Get paid to write about true crime and social justice
Love a good crime story, but not really a fan of fictitious mystery? Perhaps true crime is where your awesome story telling lies. If this is so, why not get paid for your research and writing skills?
Maybe social justice is more your thing, and you’re tired of corporations who are trying to take over the world. Time to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and start telling the world what’s up—and get paid for doing it.
Here are two writing opportunities in the world of true crime and social justice.
Please note: rates of pay are in US dollars unless otherwise specified.
A&E Real Crime Blog
The A&E Real Crime blog publishes articles about notorious murders, cold cases, and other true crime stories. While the blog does not offer writer’s guidelines, writers report being paid .40 to .50 per word for 800-1,000-word stories. If you’d like to pitch A&E Real Crime Blog, be sure to read several articles on the website to get a feel for their voice, then research an editor and pitch them directly.
In These Times
In These Times is a nonprofit magazine that seeks to advance democracy, economic justice, and to provide a forum for the discussion of policies that “will shape our future.” They look for stories that talk about the influence of corporations over governments and the lives of citizens, and stories that will help movements for justice, whether that justice be social, environmental, gender, economic, or racial.
Reports indicate that they pay an average of .22 per word, and that the length of each piece varies. For complete information, be sure to read the submission guidelines closely, and as always, read several articles in the magazine to get a feel for their voice and types of articles they publish. When pitching, be sure to indicate which vertical your piece would be best suited for.
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