Update on Writer Bonuses

It’s the Summer of Writing ✨

Medium Creators
Creators Hub
2 min readJun 30, 2021


In April and May, Medium awarded top writers in the Partner Program with cash bonuses. These bonuses were awarded in addition to the Partner Program earnings. The first bonus was originally planned as a one-time surprise to thank top active writers in April. The response was so enthusiastic that we awarded a second bonus in May, and we’re thrilled to announce that we plan to distribute bonuses in June and July too. In August, we will be rolling out a revamped Partner Program, so stay tuned for details on that.

Based on feedback and questions about the bonus, we wanted to share further details:

How long does Medium plan to give out monthly bonuses?

The bonus program will run through June and July. The last bonuses will be given in conjunction with July Partner Program payouts, which will happen the first week of August.

How do I make sure I’m eligible to get a bonus?

To be eligible to receive a bonus for June and/or July, make sure:

  • You are fully enrolled in the Medium Partner Program (including having approved tax documents)
  • You publish at least 2 stories in the calendar month (so 2 stories in June, 2 stories in July.

Who will receive bonuses and for how much?

We’re keeping the same tiered structure that we implemented for May. We calculate rankings based on your monthly Partner Program earnings, which is a direct reflection of member reading time, and use the following tiered structure:

  • Top 1,000: $500 bonus
  • 1,001–1,500: $100 bonus
  • 1,501–2,000: $50 bonus

In August, we’ll announce more writer programs and Partner Program updates. In the meantime, thank you for all that you bring to our vibrant community — we can’t wait to see what you write this summer!

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