Who Pays Writers?

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Which publications pay writers? How do writers make enough money to survive?

Scratch, a new online magazine edited by Jane Friedman and Manjula Martin, aims to find out.

Their inaugural issue is free and includes an interview with Jonathan Franzen, a roundtable with editors from prominent websites, and, most fascinating of all, a breakdown of all the labor and resources that went into the making of the issue.


Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →