Finding places to send your humor writing is a bitch.  Here’s my little master list of possible markets. Most don’t pay, but whoever heard of a writer who EATS?! That’s just rumor spread by writers still able to walk around and not yet too weak to speak.

PLEASE comment below if you would like to add another market to the list! We have to stick together people. The world would be a boring place without us.


essay – Personal essays literary – Literary satire-Spoof/Satire newsy – Newsy gen – General  money-Pays


Site Alexa 8/2013 Site Alexa 8/2013 Site Alexa 8/2013
Grin and Tonic – B&N Review literary 890 The Funny Times  moneygen 400,722 Hobo Pancakes  literary 8,069,925
 Funny or Die gen  2,201 The Smart Set literary 551,551 Asinine Poetry  literary 9,291,760
New Yorker Shouts & Murmurs satire 3,307 ByGone Bureau literary 662,940 Yellow Ham  literary 9,342,216
McSweeneys literary 65,586 Defenestration  literary 3,399,755 Cavalier Literary Couture  literary 9,434,986
The Rumpus literary 132,094 Opium Magazine  literary 6,185,370 SpaceSquid$5 SciFi gen 16,568,572
The Morning News money literary
137,454 Kugelmass  literary 6,195,068
The Toast genmoney 145,900 Monkeybicycle  literary 7,037,818 Feathertale  literary 28,769,667
 MAD gen  282,660 The Big Jewel  literary 7,151,787 The Nervous Breakdown literary dead?
 The Reject Pile Yankee Pot Roast literary dead?


Site Alexa 8/2013 Site Alexa 8/2013 Site Alexa 8/2013
Jezebel newsy satire 2,269 Bust Magazine 73,736 Happy Woman Magazine satire 1,676,312
Babble newsy 3,274 Bitch Magazine 77,914 Wears the Trousers Magazine 2,310,223
The Frisky 6,528 Feministe  152,421 Tom Tom Magazine 2,454,391
xoJane 10,824 Racialicious 170,074 On The Issues Magazine 3,788,514
Hello Giggles 14,692 Comediva 290,029 make/shift 4,703,388
Hairpin 27,617 Aiming Low gen essay  324,647 The Pop Manifesto 5,319,594
Gurl 36,130 AWID 522,094 MyPheme gen essay  6,814,555
Scary Mommy Guest Posting 40,532 Sadie 1,042,474 Got a Girl Crush  10,442,275  46,030 Funny Not Slutty gen essay  1,285,485 Grrrl Beat 12,245,176
Skirt! money essay 53,922 Shameless Magazine 1,571,540 Tuff Titties   29,562,534
Feministing 70,418 fbomb 1,583,166
Rookie 72,546 LADYGUNN  1,366,398


Site Alexa 8/2013 Site Alexa 8/2013 Site Alexa 8/2013
Huffington Post gen essay 100 Salon essay money newsy  1,782 The Spoof satire 294,480
The Examiner newsy 742 College Humor gen 3,368 CAP News satire 524,324
Nerve 32,389 The Glossy News satire 570,445
Slate newsy 974 Splitsider 39,445 Farce Haven Tribune satire 3,090,652
Cracked money newsy 844 Free Wood Post satire 212,691 Polite Company


Wow. You Made it Markets

  • Harper’s
  • Smithsonian
  • The Atlantic
  • Vanity Fair

Bonus: Great link I found listing TRAVEL WRITING MARKETS.

* means sometimes pays for articles

17 Responses

  1. Molly

    Oh my goodness, I love this list, and I wish I had found it before I did all the legwork to come up with almost the same list on my own. (Although this list is actually better than mine). Thank you!


  2. Sarah

    This list is fantastic! Thank you for putting this all together. I have been pulling out my hair trying to figure out where to submit what after a long writing hiatus.

    Endless thanks!


  3. Shelli

    Hey, I love this list! Do you have any notes on mags that publish cartoon humor, paid and unpaid? I publish lots in Funny Times but it is very hard to find other venues. Sadly books like Artists and Graphic Markets don’t have much useful stuff.


  4. Joel Miller

    Hi Amy,

    Great list. If you’re interested in adding another, I edit a humor website called The Reject Pile ( Submission guidelines:

    Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. Thank you!
    Add your Twitter:


  5. Anthony Rhody

    The Free-Range Non-fiction link actually turns out to be something called Vitua Design. This site/blog then trapped me and wouldn’t allow me to return to Amy Van Sant.


  6. L. H. Freeman

    Hi Amy.

    Does ” POINTS IN CASE ” have a snail mail address ?


  7. Jen

    The Chaos publishes humor, and we pay ($25 per accepted piece). We’re a literary journal that publishes true stories about life events. We’re interested in essays that illustrate the chaos of life, but with a balance of humor and pathos.
    Add your Twitter:


  8. Bob Arebob

    Thanks for this list. Please add me to newsletter.



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