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Our Ecosystem” makes it easy to Get your message out to thousands—& get paid.

Update for authors: Due to a technical issue, results for January 7-13 will not be posted until Sunday, January 23. The error does not affect scores or potential winners. 

Unlike Instagram or Facebook, Elephant is independent, and mission-driven—and despite having (slightly) fewer resources, we believe in paying our writers to offer quality to our readers.

Elephant was one of the first major sites to pay our best, consistent writers. But it was always hard to measure “best.” Now, we are introducing weekly payments to the top 10 articles on Elephant based on their Ecosystem Score—95% determined by our readers’ actions: reads, hearts, comments, and 5% determined by our Editor’s Picks (so that mission balances popularity).

New: Want to see the front-runners for next week’s Ecosystem Contest? Our new Contender Leaderboard is available here.

Note: When folks earn identical scores, we use the number of reads as the tiebreaker.

December 31 to January 6 Winners

#1 Roopa Swaminathan $200 Editor's Pick

We Don’t have to Forgive or Forget to Move the F*ck On.

#2 Sharon A. DeNofa $108

Good Reasons to Date Smart People (& Fun Ways to Explore a Sapiosexual).

#3 Billy Manas $108

10 Inspiring Reasons to Go Sober in 2022.

#4 Michelle Schafer $108

Walking into 2022 with Guts, Grace & Gratitude: 12 Lessons we all Need.

#5 Debra Kirouac $75

Remembering Stephen Sondheim: Lover of Words, Hero for Introverts.

#6 Damini Grover $75

Generosity Burnout: 10 Signs we’re Mentally & Emotionally Tired.

#7 Stephen McCoull $75 Editor's Pick

The Most Important Toxic Relationship to Deal With is the One we have with Ourselves.

#8 Sarah Draper $50

What Lost Love Taught me about Spirituality & Letting Go.

#9 Justice Bartlett $50

On Reparenting Ourselves & the Power of Accountability.

#10 Nicole Baptista $50

26 Quotes to Help you Write your Truest Truth, your most Painful Pain.



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