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Writer's Digest Best Job and Market Websites 2020

Here are the top job and market websites as identified in the 22nd Annual 101 Best Websites from the May/June 2020 issue of Writer's Digest.
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Here are the best job and market websites as identified in the 22nd Annual 101 Best Websites from the May/June 2020 issue of Writer's Digest.

* Denotes the website's first appearance on our list.

1. Freelance Writing Jobs

FreelanceWritingGigs.com

If you want to build your freelance writing business but don’t have a hefty list of clients waiting for you, start here. Freelance Writing Jobs posts all kinds of gigs that will help you get paid for writing, including copywriting, reporting, academia, fiction, and more. Here, you’ll also find a handy Freelance Writing Guide, tips on job hunting, and other resources you’ll need to get started.

2. Funds for Writers

FundsForWriters.com

This is an annual staple on our list, because author C. Hope Clark provides writers with everything they need to get paid for their work: a directory of grants, contests that offer cash prizes, and paid markets for writers; a blog on how to pitch, get writing published, and promote your work; and a newsletter of opportunities for writers that pay $0.10/word and up.

3. Journalism Jobs

JournalismJobs.com

This is the largest resource for finding jobs in journalism and media. Search the job postings by state or by industry for your next career move. The listings include freelance work, full-time jobs, and internships.

4. New Pages

NewPages.com

Treat New Pages as your digital newsstand to find new literary journals, alternative magazines, and independent publishers to read and submit your work to—titles that you don’t usually find on newsstands. New Pages offers reviews of recently published indie books and journal issues, listings of journals and magazines that want your submissions, classifieds, weekly listings of new and forthcoming titles, plus a guide to indie bookstores around the U.S. and Canada.

5. Pitchwhiz*

Pitchwhiz.com

Pitchwhiz helps all types of editorial freelancers (writers, copy editors, proofreaders, etc.) find jobs and manage their workflow. Writers can organize their article ideas, pitch to editors in the database, showcase their portfolio, keep track of invoices and communication with editors, find pitch requests, announce their story ideas for editors to buy, and more—all in one platform.

6. Submittable*

Discover.Submittable.com

Most writers are familiar with Submittable, having used the service to submit to literary journals and stalk the status of their submission. But many writers don’t know they can discover new publication opportunities every day through Submittable’s home page. View calls for submissions ending soon, or search through open calls by deadline and submission fee. Keep your quest to publication organized by saving opportunities for later or following an organization for updates on new opportunities.

7. Where to Pitch

WhereToPitch.com

Full-time freelance writer Susan Shain got tired of using brainpower to find publications to pitch stories to—so she created a search tool for writers to find outlets that might be a good fit for their pieces. Search for publications by topic, and sign up for her newsletter to get freelancing resources and tips every month. Her Freelance Writing 101 guide is also helpful for writers who want to do it full time.

8. Who Pays Writers?

WhoPaysWriters.com

How much do the publications you want to write for pay writers? Find out by searching this site, where writers can anonymously submit the rates they were paid for their work—and how quickly their payment arrived.  

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