Christian freelance writing online jobs: 19 websites that pay for submissions

This post contains information for old and new writers who are talented, confident and interested in getting paid for writing about GOD or topics on the Christian faith. As at the time of publishing this post, and probably far beyond, many websites listed further down this article have been accepting articles/content submissions from writers. Please note that there are several others you could come across if you search Google, or other search engines.

Many Christian-based websites and online magazines have been publishing original content produced by Christian writers from all over the world. The websites listed in this article can’t be found on job boards because they don’t advertise on job boards.

You could likely get better responses from editors (of websites) if you pitch them with ideas, or submit original or reprint (previously published) content, instead of applying on job boards. Why? Because there is lesser competition for talented writers who pitch websites. However, one must be talented in order to succeed with their pitches.

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Christian freelance writing jobs are more difficult to secure on job boards because job boards are too open, widely available, and have very stiff competition. The adverts of the websites and online magazines written in this article are less likely to be seen on job boards.

Note that many of these websites agree to pay for previously published quality articles as “reprint”. Payment information, which has been listed beside each website, should be considered before and during pitching. Some payments are fixed, while others are flexible.

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This article has been published with the aim of providing information about freelance writing job opportunities to interested Christian writers. Although there are so many websites that pay, you will find 19 websites in this post which I recommend because of the responses I’ve received from a number of them.

Please note that the information in this post is correct as at the time of publishing; however, this is not guaranteed to always remain the same. The online publishing world changes a lot, and websites can change their payments, submission guidelines, etc.

Therefore, take the information in this post as a starting point to connect yourself with websites that could actually like to keep you as a writer on a permanent basis if they fall in love with your writing.

We’ll start by stating brief details about five websites that provide freelance Christian writers job opportunities online. Next, we’ll give direct links to the remaining 14 websites which interested freelance writers can visit and view details of writers’ guidelines.

(1) Bible Advocate

This is one of many websites that provide freelance Christian writing job opportunities online. They request that submitted content should be able to help Christians understand and obey God’s word.

Details

  • Subjects of interest: biblical topics and doctrine, current religious and cultural issues, Christian living, and inspiring personal testimony. Other editorial features include poetry, church news, and mission activity.
  • Number of words: Feature articles, personal experiences: 1,000―1,500 words; Short articles: 500―1,000 words; Fillers: 100―400+ words; Poetry: 5―20 lines (traditional, free verse, blank verse).

Payment

  • As per publication, Bible Advocate pays an honorarium of $25 per published page, and up to $65. It pays $20 for poetry and fillers.

See details of writers’ guidelines here: https://baonline.org/resources/Writers_Guidelines.pdf

(2) Christian Courier

If you would like to write for this website, first email either the Editor or the Features Editor whose addresses can be seen on the “Write for Us” page.

Details

  • Subjects of interest: creative critical Christian journalism, and networking with Christians who are culturally savvy in faith.
  • Number of words: no limit.

Payment

  • They encourage payment by direct deposit. Payments for all news, features and other written content are made at a flat rate regardless of length: Editorials: $50; Columns: $50; Reviews: $30 (Short), and $70 (Long); Features, news stories: $70; Original art & poetry: $45

For more details, see writers’ guidelines here: http://www.christiancourier.ca/about/category/write-for-us

(3) Church Health Reader

Church Health Reader accepts electronic submissions from freelance Christian writers and recommends that queries and proposals be sent rather than completed submissions. Queries can be made in addition with web links or samples of prvious writings.

Details

  • Subjects of interest: inspirational and innovative resources drawn from knowledgeable sources; practical ways to create happier/healthier communities; research and reflections on health and healing for lay leaders and the clergy.
  • Number of words: Not stated. (You may query them.)

Payment

  • Suggested payment amounts for different writing categories: Feature: $200; Article: $150; Reflection: $75; Recommendation: $40; Research: $250.

See details of writers’ guidelines here: http://chreader.org/submissions/

(4) Clubhouse Magazine

This magazine accepts typed, double-spaced manuscripts with author’s name, address, phone number, email address and an approximate word count appearing on the first page of the manuscript or in the cover letter, as well as the genre of the story. They only accept completed manuscripts, but no query letters.

Details

  • Subjects of interest: content that inspires, entertains and teaches Christian values to children aged between 8 and 12 years; fiction stories built on the foundation of Christian beliefs; creative stories about characters whose ages are within same age (8 and 12) bracket as audience.
  • Number of words: Stories with multicultural/ethnic settings: 1,800 words; Fantasy/science-fiction stories: 1,800 words; Historical fiction featuring great Christians: 900–1,800 words, depending on story; Your own adventure stories: 1,800–2,000 words; Humor with a point: 500 words.

Payment

  • Generally, payment is between 15 and 25 cents (or $0.15 and $0.25) per word, depending on the amount of editing required. Feature-length fiction stories are usually bought for $200 and above. Non-fiction pieces are purchased for $150 and above.

For more details, see writers’ guidelines here: https://www.clubhousemagazine.com/submission-guidelines

(5) Creation Illustrated

They accept submissions that are “illustrated” with quality nature photography provided by freelancers. Articles should inspire the reader to be in awe of God the creator and help generate a humble, worshipful spirit that glorifies God.  Stories or content should be uplifting and positive rather than confrontational and argumentative.

Details

  • Subjects of interest: stories with spiritually-uplifting lessons backed by scripture; information about scientific data with references and any quotations that must be verbatim and attributed to source; original and well-substantiated content that can provide encouraging insight about the power of God the creator; Godly character qualities supported by scripture and illustrated in nature.
  • Number of words varies: approximately 1,500 words; approximately 1,000 words; approximately 700–1,000 words

Payment

  • $100 per 1,500 words article; $75 per 1,000 words; $75 per 700–1,000 words

See details of writers’ guidelines here: https://www.creationillustrated.com/writer–photographer-guidelines

(6) Devozine: The Upper Room

Payment

  • $25 for weekday meditations 150–250 words long, and $10–15 if submission is used as part of a group, or reflection for another meditation; $100 for an article 500–600 words.

For more details, see writers’ guidelines here: https://devozine.upperroom.org/write-for-us/writers-guidelines/

(7) Elders’ Digest

Payment

  • Up to $75 for unpublished articles, and $25 for a 1-page article. (Check website for stated amount of words.)

For more details, see writers’ guidelines here: https://www.eldersdigest.org/writing-guidelines

(8) Evangelical Free Church of America

Payment

  • Flat-fee rates apply, starting at $63 for a 250-word article—including limited subsidiary rights—for articles running between 250 and 1,500 words. Reprint payments vary.

See details of writers’ guidelines here: https://www.efca.org/resources/document/writing-guidelines

(9) “Focus on the Family” Magazine

Payment

  • Payment begins at 25 cents (or $0.25) per word. (Check website for the stated amount of words.)

For more details, see writers’ guidelines here: http://media.focusonthefamily.com/fotf/pdf/magazine/fotf-mag-writers-guidelines.pdf

(10) Guide Magazine

Payment

  • Payment is 7–10 cents ($0.07 and $0.10) per word upon acceptance for first serial rights. They accept submissions for reprints, but payment is less. Their standard feature-length stories are 1000–1200 words, but they also accept shorter pieces of 450 words and above.

See details of writers’ guidelines here: http://guidemagazine.org/writersguidelines

(11) Narramore Christian Foundation

Payment

  • $200 for articles between 1,200 and 1,700 words; $125 for articles less than 1,200 words. For previously published articles, they pay $75 per article, except when the previous publisher has a standard fee and requires direct payment.

For more details, see writers’ guidelines here: https://ncfliving.org/psychology-for-living-literature/writers-guidelines.html

(12) Now What? (Bible Advocate Press)

Payment

  • They pay an honorarium of $25 – $65, depending on the length of the edited version.

See details of writers’ guidelines here: https://nowwhat.cog7.org/send_us_your_story/

(13) Prayer Connect                                     

Payment

  • Payment will vary based on type of article. Typically, a non-themed article will be ten cents ($0.10) per word. Feature articles, 1,500 to 2,000 words, are normally assigned to writers with expertise related to the theme of the issue.

For more details, see writers’ guidelines here: https://www.prayerleader.com/about-us/write-for-us/

(14) Prism Magazine

They accept unsolicited submissions for several sections of their blog/website. Although query letters could pique their interest and convince them to work with a writer new to them, they prefer to read an entire manuscript than queries.

Details

  • Subjects of interest: social justice features, Christianity and its relationship with contemporary culture, holistic ministry profiles, and spiritual challenges.
  • Number of words: between 800 and 1000.

Payment

  • Payment is approximately $50 for up to 800 words.

See details of writers’ guidelines here: http://prism.wpengine.com/writers-guidelines/

(15) Regular Baptist Press

Payment

  • Payment for submitted manuscripts varies according to the assignment, rights purchased, and quality of manuscript. Generally, they purchase first rights for $120, but pay a premium for items that require minimal editing. They look for articles between 1,100 and 1,200 words long, and consider shorter articles between 700 and 1,000 words.

For more details, see writers’ guidelines here: https://regularbaptistpress.org/employment/write-for-rbp/

(16) Sojourners Magazine

Payment

  • They pay for reported pieces, and for strongly researched analysis pieces. They pay $50 per poem upon publication. Their feature articles are typically 1,800-2,000 words. However, they do not publish material that has been previously published, including on blogs and online publications.

See details of writers’ guidelines here: https://sojo.net/about-us/what-we-cover/write-us

(17) The Kids’ Ark

Payment

  • Payment of $100 upon publication for unpublished content, including rights to reprint at a later date. Payment of $25 for reprints after publication. They want stories no longer 650 words and written for 6–10 year olds.

For more details, see writers’ guidelines here: https://www.thekidsark.com/guidelines.htm

(18) Today’s Christian Living

Payment

  • Payment is generally based on approximate word count after editing: $25 for words less than 650 words; $75 for 650–800 words; $100 for 801–1,199 words; $150 for 1,200–1,800 words.

See details of writers’ guidelines here: http://todayschristianliving.org/writers-guidelines/

(19) War Cry (The Salvation Army)

Payment

  • Payment of $0.35 per word for previously unpublished content, and $0.15 per word for reprints. Articles should be between 800 and 1,250 words, while brief news items/sidebar pieces should be between 100 and 400 words.

For more details, see writers’ guidelines here: http://www.thewarcry.org/submission-guidelines/

In case you don’t know much about freelance writing, the types of freelance writing, benefits of freelance writing, and how to pitch editors and become a regular paid writer, then click the link below and read an article that can give you detailed insight: https://motivation-environment.com/2019/03/04/freelance-writing-types-and-benefits-how-to-pitch-editors-and-get-writing-jobs/

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Author: Ihagh G. T.

A former university lecturer who has a master's degree and writes on motivation and the environment, as they relate to the challenges and environmental issues that humanity has been facing.

48 thoughts on “Christian freelance writing online jobs: 19 websites that pay for submissions”

  1. i had to stop by your blog after the recent like you gave mine, and i am impressed so i gave you a follow. thank you for the well-researched and good stuff you are putting together here, and for the interfaith outreach. we need more work like this in the world!

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    1. Every day on wordpress.com, it’s no longer a surprise to have a feeling for blogs new to us like yours, but which are still appealing, educative, adventurous, entertaining, etc.

      Thanks for visiting, reading and commenting… I deeply appreciate your positive remark about my site… and it’s true, people need work like this, especially in situations where the conventional one has failed

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    1. No, you have to pitch editors like I explained in a post you can view through this link:
      https://motivation-environment.com/2019/03/04/freelance-writing-types-and-benefits-how-to-pitch-editors-and-get-writing-jobs/

      or, with regard to this post, you can write an article, depending on the type of content required by any of the websites in this post you might be interested in. Note that you have to read some of the articles published by any website you pick up interest in, so that you can understand the type of content they would like, before you go ahead to pitch an editor.

      or, you can subscribe to freelance writing opportunities on these platforms:

      http://www.glassdoor.com

      http://www.indeed.com

      http://www.problogger.com , or

      https://problogger.com/jobs/

      if you subscribe, you will get regular updates of new freelance writing and editing opportunities straight into your email inbox

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            1. There is no time alloted for writing any topic. You can write whenever you like. But I advise that you write a minimum of “say” 5 articles per month. I believe you can write 5 articles within 1, 2 or even 3 days; within a month provides a lot of space for you to do other things.

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                1. The topic isn’t fixed by them… they have different topics which you can choose to write on: news, opinion, sports, politics and other topics. You may like opinion because it allows you to write on almost anything.

                  Please go to the internet, browse and read about them so that you will have a broader understanding of their expectations. Just go to Google and make a search for Blasting News.

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      1. You are certainly welcome! The pleasure was all mine! Thanks so very much for your encouraging comments. It has been a blessing interacting . Yes. you definitely learn lots of new things.
        Yonnie💜
        InHisCare 🙏

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  2. Wow, this is super helpful. Thank you so much for this extensive research and information on where a Christian writer can actually make some money. Your tips are super helpful and appreciated. God Bless you my brother in Christ.

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    1. Amen…words wont be enough for me to express how much I appreciate your positive and encouraging remark/comment about the post… thanks so much for taking time to visit and read 😄

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  3. Greetings, I honor the Christ in you. I came across your site today and it’s been very helpful. I’m a Christian blogger and would love to do freelance writing too but it seems, entries are not accepted from people from other continents. I don’t seem to see a place for a non-American writer. Can you please help me understand better how to go about it? Thank you and Shalom!

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    1. greetings to you too…you don’t need to be an American in order to apply for freelance writing jobs…I’m from Nigeria, and have been getting writing jobs in America and elsewhere…what you need is talent…I don’t really know about any writing jobs for non-Americans…for more ideas, please read a post and the comments through the following link:
      https://motivation-environment.com/2019/03/04/freelance-writing-types-and-benefits-how-to-pitch-editors-and-get-writing-jobs/

      if you have any questions after reading the post, you can ask… thanks

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