Another Writing Opportunity: Prayables.com

| December 10, 2010

Yesterday I received two emails regarding this writing opportunity. One email was from the Managing Editor and another from the Public Relations person. They both wanted to tell me about a new site called Prayables.com. Prayables is a multi-faith prayer website for women.

With a name like Prayables, I was hoping (and praying) that it was legit. Before I even went to look at the site, I did my usual Who is, Alexa and Google Page Rank check. Here’s what I found:Prayables

Prayable.com Basic Internet Information

The domain name was created a little over a year ago on December 4, 2009. The Alexa page rank is 842,340 and the Google Page Rank is 0.

To me, the most important of the above statistics is that the domain name was registered a little over a year ago. Although it’s a new site, its development has been in the hopper for a while.

If Prayble.com were paying on a residual basis, the Alexa and Google page ranks might be of concern, but they’re not paying based on residuals. They’re paying a flat fee of $10 per accepted piece.

Now to the Writing Opportunity

Here’s a portion of the email I received from the Director of Public Relations for Prayables.com.

NEW: Submit Original Features

The Features section will include news articles that cover a variety of topics. This “prayer journalism” will keep the Prayables community informed and engaged. To build the collection, we are seeking submissions that fall under the categories listed below. Articles should be around 500 words, though word count should not dictate the content. Longer articles, in particular, will be accepted. We’re looking for high quality content. This means there should be engaging information, proper use of grammar and spelling, and a clear voice present throughout the piece. Submissions should be made as word documents. If approved for publication, you will be paid $10 via PayPal for each article.

The Faithful Feminist: Thoughtful articles that analyzes prayer and faith-based traditions as they apply to women’s rights, feminist concepts and strength for women. Should portray the practices in a positive light. We need content from a variety of religious practices. The tone should be reflective, insightful, fairly light. Examples might include commentary on the significance of the choice to wear a hijab, the Mother Mary as a feminist figure, or the archetype of the Jewish Mama.

Prayer for Reason: Analyzes prayer as a tool in international events. We need content from a variety of religious practices. These articles should be journalistic in nature- a reporter like tone. Examples might include reporting on the prayer vigils held for the passage of the DREAM Act or the call of Jordan and Lebanon for a prayer movement to bring rain.Prayer

Interfaith Works: Heartfelt reporting on the campaigns and projects of interfaith organizations across the world. Should take on a human interest feel and be light-hearted in nature. Should include interviews with beneficiaries of the groups as well as group members. Examples might include food drives or lobbying campaigns.

Mommy Moments of Faith: Anecdotes about mommyhood and how it has inspired moments of prayer or faith. Content should be humorous, and borderline irreverent. These are personality pieces. Examples might include how a child’s funny prayer inspired your own or how one of their tantrums made you realize that you throw some of your own.

Healing Hearts: Human interest pieces that tell the story of individuals in trying circumstances for whom prayer made a difference. Tone should be heartwarming, narrative based and include certain elements of humor. Examples might be how prayer helped a daughter cope with the loss of her mother, or how prayer helped a family impacted by the recession cope with adjusting a scaled back lifestyle.

Send your articles to Managing Editor Amanda Rinker for consideration. Please specify which feature you are writing for and submit your work!”

International Writers

Since Prayables pays via PayPal, I would think that international writers would be accepted as long as PayPal is available to them. However, rather than make that assumption, I sent an email to Prayables for clarification. As soon as I receive a response, I’ll update this post.

Just curious, has anyone worked with this site before?  If so, please share your experience.

Update:

Lauren Nelson from Prayables was kind enough to provide a quick response to my email.  Here’s additional information on international writers and the payment schedule:

    • International Writers: “This IS open to international writers. Our mission is multi-faith oriented, and including international writers goes a long way to help that.”
        • Payment Schedule: “Invoices go out every first and third Friday of the month. The writers then respond to confirm that the invoice is correct, at which point they are paid. Usually, if they respond that Friday, they get paid that Friday, and by Monday at the latest. It is all up to the writer to confirm the invoice though. No confirmation, no pay.”

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          Felicia A. Williams is a freelance writer and blogger. She spends the majority of her time with her family and writing. If she's not writing or commenting on NJFM, she's either outside smelling the roses or writing articles for one of her other sites.

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          1. Oceanside Blog says:

            Prayables update….

            Checked out their website. You have to sign up to receive a daily email from them. Submissions can’t give specific references to God/Jesus/Allah, etc (must be generic no-name God). Once you have registered to receive your daily email, you then submit your writing on their “discussion board”. You are notified within 10 days if your submission has been accepted for publication. Limit of 2 submissions per week.

            Thank you Felicia for advising your readers of this opportunity.

          2. Ignatius says:

            Kidgas,
            I think you will get plenty of writers at $10 per article. Textbroker has lots of workers at $5 per article. If people have an opportunity to write about things they know about and enjoy writing, I think you will have lots of interest at that price.

          3. kidgas says:

            Felicia,
            Thanks for the report on this new money-making site. I doubt that I will participate but was wanting to ask your opinion.

            I am considering building a site of my own. Do you think that $10 per article is a fair price and would attract those with decent writing skills? What price should I pay writers for internet articles if I were to pay upfront? Thanks in advance for your consideration of these questions.
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            • Felicia says:

              Kidgas, that’s a tough question. I think I’ll throw this question out there and ask for feedback from the community.

              I believe folks are willing to write for $10 an article. Heck, there are those who are willing to write for a fraction of that amount, but sometimes you get what you pay for.

              The measuring stick for online writing seems to be Demand Media Studios. At $15 an article, they’re the easiest and quickest way to make a buck. Since you’re not DMS, I wouldn’t expect you to offer $15 an article.

              As far as what you should pay, that’s a subjective question. If you want fluff, you can get that for much cheaper than $10. If you want in depth quality writing on more difficult topics, $10 won’t cut it (at least for me). It all depends on what you’re looking for.

              Honestly, I think that if you advertise at $10 an article, you’ll soon see whether or not you’re paying enough. I think after you receive your first 30 or 40 responses, you’ll hone your screening process and adjust the payscale accordingly.

              Quite some time ago I put out a request for writers. It was several years ago and at the time I was offering $8 an article. Shortly after receiving an avalanche of responses, I realized that the time and effort it took to correct and edit the articles, I would save time by writing the articles myself (so I did).

              What ever you decide, I’m sure it will be fair. I’m interested to see how this all works out, and I’m also interested to hear feedback from the community.

          4. Hi Felicia,

            I found out about Prayables on Craigslist last week. I was wondering if they were legit. They were paying $10 for actual prayers. I’m not too keen on getting paid for my prayers but the rest looks very promising. Thanks for all your info. Now I know it’s not some Craigslist gimmick to get free content. Sounds good, I will take a look. You are a super sleuth when it comes to snooping out writing opps.

          5. Angela says:

            Thanks for posting this! As you know, my writing is primarily faith based, but I haven’t found many online opportunities in this area. Will be checking this out today.

          6. Laura says:

            Hmmm, looks very interesting. Thanks for sharing, Felicia!