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New Writers Welcome at Shape

Shape

It’s time to apply the bikini bod workout to the pitch, journos. If your pitch is fresh, editors at Shape are interested: “We absolutely are open to new writers,” said deputy editor Jeanine Detz.

The mag, with its 1.6 million circulation, is dedicated to helping women shape their lives — no matter what their shape.

“We are trying to give readers practical ways to work health, fitness and nutrition into their lives,” said Detz. “We’re not just reaching for the person who’s super fit or the person who’s not-so-fit; we really offer information for everyone on the spectrum.”

For tips on how to really impress editors, read How to Pitch: Shape.

Sherry Yuan

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Land Up to $2 Per Word at Glamour

Glamour

Editors at Glamour know that any woman’s life is a series of multiple moving parts; that’s why the mag aims to cover everything from fashion and beauty to music and real life stories.

Writers deliver content that counts, like the latest skin cancer risks and tips for asking for a raise at work, but executive editor Mikki Halpin notes that they also infuse fun and humor into the pages. Reading an issue of Glamour is like “that conversation that you have with your girlfriends who are all really well-informed and stylish and kind,” she said, “and you’re getting this information, not in a dictatorial, PhD sort of way, but from this really smart, cool person who’s your peer.”

Got the latest scoop? For pitching etiquette and editors’ contact info, read How to Pitch: Glamour.

Sherry Yuan

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Captivate Queen City Readers at Cincinnati

Cincinnati

While Cincinnati is a regional mag, editors pride themselves on living up to standards more akin to national pubs.

Similarly, although the magazine is aimed at an “affluent, upper middle class, well-educated readership,” editorial is not pigeonholed by demographics, said executive editor Linda Vaccariello.

A feature in the May 2012 issue, for instance, detailed the short but rich-in-spirit life and bizarre death of a punk drummer nicknamed “Bones.” She explained, “We knew this was the sort of human-interest story that our readers are compelled to. They read the newspaper; they’re just as puzzled as the rest of us about who this guy was and how he came to lose his life in such a strange circumstance.”

For details on pitching etiquette and editors’ contact info, read How to Pitch: Cincinnati.

Sherry Yuan

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Bitch is Seeking Contemporary Feminist Voices

Bitch magazine

By focusing on gender issues and the media, Bitch acts as a tool-kit for all those who engage in social justice and feminist criticism (no, feminist is not another word for lesbian), and editors are looking for writers who can provide smart, thought-provoking commentary on pop culture.

With few staff writers to fill in the gaps, freelancers have more opportunities to land a byline. “We rely on freelancers to pitch us,” stressed editor-in-chief Kjerstin Johnson. “If we generate an idea in house, we may send a query to a group of established freelancers,” but she emphasizes that the Bitch team is hungry for solid stories with new angles.

For more details and editors’ contact info, read How To Pitch: Bitch.

Sherry Yuan

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Become a Travel Writer for Afar

AfarAt Afar, editors are looking for culture-savvy freelancers to cover destinations abroad and in the U.S. with an in-depth perspective. Translation: no five-star hotels or resorts, please.

In a survey, almost 90 percent of Afar readers said they “visit places most travelers don’t see” and 74 percent agree that they “stay in one place longer to experience its culture,” even participating in local events. This isn’t the Hawaiian-shirt-and-fanny-pack wearing group.

With that in mind, freelancers are welcome to pitch creative ideas that help these globetrotters learn even more about their next destinations. For pitching etiquette and editors’ contact info, read How To Pitch: Afar.

Sherry Yuan

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How to Write for The Atlantic

The AtlanticJournos with distinctive voices can land a byline at The Atlantic, part of America’s great literary legacies. The mag was founded by a lit lover’s dream team, including Harriet Beecher Stowe, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Over the years, the mag has broadened its editorial content to include politics, the economy and cultural trends, but the mainstay of the collective remains to be editorial impartiality. “One of our taglines is ‘we are no party of clique.’ That goes back to 1857 when we were founded,” said editor Scott Stossel, “that we would be unaffiliated with any specific ideological approach or political party. That remains the case today.”

With that in mind, freelancers are welcome to think creatively about current political and cultural issues. For pitching etiquette and editor’s contact info, read How To Pitch: The Atlantic.

Sherry Yuan

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Connect with Parents at The Bump

The Bump

Journos covering anything related to parenthood can land a byline at The Bump, one-third of XO Group’s life stage publications (The Knot, The Nest). The pub, named a top women’s website by Forbes, is all about helping the blushing brides and grooms from The Knot prepare for the joyous roller coaster ride of pregnancy and babyhood.

“Our readers are very smart and they don’t want to be talked down to, so we may address similar topics as other magazines but our voice is very unique. It’s conversational, sometimes humorous, sometimes a little snarky or with a little attitude,” explained Elena Mauer, deputy editor of the site. “We don’t believe in TMI but we don’t sugarcoat things.”

With that in mind, freelancers are welcome to think creatively about all of the info new moms (and dads) need as they embark on parenthood. For pitching etiquette and editors’ contact info, read How To Pitch: The Bump.

Sherry Yuan

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How to Write for Good Housekeeping

Good Housekeeping

At more than 125 years old, Good Housekeeping is one of those titles people recognize just because, even if they’ve never read an issue. At the top of 2013, the mag underwent an extreme makeover, complete with an updated logo and content revamp.

“We did a lot of research, and we wanted to make sure we were keeping pace with our readers’ lives. We wanted to give them more fun in the magazine,” explained executive editor Janet Soroto. “People are so stressed out now that they don’t want anyone telling them what they need to do.”

To achieve that, editors create an intentional mix of recipes, health stories, first-person narratives, articles, beauty advice, and weight loss and nutrition tips, much of it ripe for freelance pitching. For writers’ guidelines and editors’ info, read How to Pitch: Good Housekeeping.

Sherry Yuan

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How to Get Your Pitch to the Right Editor

Creating a winning magazine article idea and then articulating it into a knockout query letter is challenging enough for most writers, but all that hard work can be pointless if the pitch never reaches the right editor.

Let’s look at a few common obstacles, shall we? The editor who once covered the column you’re interested in has moved to a rival publication, but his name is still listed on his former pub’s masthead. No. 2: You’ve found the right editor and know for a fact she still works at the pub, but her email address keeps bouncing back. Or, you call the magazine simply to ask who handles a section, but no one ever… answers… the… phone. Arggh! Why is it so hard to find an editor’s contact information in the first place?

For tried and true tips from successful writers, read 7 Ways to Track Down a Magazine Editor.

Sherry Yuan

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Bring Your Perspective to The Root

The Root screenshot“There is power in looking,” said bell hooks, in Black Looks: Race and Representation, back in 1992. She encouraged black women to develop a critical gaze toward the way they were represented in Hollywood films as a means to create  their own identities. Things have come a long way since then; the world now knows its first black president. However, that’s not saying that race and identity issues no longer exist.

At The Root, freelancers have the opportunity to join the discussion about topics affecting the black community today. The online publication, launched in 2008, covers the nation’s biggest news stories — with an African-American angle. “The idea was to bring smart, thoughtful pieces that bring a black perspective to the news of the day and reflect the conversations that black people are having,” explained Lauren Williams, deputy editor.

The  pub welcomes freelancers to share their stories and experiences, given that they provide a fresh and creative prespective.

For pitching etiquette and editors’ contact info, read How To Pitch: The Root.

Sherry Yuan

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