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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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The New Yorker

“Humorous short stories, 400 to 2000 words in length; factual and biographical material up to 2500 words. Also light satirical verse and lyrics, anecdotes, and ideas for humorous drawings. Pays good rates, on acceptance. Address all communications to ‘The Editors.'”


Parents’ Magazine (Now known as Parents Magazine)

“Children’s amusing sayings. Pays $1.00 on publication.”


Popular Mechanics Monthly

“Articles on the latest developments in the field of science, mechanics, and invention with a news or adventure angle; should include ten or more action photographs; 2000 words. Short articles, with or without photographs, stressing the unusual or human interest; up to 250 words. Pays 1c to 10c a word, on acceptance; $3.00 for photographs.”


Sunset Magazine

“Informative material of interest to Westerners. Subjects: gardens, food, building and modernization, travel and out-of-doors. News items and photographs of personalities of the West connected with the fields mentioned. Length, 500 words or less. Pays moderate rates, on publication.”


“Articles on social activities, fashionable women’s interest, unusual travel. Serious and humorous essays on fads and foibles, manners and interests of the day. Pays good rates, on acceptance.”




Honorable mention for the best listing goes to Meat Merchandising: 

“No longer interested in any cover ideas as the magazine has already accepted all it can possibly accept.”