Sports magazines are fun to write for. They’re generally activity-based and prospective writers know exactly who their target market is. The articles are usually clear-cut and editorial timetables, often predictable. There’s also a wide range of topics which can be covered around the different sporting activities.
If you play sports as an amateur or a professional, or you’re just a writer who writes about sport, you’ll be excited about this definitive list of paying sports magazines we’ve trawled the Internet to collect for you.
Note: You can even more magazines that pay writers — in over 20 niches — here.
Golf Tips Magazine is dedicated to golf equipment, know-how and tips on golfing. They are looking for articles about equipment maintenance and use, golf clubs and much more. They prefer you to pitch them first.
Pitching is done by email, and prospective writers should expect to send a detailed proposal before starting any work.
Pay: up to 60 cents per word
Adventure Cyclist invites writers to submit articles about travel cycling. They prefer you to pitch them your ideas first before proceeding with your article. They pay 30 to 60 cents per word. This rate is negotiable.
This publication has specific editorial guidelines, so do check their site keenly before writing. They also encourage freelancers to send in photos with their work.
American Snowmobiler is a publication of Kalmbach Publishing and it’s dedicated widely to snowmobiles and snowmobiling in America. They want articles on the following: travel stories, sled modification stories, how-to stories and personality stories.
They encourage freelancers to pitch them via email. Photos are also accepted.
Blackbelt Magazine is a publication of Cruz Bay Inc. They focus on publishing material on techniques, training methods, history, philosophy, and health and fitness teaching in martial arts. They are looking for articles of the following types: strategical or technical skills and historical or philosophical matters in martial arts. They expect each article to be no more than 3,000 words long.
Blackbelt Magazine prefers writers to pitch stories or ideas via email. Features with photos are paid at a higher rate.
5. Dirt Rag
Pay: 10 cents per word
Dirt Rag is a publication dedicated to off-road cycling. They are in need of articles in the following categories: Product reviews, New Gear, Racing, Interviews/Features. They expect each article to be no more than 3,500 words long.
Dirt Rag is staffed mainly by freelancers, so do check their site to see if you qualify to write for them.
Golf Course Management wants articles that address problems faced by golf course superintendents. These pieces should also share techniques to help them do their job more effectively. They prefer you to pitch them first – via email.
This publication pays upon acceptance of your article. Their submission guidelines are quite specific, so read these carefully before writing anything.
Gripped is widely-read and stylish climbing publication. They are in need of content for the following columns: Features, Northern Faces, Area Profiles and Reviews. They expect each article to be no more than 2,500 words long.
Pitches and queries are to be made via email, but do check their editorial timetable, as they may be open for freelancers only during parts of the year.
Powder Magazine is a publication dedicated to skiers. They cover an extensive array of skiing topics like back country, ski mountaineering, park and pipe skiing, ski bumming, heli skiing, racing, expeditions, personalities and trends, to environmental issues.
Articles should not exceed the 2,000 words limit. They encourage prospective writers to be familiar with the magazine before attempting to write for them.
Pay: 4 cents per word (or more)
Referee is read by sportsmen worldwide, and provides educational and training materials vital to sports officials. They are in need of content for the following categories: Features, Sports-Specific articles and Columns. Each article is not expected to exceed the 3,500 words length.
Pitches, ideas and articles should be made via email. However, Referee has an editorial schedule, so writers should make themselves aware of details before sending a proposal.
10. Shotgun Sports
Pay: up to $200
Shotgun Sports magazine is a publication that focuses on shotgunning. Writers are required to have a first-hand knowledge of hunting and trapshooting before submitting or pitching the magazine. They are in need of content within the following areas: Test Reports, Think Pieces, Round-ups, Historical pieces and Interviews.
They expect prospective freelancers to pitch ideas or queries via email. They’ve published a detailed submissions guidelines’ page, so do read this before attempting to write for them.
Snowshoe Magazine is a long-running publication on snowshoeing. They also publish technical tips for snowshoers. Their call for submission is for content within the following categories: health and fitness, destinations, competitive racing, advocacy (protection of the environment and open space), equipment (other than snowshoes) and any personal experience story. Articles are not expected to exceed the 2,000 words limit.
Emailed pitches are preferred, but new writers should expect to send a short bio and a few links to previously published work.
Sporting Classics is an American publication dedicated to hunting and fishing. They are in need of a wide range of content covering the following topics: travel stories, hunting and fishing destinations and many more.
Sporting Classics Magazine expects you to pitch your story or ideas via email.
13. Sports Afield
Sports Afield is an outdoor magazine, publishing high-end pursuits, especially in North-America and Africa big-game hunting. They are in need of content for the following topics: big-hunting destinations, hunting adventure stories, rifle and caliber stories for hunting. They expect each article to be no more than 2,500 words.
Emailed queries are encouraged. Freelancers can also submit photos to this publication.
Sports Collectors Digest covers a wide array of material relating to modern sports collecting. They are in need of content within the following categories: Profiles, Feature Stories and Event Coverage.
Prospective writers can send their unsolicited manuscripts or pitch the editor. However, this publication encourages freelancers to send links to their previously published work when querying.
15. Sports Spectrum
Sports Spectrum is a sports publication with a Christian twist. They publish copies that help lead people to faith in Jesus Christ, and to encourage Christians to grow in their walk – while focusing on Christian athletes. They require writers to be Christ-centered, or Christians and experienced sports writers.
They invite freelancers to pitch the editor with ideas. But would like them to be familiar with the magazine before attempting to write for them.
Triathlete Magazine is a classic, long-running publication, dedicated to the sports of Triathlon. They are focused on multi-sport training tips and programs, nutrition articles, gear and apparel guides, athlete profiles and triathlon-related travel stories. They like articles to be within the 1,200 words limit.
Pitches are made by email.
Sports Fishing Magazine is read by, and marketed to the serious saltwater fishermen in North America and beyond. They are looking for content within the Features and Departments categories.
This publication expects you to pitch your ideas via email. However, they have detailed submissions guidelines on their website, which all prospective writers should study before attempting to produce work for them.
Pay: 35 cents per word
Backcountry Magazine focuses on background skiers, courses and general news on back country skiing. They are looking for content in the following categories: Features, Destinations, Profiles, Mountain Skill pieces and Personal Essays.
This publication accepts submissions with specific guidelines, so do read their page before sending your proposal.
Chronicles of Horses is a very long-running and widely read-publication, dedicated to a wide array of horse-related topics including, dressage, hunters and jumpers, foxhunting, steeplechase, racing and much more. They invite freelancers to submit articles within the 2,500 word limit.
Please pitch your idea via email before writing.
20. Canadian Running
Canadian Running Magazine focuses on topics related to running in Canada. They prefer content from athletes, coaches, sports doctors, dietitians and most importantly, Canadians. They expect each article to not exceed the 2,500 word limit.
Emailed pitches are welcome. This publication has a specific editorial style, so do read their website before submitting any work.
21. Cruising World
Cruising World Magazine is a publication whose target audience is interested in cruising and speed boating. They encourage freelancers to submit articles within the 2,000 word limit. They expect you to pitch your ideas via email.
There are specific editorial guidelines on their website, so please read it for complete details.
22. SAILING Magazine
Sailing Magazine covers every detail of sailing, from learning how to sail, to riding cruisers across the pacific. They are looking for content in the following categories: sailing destinations, sailing navigation, boats, maintenance and upgrades. They like articles which do not exceed the 3,000 word limit.
They expect pitches to be emailed, and welcome unsolicited copies.
USHPA is a publication of the United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association, Inc. This magazine is dedicated to Hang Gliding and Paragliding. They expect each article not to exceed the 3,000 words limit.
USPHA encourages prospective writers to email them with their proposal.