All my life I’ve enjoyed writing. In high school, I would write poems in my spare time.
You know – teen angst and all.
In University, I took creative writing classes and loved it all.
It wasn’t until I had my twins that I realized there was a way to get paid for your writing.
It’s with freelance jobs!
But, specifically – writing jobs. I started my path as a freelancer when my twins were little and I was a stay-at-home mom.
These freelance jobs change my life for the better. I can write for clients, and clients come to me seeking my services. It’s the best of both worlds.
If you’re reading this and love to write and want to know if your passions can be monetized, I have something for you.
I get emails from wonderful people who want to freelance who ask me if their hobbies are profitable. I hesitate in responding because if you don’t know, my journey as a freelance writer lead me to business writing.
I write for online businesses. Most of my projects are blogging jobs. I write lead generation content for small businesses.
And I absolutely love it!
But, did you know that you can also make money with creative freelance jobs? These are hobbies like gardening or gaming.
Imagine writing about the things you love to do – those hobbies, crafts, or music lessons you spend time on – can make you money?
Although my focus is on small businesses, not publications or magazines, I truly want to help anyone interested in freelancing that there are ways to side hustle some income.
So, let’s get to it.
41 Creative Writing Freelance Jobs
Did you take art in high school?
How about art history in college? The arts is a popular hobby for many of us.
Whether it’s the act of painting, drawing, or teaching about art history, many of us can relate to art.
And you know what? There are freelance writing jobs in the arts! Many magazines in the arts hire freelance writers.
Here are ten of them.
1. Visual Arts News
This magazine is Canada-based and focuses on the the Atlantic Canadian art and their artists.
Not only do they have a magazine, but also a podcast with great interviews of up and coming new Canadian artists.
They post popular stories in their magazine are:
- Exhibition reviews
- Artists profiles
This magazine provides a pitch template and offers suggestions on what they want.
If your submission is accepted, payment is between $100-$150.
2. Polymer Arts
This publication focusses on polymer clay artwork, and their audience is artists, collectors, and galleries.
They stress that Polymer Arts wants to show the people that this form of art isn’t kids art; it’s a skilled and high caliber piece of work.
They suggest for this freelance job that new writers focus on these topics when pitching:
- Materials and tools
- Testing and reviewing new products and tools
- Featuring one artist
- Gallery reviews
- Business/marketing that appeals to the working artist
- Personal experience
- Essay style
- Broad issues in the polymer community
If your submission is approved, you will be compensated. It’s unspecified, but other writers have mentioned up to $.10/word.
3. Canadian Art
This is a contemporary publication that is seeking exciting, visual and a critical perspective from Canadians.
This is not an academic publication; they want the untold stories here.
There are two types of freelance jobs – digital articles and print writing.
Digital articles pay $.50/word and print pays $.75/word.
Read through their editorial guidelines to ensure your pitch gets approved.
Cabinet prides themselves in being an art and culture magazine.
They enjoy any subject matter as long as it demonstrates how our everyday life is strange, unique or artificial.
Cabinet appreciates the unorthodox—daring theses, unfashionable stances, minute observations, forgotten cultural practices, and found documents.
This magazine focuses on contemporary art ideas and does not accept articles that focus on one artist or their work, or review articles or news articles about art exhibitions.
If your story is accepted, you will be compensated. Payment is unspecified.
Art21 doesn’t have a submissions section for their website.
But, they do have freelance jobs as I’ve read other writers being hired by them. This magazine publishes quarterly and has a big digital section.
If you want this freelance writing job, then you have to pitch the editor your story idea. This means doing a bit of digging on their website and social media. Find the right contact person to pitch your story.
There is compensation – one freelancer quoted $.13/word.
ArtNews is the most popular and most widely read magazine in the world.
If you love art, then you know about this magazine!
And according to writers, this freelance job pays up to $.80/word and pays within a month.
To help ensure your pitch to the editor gets read and approved, make sure to check out this article on Contently from the ArtNews editor.
She provides actionable advice to help you pitch your story in the best way.
Artsy supports artists from all over the world. They are the premier platform for collecting art and discovering beautiful art.
They have a database of over 1 million galleries, works of art, art fairs and over 100,000 artists.
There is no submission page on this site, which means it’s a good idea to network with the editor and develop an ongoing relationship. Other writers who landed this freelance job have been paid between $.30-.40/word.
To pitch your idea, find the right contact person here.
Artforum is an international monthly publication that focusses on articles and reviews of contemporary art.
Again this magazine does not specify a submission page. So, to get paid for this job, you will probably have to contact the current editor – David Velasco.
As for compensation, many writers have been paid and happy with the process. The average payment is $.32/word.
9. Communication Arts
Communication Arts is the leader in the creative industry. Their trade journal is the largest creative magazine around.
Their publication caters to artists, graphic designers, photographers and anyone involved in the visual communication industry.
Their submission page stipulates a variety of topics you can write about such as business, creativity, emerging design, and culture.
What is great about writing for them is they provide 1:1 help and support in the editing process. They provide extensive feedback to help make your piece the best it can be.
Writing is compensated with a highly competitive rate, but it’s unspecified.
10. Kcet Artbound
The Kcet network is primarily a television network in Southern California, but they do have a website with a blog for writing jobs in the Artbound section.
The Artbound section of Kcet strives to reveal the analysis of how art today is affecting our society and culture.
Kcet Artbound has won many Emmy’s and awards for its innovative content.
As one freelancer put it:
“[Kcet Artbound is a] delightful publication for freelancers!”
The type of freelance job you might get hired for is like an 800-1000 word criticism piece or review in the arts & entertainment coverage.
Since there is no submission page for writers, you have to do some investigations to find out the editor and network with them to pitch your ideas to.
Ahh! Gardening and horticulture/farming is a huge hobby for many people. As well, it’s a great business too.
From hydroponics to vegetable gardening or natural pesticides for organic farming there is no shortage of article ideas.
Most of these freelance writing jobs are magazine based that are high paying and can help build your portfolio as a new freelance writer.
Here are seven gardening freelance jobs.
11. Horticulture Magazine
Horticulture magazine is one of the best gardening magazines for beginner gardeners and for very serious gardeners.
This publication covers spotlights of gardens and nurseries around, gardening designs, and informative pieces on products and accessories for gardeners.
There is no formal submissions page, so make sure to visit their contact page to email the editor your pitch idea.
Writers who have written for Horticulture were paid up to $500 for their piece.
12. Fine Gardening
Fine Gardening covers mostly landscape designs, various plants and harvest information for fruits and vegetables.
They are recognized for their extensive library of plants, and their plant information is highly detailed that would delight any botanist.
They have an award-winning blog with great advice and information for gardeners.
To pitch your idea, contact the Fine Gardening editorial department on this contact page.
If your submission is accepted, they generally pay $.44/word for an 1800-word feature.
13. American Horticultural Society
If gardening is your passion you will love writing for the American Horticultural Society as your first freelance job.
They cover everything from innovative garden designs, plant conservation, heirloom gardening and more.
This publication also likes articles on how to construct a simple garden or how to demonstrate using certain gardening tools and products.
Please only submit your idea and not the entire article. If accepted, pay is between $300-$600 for 1,500-2,000-word features.
14. Green Prints
Green Prints is a wonderful mom-and-pop owned magazine. They share a wonderful story on their About Us page so make sure to read it!
This publication shares real stories from real gardeners. They have dubbed themselves as the “The Weeder’s Digest.”
They love submissions that cover the stories behind gardening and sharing that with their audience.
If your submission is approved, top payment is $150. Poems are published 4x a year and pay $20.
15. Modern Farmer
Modern Farmer is a cutting-edge publication that explores the foods we eat and cook. The articles covered cater to chefs, farmers, cooks, and families.
They want submissions that are global and political in nature. While compensation isn’t mentioned or specified, writers have been paid for submissions.
It’s varied, but the top pay is $1.33/word for a 750-word piece.
16. Successful Farming
Successful Farming covers a lot of content mediums – radio, talk, magazine, and TV – which reaches a broad and large audience.
If you landed this freelance job, you could be sure that your content can reach more than one type of audience.
This publication covers a wide array of topics:
- Farm management
With the most up-to-date information for farmers and the farm industry, this is one of the best publications out there. While there is no submission page, this would be a cold pitching opportunity where you will have to connect with the editor.
You can try using social media or toot around their website to find the contact information.
They do pay for content, and once your piece is approved, the pay is around $.64/word. They do pay for unique images (up to $50).
Your piece will go through a round of editing, but the process is more helpful than critical.
17. Capper’s Farmer
This magazine is distributed quarterly and values what grandmothers taught their families. Articles cover the tried-and-true methods your grandparents taught you.
From cooking to crafting to gardening and more, Capper’s Farmer shares the homesteading way of living.
Their submissions page stresses that they prefer submissions based on rural living such as on farms or ranches. They do pay for your article, but the pay is unspecified.
Many people are car enthusiasts. They visit car shows or like to tinker around on their classic car or are mechanics.
Whatever it may be, if you have an affinity for riding motorcycles or just love cars, you can find a freelance job in your hobby.
Let’s look at 9 writing freelance jobs so you can start making money.
18. Popular Mechanics
Popular Mechanics is the automotive magazine there is.
This publication has been in circulation for over 100 years and covers the most innovative inventions in the automotive industry.
Their message is clear – they want to provide automotive information in an easy-to-read format.
While they don’t have a formal submission page, they do hire freelance writers. One writer was paid $.25/word for 1300 word feature article.
Other writers state that Popular Mechanics pays between $50-$150 for online content and upwards to $1,000 for print in their magazine.
Autoblog is an automotive news publication that covers new and used cars as well as industry news, tools, and car reviews.
While they do have a submissions page, the pay on this page is low – based on pageviews and capped at $50.
To find the profitable freelance job for this publication, you need a referral – someone that writes for this blog or knows the editors for this site.
One writer used this method and was paid $.37/word for a 1750-word criticism review piece.
Autonotebook covers a variety of automotive content.
The main categories are:
- Best of…
One thing I noticed when looking at this freelance job is that the blog hasn’t been updated for a couple of years. I would ensure first that they still want content. This can be a good pitch too – i.e. how new content can help them reach a bigger audience and grow their SEO and traffic.
Their submission page is sparse, but does say they pay using PayPal. So this is a worthwhile gig to have.
21. Motocycle Mojo
Motorcycle Mojo is a Canadian publication that publishes 10 times a year. They enjoy and cover real-life experiences and pride themselves in the personal and storytelling angle their magazine has.
Their magazine covers all types of motorcycles, history, touring and travel/destination content. They also cover book and product reviews and some vintage pieces.
Their write for us page stressed that they prefer submissions over queries. They also want the freelancer to provide previous samples and samples of their photo taking ability.
They have to mediums – print and digital and requires the freelancer to approve their piece being published to both mediums.
They accept 600-800 word for small stories and upwards of 2,000 words for travel features. This gig does pay, but payment amount is unspecified.
22. Road & Travel
Road & Travel is an online magazine aimed at upscale women. This is not a motorsports magazine; rather, it covers travel, safety and personal topics for women drivers. Content is gender neutral, however.
Road & Travel aim to educate consumers on purchasing, renting or leasing cars or RVs, care maintenance, green vehicles and more.
They accept blog articles of up to 300 words and feature articles of up to 1200 words. Payment is based on the editor and freelancer.
23. AAA Midwest Traveler
AAA Midwest Traveler is a bimonthly publication for residents of Missouri, Illinois, southern Indiana, and eastern Kansas.
This publication is meant to provide their AAA members information on travel, auto safety and features and tips about their AAA membership.
To submit your story, send a query to the editor between January-April. They work 6-months in advance, and a copy of the magazine you wrote for is mailed to you.
A 1200 word feature goes for $400, and if your story is picked up by their sister publication, that’s another $150.
Wheels was my first legit freelance job. I was ecstatic and over the moon that I no longer had to look on content mills to find a project.
Wheels is a division of the Toronto Star newspaper and they provide up-to-date and useful information on the automotive industry as well as the entertainment aspect of owning a vehicle.
I wrote articles from the perspective of a mom/woman.
There is no formal submission page. This freelance job was posted on a job board, but networking and warm pitching can help you land this gig. Find the editor for online content and connect with them!
I wrote 800-word pieces for $100. Article ideas were pitched to me, but I did most of the blog topic pitching.
25. Elephant Insurance
If you have a love of the car, did you know you can pick up a freelance job in the automotive insurance industry?
Search for automotive insurance companies online and check to see if they have a blog or email list. If they do, there’s a good chance they hire freelancers for content writing.
Elephant Insurance has a blog with different writers. This is another clue that they probably have freelance jobs.
Gasudeansas covers a wide range of car topics but mostly enjoys car protection content.
Their submission page mentions they are open to any topic related to cars and that they will respond to your pitch in a timely manner.
They do pay for articles, but it’s unspecified how much.
From women equality to politics and more, cultural topics relates to the ideas and customs of society.
If you took a class in high school or university that opened the doors to cultural studies, did you know you can get paid to write in this niche topic?
Let’s look at 9 freelance jobs in cultural topics.
27. Roads & Kingdoms
Roads & Kingdoms set to inform and inspire travelers.
They mostly cover food, travel, and politics.
They enjoy articles that explore deep storytelling, are original and inspire their readers to take action.
If you are interested in writing for them, Roads & Kingdoms has provided a post on how to pitch to them. They seek ideas that stand out from the crowd. Reporting is also part of some of their content – such as a long-form feature for their Dispatched by Bourdain series.
A long-form feature –up to 5,000 words – goes for $1000 and a piece of web content runs $250.
28. Briarpatch Magazine
Briarpatch Magazine covers politics and culture from an original and insightful grassroots perspective.
Critical commentary is their bread and butter, and they fiercely reject corporate media and strive for independence and equality.
They are a bimonthly publication and offer submissions for journalists and freelancers.
If you are interested in this freelance job, they do want a story idea to be pitched.
- current events
- electoral politics
- grassroots activism
- economic justice
- gender equality
- political importance
- and more
Make sure to check out their guide on how to pitch to Briarpatch before you submit your piece.
They do pay for submissions. Anywhere from $100 for short reviews or blog posts to $300 for research-based articles of 2500 words.
29. High Times
High Times covers cannabis cultivation and legalization.
The alternative health market is a high-paying freelance writing niche.
More outlets are needing writers who are well-versed in the cannabis market to talk because the industry is a huge money maker. Cannabis was projected to make $10B this year, which will increase to $22B by 2022.
As well, I have had several prospects email me for my writing services to help them market their Cannabis products:
High Times strives to uncover the truth and provide the most up-to-date information about the cannabis market.
Their submission page mentions they enjoy pitches and story ideas of around 1200 words but does not specify a rate.
Freelancers though have worked with High Times and are generally paid $.40/word for an opinion editorial project.
Paste covers all types of pop culture topics like politics, comics, books, music, and TV.
With a large and of over 400,000 devoted readers, Paste is the go-to place for what is happening in our world right now.
They are looking for highly original and unique story ideas that the editors of Paste have never even though of or heard of.
Their writer’s guidelines require a proposed subject, length and some samples of your writing ability.
They do pay for submissions, but it’s unspecified. However, other writers have quoted up to $.10/word.
Founded by the acclaimed Elie Wiesel known for his memoir Night, and editor Leonard Fein, Moment is grounded in Jewish living in the States.
Each of their topics covers the perspective of Jewish history and information.
From Arts & Culture to Politics to Jewish World and Israel, Moment’s rich content is celebrated all around.
Moment publishes 6 times a year and if you wish to write for Moment, make sure to submit time-sensitive stories at least 6 months in advance.
Their submission guidelines advise you email your query to the editor. Your pitch idea needs to be fleshed out with an outline too. While you can submit the completed story, they prefer the query.
The do pay freelancers, but it’s unspecified on their submission page. However, writers who had their pieces published on Moment were paid $.20/word for a 1,500-word review or criticism piece.
32. Reader’s Digest Asia
Reader’s Digest is a general-interest family style magazine.
The Reader’s Digest Asia covers culture and arts as well as a variety of lifestyle topics like home & garden, health, travel, jokes, and true stories.
The Reader’s Digest Asia website gets over 100,000 pageviews a month, meaning that many potential clients can see your article.
Their submission page shows the type of article they seek and the payment they offer:
- My Story – 800-1000 words of an interesting true story. $250 USD
- Kindness of Strangers – 100-150 words of unexpected kindness, generosity or an account of something that changed your life. Up to $150 USD
- Anecdotes and Jokes – Submit your original jokes, comics, cartoons or anecdotes. Pay is $50-$100 USD.
- Your Deepest Wish – Share your deepest desires and compelling wishes. Don’t hold anything back. Pay is $200 USD.
- Smart Animals – 300 words of a tale about unique pets. Pay is up to $100 USD.
Salvo calls themselves, a magazine of society, sex & society.
In essence, Salvo aims to debunk cultural myths with a Christian worldview.
This is a magazine of the Fellowship of St. James who want to uphold Christian views.
Their submission page details what they want and don’t want. They don’t want overtly religious pieces of content or have scripture. Your article should focus on the secular young adult audience.
They enjoy informative articles with a cheeky attitude.
Articles of 600-2500 words are paid at a rate of $.20/word.
34. Bitch Media
Bitch Media is a publication that aims to encourage a feminist response to mainstream culture.
Bitch Media is an online and print magazine that also has a podcast.
Their content is filled with a strong voice in feminism that doesn’t shy away from confronting contradictory information in life.
Bitch Media explores a variety of feminist topics which include:
- Questioning gender roles
- Art and Culture
Their submission page stresses they seek “discussion-provoking critical essays.” If you pitch to the magazine component, you will be compensated if they approve your pitch.
Payment: $700-$1000 for features, $350 for dispatches, and between $150-$700 for culture stories.
ADDitude is a magazine for parents, health care professionals, teachers and anyone that supports a child with ADD (attention deficit disorder).
Professionals write most of their content, but they do welcome parents, teachers, and others with first-person accounts with children with ADD.
There are two types of freelance jobs you can look into – the print magazine or blog.
The print magazine is paid and it seems like the blog content is not paid.
You can send a query or your entire article via email.
For print magazine submissions, payment is based on the length of your article, the expertise level and quality of your writing.
In general, they pay $.20/word for article submissions.
The Christianity niche is a big niche online. From mom bloggers writing about faith to services, magazines, and publications that share faith-based content, if you want to write in this vein, you can.
Let’s look at 4 religious publications you wan write for.
36. Christianity Today
Christianity Today spreads the love of the gospel as a way to help transform lives and bring hope to everyone.
Their publication receives over 5 million Christian readers a month.
They cover modern Christianity topics and are interested in interviews, reviews, opinion pieces, and unique Christian living.
They are not affiliated with any denomination as their audience is primarily made up of evangelical Christians.
Their submission page is highly detailed on how to pitch to them, what they want for content and how to submit your pitch.
They also say not every accepted pitch is bought (or paid for). They can reject your accepted pitch at any time. While they don’s specify payment, when they pay, they pay up to $.16/word.
37. Religion News Service
Religion News Service is considered one of the largest source of spirituality and religious news.
They hope to inform and inspire their audience to make informed decisions based on their beliefs and convictions.
They mostly cover current events in religious news and also has press releases and a podcast.
They don’t formally have requirements for submissions but do have a form to fill out if you want to submit a story.
They don’t disclose if they pay for articles, but writers have been paid up to $.29/word for a news story.
38. Religion & Politics
Religion & Politics is a publication of the John C. Danforth Center on Religion & Politics at Washington University in St. Lois.
This is an online news magazine focussed on the two topics that hushed in culture – religion and politics!
They strive for better communication around religion and politics and how it shapes our culture.
Differing political and religious views are encouraged and required when writing for them.
Each piece is in-depth, taking into historical and contextual elements and analysis from the writer.
Their submission page is sparse and only mentions to pitch a detailed description of what you want to write about and email it to their editor.
There is no mention of pay, but they do pay up to $.26/word for a 1900 word feature piece.
39. The Christian Science Monitor
The Christian Science Monitor is a news magazine that tries to shred the political spins down to the underlying truth.
Their approach is to bless all men and what people have to say. This magazine is owned by the church and does adoptive the views of the First Church of Christ.
Their submission page states they view new writer’s work on spec and want to see the quality of your writing first before they accept your pitch.
While they don’t pay for your first submission, if they like your work and if you write for them, they will commission you to write and will pay for that article – whether they publish it or not.
And while they don’t tell you their rate, other writer’s have been paid up to $.27/word.
Are you an outdoorsman or woman?
No matter what time of year or what the weather is, if you have a weekend or a few days, you grab your camping supplies and you hit the road.
And if you decide to become a freelance writer, those camping trips will be a regular thing for you and your family!
So, let’s look at camping gigs that pay.
Backpacker is a print and digital publication that covers hiking, gear, skills and more.
Their readers are experienced backpackers or hikers so any topics for this publication should be verified, informational and credible.
To get a feel of what they want from freelancers, go ahead and read a few issues or their blog.
Their submission page states that they are only accepting web articles and for new freelancers, they suggest you pitch your entire article to smaller jobs in their departments/categories:
- Done in a day
They also state that they have themes and will give you the theme when they hire you.
On their submission page, they state that they pay anywhere from $.40/word to $1.00 a word for articles.
41. Bay Nature
Bay Nature isn’t truly a camping topic, but it does explore nature, science, plants of Northern California.
The San Francisco population is their audience and want to use their magazine to help them explore and learn about the natural world.
A lot of their focus is conservationism, preserving biodiversity, and understanding climate change and how it affects Northern Californians.
They do not have a submission page, but they do have a contact page with emails for general queries.
I do know that they do pay for articles – up to $.80/word for a 2500 feature.
More Freelance Jobs for Writers
This list will continue to grow.
I found that this will be a huge comprehensive list that takes weeks to research and write.
So, I felt instead of not publishing it as half did and letting it sit on my computer for months until I continue to write about more freelance jobs, I thought I’d publish as is and add when needed.
In the future to add more creative freelance job niches.
Over to you –
Are you excited about the potential of monetizing your hobbies?