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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.

May 6-12 Winners

#1 Sharon A. DeNofa $200 Editor's Pick

8 Unforgettable Lessons my Kick-Ass Single Mom Taught Me.

#2 Billy Manas $108

10 Reasons Highly Intelligent People Usually Suck at Relationships.

#3 Roopa Swaminathan $108

Why the Best Gift we can give is a Heartfelt Compliment—& 10 Unique Ones to Share.

#4 Dina Strada $108 Editor's Pick

“I Regret Working so Hard”—& Other Regrets from Someone who Doesn’t Want you to Make the Same Mistakes.

#5 Damini Grover $75

9 Signs You’re Experiencing Emotional Neglect.

#6 Holly Smee $75

A Love Letter to those who could Only Heal by Walking Away.

#7 Shaista Ali $75 Editor's Pick

How Raising an Autistic Child Changed Me.

#8 Melissa Patrick $50

Depression looks Different for Everyone.

#9 Angela Wetzel $50

A Love Letter to my Anxiously Attached Self.

#10 Cassandra Michael $50

Why High Achievers Struggle with Love.



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