Scratch is a digital magazine about the relationship between writing, money, and life. In each quarterly issue, you’ll find in-depth interviews, reportage, resources, and personal stories. Scratch is for writers of all genres and trades, and for anyone interested in where the written word goes from here.

At Scratch, we believe in transparency. We aren’t interested in bitterness or entitlement; we prefer pragmatism, curiosity, and empathy. It’s also helpful to have a sense of humor about this stuff.

Scratch Magazine is published quarterly. Subscriptions cost $20 for one year (four issues) or $6 for one issue. Subscribers may use their login ID to access issues on this website and through our iOS app. The app is a free download that includes one free issue.

In the Scratch community pages, you can read free articles, resources, and news on our blog or browse Who Pays Writers, an open, crowd-sourced database of freelance writing pay rates.

But isn't there enough writing advice out there?

Yes, there is a lot. But very few people or publications speak openly about the economic realities of this trade. Even in our bare-it-all media culture, frank talk about money and creative work remains taboo. Writers often lack the context or insight to understand our own industry, even as that industry undergoes massive structural and economic changes. Scratch is here to provide a home for open and sustained discussion of these experiences through high-quality journalism. Yes, we have advice for writers—but we also go further, investigating the ways in which art and commerce intersect in work, life, and publishing.

Let’s face it. Nobody really knows how all this stuff works. Scratch doesn’t claim to have all the answers, but we do know the future of media is intelligent, flexible, and unapologetically transparent. And it’s in all our hands. Care to join us?


Publisher: Jane Friedman

Editor: Manjula Martin

All articles and images © their respective authors; everything else © Scratch Magazine LLC.

Published by 29th Street Publishing: David Jacobs, Alaina Browne, Nozlee Samadzadeh, Duncan Regan, Greg Knauss, Nora Bearman, Michelle Kamerath


Get in touch: editors@scratchmag.net