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The site looks interesting and they even have an inviting "submit" and "write for us" button at the top of every page where the description offers $100.00 for submitted and accepted top ten lists of over 1, 000 words, with an emphasis on odd or unusual articles, as they say, if we like it, you get the money in your PayPal account! After researching the site and noticing the simple content (they have topic category buttons which only leads to the most recent submissions and don't have a title search, you have to search from Google - listverse top ten xxxxx), I felt my subject matter was cool, unique and well researched, so I decided to give it a try! Well after spending lots of time to compose my lists and submitting several to listverse, I've gotten no reply and no PayPal payment! So before taking the time to write for listverse, send them your subject title so that they can give you heads up, before any giving any effort working for them! Remember, the emphasis is on odd and unusual with a sense of humor. As with the previous comment, I agree that there seems to be no criterion for the listing order but only one's imagination and the possible approval as "likeable" by their editors!
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A  18th of Jan, 2013 by    -1 Votes
True, I spend time searching for information and try as hard to complete the list. Nothing happened, which is really a major bummer.
N  22nd of Sep, 2015 by    0 Votes
I send a list regarding supercomputers. I received no reply from your side.Please let me know whether you have accepted or rejected my list.
My email is rhlbhgt8@gmail.com

A  17th of Jan, 2016 by    0 Votes
Yeah after several submissions over a long period of time and no answers, I would have to say avoid this website. You can work on an article for hours or days and then send it off and hear nothing back ever. It's just a waste of time you could be using to write or submit elsewhere. If they sent rejection letters that would be a different story but apparently they do not.

I'm actually a bit skeptical. I wonder if they accept articles, wait a while, and then use their staff to steal the material and rewrite the letter for their own uses. I've never met anyone in real life or online that has been paid for an article. I've seen one comment claiming to have been paid and it was very suspect, likely a shill. The more I think about it and look at the evidence, the more this seems likely.

After all, why no rejection letters? Every publication uses them, but the giant listverse does not? Hmm.
N  24th of Jan, 2017 by    0 Votes
@Tommy Serigne I dont understand why it takes so long to reject or accept it. How many people submit 1800 word articles. Its ridiculous that other people received a response much quicker. Its a serial killer piece wtf it's not even boring or poorly written. The website seems like a scam.
N  4th of May, 2017 by    0 Votes
@Serialkillerfanlol Hi - I am the owner of Listverse. Because we can only accept three articles a day (and we get sent many more!) I try to hold back the lists with promise that aren't accepted for at least a week to give the writer more of a chance to be accepted. That is why there can be a delay. However, we absolutely respond to every submission.
N  2nd of Jan, 2018 by    +1 Votes
@Jamie Frater - Listverse You did not always pay for lists and yet you still host and profit from lists you accepted but never paid for. This is true for so many authors that you should be ashamed of yourself and people know and talk about this fact. FRAUD AND CONTENT THIEF!
A  10th of Feb, 2016 by    +1 Votes
I feel that the writers could be the editorial staff themselves and ever so often, there might be a legitimate person who got paid. When I click the author bio, it shows a page not found, so my guess is this website is a fraud. I have been a victim of it too and you can really do better finding other spots which pay. The $100 offer is simply a bait to make you do your best essay which they can alter over time to make it their own. Be realistic and it took me a while to figure that out - if you look around and check websites that pay, you can imagine the $100 payment is a trap. No one really pays a $100 unless you are writing freelance for a magazine or newspaper, so there is something truly odd about their payment offer. Do yourself a favor and look somewhere else. Don't waste your time here.
N  4th of May, 2017 by    0 Votes
@Romilla K There was a bug with the author pages for a period of time. It is now fixed and you will see that the bios are available.

And we absolutely do pay $100 per list we accept (3 lists per day). If you look further down this page you will see that I posted evidence of payments to allay people's fears.
A  8th of Mar, 2016 by    +1 Votes
The first list I wrote was turned down so I thought to myself okay so maybe it wasn't that great however after three more very creative, well written and time consuming list- I received an email telling me it still wasn't good enough. Looking around on their site I found some terrible articles that weren't creative/exciting as they claimed they were looking for nor did it appear that they did any hard work at all. Do not fall for this site.
A  7th of Apr, 2016 by    +1 Votes
I wrote a list for Listverse and submitted it. I immediately received an automated reply saying that the articles would be reviewed and that I would receive an email either accepting it or rejecting it within the next two weeks. A day or two later, I received this email rejecting my list:
"Dear [my name],

Unfortunately we are unable to accept your list for publication because it is a subject we feel won't appeal to our readers. We are looking for lists that are remarkable—lists that make you go "wow!" This list is missing that remarkability.

Please don't be discouraged from sending in other lists for consideration. We recommend reading the Listverse Author Guide for some pointers on successful submissions.


You should also note that we recently updated our author's guide with a new submissions format. See section 7-Sources.

Listverse Editorial Team"

After this I thought fair enough. It was a list about the built in apps on Mac OS X, it wasn't something that was popular on Listverse and I didn't really link to any sources, so I thought that at least it was nice that they read it and gave me some constructive feedback. I then decided to write another list, but this time one that would be more popular with what Listverse say their readers like. So I submitted another list with facts about relationships. I immediately received the same automated reply after the submission saying that they would review my list.. The next day I saw that I had got another email from them and from the preview on my phone lock screen, I could see that I was rejected but I still decided to read the full email because I hoped that I would get some constructive feedback like last time. However, when I opened the email, I found that it was exactly the same as the rejection email that I got for the previous list that I submitted. This made me a little bit suspicious but I still decided to write a third list. I went to their website and looked at some of their most popular lists to get some inspiration to try and improve my lists. The website claims to have a minimum word count of 1500 words, with 150 words per item in the list. However, if you look at some of Listverse's most popular articles, you can see that most of them fall short of this 1500 minimum word count. I am also suspicious that Listverse may just steal people's submitted lists and publish while the authors think that they have been rejected. I am going to keep a close eye on Listverse in the next few weeks for my list
A  27th of Jun, 2016 by    +3 Votes
They are terrible, without a shadow of a doubt. I sent them 4 articles, one of which I have never seen done on any top 10 list before. I took a whole day writing and researching and even amassed over 60 references from scholarly articles. My composition was informative and relevant, yet I got the same copy-pasted response as the person above (and as a lot of people seem to get). I'm obviously vexed, I wasted four days and frankly, it has put me off writing for a while (maybe forever).

Not to mention they are quick to reject you (got my emails within 2 hours) yet when I inquired about the possibility of writing some lists (so I don't waste my time... which I did anyway) I never got a response. Honestly, I would not recommend writing for them as it is just a waste of time, especially when I compared my articles to some of the half-assed drivel they have published over the years.

Save your literary talent for people that actually can recognize it, not the troglodytes at Listverse. Who evidently wouldn't be able to spot quality prose even if it hit them square in the face.

Ok I'm finished ranting, as you were.
N  24th of Jan, 2017 by    0 Votes
@MefiX95 I wish I got an answer that fast or payment. Theres not even a list on there about Richard Ramirez and I use a published book for accurate information. I seen the stupidest list ideas get published in one day. Im pretty sure if they actually read it they would learn something.
A  9th of Jul, 2016 by    +1 Votes
This is awful, but in a way, comforting to read. I recently submitted two articles to listverse, about two weeks apart. The first one I wrote was in regards to one of their most popular themes. I scoured online and in the library, made sure my references were perfect, and also confirmed that the items in my list had never appeared before. And guess what? I was rejected. I received the same bulk email as listed above. Tried again, got the same results. I knew what I wrote was done properly, interesting, and informative. Yet the other day I'm reading a list that states "scientists have no proof that evolution exists". The comments really attacked that one, filling the comments section with jabs about how idiotic the statement was. Long story short, they post garbage day after day. The same topics are repeated time and time again. Some lists are copied from Wikipedia verbatim. After my first rejection, I thought it odd, but didn't give too much thought to it. By the second I knew that something was fishy. Basically I'm convinced this site is a scam. As stated above, I'm pretty sure they just ask for submissions to steal ideas from readers. They certainly don't have a problem plagiarizing. Oh and the real kicker: I'm a professional freelance writer. I have made my career out of writing. Don't fall for their game. Don't waste your time. Writers, keep writing! :)
N  13th of Aug, 2016 by    0 Votes
I am the owner of Listverse and would like to briefly comment on the above. We receive over 150 submissions every day and from that pool we are only able to accept 3 or 4 (because that is how many articles we publish). We reply to every submission (whether it be a rejection or an acceptance). We absolutely do not use content that is submitted unless we have purchased it from the writer. Our editors do not write for us - they edit only. All content is user-contributed and paid for. I am attaching a screenshot from paypal to show that we do make the payments.

As for the length of lists, we have recently changed our policy and now require content that is between 1, 000 and 1, 500 words (whereas before we were asking for lists >= 1, 500).

We also accept pitches by email (to save you writing a list only to have it rejected for not being a good fit for the site).

90% of the content we reject is written with bad English. The rest is rejected because we can only take a few a day and as I said earlier we get more than 150 submissions daily. Most rejected content written in good English is rejected because it covers topics we don't publish (gaming, self-help, personal opinion, movies, TV) or topics that have been published already in the past.

If you wish to submit a list but prefer to pitch the idea first, feel free to email me directly at jfrater@listverse.com

N  24th of Jan, 2017 by    0 Votes
@Jamie Frater Its ridiculous how long it takes to look over a serial killer piece. Its not even boring and where's the rejection letter cause its obviously not well received. How many people submit a 1800 word article?
N  4th of May, 2017 by    0 Votes
@Serialkillerfanlol We receive between 50-150 articles per day. There are very few sites offering $100 for freelance writers with no national or educational requirements. They are all over 1, 800 words because our submissions form won't allow you to submit articles shorter.
N  7th of Oct, 2016 by    +1 Votes
Mr. Frater, your screenshot shows payments being made. However, the screenshot shows no payments were made between March and August. Can you explain this?
N  21st of Oct, 2016 by    +1 Votes
Hi Jorluer - my paypal account is a New Zealand account - the payments you are seeing are all in the same month (August - 08). We use European date settings so you should be reading that as dd/mm/yyyy. The screenshot shows payments between the third and eighth of August this year.
A  19th of Jan, 2017 by    0 Votes
I'm completely on your side on this. I do believe that site is misleading and has, recently, even turned into a major scammer. I strongly recommend if you're a self-respecting writer or at least value your personal time, do not get involved with Listverse. They have their own circle of alleged 'random' writer who, in fact, are personally involved in the money-making scheme of that website, sort of a staff team.
N  24th of Jan, 2017 by    0 Votes
I recently wrote a list for list verse. It was a 1800-word count article. The topic covered a serial killer. My sources included some websites, none of which would be invalid. I mainly used a paperback biography on hand for accurate dates and names. Its only been 7-8 hours but I received a submission reply from the editors there. Im so anxious and hope to not be rejected. I want to buy a cheeseburger, seriously.
D  24th of Jan, 2017 by    0 Votes
They are a scam that cheats you out of grocery money. Its stupid how quickly they usually reject articles. I think their editors are lazy.
A  3rd of Apr, 2017 by    0 Votes
I sent in a list on March 3, 2017. I really researched my topic and felt I had done a great job writing my list. When I submitted it to Listverse, I received an email saying I would hear back from them within 2 weeks. Needless to say, it's been a month and I still haven't heard anything from them. I even went as far as emailing them inquiring about the status of my list and nothing. I also emailed the so called founder, and still no response. This is clearly a fraudulent writing site and not worth waisting your time on.
N  4th of May, 2017 by    0 Votes
@nessmd Please reply to this and let me know whether you received a rejection or acceptance. I do not hold back any content so you absolutely must have heard by now. It is unfortunate that people who come to this site to complain about us never return when they discover their fears were unwarranted.
N  4th of May, 2017 by    -2 Votes
@nessmd Actually I just checked my email and think I have found your emails - it was the list about weight loss methods right? My records show that the list was rejected. We have previously published lists about bizarre diets so this was rejected as a duplicate (as per our author's guide linked on the submissions form, we don't accept lists that are too similar to previously published lists).
N  25th of Jun, 2017 by    0 Votes
@Jamie Frater - Listverse Hello mister Jamie, i just sent you an email with some possible subjects. Sorry to use this site to tell you, it's just in case you miss the email. Thank you.
A  9th of Aug, 2017 by    0 Votes
It's a real longshot having a list accepted by Listverse and getting paid! Mr. Frater made it clear, Listverse onlt accepts 3 list per day out of 150+ submitted daily, and their requirements for acceptance are stringent, and it's very difficult to meet those requirements. So most people should not waste their time and effort on such a crapshhoot.
It's just not worth the time and effort to write a list for such a slight chance of making $100!
The main problem I have with Listverse, though, is that I can go to YouTube, and find hundreds of list type of videos, such as from AllTime Top 10 or from Hybrid Librarian, and others, with mostly the same type of subject matter that Listverse itself wants. YouTube also doesn't need to reject videos either. There is no need, in reality, to go to sites like Listverse to find interesting list. just go to YouTube or any other video hosting site.
D  27th of Sep, 2017 by    0 Votes
I have written 6 articles for listverse and they have all been published. I followed the rules precisely, do my research and have gotten paid. I'm currently waiting on two payouts for my list. I think it takes a long time to receive payment but overall I've had to no qualms with it. I don't know work for listverse and only recently started writing for the site because it helps to pay for bits of my student loans.
N  6th of Oct, 2017 by    0 Votes
I have submitted a list to the Listverse on august 14, 2017. Since then, I haven’t received any response from them, either rejection or acceptance. I have tried to contact both their submission staff and the founder itself, in this case, Mr. Jamie at least twice. Still no reply whatsoever. Please at least inform me if my list was rejected. It was about Citizen Science, by the way.
N  14th of Nov, 2017 by    0 Votes
Just dropped listverse an entertaining and readable essay. Ill let you all know what the outcome is... As people have said, some of the content already published makes you question exactly what it is they are looking for... 10 incredible facts about ravens being something I personally couldnt give a [censor] about. Anyway, here's to making a $100... Or not.
N  14th of Nov, 2017 by    0 Votes
Hi Theta,
Could you please post the links to your 6 articles? I would be interested to read them for reference.

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