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See what Esquire, Harper’s, and other longstanding publications paid writers in 1938

In the last years of the Great Depression, The New Yorker and Vogue paid "good" rates, Sunset paid "moderate," and The Atlantic just paid "according to value of material"...whatever that means.

See what Esquire, Harper's, and other longstanding publications paid writers in 1938
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Independent Woman 

“Authoritative articles on emerging economic, political, and social problems; women’s achievements, new opportunities for women, practical articles on business advancement, etc. Length, 1500 to 2100 words. Articles should have the feminist approach, but it must be the ‘new feminism.’ Does not use articles on culinary or household problems. Payment: $10.00 to $35 per article.”


Kansas City Star

“‘Good humorous material is always sought, but it must not be too long and we reserve the right to our own opinion of what is ‘good.’ Occasionally uses humorous verse if it has timely interest. Pays $10.00 per column, after publication.”



“‘Bright, sophisticated articles for better educated young women.’ Length, 1200 to 2500 words. Pays 2c a word and up.”


The Nation

“Articles on matters of current interest, 2000 to 2500 words. Short poems. Accepts free verse. Pays 2c a word, on publication; verse, 50c a line; $5.00 a poem, minimum.”


The New Republic

“Political, social, and economic articles, 2000 words. Pays on acceptance; 2c a word maximum.”