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Writing Fillers for Fun and Profit
After many years of squelching the gift of writing within me, I decided to give
it a try. I figured a good place to start was a Christian magazine I read
regularly. As I picked it up, flipped through it, and read the bios of the
various authors, I became disheartened. It seemed that in order to write for
that magazine you had to lead some big ministry, be the author of numerous
books, and have some type advanced theological training. Unfortunately, the only
thing I possessed was the ability to write and a heart for ministry. Apparently
that wasn't enough.
I was about to give up in despair when close to the end of the magazine I found
a section of short articles. In the middle of that section were the words all
writers long to hear: "GET PUBLISHED!" They were looking for short, practical
articles on a variety of subjects. Since the articles were short (less than 400
words), no query letter was required. Good thing, since all good query letters
include the writer's qualifications to write the article, and I was decidedly
unqualified in a traditional sense.
I immediately sat down, wrote an article, said a quick prayer, and promptly
dropped the article in the mail, along with the required SASE. Then, not knowing
what else to do, I waited.
About six weeks later, with trembling hands, I opened that familiar-looking
SASE, only to find that my article had been rejected. Thankfully, before I could
become too depressed, I read words that only fueled my desire to write. The
letter stated, "Due to the fact that we recently purchased an article on the
same subject, we cannot accept your article. However, you certainly have the
right feel for our magazine. Please let us hear from you again!" They didn’t
have to tell me twice! I immediately sat down, wrote another article, and mailed
Again, I waited. Four weeks later, I once again found an SASE in my mail, this
time, with a publication contract rather than a reject letter! And so began my
love affair with writing short articles, bits of advice, quizzes, etc. known as
In almost any magazine you pick up, you’ll find fillers. They may be short
articles, practical bits of advice, jokes, quizzes, recipes, or cartoons. One
thing they all have in common is that they are short.
Although fillers may not be the most prestigious thing to write, they are worth
considering for the following reasons.
1. Publication opportunities abound for filler writers.
2. The odds of acceptance, especially for newer writers, are much higher than
they are for full-length articles.
3. They seldom require time-consuming research, and since they are so short,
often result in high payment for the comparatively short amount of time they
take to write.
4. They help you learn how to write tight, since you have no room to waste
words. Writing tight is a skill that is usefully in other types of writing as
well. You may as well develop that skill by writing fillers!
5. They open the door to "bigger and better" things. Writing fillers helped
build up my list of publishing credits, connected me with other writers and
editors, and got my foot in the door with more than one magazine.
6. They can provide consistent income while you are working on longer pieces.
Here are a few things to keep in mind to help you successfully write fillers.
1. Find as many magazines as you can that accept fillers. The best way to be
consistently published is to submit as many fillers as possible. You can only
submit so many fillers to one magazine, so diversify as much as possible.
2. Study the fillers in the magazines you want to submit to. Notice the style,
common themes, etc. Slant your fillers to the magazine you plan to submit to.
3. Read the writer's guidelines if available, and follow them to the letter. For
instance, if they say the word limit is 250 words, don't think you can get away
with writing 350 words.
4. As soon as you submit one filler, start working on another one. This helps
pass the time while you’re waiting to hear back on the first one, and helps
soften the blow if your first one is rejected.
5. If a filler you write is rejected by one magazine, look through your list of
magazines that accept fillers to see if perhaps you can submit it somewhere
else. You may need to tweak it a bit to get it to work well for a different
magazine, but that can be easier than starting from scratch.
6. Don’t limit yourself to Christian magazines. Other interests such as
parenting, gardening, household management, or any number of hobbies provide
good experience and material for fillers that aren't specifically Christian.
Below is a partial list of magazines that accept fillers. Some of the magazines
listed below do not have writer's guidelines on the website. Those magazines may
require a bit of digging for you to find information on how to write for them.
Have fun as you delve into the fun and profitable world of filler writing!
www.missionsalive.org (I did not see writer’s guidelines on this site.)
Types of fillers: Anecdotes, word puzzles, cartoons, quizzes, short humor.
www.alivenow.org (There is a link for writers at the top of the homepage.)
Types of fillers: Short articles, 300 – 500 words.
Pay: $50 and up
ANGELS ON EARTH
www.angelsonearth.com (A link for writer’s guidelines is on the homepage, on
the bottom left.)
Types of fillers: Anecdotes, 50 – 250 words.
Pay: $50 - $100
www.cog7.org/BA (A link for writer’s guidelines is on the homepage.)
Types of fillers: Poetry, facts, prose, quotes.
www.all.org (I did not see a link for writer’s guidelines on the website.)
Types of fillers: 75-200 words with a pro life slant.
CHARISMA & CHRISTIAN LIFE
www.charismamag.com (I did not see a link for writer’s guidelines on the
Types of fillers: Book and music reviews, 200 words.
Pay: $25 - $35
CHRISTIAN HOME & SCHOOL
www.CSIonline.org (I did not see a link for writer’s guidelines on the
Types of fillers: Parenting ideas, 100 – 250 words.
Pay -- $25 - $40
THE CHRISTIAN RESPONSE
www.brainerd.net/~hapco2 (I did not see a link for writer’s guidelines on
Types of fillers: Anecdotes, facts, quotes, 150 words.
Pay: $5 - $20
CITY LIGHT NEWS
www.calgarychristian.com (Click on “Contact” to find info for writers.)
Types of fillers: Anecdotes, cartoons, jokes, short humor, newsbreaks.
Pay: $30 - $50
www.discipleshipjournal.com (There is a link for writer’s guidelines on the
homepage. There are two separate sets of guidelines. Choose the DJ Plus option
for the short articles.)
Types of fillers: DJ Plus articles on missions, evangelism, serving, discipling,
teaching, and small groups, up to 400 words.
Pay: .25 per word
www.disciplesworld.com (There is a link for writer’s guidelines on the
Types of fillers: Anecdotes, short humor, quotes, cartoons, up to 200 words
Pay: $10 - $50
ECLECTIC HOMESCHOOLING ONLINE
www.eho.org (I didn’t see writers guidelines on this site, but under the
contact link, there is a specific contact for articles.)
Types of fillers: Various columns and departments, all 350 words.
FAITH AND FRIENDS
www.salvationist.ca (Click on the “Magazines” link for guidelines.)
Types of fillers: Recipes, quotes, games, jokes, cartoons, 50 words.
www.cggc.org (Click on the “Communications” link for guidelines.)
Types of fillers: Various types, 25 – 100 words.
Pay: $5 - $15
www.indianlife.org (I did not see writer’s guidelines on the website.)
Types of fillers: Quotes and short humor, 50 – 200 words.
Pay: $10 – 25
www.leadershipjournal.net (I did not see a link for writer’s guidelines on
Types of fillers: Ideas That Work, To Illustrate (sermon illustrations), short
humor, cartoons, up to 150 words.
Pay: $25 - 50
www.radiantlife.org (I did not see a link for writer’s guidelines on the
Types of fillers: Anecdotes, prose (200 – 700 words).
Pay: .10 per word, or .07 per word for reprints
www.churchoutreach.com (There is a link for writer’s guidelines on home
Types of fillers: Anecdotes and short humor, 100 – 200 words.
Pay: $20 - $25
firstname.lastname@example.org (Guidelines available by email.)
Types of fillers: Anecdotes, cartoons, word puzzles, up to 50 words.
Pay: $15 – 40.
email@example.com (Guidelines available by email.)
Types of fillers: Anecdotes up to 300 words, cartoons, jokes, prayers and word
puzzles, up to 30 words.
Pay: $5 – 25
http://nowwhat.cog7.org (The website has a link for writers, but the only
info is for full-length stories. A contact email is available.)
Types of fillers: Quotes, prose, anecdotes, facts, 50 – 100 words.
www.praymag.com (There is a link for writer’s guidelines on the homepage.)
Types of fillers: Ideas on prayer, 150 – 500 words.
Types of fillers: Anecdotes, short humor, cartoons, 300 – 600 words.
Pay: up to .05 per word
www.standardpub.com (Click on “Information Desk” on the homepage for
Types of fillers: Short humor, jokes, and ideas.
Types of fillers: Word puzzles.
TODAY’S PENTECOSTAL EVANGEL
www.pe.ag.org (There is a link for writer’s guidelines at the bottom of the
Types of fillers: Devotions, seasonal, current issues, Christian living, how-to
articles, 50 – 200 words.
www.vibrantlife.com (There is a link for writer’s guidelines at the top of
Types of fillers: Facts and quizzes, 50 – 500 words.
Pay: $25 – 100
Types of fillers: Inspirational anecdotes, 200 – 500 words.
Pay: .15 - .20 per word
THE WAY OF ST. FRANCIS
Types of fillers: Prayers, prose, anecdotes, facts, cartoons, up to 100 words.
Pay: $25 – 50
Copyright by Rebecca Livermore, a Christian speaker and writer from Denver,
Colorado. Her passion is helping people grow spiritually. To read more of her
http://www.rebeccalivermore.com or her AC page at