Are you a health writer, or a freelance writer who wants to make money writing by getting paid to write health articles? This article features 17 magazines that pay writers to write about health-related topics; many of these magazines pay well, and you can write about anything health-related including health discoveries and news, natural health, mental health, animal health, etc.
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1. Eating Well
Pay: Up to $1 per word
Eating Well is a national food magazine with a focus on eating healthfully. They are looking for articles about latest trends in food and health, eating/diet trends, green eating, health studies/research , nutrition and general news.
They expect articles to be 150 to 400 words depending on what category an article falls into, and they own all rights to your article. They prefer to receive your query (not a completed article) by email.
Pay: 10 cents per word
Common Ground is a Canadian magazine dedicated to health, wellness, ecology and personal growth. They are looking for articles on health, wellness, the environment, transformational travel and personal growth. They prefer articles by Canadian authors and they expect articles to be around 600 to 1,500 words; they accept a maximum of 2,500 words per article.
Common Ground prefers to first receive a query describing your proposed article; this should include your article title, length, essential points and first paragraph.
Diabetes Health is a magazine for people living with diabetes (this includes people who have diabetes and people who care for people with diabetes). The magazine features “coverage of new products, research, treatment options and meaningful lifestyle issues.”
They want feature-length stories of up to 1,500 words, and they expect features to have at least three to five outside sources. They also accept shorter pieces of 500 words. Payment for article depends on your experience and the final length of your article as it appears in the magazine.
Diabetes Self-Management magazine is a magazine about controlling and managing diabetes. They want articles on nutrition, pharmacology, exercise, self-help, how-tos and medical advances.
They expect articles to be between 2,000 to 3,000 words and they only accept unique articles that haven’t been published before. They own all rights to your article and pay after publication. Payment per article vary depending on the quality of your article and effort involved. They pay a 20% kill fee should they decide not to use an assigned article.
IDEAFit is a health and fitness magazine looking for “articles that serve the needs of fitness, wellness and health professionals.”
Once you decide on the article you want to write, they want you to send them a query letter telling them why your article is important to fitness and health professionals, why you’re the best person to write the article, the points you plan to cover and how you plan to make your article practical. Articles can be features, which are usually 3,000 – 3,500 words in length, or Columns, which are usually 1,200 – 1,400 words in length.
They own all rights to your article and pay within 60 days of final acceptance. The payment will be determined by the editor.
Pay: $75 to $200
Psychology for Living is a Christian psychology magazine looking for articles that apply sound Biblical and psychological principles to everyday life issues.
Articles can address psychological problems, emotional issues or communication and family relationships. They pay $125 for articles less than 1,200 words, $200 for articles between 1,200 to 1,700 words and $75 for previously published articles.
Pay: $50 – $150
Radish is a magazine that helps people improve their health through “the natural foods, products and services of western Illinois and eastern Iowa”.
Articles can fall in any of the following departments: “Eating Right; Food; Great Places (healthy destinations within our market area); Outdoors (locations or activities that restore health and spirit); Homes; Gardens; Body, Mind & Soul (natural products, services and activities that help individuals look and feel the way they want); Health & Fitness (Western medicine and therapy as well as holistic, alternative and integrative practices); Food for Thought (op-ed pieces related to our departments) and Rooting Around (short items related to our departments).”
They pay $50 to $150 per article depending on the length of an article and work involved in creating the article. They pay upon publication, and prefer you to send submissions via email.
Pay: Up to $100
Caregiver’s Home Companion is a magazine for family caregivers. They cover articles about long- and short-term disabilities, and they especially focus on children taking care of elderly parents.
They prefer submissions to be from current or former caregivers, individuals and healthcare professionals involved with caregiving. They prefer articles to be between 800 to 1,000 words and pay upon publication of your article.
17. The Aquarian
Pay: up to 10 cents per word
The Aquarian is a “new age” magazine that accepts articles about Holistic Health. They are looking for feature articles, opinion pieces, interviews, reviews and book excerpts. Articles can be between 300 to 2,500 words depending on what category it falls into.
The Aquarian accepts both article queries and completed manuscripts. They pay between 2.5 cents to 10 cents per word, and they offer a 35% kill fee for an assigned article they do not use.
10. Vibrant Life
Pay: $100 to $300
Vibrant Life is looking for articles about physical health and mental clarity from a practical Christian perspective.
Articles can be about Health, Exercise, Nutrition, Self-Help, Family and Spiritual Balance.
They expect articles to be around 450 to 650 words and expect feature articles to be no more than 1,000 words. They want you to submit completed articles.
Pay: Up to $500
Wellbeing magazine is a natural health magazine focusing on ways to improve life quality and health of the planet. They want articles about natural health, natural therapies, exercise, environment, natural beauty, caring for animals with natural remedies and therapies, real life experience of overcoming serious health issues using natural means, etc.
Articles can be around 800 to 2,500 words, depending on what category the article falls into, and they pay $100 to $500+ per article depending on the category your article falls into.
12. Whole Life Times
Pay: Up to $150
Whole Life Times is a holistic health magazine that is looking for articles on holistic and integrative health, green living, sustainability and organic food, alternative healing and “anything that deals with a progressive, healthy lifestyle.”
They accept queries via email, and you can also send a completed manuscript to them. They prefer articles to be submitted in Microsoft Word format.
If they decide not to publish your assigned story, they offer a kill fee of 50% of the original fee offered.
13. Women’s Running
Women’s Running magazine caters to every aspect of the running lifestyle for women, and they are looking for articles about fitness, health, sports nutrition and healthy recipe. Articles can be between 1,000 to 2,000 words, depending on the category your article falls into.
14. Animal Wellness
Animal Wellness is a leading natural pet magazine in North America that focuses on healthcare for animals; they are looking for articles about physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of animals. They want articles to be in the 500 to 1,500 words range.
You & Me magazine is a medical magazine looking for non-fiction articles about the human aspects of dealing with all medical issues. They prefer articles to be from the first-person perspective. They prefer articles to be “intimate and personal”; they do not want informational articles and expect articles to be around 1,000 to 2,500 words. They pay on acceptance, and their rates is in the 4 – 5 cents per word range.
Connecticut Magazine is a general interest magazine that publishes articles of interest to Connecticut readers. They publish articles on a range of topics including health, and they prefer you to send your query by letter or email. They do not accept unsolicited manuscripts, and payment is made within a month of acceptance. They pay a 20% kill fee for assigned articles that they don’t use.
Mother Earth Living is a healthy living magazine that focuses on natural health and green living. Payment will be agreed upon with their editor and they pay upon publication of your article. They pay a 25% kill fee should they decide not to use an assigned article.
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