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

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).

Learn more about the Ecosystem via our FAQ. Find our new Contender Leaderboard here.

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

July 22-28 Winners

#1 Sarah Coxon $108

F*ck Being Successful. I Want to Be Free.

#2 Melissa Patrick $50

8 Signs we’re (finally) in a Healthy Relationship.

#3 Pat Heavren $50

Why Joni Mitchell’s latest version of “Both Sides Now” made me Weep.

#4 Sharon A. DeNofa $50

When We Love the Wrong Ones. When We Love the Right Ones.

#5 Roopa Swaminathan $50 Editor's Pick

Navigating Two Lives: How I Found Myself somewhere between Individual Culture & Collective Culture.

#6 Stephany Khalifeh $50

Why I Quit Being a Yoga Teacher.

#7 Cheryl Melody Baskin $50 Editor's Pick

Elephant Journal Saved Lives. Now it’s our turn to Save Elephant Journal.

#8 Edie Weinstein $50

Whose Business is it if You Choose not to Drink Alcohol—for whatever Reason?

#9 Stuart W. Bedford $50

Addiction Breeds Warriors: Why I’m Not Ashamed.

#10 Annie Das $50

The Quote that Led Me to the Love of my Life.



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