If you’re like me you love to write, really, anything. I mean, that’s why I’m up late on a weeknight writing a blog post that maybe five people will read…

But, let me ask you this- Have you ever thought of getting paid to write?

Of course, you have!

I know you.

You want that byline, and more importantly, you want that sweet, sweet cheddar that comes with it.

You know how I know that? Because I am you!

I’ve spent countless hours, late at night, roaming the internet like a digital drifter, firing off query letters, and begging for work.

But you’re in luck because I don’t want you to have to suffer the same fate as me. So I’ve done the work for you.

I’ve compiled a list of dozens of websites that will pay you to write for them!

Before giving away your email to another of those God-forsaken content mills here are five websites that will pay you to write!


Getabstract is looking for writers who can write summaries of popular non-fiction texts. If you’ve got a knack for distilling big chunks of information into bite-size pieces, then you might want to check them out.

Follow the link below to submit an application to their editors. It’ll take about ten days for them to get back to you, but if you’re chosen you can start to accept open assignments as a member of their freelance writers’ pool.




Do you love to read? Were you the one child who also loved writing book reports in middle school? Then BookBrowse might be the place for you.

Their writers review, on average, one book a month and receive a modest payment plus a byline. The best part is that you get to choose the books you’ll review.

Interested? Check out the link here:




Listverse is a site that I’ve written for before. Their rules are simple. Write a list article that focuses on a novel or quirky subject. A title, currently, on their landing page is- “10 Terrifying Facts About Organ Trafficking.”

If you think you’ve got a winning idea, then type it up and send it to them. If they like it they’ll pay you $100!



New York Observer

What is the Observer looking for? I’ll let them tell you:

“Observer offers a sophisticated readership of metropolitan professionals an original take on the latest in news, culture, politics, and luxury, bringing its irreverent sensibility to a national audience.”

Needless to say, I’ve never written anything for this publication. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t. Send them a query!




Paste is a website that publishes on a wide variety of subjects like- TV, Comedy, Music, Comic, Politics, Tech, Books, etc.

That’s a plethora of opportunities for you to write about your passion, and show everyone what a true nerd you are.

Their editors can be reached through the link below.



There you have it. A handful of websites that will pay you to write, and provide some serious clips for your portfolio. I have more, but I’ll leave it here for now.

So, get out there, pitch an article, and kick that freelance career into high gear!

…that was an unintentional rhyme.