links to help with their SEO. So, for example, if you already write for The Huffington Post, which is a reputable site with a high domain authority, you could earn a few extra hundred dollars just by getting an article published for them (with at least one link included) on their behalf.
Topics: Internet Marketing, Online Business, SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
Income Diary is a business and marketing-focused websites that teaches its readers how to make money online and run their online business. They’re especially interested in writers with knowledge of and experience in SEO at the moment.
Topics: Arts, Theatre
HowlRound is a worldwide community of theatremakers and arts enthusaists that focuses on “progressive, disruptive ideas about theatre.” The site is open to accepting essays that talk about theatre commoning, ideas that challenge the status quo, new forms of theatre practice, equity/inclusivity/accessibility, and theater practices in specific geographical locations.
Topics: Kitchen, Dining, Home, Garden
wiki Espresso Machine is a niche site that has a main focus on reviewing coffee and espresso machine products, however its contributor page claims to accept articles on a wider range of topics in the Kitchen & Dining and Home & Garden niches. You can expect to receive payment 48 hours after your article is published, via PayPal.
Transitions Abroad is a travel site that accepts original articles especially on topics related to working, living, volunteering, and studying/going to school abroad. They’re also looking for articles on language learning and cultural immersion. They don’t accept submissions about sightseeing or destination travel.
Topics: Personal Finance
Elite Personal Finance is a reputable finance site with writers needed for guest submissions on money-related topics about personal finance, business, how to make money online, saving money, loans, credit cards, identity theft, credit reports, and more. If they like your pitch and your first article, you could become a regular contributor to the site.
Topics: Web Design
Design Tuts+ is a leading web design tutorial site that accepts tutorial submissions from skilled designers on topics related to print design, typography, Adobe InDesign, Microsoft Word, Photoshop, Affinity software, and more. They’ll take everything from quick tips, to in-depth tutorials. Standard length tutorials are expected to include 25 to 30 minutes.
Topics: Lifestyle, Health, Business, Science, Politics, Religion, Philosophy, Culture, Fiction, Poetry
The Sun Magazine is an online, ad-free magazine that covers a wide range of topics, accepting all types of submissions — from super short pieces, all the way up to 7,000 words. They pay for personal essays, fiction, and poetry.
Loaded Landscapes is a photography website geared toward nature photographers. They accept submissions that include tips, tutorials, guides for special locations, inspirational showcases, and interviews. Articles are focused on post processing (typically using Photoshop and Lightroom) as well as photography-related content (plus some video-related content).
Great Escape Publishing is a travel-focused site that accepts submissions about getting paid to travel — either by writing, producing videos, taking photos, reviewing venues, running tours, or anything else — in the form of personal essays, interviews, and articles. They’re also open to accepting submissions on importing/exporting goods, travel blogging, creating your own tours, and making extra income via side gigs.
Topics: Food, Agriculture
Food Tank is a site focused on exploring topics related to innovation and change in the food industry. They’re specifically looking for journalistic news stories and investigative pieces.
Zift is a parenting site with a focus on helping parents raise their children in a technology-driven world. They’re particularly looking for evergreen, source-backed articles that offer practical and actionable advice for parents.
Topics: Arts & Culture, Books, Business & Tech, Crime, Current Events, Essays & Criticism, Food, Profiles & Interviews, Science & Nature, Sports, Women
Longreads is a very well-known online publication that specializes in delivering extra long feature articles on a variety of topics. They’re specifically looking for more personal essays, but also they also accept long-form journalistic pieces and investigative pieces. Feature articles are typically 3,000 to 6,000 words long, but can be longer or even broken up into a series.
Topics: Writing, Business
Copyhackers is a popular online resource for copywriters, entrepreneurs, and freelancers in general. They’d love for you to pitch them a great article on how you launched/grew/shut down your business, how freelancers can get hired, advanced techniques for writers, anything about how to go viral, conversion copywriting, A/B testing, and lots more topics that are specified on their pitch page.
Topics: Mental Health
OC87 Recovery Diaries shares personal stories of mental health recovery. They’re looking for personal essays from people who feel ready to share their stories with the world publicly. Bear in mind that they don’t accept submissions to be published anonymously.
Topics: Entertainment, Facts, Education
Damn Interesting is mostly an educational website for entertainment purposes, sharing fascinating true stories about science, history, and psychology. They have a team of contributors at the moment, but if you submit an article and it does well, they could be open to bringing you on as part of their team to be a regular contributor.
That’s All for Now!
I hope you found at least one or two sites of interest on this list.
I’m planning to update this blog post regularly as the sites change (which they always do) and add more to the list to make it as extensive as I can, so make sure to bookmark it!