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:
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.
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!”
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.
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.”