26 Publications on Religion and Spirituality That Pay Freelance Writers

Do you view the world through a spiritual lens? Are you fascinated by the intersection of religion and politics?

Religious and spiritual writing runs a wide gamut from hard news reporting to lifestyle pieces for particular faith-based demographics.

Whether you’re interested in writing specifically on religious topics, looking for Christian writing jobs or simply want an audience who understands where you’re coming from, these 26 publications are a good place to start.

Our list includes websites, literary journals and magazines from a variety of spiritual perspectives. And best of all? They pay their writers.

New to freelancing? Make sure you know the basics about who and how to pitch before you reach out to a publication.

Add these 26 publications, including Christian magazines, to your pitching list

Here are 26 publications on religion and spirituality that pay freelance writers.

1. First Things

Published by the Institute on Religion and Public Life, First Things is a conservative and heady publication which offers predominantly Christian and Jewish perspectives. It accepts opinion pieces, featured articles and book reviews in print and online. 

Pay: According to the submission guidelines, it offers an honorarium for writers, though the amount is not specified.

2. The Forward

The Forward offers political and cultural coverage for topics relevant to the American Jewish community. 

Pay: While The Forward hasn’t confirmed its rates, it states that compensation “will be highly competitive for the right pitch.”

3. America

This is a Jesuit-run publication with a Roman Catholic audience. It publishes reported pieces, personal essays and poetry on politics, faith, arts and culture with a religious or moral angle.

Pay: While the exact rate is unpublished, per Writer’s Market, it pays competitive rates.

4. Tricycle

Tricycle is an impressive quarterly magazine which explores various types of Buddhist ideas. It also pays for quality online content. 

Pay: Tricycle told The Write Life that its rates on Writers Weekly ($350 for columns, $0.30/word for features, and $400 for reviews) are “generally accurate, though payment varies somewhat depending on a range of factors.”

5. Guideposts

Guideposts is most known for its inspirational personal stories of how individuals “overcame obstacles, rose above failures, handled sorrow, gained new spiritual insight, and became more effective people through faith in God.” The monthly magazine also offers lifestyle posts, on anything from recipes to parenting tips.

Pay: While Guideposts hasn’t confirmed how much it pays, it does say on its website that it pays for “full-length stories” (which it defines as 1,500 words).

6. Relevant Magazine

A bimonthly lifestyle magazine for Christians in their 20s and 30s. Relevant calls itself progressive, but it’s still theologically conservative and targets an evangelical audience. 

Pay: While Relevant does not pay for web articles, it does for pieces in the print magazine.

7. U.S. Catholic

U.S. Catholic is a monthly magazine for an American Catholic audience which focuses on social justice and pop culture. 

Pay: The publication offers “financial compensation for both commissioned and on spec content.” 

8. The War Cry

Published by the Salvation Army, The War Cry provides inspirational posts that fit within the mission of the nonprofit. 

Pay: The War Cry pays 35 cents per word for new articles and 15 cents for reprints.

9. Woman Alive

Woman Alive is a UK-based Christian lifestyle magazine for women.

Pay: Its contributor guidelines lists current standard rates start at £70 (approximately $86) for a one-page article (750-900 words), £95 ($117) for two pages (1200-1300 words) and £125 ($154) for three-page articles (1500-1600 words). 

10. Spirituality and Health Magazine

This bimonthly multi-faith print magazine goes out of its way to avoid being “new age-y” and offers intelligent pieces on a variety of topics at the intersection of spirituality and health. 

Pay: Compensation varies from $200 to $500, depending on the word count and type of piece.

11. Tablet Magazine

Tablet is a daily online magazine of Jewish news, ideas and culture. It does not accept unsolicited freelance opinion pieces. 

Pay: Pay varies.

12. Sojourners

This ecumenical magazine covers the intersections of politics, faith and culture. 

Pay: It pays “for reported pieces, based on depth of reporting, and for strongly researched analysis pieces.”  

13. Religion Dispatches

Religion Dispatches offers current events and timely coverage of religion in American culture and politics. It specifically challenges “an ultra-conservative fringe that invites free discussion of religious ideas once they’ve hit the public square.” 

Pay: Pay varies.

14. Geez Magazine

A quarterly magazine with the tagline “contemplative cultural resistance,” Geez Magazine centers around social-justice issues and is usually theme-based. Geez is Christian-leaning, but not strictly so. 

Pay: Writers are paid a “modest honorarium.”

15. For Her

For Her is a lifestyle site for Christian women. 

Pay: An editor told The Write Life that while the magazine does pay all contributors, it pays depending on factors including “what degrees they hold, whether they’re specialists on the matter or not, if they provide their own photos or not, and so forth.”

16. Christianity Today

An evangelical magazine published 10 times per year with robust online content, Christianity Today is probably the mostly widely read evangelical Christian publication. 

Pay: Who Pays Writers has reports of writers being paid between two and 17 cents per word.

17. Religion & Politics

Run by the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis, this website offers political opinions from multiple faith traditions.

Pay: One writer reports earning 26 cents per word.

18. Horizons

A magazine for Presbyterian women, Horizons seeks interviews, feature articles and Bible study resources. 

Pay: Payment varies.

19. One

One is a bimonthly magazine for a Catholic audience with interest in the Near East, particularly its modern religious, cultural and political aspects. 

Pay: Pays varies.

20. Prairie Messenger

This weekly Catholic publication is published by the Benedictine Monks of St. Peter’s Abbey in Saskatchewan, Canada. It has a strong focus on ecumenism, social justice, interfaith relations, aboriginal issues, arts, and culture. 

Pay: Pays $70 per article or $30 per poem.

21. St. Anthony Messenger

St. Anthony Messenger is a monthly Catholic family magazine which aims to help its readers lead more fully human and Christian lives. It pays for opinion pieces, feature articles, fiction and poetry. 

Pay: Pays 20 cents per word or $2 per line for poetry.

22. Point Magazine

Point is the official magazine of Converge, the Baptist General Conference. It is published four times a year covering conference and denominational news. 

Pay: Pay varies.

23. Purpose

This monthly publication is published by Mennomedia, the publisher for the Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA. Per its writer guidelines, the publication is looking for true stories and poetry that match its monthly themes. 

Pay: Pays $30 to $50 per article and $10 to $20 for poetry, according to its guidelines.

24. Living Church

This bi-weekly print magazine covers “Anglican Communion news, cultural analysis, and teaching.” 

Pay: Living Church told TWL that it does pay its writers, though “rates vary with length and experience.”

25. Light and Life Magazine

Light and Life is a monthly theme-based publication from the Free Methodist Church–USA. 

Pay: According to Light and Life Magazine’s writer guidelines, whilte rates “differ depending on the article,” it pays $100 for a feature and $50 for “action and discipleship articles.” It “may not” offer compensation for other kinds of articles. 

26. Busted Halo

Busted Halo is a Catholic-based publication that aims to “help people understand the Catholic faith, put it into practice in their everyday lives and share it with others.” Pitches are preferred, but they do accept unpublished submissions.

Pay: Busted Halo told The Write Life that it pays $75 per article at typically 500-600 words per article.

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