Freelance Writing Resource List
This list is accurate to the best of our knowledge as of 6/5/14. These resources are, by and large, people we have worked directly or indirectly with, or come to us from colleagues. There are, of course, countless freelance opportunities. These are a smattering.
You should also know that editors and clients often pay freelancers within a range. Sometimes that range is based on the kind of work required (research heavy, lengthy). Other times it’s based on the writer’s ability, merit and experience.
We are striving to be transparent about the money, because it’s kind of the dirty little secret of freelance — no one talks paychecks. But, the truth is that the scales are very, very varied. To ensure you’re getting what you deserve, make certain to have a contract that outlines what you’ll be paid, and the deliverables required, in detail.
Also, don’t be afraid to ask for your own rate. The worst that can happen is that an editor says “nope.”
We’ve grouped this list by general pay range.
- BlogMutt – works with businesses to provide posts for their blogs. Pays, but only if business accepts post (most do).
- Blunt Moms – accept guest posts. Submission details and form here: http://www.bluntmoms.com/be-a-bluntmom/submit-post/
- BonBon Break – accepts previously published posts as well as new material, the latter which is promoted more heavily. Submission form here: http://www.bonbonbreak.com/submissions/
- Craft Fail – have a Pinterest project that didn’t quite turn out like you expected? It can still be good for something – laughs! Details on how to send in here: http://craftfail.com/submit-your-craftfail-today/
- GuestBloggingTactics.com – this link includes ten places to guest post, for free: http://www.guestbloggingtactics.com/the-ultimate-lists-of-family-blogs-that-accept-guest-posts/
- The Huffington Post – it doesn’t pay, but writing for them can open a lot of doors. Email email@example.com with your pitch or use their online form: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/contact/. You’ll need to include your name, a brief bio, your email address and your pitch. The pitch can be a short idea or the full text of your submission.
- Lefty Pop – accepts guest submissions, 800 words or less. Full details here: http://www.leftypop.com/guest-submissions/
- Money Saving Mom – she has a huge readership and is always looking for guest posts with a unique point of view, DIY projects, and stories for her series We Paid Cash! Details here: http://moneysavingmom.com/submissions
- Nicole Leigh Shaw, Tyop Aretist (NinjaMomBlog.com) – has an ongoing Character Assassination Carousel series. How to join here: http://www.ninjamomblog.com/p/character-assassination-carousel.html
- In the Powder Room – editor Leslie Marinelli is amazing to work with, and has a large and loyal audience. Submit via the online form here: http://www.inthepowderroom.com/submit
- Random Handprints – Anna accepts guest posts on her blog for her Instructions for My Husband series.
- Scary Mommy – has a great interactive audience and provides an incredible platform for getting your work seen by a huge audience. Submission details here: http://www.scarymommy.com/writing-for-scary-mommy/
- BlogHer – accepts a variety of posts. The rules for payment are pretty varied, so read the syndication guidelines carefully. More here: http://www.blogher.com/what-syndication-blogher
- Kveller – this site offers “A Jewish Twist on parenting” and accepts submissions for their blog, Raising Kvell. Details here: http://www.kveller.com/aboutus/Submission-guidelines.shtml
- Mamalode – editor is Sarah Millar. No emails, submissions via their online form only: https://mamalode.submittable.com/submit. Payment is based on pageviews, maxing out at $50.
- New Jersey Family – guidelines, including payment, online at: http://www.njfamily.com/NJ-Family/About-Us/Writers-Guidelines
- NickMom – editor is Kristyn Pomranz. Humor for parents and women. They accept content on a highly selective basis. Flat payment of $50 with monthly incentives.
- Brain, Child Magazine – submissions accepted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org; pays “competitive” rates.
- Cricket Magazine – guidelines, including payment and deadlines for each issue, available online at: http://www.cricketmag.com/6-Submission-Guidelines-for-kids-magazines-for-children-from-toddlers-to-teens Online submission form here: https://cricketmag.submittable.com/submit
- Readers Digest – “Submit your joke” pays $100 for jokes, quotes or funny, true stories. Submit here: http://www.rd.com/submit-joke/
- Chicken Soup for the Soul – publishes books on several different topics. Payment is $200 ($100 for devotionals). Submit via their online form: http://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/submit-your-story
- People I Want to Punch in the Throat – accepts submissions to anthologies, topics change with each collection, payment is $100. More here: http://www.peopleiwanttopunchinthethroat.com/p/are-you-writer.html
- Freelance Writing – big list of publications and their submission guidelines here: http://www.freelancewriting.com/guidelines/pages/index.php. Also sorted by category and has a list just for parenting: http://www.freelancewriting.com/guidelines/pages/Parenting/
- Make a Living Writing – lists sites and blogs that pay $50+: http://www.makealivingwriting.com/150-websites-blogs-pay-writers/
- Media Bistro — has lots and lots of information about freelance opportunities, as well as web classes for writers: http://www.mediabistro.com/
- Organized Writer – has lots of resources available at http://organizedwriter.com/resources.htm
- Writer’s Market – this site is a subscription service, but also works in conjunction with the book they put our yearly, listing writing opportunities across many, many markets and publications: http://www.writersmarket.com/