A place to publish your best work

The internet should reward quality thinking, not clickbait. That’s why we’ve created a better home for writers, journalists and experts. It’s simple to use, free from ads, and connects you to curious, avid readers, so you can focus on what matters: putting your best work out there.

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We believe ideas are worth something

Anyone who publishes here can also join the Medium Partner Program and earn money for sharing their best stories and expertise with the world. Partner Program stories are rewarded by readers who believe writers should be compensated for the quality of their ideas, not the attention they attract for advertisers.

Join the Medium Partner Program

How it works

1

Write something good

Share your thinking about something that matters to you. It can be short or long, serious or funny, reported or opinionated - it’s the quality of your perspective that counts.

2

Put your story to work

If you’d like to earn money through the Partner Program, make sure you select that from the drop-down menu before you hit publish. (The star icon means you did the right thing.)

3

Get amplified by curators

Every story published through the Partner Program is reviewed by our curators. They’ll distribute it to readers interested in the topic - and, if they love it, they will feature it on our homepage.

4

Earn for your work

If you’re in the Partner Program, you’ll earn money when subscribing members read or applaud your work.

5

Get paid monthly

At the end of every calendar month, we’ll deposit what you’ve earned into your bank account or debit card.

6

Expand your audience

Your story doesn’t end here. Keep writing about what you love to build and broaden your readership. We’ll help spread the word, too.

You’re rewarded by readers, not advertisers

In the Partner Program, writers are paid based on how deeply readers engage with their work, not based on clicks. Every month, we distribute each member’s subscription fee in proportion to the authors and stories she read and clapped for that month.

Payments vary based on how much you write and how much members connect with your work.

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Statistics for stories published in June 2018
$2,244.77

The highest amount earned for a single story.

$10,628.62

The highest amount earned by a single author.

14.3%

The percentage of active writers who earned over $100.

Why people love writing on Medium

Medium opens doors. I started out writing online with the sense that I was dropping sentences into the void. Medium showed me that people are listening, and that they care about what I have to say.

I love that Medium is trying to support art and writing without shoveling its users into the gaping maw that is the soul-crushing advertising machine.

I like the format, the layout, the clean feel of it. It’s easy and intuitive to write and read on Medium. There’s freedom to be weird, to experiment, to take risks, and I appreciate that. And there’s not pressure to deliver or hit target goals.

As a professional writer I am a hired gun: I don’t always get to pick my paycheck. But Medium is a place where I can be untethered from fashion and write what I want and hope others will read it.

Medium has been a huge step toward a more egalitarian internet that lets people tell their own stories and rewards them for doing so.

Medium is catering to those looking for fresh, authentic voices; looking for true and honest expressions of self. I believe wholeheartedly in their mission, and as a writer, their tools have allowed me to broaden my reach in a way I would have never thought I could.

Partner Program Guidelines

Make it yours

All writing and images must be your own, or must be used with permission or citation.

Keep it ad-free

Medium doesn’t accept advertising. Please don’t market yourself or other products, feature advertisements, or include requests for claps, donations, or email signups.

Raise the bar

We recommend saving your best analysis, reporting, essays, and ideas for the Partner Program - and avoiding listicles or fluff pieces.

We love quality ideas — and writing

Stories published in the Partner Program should foster thinking that educates, inspires, and moves understanding forward. We’ve created some best practices to ensure everyone’s on the same page.

Full editorial guidelines

Readers crave smart, insightful thinking from diverse voices

Top authors, leading experts, and emerging storytellers write what they know and what they love on Medium - everything from op-ed and memoir to in-depth analysis and reporting. No two stories are alike. Here’s a sample of recent stories that members loved:
People are sharing ideas in a circle

Your story is worthy.

Join the Medium Partner Program

Frequently asked questions:

  • Do you need a Medium membership to publish in the Partner Program?

    No, you don’t have to be a paying Medium member to join the Partner Program and earn money for your writing. Anyone with something to say can join for free and start earning. Your monthly membership fees go directly to the writers whose work you enjoy.

  • How much will I make under the Partner Program?

    Currently, Partner Program writers are paid every month based on how members engage with stories. Some factors include reading time (how long members spend reading a story) and applause (how much members clap). Each member’s $5/ month subscription is distributed proportionally to the stories that the individual member engaged with that month. So if someone engaged with 10 stories in a given month, their monthly subscription would be distributed to those authors only.

    Our editors and curators also distribute bonuses to stories on important topics they deem high quality.

  • How does the Partner Program work for publications?

    Publications are a vital part of Medium. Writers can earn money through the Partner Program and include their story in a publication at the same time. It will have no impact on how much they earn. If you’re a publisher interested in earning money for your publication and you own 100% of the content in your publication, fill out this form and we’ll reach out to you.

  • Can I add to or remove stories once they’re published under the Partner Program?

    Yes. You can add to or remove any story even if it’s already published. If you choose to edit a story after publishing, please keep our editorial guidelines in mind.

  • Can non-members read stories that are published through the Partner Program?

    Yes. Readers who aren’t yet members can access a select number of free stories per month, so your ideas still reach everyone on the internet. For unlimited access, readers need to upgrade to membership for $5/ month. However, you’ll only earn money when subscribing members engage with your work.

  • Why did Medium create the Partner Program?

    We believe the current media model is broken and it’s time for a better system - designed for writers and readers, not advertisers. So we’re building a place where you can share ideas and get rewarded for the value they create.

  • How do I know if Medium is the right publishing platform for my work?

    We want to create a platform that rewards writers based on the quality of their insights, not the impressions they generate for ads. If you’re a passionate writer, thinker, or storyteller who wants to focus more on ideas and less on driving clicks, then we hope you’ll join us.