21 Ways You Can Make Money Online with Creative Writing

Do you find yourself with some free time, a polished vocabulary and an interest in making money online?

In this article, I am going to share with you 21 ways you can make money online with creative writing.

These methods will fall under 5 categories, which are:

  • Freelance writing for online magazines
  • Publishing short stories
  • Winning writing contests
  • Finding jobs on job boards – and even some;
  • Crowdfunding and donation work.

The aim here is to find something for everyone, so I am sure there will be something that will pique your interest and get you earning money with your creative writing.

Let’s get started.

How To Make Money Online With Creative Writing

1. Freelance Writing for Online Magazines

The Sun 

The Sun (thesunmagazine.org) is an independent, reader-supported (ad-free) magazine and pays their writers:

  • $100 to $250 per piece of poetry
  • $300 to $2000 for pieces of fiction or personal essays

Boulevard Magazine

Boulevard Magazine (.org) accepts fiction, non-fiction and poetry submissions. There is a $3 fee to submit online but no fee to submit by post.

They pay:

  • $100 to $300 for prose (maximum 8,000 words)
  • $25 to $250 for poetry (maximum 200 words

Analog

Analog is keen on developing new talent and for First English Language serial rights they pay:

  • 8-10 cents per word – short fiction (up to approximately 20,000 words)
  • 6 cents per word – serials (40,000-80,000 words)
  • 9 cents per word – fact articles
  • $1 per line for poetry

Poetry Foundation

Poetry Foundation (poetryfoundation.org) publishes magazines and pays writers:

  • $10 per line (with a minimum payment of $300)
  • $150 per page of prose (for first serial rights)

All rights revert to the author upon publication. Authors get two free copies of the issue in which their work appears. All pieces must be submitted online.

2. Publishing Short Stories

Chicken Soup for the Soul

Chicken Soup for the Soul only publishes true stories of events that happened to you or someone close to you.

Stories must be 1,200 words or less and touch people in some way, get them to feel something.

They pay $200 per story published in their books and will accept a poem instead of a story as long as it tells a story.

Agni

Agni accepts submissions of short stories and poetry between 1st September and 31st May and pay for first worldwide serial rights for either online or print publication.

Agni pays a maximum of $150 according to these rates:

  • $10 per printed page for published prose
  • $20 per page for published poetry

They look for writing that hasn’t become habit forming yet, fresh, original pieces.

Carve

Carve https://www.carvezine.com/submit publishes short stories in their print and digital publications.

Carve pays:

  • $100 for Fiction (max 10,000 words)
  • $25 for Poetry (max 2,500 words)

They are looking for emotional jeopardy, soul and honesty.

Clarkesworld Magazine

Clarkesworld Magazine is an Award-winning Science Fiction and Fantasy Magazine publishing short stories, interviews, and articles.

Clarkesworld pays:

  • 10 cents per word via Paypal, Cheque or Wire Transfer.

Fiction Guidelines:

  • 1,000 – 22,000 words
  • Short paragraphs
  • Suitable for audio

Non-Fiction Guidelines:

  • Maximum 2,500 words
  • Articles of interest to science-fiction writers

Wattpad

You can apply to the Wattpad Paid Stories program here https://www.wattpad.com/paidstories/writers-eng/

We could not find how much Wattpad pays per word or per story but writers appear to be earning $1000 to $2000 a month with Wattpad.

3. Winning Contests

21 ways you can make money with creative writing

Crazy Horse

Crazy Horse is an online platform that pays writers for Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry or Poetry translation.

They also hold Contests each year in January and July.

You can submit short stories, essays or poems to Crazyhorse Prizes from 1st to 31st January and the first prize is $2000.

Or you can submit 1 to 3 short stories to Crazyhorse Shorts from 1st to 31st July and the first prize is $1000.

Boulevard Magazine 

BM also holds contests.

  • Short Story Fiction – 1st prize is $1500
  • Poetry – prize is $1000
  • Non-Fiction – prize is $1000
  • Analog Science Fiction and Fact magazine https://www.analogsf.com/contact-us/writers-guidelines/ caters to Science Fiction writers.

Blue Mountain Cards

Blue Mountain’s annual contest deadline is 31st December 2019. http://www.sps.com/poetry/index.html

Although they accept both rhyme and non-rhyming poetry, their preference is non-rhyming poetry that’s fresh, unique and feeling-based.

Poetry Contest Winners can win:

  • 1st Prize: $350
  • 2nd Prize: $200
  • 3rd Prize: $100

Rattle

Rattle (rattle.com) pays $50 for every poem they publish and they also have an annual Rattle Poetry Prize which offers;

  • $10,000 for the winning poem
  • $200 each to another 10 finalists
  • Subscribers and Entrants vote for the finalists to win the $2000 Readers’ Choice Award

3. Finding Jobs on Job Boards

Contena Pro

A freelance platform where you can find brilliant writing, blogging and content writing gigs in any niche you can imagine.

Pro Blogger 

Pro Blogger teaches you how to make money blogging.

They also have a very active job board for content writers.

Writing Bunny

Writing Bunny offers all kinds of writing jobs once you’ve passed their copy test.

Poets & Writers

Poets and Writers is also a great place to find magazines you can write for and writing contests.

4. Crowdfunding or Donations

Have a passion project you’re working on that’s taking loads of your time but won’t pay you in a long while?

We’ve got you covered. Check out the following options.

Patreon

Patreon is a way to set up ongoing crowdfunding for your writing that doesn’t cost you sent.

Owning a Patreon page is kind of like owning a done-for-you membership site.  It’s an attractive and polite way to ask your followers, fans or patrons to pay you for your work.

Fans a few dollars a month or per post you release. Patreon takes a small commission each time a pledge is made.

Ko-Fi

Ko-Fi is similar to Patreon in that it also allows you to receive money from fans of your content, however they have a free option and paid option, their Gold Membership at $6 a month or $4.50 billed yearly.

With a Ko-Fi, you create a page and you get a Buy-me-a-coffee button (for $3) which you can add it to any page on the net.

Kickstarter

Kickstarter is one of the best-known crowdfunding platforms and it’s a great way to launch your next writing project.

Especially if you’re thinking of writing your first book.   Creating your Kickstarter campaign helps you get clear on your offering.  The only snag is, if you don’t make it to your funding goal, you don’t get to keep any of the pledges from your backers.

Kickstarter charges a fee of 5% and operates in the following countries: USA, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Denmark, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland and Luxembourg.

IndieGoGo

IndieGoGO is very similar to Kickstarter except that you can get all your pledges even if you don’t meet your project goal. Just choose their Flexible Funding option. 

Whichever option you choose, IndieGoGo charges a fee of 5% fee, and 3% plus 30 cents per transaction for processing credit cards.  They operate in over 200 countries. 

Final Words

So there you have it;

21 ways, strategies and methods to make money online with creative writing.

One thing I’d like to add here is that even though you may not consider yourself to be a “great” writer, this does not mean you can not make money with any of the above-listed methods.

What it means is that you need to practice, and yes;

Practice makes perfect

(especially with creative writing).

I don’t consider myself a great writer (I’m not even a native English speaker), however; I have managed to turn a few words into a full-time income online.

I do that, by building websites, writing content to attract visitors and then make money with affiliate marketing.

(Be sure to check that out if you’re interested in having your own business as a content writer)

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