If you’re a freelance writer looking for paid writing opportunities, here’s the most definitive collection on the Internet. This list is packed with all the best culture magazines that actively encourage freelancers to pitch them.
If you’re good at research, have some experience or qualification (or you’re a student in the relevant areas of culture), you could make a living starting now, writing for the following magazines.
Note: Do you want even more magazines that pay writers? If you’d like to see more magazines that pay writers in other niches, be sure to check out the ultimate list of paying magazines for writers.
1. Art Papers
Art Paper is a publication of an Atlanta-based nonprofit organisation. They focus on contemporary art and culture. Art Papers wants content for the following categories: Features, Special Events and Retrospective essays. Make initial contact with a proposal of no more than 250 words.
In addition, send two brief writing samples and a short bio. This can be done via email or by post. Please find details of this on their website.
Asian American is a magazine published for Asian American professionals living, working and, or spending time in the DC metropolitan area. Writers are required to have a first-hand knowledge of Asian-Americans before pitching them. They consider content in the following categories: Profiles, Business, Politics, Health and Entertainment written for the target audience.
Please email a proposal before writing an article. Asian American will also consider freelance photographers.
Briarpatch welcomes submissions from both unpublished and published writers, so if you haven’t been published yet, this is a great opportunity to make your mark. This is an award-winning publication on culture. They cover a wide array of cultural elements ranging from current events, gender equity, political struggles, and more. They pay more for articles that are between 1,500 and 3,000 words.
Briarpatch Magazine prefers to first receive your queries to discuss your ideas, before proceeding with the full article.
Cabinet Magazine is a New York based art and culture magazine. They operate as a non-profit organisation and is run mainly by volunteers. Cabinet Magazine publishes content focused on contemporary art and culture. Word length maximum is set at 3,500 words. Cabinet Magazine only considers fully written articles, sent electronically. The magazine will contact you within six weeks if your article is successful.
There’s a very detailed writers’ guidelines on their site. Follow this by the letter, if you wish to be published by Cabinet Magazine.
Creative Loafing Magazine is a publication of Southcomm Inc., a magazine publishing house. Creative Loafing covers a wide range of cultural forms, including art, politics and music. Articles should be a maximum of 3,000 words.
Creative Loafing Magazine prefers you to send a query with your story idea or ideas, preferably by email. They will only accept articles that are fully researched and well-written, as they have a wide readership and are inundated with submissions.
Dominion Of New York is a digital magazine for black people who love New York. They are in need of freelancers who have a deep knowledge of black culture, history and politics. This publication needs – and will consider – content for the following categories: Profiles/Features, Investigations, Personal Essays, Humor and Opinion.
Dominion Of New York would like you to pitch them with a description of your article or idea. They will accept unsolicited pitches from newcomers, but will most likely pay only the writers who have some expertise in their chosen field.
Grit Magazine is a nationally distributed bi-monthly publication. Grit magazine is an authority in its field and is dedicated to rural American life, gardening and farming. The submission call is for writers who have something informative or entertaining to say about rural lifestyle, gardening, farming, small-town dwelling and so on. They expect articles to be between 800 and 1,500 words in length.
Grit Magazine expects you to pitch them with your ideas or story, either by email or by post. All other details can be found on their site.
Pay: as much as $1000
High Time Magazine is dedicated to Marijuana cultivation and counterculture lifestyle. They are looking for articles on Marijuana cultivation, counter culture lifestyle, travel, entertainment and psychedelics. They consider both pros and cons on the subject, and have a large ‘how-to’ section on their site. Articles should be between 1,500 and 3,000 words in length.
High Time magazine expects you to pitch them with your stories or ideas before writing.
9. Little India
Little India Magazine focuses on overseas Indians Worldwide. They are in need of freelancers with extensive knowledge and experience in writing for this community. This is a great opportunity, as they will consider hiring the right people on a full-time basis. They are currently looking for articles on features/profiles, commentaries, essays and Indians with identity issues. They expect articles to be between 500 and 3,500 word in length.
In the first instance, pitch your ideas by via email.
10. Moment Magazine
Moment Magazine is a North American Jewish magazine dedicated to Jews living in America. They are looking for articles on the following topics: Features, Opinions, Symposium and so on. They expect you to query with your ideas before writing the full article.
Please include in your proposal, a detailed plan of how your piece will look, and how it’s different from other work already published in their magazine.
11. Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine is dedicated to everything geeky and counter contemporary. They are looking for articles on Music & Musician Reviews, Movies, Tech, Design, Comedy, Books, Essays and Trend Stories. They will consider writing on any of these topics, and publish work in a vast array of genres within these fields.
They expect you to query with your proposed subject, length of piece, and writing samples.
Pennsylvania Heritage focuses on introducing readers to Pennsylvania’s rich culture and historic legacy. They want articles which are thoroughly researched and entertaining on Commonwealth’s history and culture, architecture, decorative arts, historic sites, and much more. They expect articles to range from 2,000 to 3,5oo words – maximum.
Articles and pitches should be sent via email or by post. All other details can be found on their site.
Pay: $1 per word
Reader’s Digest is a Canadian-based magazine dedicated the culture and arts. They are looking for content from Canada-based writers to provide articles for the following departments in the magazine: Columnists, Making it Matter, Character, My View, Heart Features, Influential Canadians and RD Living. They expect articles to be between 300 and 2,500 words in length.
Reader’s Digest expects you to pitch them with your ideas via email. Very detailed writers’ guidelines can be found on their site.
14. Reason Magazine
Reason Magazine focuses on broad-minded libertarians interested in culture and economics. They are looking for articles for the following categories: culture, science, economics and politics. They run articles between 850 and 5,000 words in length.
They accept drafts or queries by email or by post, and expect you to send a short bio with your proposal.
15. Salvo Magazine
Pay: 20 cents per word
Salvo Magazine is a publication of The Fellowship of St. James. This publication is focused on upholding moral virtues and promoting Christianity. They want articles on the following subjects: Society, Sex and Science. Word length per article should be no more than 2,500 words. They welcome unsolicited submissions, but take note to follow their guidelines, and explain how you’re qualified to write the piece of your choosing.
Salvo Magazine accepts queries and articles via email.
16. Sesi Magazine
Sesi Magazine is dedicated to the contemporary African-American/Black girl between 13 and 19. They want articles on the following topics: teen dating, beauty, hair, black history, issues affecting black girls, college/career. They expect articles to be between 1,000 and 4,000 words.
They expect writers to send a bio and demonstrate that they’re qualified to write the piece. Sesi Magazine also accepts work from teenage writers.
Smoky Mountain Living covers everything related to living in the southern Appalachians, its culture, history, music, arts, people and environment. They accept articles for the following categories on the website and magazine: Feature story, Departments, Non-fiction/Personal Essay and Mountain View Essay. Articles should be no less than 700, and no longer than 3,500 words.
They expect you to submit your piece or query via email or by post. If you’re a photographer this will come in handy, as this publication also accepts and pays for photographs submitted with some of the work they publish.
18. Bloom Magazine
Bloom Magazine is a publication which showcases the rich culture and lifestyle of living in South Central Indiana. They’re inviting writers to submit articles on the following topics: Fashion, Shopping, Business, Finance (including personal finance), Health, Fitness, Home and Family.
They encourage writers to pitch queries by mail or send hard copies by post. They also encourage new writers to send a short bio and a couple of brief writing samples to accompany their pitch.
19. Forward Magazine
Forward Magazine is dedicated to Jewish people in the New York Metropolitan area. They are looking for articles for the following categories: News, Op-Ed, Arts and Culture, Features and Special Stories. They expect you to send your query via email. You will also be expected to sign a contract determining publishing rights.
Read their detailed guidelines on the site before writing or pitching.
Pay: 10 cents per word
The Washington Monthly covers a wide range of topics, including politics and media. They welcome articles in the following categories: Features, news items, opinions and more. Your submitted articles need to be between 500 and 5,000 words, depending on the category.
Washington Monthly will like you to pitch your story via email.
Relevant Magazine covers an eclectic mix of topics like faith, culture and intentional living. They are looking for articles on the following topics or categories: God, Life, Culture and Current trends. They expect each article to be between 750 and 1,000 in word length.
If you’re interested to write for Relevant, pitch your ideas via email, including a summary, the length of the piece, and when you expect to finish it.
AfterImage is a New York based publication dedicated to the coverage of visual arts, cultural studies and art history. They are looking for content for the following sections in the magazines: Features, Essays, Reviews, Reports, News, Inklight and Portfolio. Articles should be between 850 and 4,000 words in length, and they encourage potential writers to query before writing.
This publication has several sections to which writers can submit work, so do your research to determine which area would best suit your talents before writing your proposal.
23. Hyphen Magazine
Hyphen is a news and culture magazine, which focuses on Asian Americans and examines their social and political trends in the South and Midwest. They want well-researched and well-reported articles for the following sections: Features, Fiction, Poetry, Arts and Portfolio. They expect each article to be no more than 5,000 words.
Pitch your story and ideas via email to Hyphen magazine. They’re also looking for part-time Bloggers.
24. C Magazine
C Magazine explores and covers contemporary arts and culture. They’re encouraging writers to make submissions within the following sections: Exhibition and Book reviews, Feature Essays and Interviews. They expect each article to be no more than 5,000 words.
Pitch your ideas via email, and please be ready to submit a writing sample and a short bio.
25. Geez Magazine
Geez is a magazine dedicated to people of faith who are seeking social justice. They are looking for articles within the following departments: News, Experiments, Civil Disobedience, Poetry, and much more.
They expect you to pitch or submit your full manuscripts via email. They also require you to say why you think you’re qualified to write the particular piece. Explore their departments before pitching, to see which one your ideas could best fit.
26. Golden Seal
Pay: 10 cents per word
Golden Seal is a widely read, quarterly magazine published by the State of West Virginia, Division of Culture and History. They want articles on the following topics: West Virginia folk life, traditional farming practices, industry and commerce, holiday and community celebrations, immigrants, music, crafts, herbs, architecture, religion, politics, medicine, sports, railroading and women’s history.
They expect you to send your article or query via email or by post. Their guidelines are extremely detailed, so please make sure you read these before submitting.
Syllabus is a magazine that reflects the interests and diversity of the young people of Carolina – as it relates to culture and fashion. They are looking for articles on the following topics: Music, Fashion, Culture and South Carolina. Articles should be no more than 1,200 words in length.
They expect you to send your queries via email. Also be prepared to send a short bio with your proposal.