Want to get paid to write about education?
While some education magazines only publish articles by teachers, students, or homeschooling parents, others open their submissions to any freelance writer with knowledge on the subject.
Check out the list below and get paid to write about education.
Note: Rates of Pay are in Us dollars unless otherwise specified. Rates are accurate as of this writing.
1. Boy’s Life
Boy’s Life is the magazine of the Boy Scouts of America. They look for a broad range of articles that might be of interest to boys. They pay $500-$1500 for major articles and $300-$600 for departments. As always, read several back issues to get a feel for their voice, and read the writer’s guidelines closely before pitching.
2. Cricket Media Magazines
Cricket Media publishes several magazines for various age groups, and they’re all pretty awesome. I read Babybug frequently to my kiddos when they were little, and my oldest sometimes looks at Cricket. The other magazines published by Cricket Media are called Ladybug, Spider, Ask, Muse, Click, Faces, and Cobblestone. Each of these magazines has a different theme and audience.
Babybug is meant to be shared with babies and toddlers, and as such, contains simple rhyming poems, finger plays, and “first concepts.” Ladybug is meant for preschoolers, and also contains lots of rhyming. Spider is meant for early readers ages 3-6. Ask is for ages 6-9 and aims to answer common questions for that age group. Muse is a science and arts magazine for ages 9-14. Click aims to get preschoolers (ages 3-6) excited about science with simple experiments. Faces is a world cultures magazine for ages 9-14. Finally, Cobblestone is an American History magazine for children ages 9-14).
The pay varies per publication and depends on whether you’re writing fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, but is generally between .25 to .50 per word. The best way to learn more about how to pitch them is to read the very detailed writer’s guidelines for each publication.
3. The School Magazine
The School Magazine is an Australian publication for children ages 8-12 and is often read in classrooms. They look for nonfiction, short fiction, poetry, plays, and activities in a wide variety of topics.
Their website does not specify pay rates, but a blog post from Writers in Charge indicates they pay $300 (word count not specified). Check pay rates prior to handing over your article, and check the writer’s guidelines for more information and for current themes.
4. Practical Homeschooling Magazine
If you know a thing or two about homeschooling and can write about it in an interesting way, Practical Homeschooling Magazine will pay a $50 stipend for your contribution. A word count is not specified, so be sure to finalize an agreement prior to writing your piece. See writer’s guidelines here.
5. The Change Agent
The Change Agent is a magazine for adult educators and learners. They pay a $50 stipend for 200-1,000 words. Be sure to check their writer’s guidelines and be patient—with only two issues a year, there’s not a lot of space for acceptances. If you pitch well and are persistent, though, you could potentially be published. And if adult education is an area you’d like to write more about or even work in, having a piece in a publication like this would serve you well.
6. The Atlantic (Education Session)
There’s not a lot of information on how to pitch The Atlantic or what they look for, so you’ll need to look through several posts to get a feel for the publication (but you should be doing that anyway).
Reports indicate they pay an average of $.12 per word and up to $200 for a flat rate, but word counts are not specified. You’ll need to discuss expected word counts with an editor before deciding if this opportunity is right for you. Be sure you send your pitch to the right editor, whose email you can find here.
7. Aurora Magazine
Aurora Magazine is the publication for alumni and friends of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. There’s not much info on the kinds of stories they purchase, so be sure to look through several back issues (as you always should) before pitching. They pay $.50 per word, and word count is discussed prior to writing. Read the full guidelines here.
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