Scratch Magazine publishes smart, useful stories about the intersection of writing and money. Scratch is for writers of all genres and trades—and for anyone who wants to know where the publishing and journalism industries go from here. Each quarterly issue features in-depth interviews, reportage, resources, and personal stories about the work of being a writer. Click here for subscription information.
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 business. In our bare-it-all media culture, frank talk about money 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 content. Yes, we publish advice for writers—but we also go further, investigating the nuances of writers’ relationships to money, work, and publishing.
What is “Who Pays Writers?”
Who Pays Writers, a regular feature of this website, collects and reports information from writers about how much magazines and websites pay. We post these reports pretty much as you submit them. We seek to be informational, not judgmental. Who Pays Writers will always be free to read and browse.
- If you have first-hand information about what an outlet pays, submit a rate. If we post your report, we keep your identity anonymous.
- Click here to review all Who Pays reports.
- Search the rates other writers have reported.
- If you wish to subscribe via RSS to our Who Pays reports, click then copy this link into your RSS reader (e.g., Feedly).
Who Pays Writers was started by Manjula Martin as a Tumblr-based effort in December 2012. It lives here now.
Do you pay writers?
Yes, we pay contributors a share of subscription revenue. We’ll tell everyone how much that is as soon as we know.
Who’s behind this effort?
Scratch comes to you from digital publishing expert Jane Friedman and freelance writer Manjula Martin. We receive a lot of help along the way—just take a look at our Transparency Index for the free preview issue. Our publishing partners are the nice folks at 29th Street 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?