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Writing for free is a trend most writers are used to. Most African publications struggle with funding, so discussions about contributing writers’ financial compensation are usually off the table.
While budding writers may settle for exposure and portfolio building as enough incentive to write for these publications, writers worth their salt will most likely pass.
That said, if you are looking for a list of Africa-focused publications that pay writers in 2020, you may browse the web for hours without finding anything useful.
We have done you a favor. Here’s a list of seven credible, paying publications in Africa.
When many people in the Western world hear “Africa,” they imagine a place where people fight wars, live in huts and are plagued by poverty and disease.
To rewrite this stereotype, Travel Africa Magazine aims to showcase the beautiful landscape, culture, and tourist destinations in Africa. The magazine accepts contributions from writers on many subjects, not just tourism.
Although Travel Africa releases only four issues every year, they occasionally offer writers and photographers the opportunity to feature on their website.
Contributors to the magazine are paid after their work is published based on their agreement with the editors.
This magazine covers women, fashion, parenting, travel, and lifestyle. It inspires, educates, and celebrates African women taking giant strides in different walks of life.
Although NAW Magazine is a woman’s world, it welcomes contributions from male writers who know how to engage its readership. Writers are advised to send in pitches, which are vetted by in-house editors to ensure they appeal to the NAW audience.
If your pitch is accepted, you will be contacted to submit previously published writing samples.
NAW Magazine currently pays $100 for every 1000 words published. NAW Magazine also pays contributors $20 to $30 for every image accompanying a submitted article that is published.
This magazine focuses on showcasing developments across Africa to the global audience. It allows Africans to tell their stories in their way and proffer solutions to the continent’s challenges. As a freelance writer, you can contribute to the monthly issues of the African Leadership Magazine.
They welcome contributions in the form of news, blog posts, articles, and commentaries. It would be best if you pitched to the editor first before your ideas are accepted, and then you write.
This magazine’s monetary compensation style is different from others in that contributors indicate the amount of money they want for a submitted work, and they negotiate with the editors.
FIYAH is a literary magazine that features a collection of prose and poetry in its quarterly issues. All entries must be by and about Africans anywhere in the world.
For your work to resonate with the FIYAH audience, it should show that you fully embrace and appreciate the African culture and heritage, instead of seeing it as inferior to the Western world. Part of FIYAH’s mission is to promote inclusiveness, so they welcome writers from all minorities.
The submission window for FIYAH’s poetry collection is from March 1st to April 30th, while the prose submission window opens from September 1st and closes on December 31st. If you feel that you have what it takes to wow FIYAH’s audience, you can send a pitch email to email@example.com.
For prose, FIYAH pays contributors $0.08 per word, and the acceptable word count is between 2,000 and 7,000. For poetry, the magazine pays a flat rate of $50 regardless of the number of lines.
South African writers looking for paid guest contributing opportunities should consider writing for The South African.
It is a news media established by Blue Sky Publications to cover sports, lifestyle, technology, diaspora, and politics.
Although it is guided by journalism precepts, contributors are encouraged to write in an authentic tone. With a monthly readership of over four million, writers for this magazine get broad exposure.
To get published, contributors should adhere to The South African’s writing guidelines. Writers are paid per article every week. If you’re interested in writing for them, you can send a pitch mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is an event listing publication of the Royal African Society covering African culture, development, and economy.
If you consistently write engaging, thought-provoking articles, reviews, and opinion pieces on Africa’s happenings, What’s on Africa is looking for you. Contributions from all over Africa are welcome; those from Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Ghana, and South Africa resonate more with the publication’s audience.
Even though What’s on Africa is a non-profit organization, they compensate writers for their contributions. For feature articles with a word count of 1200 to 1500, they pay $106. For reviews of books, songs, or movies between 500 and 700 words, they pay between $65 and $106 depending on quality. For opinion pieces, the pay is undisclosed; you have to pitch to the editors to find out.
If you have what it takes to write inspiring articles that appeal to entrepreneurs, CEOs, and technocrats, the Next Nigerian Entrepreneur will accept your contributions.
Next Nigeria Entrepreneur is a publication that shines the spotlight on Nigerians, making bold, futuristic, and brilliant moves in their entrepreneurial pursuits.
Apart from capturing the success stories of entrepreneurs across Nigeria, contributing writers also write about SMEs’ challenges in Nigeria face and proffer solutions.
The Next Nigerian Entrepreneur accepts writers who can make useful contributions on topics around startups, business, marketing, and emerging technologies.
Contributing writers stand a chance of becoming paid full-time staff writers if they consistently churn out high-quality content. If you are interested in writing for Next Nigerian Entrepreneur, you can send a pitch mail to email@example.com.
There you have it. A list of seven Africa-focused publications that pay writers in 2020
We hope this list sets you on a fruitful journey. Pitch and get accepted by one of these magazines? Let us know!
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