Find High Paying Writing Markets

Finding high paying writing markets is easier than you think. You really can earn several hundred dollars per article or story and I'm happy to show you how!

There's nothing worse than watching a talented new writer waste time, energy and money - and ruin a potentially lucrative career - by selling their hard work to sites that only pay pennies. Don't do it!

There are lots of sites around the world offering to pay any writer a few cents up to a couple of dollars to write articles that have to be unique, original and in correct English. The problem is, writing a 500 word article that makes any sense can take up to 40 minutes. At $2 per article, you're wasting your time. Even worse, some of the revenue share sites want 500 word articles and they only pay "a share of revenue" - which means you might be lucky to make a few cents for all your time and effort.

So I thought I'd try and stop the fad of writing for a few cents an hour and get writers AWAY from these rip off sites and into REAL paying writing opportunities.

Below is a list of places I search when I need to sell writing or seek out new publications.

Non-Fiction Markets - Articles & Features

Writing For Dollars
These guys have a massive searchable database of market guidelines. Simply type in your chosen article topic and search through the database. The guidelines tell you exactly what each editor is looking for specifically.

The best part about this is that the markets could be from almost anywhere in the world, which means you could increase your international writing income as well as picking up a great assignment.

Worldwide Freelance
This international site is great for finding high paying markets from all over the world. I've posted before about the benefits of earning an international income and how it can really help your writing career. Search their database of markets and find something that suits you!

Absolute Write Markets
A nice listing of "writer's wanted" posts in forum format for both non-fiction and fiction. I've picked up a few nice assignments and fiction listings from this place. Some are great paying! Avoid the low paying posts though...

This site also has a free email newsletter, so join up and you'll receive market listings from all over the world direct to your inbox. You can find the free ezine here: http://www.absolutewrite.com/Markets.htm

Fiction Markets

This brilliant searchable database lets you search for specific genres, specific pay-rates and even competitions. If you write across a couple of different genres, like I do, then Duotrope can be very handy!

Ralan's Webstravaganza
Excellent genre fiction site, including short fiction markets from all over the world, including anthology collections. I use this site a LOT!

Fiction Factor
This amazing collection of fiction markets is probably the biggest I've found anywhere on the net. Broken into various genres, the individual free downloadable ebooks are just MASSIVE.

The above link goes to the choices of markets available on this huge site, but below are three downloadable ebooks you can keep and reference later. I use these ebooks more than any other market source.

Horror Short Fiction Markets: http://horror.fictionfactor.com/horrormarketguide.html

Fantasy Short Fiction Markets: http://fantasy.fictionfactor.com/fantasymarketlisting.html

Science Fiction Short Fiction Markets: http://scifi.fictionfactor.com/scifimarketguide.html

Now that you have all my favorite market places, you have no excuse to be earning pennies for your talent when you could be earning big dollars!

What are you waiting for? Get writing!



Kenda said...

Are some of these websites you suggested out of business? I can't seem to access them. thanks.

Do you really make that much money only working 2 - 3 days a week?

Arafat said...

i am David from Hungary{Europe},and i am using internet for a
long time,but now i really want to earn some money as i dont have any
job at the moment and i need money to live a life and to help my family.
have been through lot of Paid to Websites,like-
Blog,Click,Survey,Opinion,Social Networking,Search Engine,Submiting
Article,Tips websites,but most of them are fraud.and some of them are
Legitimate/Legal,but i face problem with my Country and also by getting
paid options,as in Hungary none of the bank dosent knows the meaning of
Pay Pal,Alert Pay etc,i cant make account through pay pal,alert
pay,credit/master card etc.
can you please help me to give me some sites who pays by Check,Debit Card,Western Union.
Please reffer
me some web sites who pays-
Social Networking
Search Engine
Submiting Article
please mail me-onlineetc@yahoo.com

Kenda said...

why does the date say Sept. 11? Isn't today the 10th?

Bianca Raven said...

Working 2-3 days a week? No. I work 5-6 days every week. I have to research HARD, edit properly submit regularly, and make sure I write for markets that pay properly (i.e. more than $200 per article). The writing is only the start of my business.

Running the business is what makes the money - promotion and market research.

I also sell fiction writing, which pays less, but keeps selling and re-selling longer.

I believe the date on the blog is set by my local time - and we're 15 hours ahead of the US, so here it would be the 11th and over there would still be the 10th!

Sabrina said...

Thanks for the tips! I will let you know if any of these sites pan out.


Lee Masterson said...

Hi Bianca - thanks so much for mentioning my site as one of your favorites. :)

Joanne said...

Hi! My name's Joanne. I'm an engineer but writing is one of my favorite pastimes. I'm no professional writer (an engineer, yes) but I've got a couple of essays published already on a national broadsheet. I also wrote for our school paper/newsletter when I was a student and have been to journalism contests (won a couple of them). Now I only write fan fictions and I have a personal blog for my own leisure. Compared to yours, maybe mine were not so much of an experience but at least I can say that I really have a heartfelt inclination for writing. Anyway, enough about me...

I find your site VERY informative, btw. But it's been a long day for me so right now I'm already having an information overload. ~_~ Will definitely read the rest of your content tomorrow though I've checked out a few links already.

For now I want to ask if you know any market that accepts serial fiction? Because so far most of the sites I've visited only accept short stories and one-shots (or maybe my eyes are just too tired to look around?). Right now I'm writing a fantasy fiction with 6 chapters so far, averaging 7000 words per chapter. I've got plenty of plans for it (story-wise). I have it in bits and pieces written around my character design sketches... the twists, I've got them all laid out. But until now no one has ever reviewed it and I don't know what to do with it. Of course, I don't want it to just lie around my local disk.

Okay, I'm sorry for rambling on your blog. But I really don't know where to start. Thanks a bunch for taking your time. I really appreciate it. :)

And I shall be visiting your blog every now and then.

Bianca Raven said...

Hi Joanne,

Yes there are several fiction markets that will buy serial fiction - although you'll find it's probably worth more money as an entire novel submitted to a publisher.

Try http://fantasy.fictionfactor.com

They have specific fantasy market listings that might be able to help your submissions.

shioan said...

Hello again,

Thanks a bunch for the reply and that added tip. I guess you're right or at least I have to prove first that my story is actually going somewhere.

I'm having fun reading your blog. I can clearly see your passion in writing. :)

thanks again, and good luck!


Lisa said...


Your site is a treasure trove of information that I wish I'd found months before I started writing freelance. Suffice it to say, seems I have, ah, made some mistakes. But, I've also managed to do pretty well thus far with my writing (as in barely sustainable). I look forward to reading more of your posts. Thanks for taking the time to share! :D

Catherine said...

I love your blog.
I am from Malaysia and English is not my first language. My grammar is not perfect. Do you think I still can opt for high paying market? If not, what do you recommend?

The Chronicler said...

Thank you so much for posting these links and information about these writing markets. I've bookmarked Writing for Dollars and World Wide Freelance. I'll be looking through them and submitting my work to some of these publications soon!

I also gave this post a shout-out on my new website: http://mediawriterhq.com/?p=184

Great tips and info all around on this blog! :)