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17 Women’s Magazines That Pay Writers

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Women’s magazines, through the ages, have been the go-to writing opportunity for both seasoned and amateur writers. There are literally thousands of women’s magazines, covering all aspects of the female existence; from basic gossip publications, to health, parenting, dating, the list goes on. Because there are so many publications dedicated to women, many of them will accept work from freelancers without the promise of payment. Many also regularly give away prizes for tips and photographs.

Our list below deals exclusively with woman magazines that pay writers. In all cases, more detailed information can be found on their guidelines pages.

Note: Looking for magazines that pay writers in other niches? For more magazines that pay writers, check out our list of magazines that pay writers.

1. Bitch Media

Pay: $200

Bitch Media publishes engaging, thoughtful feminist response to mainstream media and popular culture. They invite freelancers to submit articles between 1,000 and 2,500 words in length. They encourage writers to read a few copies of the magazine before deciding which department their article would best fit in. Payment is $200 for features – upon publication.

There are separate print and online guidelines, so please decide where you want to be published before querying.

2. Essence Magazine

Pay: Unspecified

Essence Magazine is a premiere lifestyle, fashion and beauty magazine for African-American women. Essence works on query basis only, so no unsolicited articles are accepted. They like prospective writers to pitch ideas to the editor by email.

Payment is negotiated upon pitching the magazine.

3. Ms Magazine

Pay: Unspecified

Ms. Magazine covers a vast spectrum of topics related to women’s issues, women’s status, women’s rights and women’s points of view. This widely-read publication works on a query basis only. Please send your ideas to the magazine to get a commissioned article.

Payment is negotiated upon querying the magazine. This publication has specific guidelines on pitching, so do study their website before writing anything.

4. Redbook Magazine

Pay: Unspecified

Redbook Magazine is a widely-read publication, which covers topics like beauty, body, shopping and more. They do not accept unsolicited articles, but invite prospective writers to send a query with their article ideas. They also encourage new writers to send writing samples to the editor to get a commissioned article.

Payment is negotiated upon pitching the magazine.

5. Sasee Magazine

Pay: Unspecified

Sasee Magazine covers a wide range of topics, marketed to women.  This publication welcomes new and upcoming writers. They like to see articles which are no more than 1,000 words in length. Sassee also accepts unpublished non-fiction articles.

Please see their website for guidelines on what they publish. Payment is negotiated.

6. Woman’s Day

Pay: Unspecified

Woman’s Day publishes most topics related to women’s health, fitness, fashion and more. This publication works more or less on query basis. They like their prospective freelancers to have had writing experience before making contact with them. They also encourage writers to send a few writing samples when querying.

You can find more detailed information on their website. Payment is negotiated with the editor upon pitching.

7. Azizah Magazine

Pay: Unspecified

Azizah Magazine is dedicated to topics related to the contemporary Muslim women. They operate on query basis and expect articles to be between 1,500 and 3,700 words in length. This publication likes to work with writers who know their voice and are familiar with their format and vision. Do furnish yourself with a few back-copies before attempting to write for them.

Payment is negotiated upon pitching the magazine.

8. Chatelaine Magazine

Pay: $1 per word

Chatelaine Magazine is targeted, and marketed to women in Canada. They deliver content Canadian women want. Chatelaine Magazine works on a query basis only, and prefer freelancers to pitch their ideas to the magazine to get a commissioned article.

This publication pays $1 per word, and payment is made within 30 days of acceptance.

9. More Magazine

Pay: Unspecified

More Magazine publishes content for women of style and substance, covering various topics ranging from beauty to relationships. They work with an editorial calendar and expect prospective writers to send queries only.

Payment is negotiated with the editor.

10. Today’s Christian Woman

Pay: Unspecified

Today’s Christian Woman is dedicated to encouraging, equipping and inspiring christian women to live out their faith fearlessly in the grit of every-day life. They work on query basis only and encourage writers to send a query with their article idea.

Do peruse the editorial needs published on their site. Payment is negotiated with the editor, and made within 45 days of publication.

11. Vela Magazine

Pay: Unspecified

Vela Magazine publishes new and established writers and concentrates on non-fiction written by women. Their call for submissions is for articles between 3,000 and 6,000 words in length. They don’t accept queries or pitches, just send your full article. Please also include a short bio and cover letter.

Payment is negotiated upon contacting the magazine with your article.

12. Sage Woman

Pay: Unspecified

Sage Woman is a a widely-distributed publication dedicated to women’s spirituality. They expect articles to be between 800 and 5,000 words in length. Articles can be sent either by post or email.

Their guidelines are quite detailed, so do read their website before querying. Payment is negotiated with the editor, and made upon publication.

13. Room Magazine

Pay: 120 CAD

Room Magazine is Canada’s oldest literary journal by, and about women. They work with an editorial calendar or ‘Themed issues’ so they expect content months ahead of the publication date. This publication does not accept full manuscripts or articles. Please query first.

They pay up to 120 CAD upon publication.

14. Austin Woman

Pay: Unspecified

Austin Woman covers information relevant to, and revolving around women in Austin Texas. Currently, they have no freelance opportunities but feel free to pitch the editor. Payment would be negotiated if you get a commissioned article.

15. Loundoun Woman

Pay: Unspecified

Loundoun Woman caters for women and their families in the Loundoun county. They work with an editorial calendar, so they like writers to pitch their ideas months ahead of time, in order to get a commissioned article.

Payment is negotiated upon pitching the magazine.

16. Lilith Magazine

Pay: Unspecified

Lilith Magazine publishes high-quality pieces of fiction, poetry (and more) on subjects of interest to the average Jewish woman. They expect articles to be between 500 and 2,500 words in length. There’s an electronic submissions’ form, so please make yourself familiar with this when querying.

Payment is negotiated upon pitching the magazine.

17. That’s Life Magazine

Pay: $300

That’s Life covers topics related to Australian women; ranging from humor to pets and fiction. They encourage prospective freelancers to submit pieces between 600 and 2,600 words in length.

Payment is $300 for a single-page story, and more for longer articles. Payment is made upon publication.


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