My Story  $400250USD

Tell us about a touching, inspiring or life-changing experience in your life. We’ll pay $400$250 for stories we publish in Reader’s Digest magazine.

  • Your story must be true (no fiction, please).
  • It should be previously unpublished.
  • Aim for 800-1000 words in length.
  • Familiarise yourself with the kind of pieces we run. Often, they focus on a single incident or theme in the life of the writer – dramatic, moving or humorous – and the events described made the writer re-evaluate his or her life in some way. And remember that a well-told tale still has a beginning, a middle and an end!
  • Do not send us original or irreplaceable material. We cannot return submissions.
  • We cannot give feedback or acknowledge receipt.

Kindness of Strangers   Up to $150150 USD

True accounts of good karma, inspiring acts of unexpected kindness and generosity, or just something someone did that made your day – or changed your life. Share your moments in 100-500 words. We pay up to $150 for examples of generous and open-hearted deeds.

Anecdotes and Jokes $50-$10050-100 USD

What’s made you laugh recently? A funny sign? A colleague’s behaviour? Got a great joke? Just send us your contributions, and if we publish it in Reader’s Digest, you’ll be laughing all the way to the bank.
We pay $50-$100 for original jokes, cartoons, comics, fillers and anecdotes we print in the Reader’s Digest Magazine.

Original contributions, which should be less than 300 words, become our property (for both print and/or electronic media) upon payment. We may run your gem in Life’s Like That, All in a Day’s Work or As Kids See It, or as a short filler.

Your Deepest Wish Up to $200200 USD

Wishes. We all have them. If only it was as simple as finding a willing genie in a bottle. Despite the absence of generous genies, some of us are fortunate enough to have our most-longed-for wish fulfilled. Here’s your chance to share the story of your heart’s deepest wish with Reader’s Digest magazine – and win $200 cash. We’re interested in compelling, enduring tales, so don’t hold back with the details and twists and turns.

Original contributions become our property (for both print and/or electronic media) upon payment.

Smart Animals   Up to $100100 USD

Send us a tale about the antics of unique pets or wildlife in up to 300 words. We pay up to $100 for anecdotes about a remarkable animal.

Conditions: Include your name, address and phone number. All submissions become our property on payment and publication in the magazine. We reserve the right to edit and publish submissions online without payment, but will pay for any subsequently used in the magazine. We cannot return or acknowledge material not accepted for publication.


We cannot acknowledge or return unpublished or unsolicited article-length manuscripts.

We prefer electronic submissions. Fill out the form here or contact us as follows:

Write: Reader’s Digest (Australia) Pty Limited
PO Box 6458
Frenchs Forest NSW 2086

Write: Reader’s Digest Asia
Singapore Post Centre
PO BOX 272, Singapore
914 010

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