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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 17 to 23 Winners

#1 Stuart W. Bedford $200 Editor's Pick

There’s a Cure for Addiction—& It’s Not what You Think.

#2 Linda Feliciano $108 Editor's Pick

Unexpected Ways Abandonment Trauma can Impact our Lives.

#3 Monika Carless $108 Editor's Pick

I Shut My Heart Down for 3 Years after a Major Heartbreak—& This is What Happened.

#4 Sharon A. DeNofa $108

The Only Kind of Romantic Love we will Ever Need.

#5 Roopa Swaminathan $75

When Nostalgia Strikes: Why I (sometimes) Miss the Lost Art of Letter Writing.

#6 Damini Grover $75

The #1 Gift we can Give Someone in a Relationship.

#7 Eleni Stephanides $75 Editor's Pick

6 Books that Capture LGBTQ+ Joys & Hardships.

#8 Rebekka Lehmann $50

How the F*ck?—5 Books to Read when we’re Curious about other People’s Sex Lives.

#9 Elizabeth Gordon $50

101 Tiny Blessings for when we Feel Ungrateful, Unhappy or Lost.

#10 Jodee Prouse $50

Love Lost & Gained: How my Dad Died on the Same Day I Found Him.



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