Over the years I have had a number of things published in magazines. I have had letters, handy hints and photos published. The photos were mostly of various pets.Most times there was a money payment and it was exciting to find a cheque in my letter box.About ten years ago I won a bread maker for quote of the month. I have also received a skin care pack, CD player and a watch.
I once wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and it was published - albeit in edited form. It felt really good to have my opinion heard and valued in that way. I didn't receive any 'prize' per se, but the fact that it was chosen for publication was enough for me.
A particular TV mag had a 'featured movie' of the week. It so happened that my fave movie star's films were featured two weeks in a row.
So I wrote in about that, & it was published, as well as an answer stating that that particular 'star' was having a 'feature' done on him the next week, in the mag!