The Medium Verticals that Pay Flat Fees and How to Pitch Them

Editors at medium don’t just pay through the partner program; sometimes they accept pitches to go through an editing process and they pay a flat fee. They’re often looking for pitches and the rates are pretty good. I can never remember what each vertical covers since they all have such cute names, so here’s a handy list. Feel free to comment if you know a pay rate or anything and I’ll add it.

Here are the ones on Medium’s editorial group, which pay about $1/word. The others are partner publications.

There are lots of writing online about how to pitch well. Here’s one article about it. Also consider “Who Pays Writers” when looking at how much they pay. Keep in mind they may pay you more or less depending on your experience, their budget, the work that will go into the article, your negotiating skills, or maybe just based on your race or gender. Hopefully not that last one but that’s a reality of journalism.

Had to include an image. You know how it is. Maybe this represents “pitching.” A dentist made this statue and it’s huge.

Let me know if there’s something else I should add, I’ll keep this updated!

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Science journalist based in the SF Bay Area. Loves adventure, the outdoors, bones, and animals. @KristinHugo on Twitter, @RollBones on TikTok.

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Kristin Hugo

Science journalist based in the SF Bay Area. Loves adventure, the outdoors, bones, and animals. @KristinHugo on Twitter, @RollBones on TikTok.