Report: $2 a word ($2400) for a 1200-word personal essay in print. Editor came to me with assignment.


Report: $1 a word for a 500- to 1000-word personal essay online, 2014. Little to no reporting; pre-existing relationship with editor. The publication bought all rights, or it was a work for hire.

The Hairpin

Report: $300 for a 1000- to 2000-word criticism piece online, 2014. Medium reporting. Contract: First rights, then rights revert to author. “I’ve written for the Hairpin on multiple occasions but this was my first piece with the new editor. First time I was paid.”


Report: $200 for a 500- to 1000-word reported piece online.


Report: $50 for a 1,000-word essay online, 2014. “[It’s been four months and] I haven’t been paid yet.” (Entry submitted Dec 2014)

The Sun

Report: $1,000 for a 4,000- to 6,000-word personal essay in print, 2014. Submisson. First rights, with rights reverting to author.

Comment: “This was my second piece with The Sun. Same rate (1k). VERY professional. Extensive editing, but can be flexible on some things. I love working with them.”

SB Nation Longform

$2,000 for a 6,000-word feature profile online, 2014. Payment within two weeks. Heavy reporting. Pre-existing relationship with editor or publication. Comment: “You’ll work very hard for your money at SB Nation Longform. (I’d estimate I put in about 250 hours for this story.) But the check will come on time, and you’ll have one of the most fulfilling experiences of your career, from a creative standpoint.”


Report: $200 for a 1,000-2,000 word personal essay on this birth control and parenting blog. Cold pitch. No contract; verbal or “handshake” agreement. Payment within 30 days.

Report: 500 for a 500- to 1000-word news piece online, 2014. Medium reporting. Payment within 45 days. The publication bought all rights or it was a work for hire.

Washington Post (She the People blog)

Report: $100 for a 500- to 1,000-word news item online in the Washington Posts’s “forum for women writing about the news and politics,” 2014.