Christian Publications that Pay Freelance Writers
These Christian publications pay for content. Many of these publications have both print and online editions. This list is updated regularly. However, if you find an inactive link, or know of a paying source not on our list, please contact us here.
Some General Guidelines
- Always check the submission guidelines. The name of the publication below is a link to the guidelines for that publication.
- Read the guidelines for each publication carefully. They define the type and length of content they’re seeking and the submission protocols they want writers to follow. Give editors what they want.
- Christian writing is a narrowly defined market. You must read the publications you wish to write for and make sure your article fits their niche. For example, a Methodist writer may be unaware of Catholic sensibilities and vice-versa. Even United Methods have a different perspective than a Free Methodist. Know your audience.
- Avoid sentimentality in your writing. Christian editors see a lot of that and they reject it. Inspirational articles are one thing, sentimental articles are different because they come across as maudlin. Most publications don’t accept poetry for this reason.
It is usually best to query an editor before you write an article. In a query letter or email you want to provide a title and a precise outline of your key points. Provide a brief bio. Keep it short and sweet. The editor will ask for more information if he or she is interested. Don’t forget that your query is a “pitch.” You want to sell your idea to the editor.
Answers in Genesis-USA (AiG) is a non-profit evangelistic and educational ministry. They say, “The purpose of Answers magazine is to illustrate the importance of Genesis in building a creation-based worldview, and to equip readers with practical answers so they can confidently communicate the gospel and biblical authority with accuracy and graciousness.”
Article specifications: AiG does not accept articles unless you contact them first with a query. Send them a one paragraph summary with your credentials and links to your other work.
Payment: AiG has a sliding scale that ranges from $75 for 500 words up to $400 for new articles that exceed 2,000 words.
America is a Catholic (Jesuit) publication that is looking for news and features. They also seek essays and analysis from a Catholic perspective.
Article specifications: They say, “Most but not all of our audience is Catholic. More than two-thirds of them are laypeople, not clergy. Almost all of them have a college degree, and two-thirds have graduate degrees. Most of our audience members, however, are not specialists.” They want writers to avoid ideologically-driven arguments and partisan politics. They emphasize that, “The style, prose and analysis should also demonstrate originality, intelligence and imagination” and “Above all, the submission should say something new.”
Payment: Competitive rates, paid on acceptance.
The publisher says, “As part of Charisma Media, Charisma magazine aims to empower believers for life in the Spirit. To passionate, Spirit-filled Christians, Charisma is the leading charismatic media source that inspires them to radically change their world.” They report that over 5 million readers access Charisma Media content every month.
Article specifications: Charisma caters to Pentecostal Christians. Their overarching theme is, “Life in the Spirit.” They want articles on, “prayer, healing, spiritual warfare, end times, the prophetic and Israel.” They do not accept “essays, editorials, sermons, book reviews, works of fiction or poetry.” They accept articles between 700 and 2,600 words. They prefer a query.
Payment: Competitive rates, paid on acceptance.
The publication says, “Christian Courier is an independent biweekly that seeks to engage creatively in critical Christian journalism, connecting Christians with a network of culturally savvy partners in faith for the purpose of inspiring all to participate in God’s renewing work with his creation.” They are based in Canada.
Article specifications: Christian Courier is a reader friendly publication, like a Christian version of Reader’s Digest. They carry articles on media and culture, politics and current affairs and church life. Read the publication to get an idea of what they seek both in terms of article focus and writing style.
Payment: Flat rates. Writers of editorials, columns and reviews receive $45. News and feature stories are $70.
Publishes articles by and for evangelical Christians. Christianity Today is probably the most widely read evangelical Christian publication. In addition to their flagship magazine, they also publish a variety of other publications aimed at pastors, women, church property managers and they offer college and seminary guides for students.
Article specifications: All submissions require a query. Requirements vary by publication. They seek experienced writers with credentials.
Payment: They pay rather well, but the rate depends on the type and length of article and which publication they use it in.
Devo is a “bimonthly, 64-page magazine for teens written by teens and by adults who love them,” according to The Upper Room, the parent organization. The focus of Devo is teens, ages 14–19.
Article specifications: The guidelines (link above) provides a helpful list of themes for devotions they seek. “Meditations may be expressed as scripture, prose, poetry, prayers, stories, songs, art, and photos”
The fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) seeks sports-related ministry articles from freelance writers. They say, “We feature athletes and coaches of all levels as long as they are involved in FCA.”
Article specifications: 1,000-2,000 words. They offer complete guidelines at the link above.
Payment: Fee depends on type of article. They pay extra for photos related to the article.
They say, “Guideposts publishes true stories about people who have attained a goal, surmounted an obstacle or learned a helpful lesson through their faith. A typical story is a first-person narrative with a spiritual point that the reader can apply to his or her own life. The story may be your own or someone else’s.”
Article specifications: They are interested in stories of about 1,500 words in length. They want true stories that, “Focus on one specific event rather than an entire life story. Bring only as many people in as are needed to tell the story.” They do not publish essays, sermons, fiction or poetry. Read the magazine to see what they like.
Payment: Competitive rates, paid on acceptance. They have a reputation for properly rewarding good writing.
This magazine was started in 2000 by Cameron Stang, the son of the Charisma magazine founder and publisher. It is independent and targets “mainly Christian 20 and 30somethings who are looking for purpose, depth and spiritual truth.” They seek to walk the narrow line between cool, trendy issues and biblical faith.
Article specifications: The magazine has many sections including Op-Ed (national and global issues), God (spiritual disciplines, relationship with God, others and the Church, worship), Life (relationships, career, finance, travel, psychology and ethics/morality) and Culture (fashion, film, TV, arts and music), according to their website.
Payment: Oddly, they do not pay for articles they publish online. They do pay competitive rates for articles published in their print edition.
Touchstone identifies itself as “a Christian journal, conservative in doctrine and eclectic in content, with editors and readers from each of the three great divisions of Christendom—Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox.”
Article specifications: They publish features, opinion, book reviews and what they call, “Communiques.” They strongly advise writers to read their publication to understand their emphasis.
Payment: $125 per published page.
What about ChristianWritingToday.com? Sorry, we do not pay writers at this time. We offer a by-line and a link to either your website or your book sales page. If you would like to write an article for us on that basis, check out menu options and choose a category where your article is likely to fit. Post length should be between 750 and 1,500 words. We edit all articles for length, grammar, content, style and tone. Note that we no longer accept book reviews. Don’t send us your article–contact us here first and tell us briefly about it. Include a 50 word bio and 2-3 links if you have published elsewhere.