Writing for Magazines Aimed at Students
The fact that you're a student writer can work for you. Magazines
and web sites aimed at college students are desperate for writers
who are still "on the scene," so if you've got the talent,
your lack of experience won't hold you back.
How much does it pay?
About $10 to $50 per article. That's not much, but many positions
are recurring, so you could sell an article every week or month.
If you're good, you can negotiate for a raise once you've proven
Where do I find writing gigs?
On any writing job board, or in the classified section of your
school paper. Look for ads that call for student writers, college
writers, or entry-level writers.
You can also find writing jobs by looking in the writers' guidelines
section of any magazine or web site aimed at students. If there
are no guidelines online, email the editor asking for a copy of
their writers' guidelines.
What should I be careful of?
- Magazines that are advertised as startups. New magazines have
a phenomenal failure rate and are likely to take your paycheck
with them when they go.
- Magazines that say, "We can't pay you yet, but when we
make money, you will, too!" Submit to them if you want clips,
but don't expect them to ever turn enough of a profit to pay you.
- "Content writer internships." If the employer wants
someone to turn out large amounts of web content (or to "write
websites") for low (or no) pay, then what you're looking
at is someone who's too much of a cheap bastard to hire a keyword
- A busy site with several sections of classifieds. The paying
sections both have calls for submissions from young writers.
- The Craigslist "writing/editing jobs" and "writing
gigs" sections are your secret weapons. Check them daily,
and range far afield. Big cities get more and better calls
for submissions than small cities.