The race for the White House is dominating news media around the world. It is a big political battle, unlike anything we’ve seen for quite a while.
Are you excited by the upcoming election, or is your interest more of a morbid fascination? Maybe you can’t help but wonder if you’re witnessing the events leading up to a major train wreck. Whatever your political views, why not write about it? The power of words can make a difference!
I have compiled here a list of writing markets that pay for political news, commentary and of course, the accompanying humor and satire. Click on any of the titles to view the publication’s writer guidelines.
1. The Progressive, USA
A monthly magazine of investigative reporting, political commentary, cultural coverage, activism, interviews, poetry, and humor. “We stand against militarism, the concentration of power in corporate hands, and the disenfranchisement of the citizenry.” Also, publishes pieces on foreign policy as long as there is a strong U.S. angle. According to sources, pay is $500-$1,300 for investigative reporting.
2. Mother Jones, USA
Bimonthly magazine, particularly interested in national politics, environmental issues, corporate wrongdoing, human rights, and political influence in all spheres. No local issues unless they have national interest or implications. Also, nothing that has already been covered extensively in the major national media. According to sources, pay is around $1 per word.
3. The Washington Monthly, USA
A bimonthly DC-based publication covering politics, government, culture and the media. Pays $0.10 per word.
4. Boston Review, USA
Bimonthly magazine of cultural and political analysis, reviews, fiction, and poetry. Pay varies.
5. Foreign Policy, USA
The magazine of global politics, thinking, and ideas. Readers are well-informed, intelligent individuals from all parts of the globe. Pay not specified.
6. Harper’s Magazine, USA
The oldest general interest monthly in America. In its acclaimed essays, fiction, and reporting, Harper’s continues to explore the issues and ideas in politics, science, and the arts that drive our national conversation. The emphasis is on fine writing and original thought. Paying market.
7. Canadian Dimension, Canada
A political magazine from and for the left, published four times per year. Provides in-depth analysis on important political and social issues around the world. Standing in solidarity with local and global struggles for social justice, it offers a critical perspective on the issues of the day, placing special emphasis on the Canadian scene. Pays up to $100 to working writers.
8. The Nation, USA
A weekly journal of left/liberal opinion, covering national and international affairs as well as the arts. On the domestic front, particularly interested in civil liberties, civil rights, labor, economics, environmental, privacy and policing and feminist issues and politics. Also, publishes poetry.
9. Cognoscenti, USA
Ideas and opinions presented by WBUR, Boston’s NPR® News Station, on their website. They publish opinions, perspectives, and essays from some of New England’s best and brightest thinkers, on politics, culture, sports, law, medicine, innovation, religion, media, parenting and style. Upon request, WBUR pays a one-time $50 honorarium for each published commentary.
10. Reason, USA
A monthly print magazine of “free minds and free markets.” It covers politics, culture, and ideas through a provocative mix of news, analysis, commentary, and reviews. Fees vary. Pays upon publication.
11. This Magazine, Canada
Bimonthly magazine. Integrates writing about culture and politics, in its broadest sense and serves it up with a sharp wit and a keen eye. Subject matter includes politics, culture, the arts, social issues, labour, feminism, and sexuality. International stories must have a strong Canadian angle. Paying market.
12. The Diplomat, Japan
An international current-affairs magazine for the Asia-Pacific region. Covers: Geo-political Trends throughout the Asia-Pacific; Defense and Intelligence; Environment, Human Security and Development; Arts, Social Trends and Popular Culture. Preference given to original reporting and analysis but also considers commentary. “If you seek compensation, please indicate this clearly in your pitch, and whether the article has been published elsewhere. Any payment must be agreed by the editor in advance.”
13. The Funny Times, USA
A publication that pokes fun at politics, news, relationships, food, technology, pets, work, death, environmental issues, business, religion and the human condition in general. Pays $25-$40 per cartoon and $60 for each story.
14. The Atlantic, USA
Monthly magazine publishing insights into the worlds of politics, business, the arts, and culture. A leading source of opinion, commentary, and analysis for America’s most influential individuals who wish to be challenged, informed, and entertained. Considers unsolicited manuscripts of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Pays upon acceptance.
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