Scratch publishes smart, useful stories about the intersection of writing and money. We welcome writers of all genres and trades. Each quarterly issue features in-depth interviews, reportage, resources, and personal stories about the work of being a writer. Click here for subscription information.

Launched in 2014 by co-founders Jane Friedman (Publisher) and Manjula Martin (Editor), Scratch isn’t interested in bitterness, entitlement, or click-bait; we prefer pragmatism, curiosity, and empathy. It’s also helpful to have a sense of humor about this stuff. Visit our About page to learn more.

Who Pays Writers?

Who Pays Writers, a regular feature of this website, collects and reports information from writers about how much magazines and websites pay. We post these reports anonymously, so writers can feel free to be honest about their rates.

Scratch Community Blog

As a companion to the magazine, visit our blog to read regularly updated news, recommendations, and stories from the Scratch community of writers and readers.

Recent Press

Scratch in the news:

New York Times
Why Writers are Opening Up about Money (or the Lack Thereof)
by Anna North

BuzzFeed
Six Small Magazines You Need to Start Reading Right Now
by Myles Tanzer

Poets & Writers
Scratching Out a Living as a Writer
by Joanna Scutts

The New Disruptors podcast (BoingBoing)
Made from Scratch: Glenn Friedman hosts Jane Friedman and Manjula Martin

The Nation
Writing, Prestige, and Other Things that Don’t Pay the Rent
by Julia Wong