Entering approximately 20 contests a year averages out to about
$1,000 a year. The math I’ll save for my next post. Yes, it’s tax deductible and all part of doing business as a writer. But for every dollar going out it’s nice to have one or two coming in. It seems only poetic that I pay for my habit by well, writing.
- Freelance blogging: Blogging pays from 6 to 10 dollars and many gigs are by the week or month. Turn what you know into a paying job. My favorite place for all things freelance? Freelance Writing Jobs
- Confession Mags: Don’t scoff. And you didn’t think those stories were true did you? True Romance, True Confessions, True Love. Now owned by Dorchester Media. They have been around since 1922. They buy all rights and pay a month after publication. Stories have the first person appeal of a neighbor chatting over coffee and –confessing. Payments vary and they buy all rights. Essays and columns pay 50-65 dollars. Details can be found in each magazine or check a copy of Writer's Market.
- Women’s World Magazine: The weekly magazine features a romantic short story each week. This magazine pays $1000 upon acceptance for 1,1000 words. The Fiction Editor is Johnene Granger. The style is intimate and sweet, as the audience is a homemaker or working mother. Read several issues to familiarize yourself with what they are buying. Author Kate Willoughby has a great blog that critiques and makes suggestion for WW Wannabes each week. CAUTION: there is some adult content on this site.
I’d love to hear your suggestions for supporting the contest habit.