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Insider Secrets to Pitching Washingtonian

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Online, Washingtonian says two best areas for writers to break into the magazine are “Spotlight” (snapshot people pieces in about 250 words ) and “Capital Comment” (political gossip, personalities, etc.).

Mediabistro’s Blake Gernstetter delves deeper in an interview with Washingtonian Features Editor Denise Wills and learns that longer profiles and first-person narratives are wanted. On a special note Willis stresses the need for “service” stories on home design and beauty.

Wills remarks, “Those service-driven, more evergreen pieces should be between 500 and 2,000 words. “Sidebar ideas are always helpful,” adds Wills, as are suggestions for art.

Online opportunities are almost nil as most writing online is done in-house.

Above all, Willis says, the local D.C. angle is key.
Lead time: 4-6 months; Pay: &.75 per word.

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