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How To Get Published In Real Simple

RealSimpleReal Simple, the monthly women’s lifestyle mag, is on the lookout for fresh new writers. The pub covers a broad range of topics, everything from health and beauty to parenting, food and fashion, among others.

The mag is 60 percent freelance written and pays $2 a word. So what section is right for new pitches? Deputy editor Noelle Howey has some advice for writers looking to break in:

Though most of Real Simple is pitchable, the FOB is particularly freelancer friendly. Naturally, Howey advises new freelancers to start there. For “Health,” editors are looking for a wide range of topics: Nutrition, fitness, hygiene, metabolism, weight loss, skincare and more are all covered here and, if you can weave a pitch that tackles multiple health-related subjects at once, even better.

For editors contact info and more pitching advice, read: How To Pitch: Real Simple.

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This Southern Literary Pub is on the Hunt for New Writers

OxfordAmericanThe Oxford American is not your average Southern magazine. The pub isn’t chock full of tips on how to create the perfect barbecue, but is instead filled with poetry, fiction, memoirs and essays on the idiosyncrasies of Southern living.

The mag is is 100 percent freelance written and every section is open for pitches. Assistant editor Maxwell George has some tips for freelancers looking to break in:

If eds could orchestrate the perfect pitch, George says, it would consist of a few short paragraphs, preferably including the lede or some passage that shows the intended tone and style of the piece, followed by an explanation of how the story would be technically executed. Freelancers don’t have to be from the South to spin stories about the states down under, but they do need to have a strong grasp of their subject matter and focus on the regional angle.

For more tips of how to get published plus editors contact info, read: How To Pitch: Oxford American.

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Adventure-Driven Stories Land $1.50 A Word At Outside

Outside

Outside magazine has evolved over the years and no longer focuses solely on active lifestyle. Of course, the monthly mag still boasts articles on exploration, sports, adventure and fitness. But now, it also carries pop culture, tech and science stories.

The pub’s content is 70 percent freelance and the readership is predominantly male — although not all of them are the typical “outdoorsy” rock climber you might expect. Many city dwellers read the mag too. The pub has a newly redesigned website, which is also open to pitches. So how do freelancers break in?

“A pitch on the best hikes in the National Parks probably won’t get you far,” said senior editor Abe Streep. But travel news that leads to actionable service — say, a story on how the Grand Canyon’s new permitting system for rafters affects readers — is very welcome. News that leads to service is the ideal: new lodges, new technology, new training tools.

To hear more advice from Streep and get editors’ contact info, read: How To Pitch: Outside.

– Aneya Fernando

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‘Inspire, Inform and Entertain’ For $2 A Word at AARP

AARP The Magazine, the highly successful magazine focused on the 50-plus crowd, is looking for fresh writers. The mag has a readership of 34 million, and even better: 60 percent of their content comes from freelancers. Marilyn Milloy, deputy editor, explains the magazine’s mission:

Our greater mission is to redefine aging in America by showing that attitude, aspiration and actions are more relevant to quality of life than how old you are,” she said. “We don’t have direct competitors, but magazines in our competitive set would include Reader’s Digest, More, Prevention and Money. We overlap with all of them. But we’re unique because of our size and our laser focus on people over 50. These are the people who most matter to us, so we show their images and offer content based on where they are in their lives — whether it’s advising how to get the most from their healthcare dollars, their work, their travel or their grocery shopping.

So what kind of stories actually make it into the magazine? For editors’ contact info and more, read How To Pitch: AARP The Magazine.

Aneya Fernando

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Land a Byline at the Widely Circulated Better Homes and Gardens

For almost a century, Better Homes and Gardens has been offering actionable advice on everything from decorating and gardening to personal and family well-being. No sections are off-limits to freelancers in the book, and landing a byline means your work is sent to its 7.6 million-plus subscribers. Not only is it a chance to get many eyeballs for your writing – the pub also pays its freelancers up to $2 a word.

While editors at the mag regularly come up with ideas in house and assign them to writers who they regularly work with, “I really am always hungry for story pitches,” said senior deputy home editor Kelly Kegans. “The better pitches that we end up running with, by and large, come from outside.” All sections of the book are open to freelance pitches, and unlike many other mags, editors don’t discourage newbies from pitching the feature well. “It just depends on the strength of their story idea, more than anything,” she said.

For editors contact info and more, read How To Pitch: Better Homes and Gardens.

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Connect with TV Fans and Home Cooks at Food Network Magazine

Food Network MagazineWhether we’re clenching our teeth in anxiety while watching Chopped or wishing we we had Guy Fieri‘s job on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, we seem to love watching shows about food as much as we love consuming it.

For those who enjoy writing about food as much as they love eating it, Food Network Magazine is the perfect place to pitch. The best-selling mag features various recipes and cuisines, as well as everything from gear, cookbooks, health, food science, food styling, entertaining, kitchens, travel, shopping and restaurants.

For pitching etiquette and editors’ contact info, read How to Pitch: Food Network Magazine.

Sherry Yuan

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Personal Essays Wanted at Spirituality and Health

Spirituality And Health

Unlike many health and wellness magazines, Spirituality and Health is actively seeking strong first-person narratives. Plus, 75 percent of the book is freelance-written.

The newly redesigned mag features timely coverage of hot topics in spirituality and wellness, and has a commitment to in-depth reporting.

“We continue to be committed to our mission of exploring the frontiers of spirituality and health, and we have moved into environmental and humanitarian issues, as well,” editor-in-chief Karen Bouris said of the changes.

For pitching etiquette and editors’ contact info, read How to Pitch: Spirituality and Health.

Sherry Yuan

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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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