Listverse was built on the efforts of readers just like you. Readers who didn’t have any experience as writers but decided to put a list together and send it in.
So here is the deal: We will pay you $100 for your efforts. You don’t need to be an expert—you just need to have great English, a sense of humor, and a love for things unusual or interesting.
It works like this: You write your list (1, 500 words/10 items minimum), you send it in, we reply and say “Great—we’ll publish it” and send you $100 by PayPal (don’t have an account? just make one—it’s easy and free); or we reply and say “Sorry—it isn’t the sort of thing our readers will love—give it another shot.”
Either way you win—your list will be read by us and reviewed, and if it’s amazing it will appear on the front page of Listverse to be read by over 15 million people a month!
NOTE BENE: We can not accept lists from writers who do not have a PayPal account; this is non-negotiable. If PayPal doesn’t support your country, please don’t request alternative methods of payment.
The rules are really pretty simple. As long as your list (and we do mean yours—don’t steal other people’s stuff) is over 1, 500 words you can choose any topic you like. We also need you to link to reputable sources (see Section 7 of our author guide for more details) so we can verify what you’re saying. Just remember—if it’s good enough to publish (by our standards) you get 100 bucks—simple as that.
To help you out with some ideas, the lists that our readers love the most (and the ones we will most likely pay for) are usually offbeat, looking at something normal in an unexpected way (ways college makes you dumb, for example), hidden knowledge (things most people don’t know), misconceptions, facts, and just really good general knowledge about anything—science, for example.
Pictures and Video
When you send in your list you don’t need to include images or videos. Our team of editors does a great job selecting the best images to complement your writing. However, if you are desperate to include some of your own supporting imagery or videos, just include a link to the YouTube page or a URL of the picture you like with each item on your list. We don’t promise we’ll use them, but we’ll definitely consider them.