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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.

Changes to Elephant’s Ecosystem: Beginning next week, the top 10 weekly prizes are $50, except for #1, which will be $108. This money will continue to help support our team, since subscriptions and articles have been lower—but if we can get them back up, we will readily push all payments higher, any time. More info here.

June 24 to 30 Winners

#1 Annie Das $200 Editor's Pick

7 Things Not to Do if You’re Looking for Love.

#2 Roopa Swaminathan $108

11 Gut-Wrenching Quotes that are teaching me How to Forgive.

#3 Sharon A. DeNofa $108

Letting Go of what we Thought would Last Forever.

#4 Edie Weinstein $108

Where Were You when You Heard that Roe v. Wade was Overturned?

#5 Melissa Patrick $75

How to Let Go of those People with Toxic Tendencies—For Good.

#6 Eleni Stephanides $75

On the Depp-Heard Verdict: Shifting our Simple Understanding of Abuse & Trauma.

#7 Denise Boehler $75

A Mahatma Gandhi Quote to Live By—Especially during these Unsettling Times.

#8 Dianna Henrickson $50

Shame Still Visits all these Years Later: 8 Tools that help me Move Through.

#9 Jo St Leon $50

An Open Letter to the Supreme Court of the United States.

#10 Cheryl Melody Baskin $50

Humanity 101: The To-Do List we Should All Have.



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