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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.

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.

June 3 to 9 Winners

#1 Roopa Swaminathan $200 Editor's Pick

3 Types of Courage that can help us Master whatever Sh*t Life throws our Way.

#2 Annie Das $108

The #1 Indicator that Your Relationship Will Last.

#3 Sharon A. DeNofa $108

Failed Relationships: 5 Unexpected Lessons they Teach us.

#4 Megan Henry $108

Johnny Depp vs Amber Heard: We need to Talk about Victim Blaming.

#5 Noel Koenke $75 Editor's Pick

My Coming Out Story: I can Never Explain the Pain, but I can Explain the Pride.

#6 Beth Shekinah Terrence $75 Editor's Pick

A Poem for when we are Overcome with Loss & Grief.

#7 Damini Grover $75

8 Ways we Avoid our Emotions (Plus: A Billy Joel Song to Remind us to Slow Down).

#8 Eleni Stephanides $50

Straight until proven Gay—How Heteronormativity Invisibilizes Queerness one Comment at a Time.

#9 Linda Maria Jones $50

The Love Letter we all Need to Read.

#10 Renee Fesser $50

A Dating Guide for those in New & Long-Term Relationships.



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