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Land $2 Per Word at O, The Oprah Magazine

After launching in 2000 through a partnership with Hearst, O, The Oprah Winfrey Magazine has amassed a dozen ASME nods and won numerous accolades. Although it has some heavy newsstand competition, O‘s health editor Jihan Thompson said the pub differentiates itself in its service to readers: “[O] really has this positive, uplifting tone that I find is really the mission of the magazine.”

About half of the pub’s content is freelance written and, lucky for you enterprising scribes, the pub is now accepting pitches for many of its sections. Get details on what to pitch, plus contact info for editors in How To Pitch: O, The Oprah Magazine. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

Vibe‘s Jermaine Hall on What It Really Takes to Be EIC

In the same year that music mags Blender and Giant folded, Vibe shuttered, as well. But, luckily for the iconic mag, it was snapped up by a private equity firm, and editor-in-chief Jermaine Hall was brought on to resurrect the pub. And resurrect it, he did.

In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do?, Hall explains how the mag is winning again and gives advice to aspiring EICs.

“A lot of things that come with being editor-in-chief aren’t necessarily drilled down into the day-to-day tasks,” he said. “It’s a lot of schmoozing; it’s a lot of fixing relationships; it’s a lot of bartering; it’s a lot of people skills, I would say. It’s really going out there to be the ambassador of the brand on all levels.”

For more, read So What Do You Do, Jermaine Hall, Editor-in-Chief of Vibe?

Washingtonian Wants Your First Person Stories

This week brings the third part of our popular series, Personal Essay Markets. The first and second installments highlighted 30 pitchable personal essay markets, and the latest installment brings you 15 more.

Some of the featured outlets offer up to $2 a word for your first-person piece, so whether your reflecting on running for Runner’s World or on D.C. for Washingtonian, our guide can help you find the right pub for your musings.

Read more at Personal Essay Markets, Part III. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

Pitch Features and More to Parent & Child

Parent & Child coverWith 60 percent of the content written by freelancers, Parent & Child is one of the rare pubs that accepts feature pitches from new writers. Bonus: it also pays up to $2 per word.

Nick Friedman, editor-in-chief, explained that his staff is looking for writers who can channel their personal experience  and speak to parents on a personal level. “We want to hear some bold ideas, and we want to know about human interest stories that all parents can relate to and that help provide solutions for families.”

Friedman also stressed that he wants the publication to have material that tackles issues and contemporary subjects through a fresh perspective. “We are not some stuffy, goody-goody parenting title,” he said.

For more, read How to Pitch: Parent & Child [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

Nicholas Braun

Cover Politics and More at Uptown

Freelancers looking to reach successful and ambitious African-Americans can pitch any section of UPTOWN. Current editor-in chief Isoul Harris loves pieces that tap into black Hollywood, but he is also looking for material that will help beef up the bimonthly publication’s coverage of politics, as well as investigative and research articles that explore country-wide issues. “Especially with the re-election of Barack Obama, I think it really said a lot about this new America that we live in, and I want to the magazine to be reflective of that.” he said.

Although all of the printed content is eventually posted at uptownmagazine.com, editors are also looking for originaly, buzz-worthy articles for the website, as well.

For more, read How to Pitch: UPTOWN [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

Nicholas Braun

Score $1 a Word at Cosmopolitan for Latinas

Launched in May of 2012, Cosmopolitan for Latinas bills itself as “the spirit of Cosmo with a Latina sensibility and the Latina voice.” Although half of the pub is freelance-written, editors say they would love to receive more ideas.  ”At this point, [I] haven’t received a ton of pitches,” said managing editor Jessica Rodriguez.

Anything with a unique angle will catch the editors’ eyes, and a good example from the latest issue is a piece called “I Won’t Date a Latin Guy.” “That’s an actual real topic that a lot of Latinas discuss, and it’s sort of an unspoken, but never really verbalized or articulated idea… We’re really trying to bring those issues to the table and really have an honest conversation about them,” said Rodriguez.

For more, read How To Pitch: Cosmopolitan for Latinas. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

Freelance Assignments Flow at Canoe & Kayak

No sections are off-limits to pitches at Canoe & Kayak, where 60 percent of the content is freelance written. Though the editors have a stable of writers they assign to, they are always on the lookout for new voices and ideas — just make sure they’re original.

“Please don’t come to us with an idea that we’ve heard before,” said editor Jeff Moag“Don’t send us the same queries you send the Sunday Travel section. You’ve got to have an angle, and it’s got to pertain to canoeing and kayaking.” The editors themselves are canoe and kayak enthusiasts and take to the field as much as possible, deadline permitting.

For more info, read How To Pitch: Canoe & Kayak. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

Find a Home For Your Personal Essay

“What is most personal is also the most universal,” said the Dutch writer Henri Nouwen. Perhaps that’s why such content is in demand by readers and editors alike.

In this update to one of our most popular series, we’ve gathered some of the top markets and listed them, including details on pay, word count, submission etiquette and insider tips from the editors themselves. We’ll cover even more markets in Part II and Part III, and will present an updated guide to digital outlets in Part IV.

Read the full article in Personal Essay Markets, Part I. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

Editors Are Hungry for Pitches at Relish

Half of all freelancer pitches get the green light at Relish, and editors are always hungry for more. Launched in 2006 to celebrate America’s love for food, the pub enjoys a large readership thanks to its status as a newspaper-distributed magazine.

Now that its parent company has a new CEO, “We are looking towards being a total multimedia company, not just print,” said editor-in-chief Jill Melton.

Relish tells stories of the people, places and things behind the food, and editors like queries with national appeal and a good sense of place. Think you’ve got a great idea? Get more details and editors’ contact info in How To Pitch: Relish. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

Girls’ Life Wants Writers With the Right Voice

When EIC and publisher of Girls’ Life Karen Bokram was working for Seventeen, she approached her boss to suggest that the magazine add a section for younger teens. Many girls younger than the pub’s targeted audience wrote in, but the EIC wasn’t into the idea: “We make magazines for advertisers, not readers,” she told Bokram. So she struck out on her own and founded the Baltimore-based tween mag Girl’s Life, which has been going strong for almost 20 years.

What types of articles keep tweens coming back for more? “Girls are always going to get their period, girls are always going to be freaked out by bras, girls are always going to think their parents are embarrassing and girls are always going to be confused by guys,” Bokram said.

Get more guidelines in How To Pitch: Girls’ Life. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

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