Can Writers Earn a Dollar Per Word?

Yes! Despite the changes in the writing industry over the past decade or so, there are magazines still paying a dollar per word for articles. Infact, you’ll occasionally find a few listed on

The best-paying publications tend to be trade or specialist magazines, and they are really paying for the writer’s knowledge and expertise in that particular industry rather than their writing skills. There are, however, some magazines and newspapers that will pay top dollar for well-researched articles, timely news features, or ‘exclusives’.

Also, keep in mind that there are other ways of earning a dollar per word (or more) for your writing! You can effectively increase your writing income by selling the reprint rights of your articles or stories to publications in other countries.