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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 monthly 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). The three runner-up articles will be offered a gift subscription to share with a friend or family member.

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.

New: The #1 Ecosystem Winner will be featured in Waylon’s Editor’s Letter in an upcoming newsletter.

May Winners

#1 Mark Radcliffe $108

How I Got Everything I Ever Wanted by Walking Away from Everything I Ever Wanted.

#2 Roopa Swaminathan $108

5 Alternatives to Traditional Meditation & how they’ve Helped me Find Peace.

#3 Roopa Swaminathan $108

The Tough Path to Parenthood: Why Single Women Continue to Face obstacles when trying to Adopt.

#4 Jodee Prouse $100

Thoughts from Someone who Survived a Mental Breakdown—One Day I was Me & the Next Day I Wasn’t.

#5 Damini Grover $90

7 Signs you’re Clinging to Blind Hope in your Relationship.

#6 Melissa Patrick $80

Let them Come & Let them Go.

#7 Yael Terramel Weisbach $70 Editor's Pick

3 Questions to Ask Ourselves before Taking Someone’s Advice.

#8 Keith Martin-Smith $60 Editor's Pick

Why No One Has Ever Made You Angry.

#9 Sharon A. DeNofa $50

Dear Women: Take Back your F*cking Power. 

#10 Galina Singer $40 Editor's Pick

At 57, I’m Finally Learning to Love my Mother.

#11 Michelle Schafer

Escape from a Narcissist: a Story of Pain & Courage.

#12 Sharon A. DeNofa

When our Relationship Ends: Please don’t call Me. 

#13 Kim Shannon

I Am My Dad’s Person: Acceptance & Forgiveness in the Face of Dementia.



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