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25 Best Places to Get Published Online

Find out which online publications offer the best deals for new and established writers.

Last year the dot-com world imploded, causing some online venues to suspend publication, accept fewer submissions and decrease pay rates. However, many online publications survived the shift and adjusted their focus.

"People need to realize that the Internet is still in its infancy and experiencing growing pains," says Ken J. Davies, publisher of Millennium Shift e-journal.

"At the peak of dot-com mania, we were receiving up to 150 submissions per week," says Tag Goulet, CEO of Fabjob.com. "People were rushing to the new frontier of publishing thinking they could make a fortune selling their writing online."

Goulet says the number of submissions Fabjob.com now receives is half as many as those received during the dot-com boom. "I think the dot-com crash made people realize that Web sites couldn't throw a lot of money at content that wasn't generating revenue."

Goulet says there will be two types of survivors—publications that "have a steady source of revenue" and those that "are a labor of love for their creators."

Robert Marcom, publisher of Net Author's E2K, agrees. "The Internet will not disappoint those with patience and the vision to perceive that this is a unique medium requiring a fresh, flexible and innovative approach."

This year's listing includes a variety of online publications providing writers with many opportunities to get published. While many of the publications pay well, others do not.

"We know the work we publish is often worth more than the $10 honorarium we can afford to pay, but we justify the amount by the fact that we accept no advertisement and we provide all services free of charge," Marcom says.

We included markets that paid an honorarium, a flat fee or no fee for three reasons:

1. The economy.
With the downturn in the dot-com world, all facets of the economy were impacted, including online publications. Therefore, some publications may not have the resources to pay writers.

2. Opportunities for new writers.
Many writers are looking to get published. For some, a byline is sufficient payment; for others, keeping the rights to their work is important.

Angela Hoy, publisher of WritersWeekly.com, says rights are very important for writers to consider when submitting to online publications. "I don't understand why most dot-coms are so greedy about rights. I think it is grossly unfair to writers when publications buy more rights than they need or than they currently plan to use."

3. Other perks aside from money.
Some writers just want the opportunity to edit their work and get a byline or bio note. Many of the publications listed may not offer money, but are very generous with rights, bylines, kill fees, etc.

Each market listed includes the publication, Web site, submissions e-mail, submission format, contact name, the type of content used and the appropriate word counts, pay rate, time of payment, rights purchased, content usage and guidelines. It is important you visit each publication's Web site before submitting.

Rankings that have more than one publication listed by them indicate a tie, and the sites are then listed in alphabetical order.

To be included in next year's listing, e-mail: wd-50best@fwpubs.com.

Methodology
We surveyed 78 online publications and assigned points to the responses. This year's top place to get published, Fabjob.com, scored 80 points. The point-earning categories and their total possible points are:

Manuscript purchases. 20 points for buying 100 or more manuscripts per year. Time of payment. 12 points for payment upon acceptance, 4 points upon posting. Rights purchased. 12 points for purchasing electronic rights only, and 6 points for first serial rights. Pay rates. 10 points for no less than 50 cents/word. Response time. 7 points for considering submissions in one to four weeks. Previously published content. 7 points for publishing content by previously unpublished authors. Submissions. 5 points for accepting previously published work (print or online) and simultaneous manuscripts and queries. Content usage. 5 points for using content within two weeks, and 3 points within one month. Kill fees. 5 points for offering kill fees of 50 percent or more. Revisions. 5 points for allowing the author to complete revisions. Bylines. 5 points for printing writers' bylines. Bionotes. 2 points for printing biographical information on the writer. Writer's guidelines. 2 points for making guidelines available. Expenses. 2 points for paying the expenses of writers working on assignment. Rejection. 1 point for sending a personal note.

1. Fabjob.com
Web site:www.fabjob.com. E-mail:editor@fabjob.com. Send complete mss (preferred) or query to editor. Accepts columns and departments (200-500 words). Pays $10/article, on acceptance. Buys electronic rights. Content used in 2 weeks. Guidelines available on Web site.
Total points: 80.

2. Millennium Shift e-journal
Web site:www.millenniumshift.com. E-mail:submit@millenniumshift.com. Send complete mss (1,000 words or less) in body of e-mail (no attachments, please) to Ken J. Davies, editor. Accepts features (1,000 words). Pays $15/feature content; $25 monthly award for best piece, on acceptance. Buys nonexclusive electronic rights. Content used in 60 days. Guidelines available at www.millenniumshift.com/kjd1/guide.htm
Total points: 79.

3. WritersWeekly.com
Web site:www.writersweekly.com. E-mail:angela@writersweekly.com. Send query to Angela Hoy, publisher. Accepts features (600 words) and columns and departments (300 words). Pays $50/feature; $30/column or department, on acceptance. Buys nonexclusive electronic rights. Content used in 1 month. Guidelines available at www.writersweekly.com/index-markets.htm
Total points: 77.

4. KineticTravel.net
Web site:www.kinetictravel.net. Accepts features (1,000-1,200 words); columns (600-800 words); and travel essays (500 words). Pays $150/feature; $75/column; and $10/approved travel essay, on posting. Buys nonexclusive rights. Content used in 1 month. Guidelines available on the "contribute" page of Web site.
Total points: 76.

5. Crescent Blues
Web site:www.crescentblues.com. E-mail:crescentblues@hotmail.com or crescentblues@yahoo.com. Send query (with "submission" or "review" in the subject line) to Jean Marie Ward, editor. Accepts reviews of books, movies, etc. (300-500 words); features (1,500 words); interviews (5,000 words); and columns and departments (1,200 words). Pays 1/2 cent/word, on acceptance. Buys first electronic serial rights. Reviews used 1-2 weeks after contract e-mailed; interviews and other features used in 1 month. Guidelines available on Web site.
Total points: 75.5.

5. Women's Enews
Web site:www.womensenews.org. E-mail:storyideas@womensenews.org. Send query with resume and clips to Rita Henley Johnson, editor in chief. Accepts features (750 words for daily content; 900 words for cover stories). Pays minimum $300/article, on acceptance. Buys all rights. Content used in 30 days. Guidelines available by e-mail.
Total points: 75.5.

7. Myria Media
Web site:www.myriamedia.com. E-mail:writers@myria.com. After reviewing submission guidelines at www.myriamedia.com/writers, send query with clips or complete mss (no attachments, please) to Nancy Price and/or Betsy Gartrell-Judd, editors. Accepts features (800-1,000 words); columns and departments (400-800 words); and essays and journals (word count varies). Pays $25-75/feature; $25-45/column or department; and $10/first-person essay and reprints, on acceptance. Buys first-time Internet rights. Content used in 1-3 months. Guidelines available on Web site.
Total points: 75.

8. Travelwise Magazine Online
Web site:www.travel-wise.com. E-mail:foster@ultranet.ca or foster@dccnet.com. Send complete mss, query or query with clips to Vic Foster, editor. Accepts features, and columns and departments (750-850 words). Pays $25/article, on acceptance. Buys first serial rights. Content used in 2 weeks-2 months. Guidelines available by e-mail and on Web site.
Total points: 72.

9. Net Author's E2K
Web site:www.netauthor.org/e2k. E-mail:submissions@netauthor.org. Send query in body of e-mail (no attachments, please) to Tricia Gilbert, managing editor. Accepts short stories, literary and/or writing-related essays and poetry. Pays $10/story, essay or poem, on acceptance. Buys right to publish work online for a particular month. Content used in 1-3 months. Guidelines available by e-mail and on Web site.
Total points: 71.5.

10. Writing for DOLLARS!
Web site:www.writingfordollars.com. E-mail:editor@writingfordollars.com. Send query to Dan Case, editor. Accepts features (500-1,000 words) and book reviews (300 words). Pays $15-30/feature; $10/reprints; and $5 (plus book)/book review, on acceptance. Buys first electronic rights. Content used in 2-6 months. Guidelines available by e-mail and on Web site.
Total points: 71.

11. Writing-World.com
Web site:www.writing-world.com. E-mail:moira@writing-world.com. Send query or complete mss to Moira Allen, editor. Accepts features (1,500 words) and columns (1,000-1,200 words). Pays 5 cents/word/feature; $50/column, on acceptance. Buys 3 months exclusive electronic rights. Content used in 4 months. Guidelines available at www.writing-world.com/admin/guidelines.html.
Total points: 63.

12. GORP.com
Web site:www.gorp.com. E-mail:editorial@gorp.com. Send complete mss. Accepts features (1,500 words), and columns and departments (1,000 words). Pays $100-400/feature; $75-250/column or department, on acceptance. Buys permanent, nonexclusive electronic rights. Content used in 1-3 months. Guidelines available on Web site.
Total points: 61.5.

13. iParenting Media
Web site:www.iparenting.com. E-mail:editors@iparenting.com. Send query that describes topic and experience to Elisa Ast All, editor in chief. Accepts features (1,000 words); columns and departments (800 words); and quizzes (800 words). Payment varies, on acceptance. Buys all rights, with some exceptions. Content used in a couple of months. Guidelines available on Web site.
Total points: 61.

13. Kafenio
Web site:www.kafeniocom. E-mail:essay@kafeniocom.com. Send complete mss to Roberta Beach Jacobson, editor. Accepts first-person essays/columns for the Speakers' Table department (600 words). Pays $100, on acceptance. Buys one-time electronic rights. Content used in 2 months. Guidelines available on Web site.
Total points: 61.

13. Moxie Magazine
Web site:www.moxiemag.com. E-mail:emily@moxiemag.com. Send complete mss (no attachments, please) to Emily Hancock, editor. Accepts features (1,000-2,200 words) and departments (800-1,200 words). Pays $10/feature or department, on posting. Short pieces paid in copy of current print issue. Buys one-time rights. May take a "long time" for content to be used. Guidelines available by e-mail and on Web site.
Total points: 61.

13. Orchard Press Mysteries
Web site:www.orchardpressmysteries.com. E-mail:editor@orchardpressmysteries.net. Send query form on Web site. Accepts short stories (2,000-5,000 words) and short-short stories (2,000 words). Pays $25/short story; $10/short-short story, on acceptance. Buys electronic rights. Content used in 4-8 months. Guidelines available on Web site.
Total points: 61.

13. Peridot Books
Web site:www.peridotbooks.com. E-mail:editor@peridotbooks.com. Send query with clips (nonfiction) or complete mss (fiction) to Ty Drago, editor. Accepts features (2,000 words) and short stories (1,000-5,000 words). Pays one-half cent/word for features and short stories, on acceptance. Buys first electronic or reprint rights. Content used in 4 months. Guidelines available on Web site.
Total points: 61.

18. Inkburns
Web site:www.inkburns.com. E-mail:submit@inkburns.com. Send query with clips (for material more than 5,000 words) or complete mss (less than 5,000 words) in TXT files, RTF files or in body of e-mail to Cynthia Closkey, editor. Accepts features (500-5,000 words) and poetry. Pays $10/feature or Inkburns shirt (writer's choice), on posting. Buys electronic rights. Content used in 6 months. Guidelines available on Web site.
Total points: 58.5.

18. MAMM Magazine
Web site:www.mamm.com. E-mail:letters@mamm.com. Send query with clips or complete mss to Elsie Hsieh, associate editor. Accepts news articles (200-250 words). Pays $75/200-word article; $100/250-word article, on acceptance. Buys no rights. Content used in 1-2 weeks. Guidelines available by e-mail.
Total points: 58.5.

20. Parenting Today's Teen
Web site: www.parentingteens.com. E-mail:editor@parentingteens.com. Send query, query with clips or complete mss to Diana Kathrein, publisher/editor. Accepts features (650-1,000 words); columns and departments (450-750 words); and sidebars/fillers (150-350 words). Pays $10-20/item, on acceptance. Buys first serial and reprint rights. Content used in 1-4 months. Guidelines available at www.parentingteens.com/guidelines.shtml.
Total points: 57.5.

21. NeverWorlds.com
Web site: www.neverworlds.com. E-mail:editor@neverworlds.com. Send complete mss as Word, WordPerfect or RTF attachment to Jonathon M. Sullivan, publisher. Accepts features (3,000-15,000 words) and poetry. Pays $25/feature; $5/poem, on acceptance. Buys electronic rights. Content used in a few months. Guidelines available on Web site.
Total points: 57.

22. Conversely
Web site: www.conversely.com. E-mail:writers@conversely.com. Send complete mss to Alejandro Gutierrez, editor. Accepts features (750-2,000 words). Pays $50-150/ feature, on posting. Buys 90-day exclusive electronic rights. Content used in 1-3 months. Guidelines available at www.conversely.com/write.htm.
Total points: 55.5.

23. The Cafe Irreal
Web site:www.cafeirreal.com. E-mail:editors@cafeirreal.com. Send complete mss in body of e-mail (no attachments, please) to G.S. Evans or Alice Whittenburg, co-editors. Accepts fiction (2,000 words). Pays 1 cent/word, on acceptance. Buys one-time electronic rights. Content used in 6 months. Guidelines available on Web site.
Total points: 55.

24. Rainy Day Corner Publishing
Web site:www.rainydaycorner.com. E-mail:linda@rainydaycorner.com. Send query or complete mss to Linda S. Dupie, owner/editor. Accepts features (750-1,000 words), and columns and departments (750-1,000 words). Pays $10/feature, column or department; $5/reprint, on posting. Buys electronic and archival rights. Content used in 3 months. Guidelines available by e-mail and on Web site.
Total points: 53.5.

24. Recursive Angel
Web site:www.RecursiveAngel.com. Send complete mss for fiction to David Sutherland, managing editor, e-mail: dsutherland@calldei.com; for poetry to Gene Doty, poetry editor, e-mail: gdoty@umr.com; or Paul Kloppenborg, poetry editor, e-mail: paul.kloppenborg@rmit.edu.au. Accepts short stories (1,500 words) and poetry. Pays $15/short story; $10/poem, on posting. Buys electronic rights. Content used in 6-8 weeks. Guidelines available on Web site.
Total points: 53.5.

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