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What the Washingtonian Wants from a Personal Essay

magazines_articleIn part three of our four-part Personal Essay Markets series, we spoke with editors from 15 different mags to get the details on what they’re looking for in a personal essay.

Here, an editor from the Washingtonian shares his advice on pitching the pub’s “First Person” section:

Washingtonian – “First Person”
The back-page essay in this magazine should have a Washington, D.C., angle, and it’s best if the writer lives in or has lived in the area. Past examples include an essay by a 15-year-old heart transplant recipient about meeting her donor family, and a piece by a public defender about how she does work that many find indefensible.
Length: 600 words
Pay: $1 a word
Assigning editor: Bill O’Sullivan, BOSULLIVAN at WASHINGTONIAN dot COM
O’Sullivan’s advice: “Get in fast — 600 words isn’t much space, so you have to set up your story quickly. Be sure you have something to say (an essay as opposed to an anecdote) and fill it with as many specific details and mini anecdotes as possible. Keep in mind that this is a story, not an opinion piece.”

For more, including similar details about Working Mother, read: Personal Essay Markets, Part III.

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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]

The Grossest Thing You’ll Read Today

Monday evening on Twitter was hard to handle. With the BCS National Championship Game, the death of Richard Ben Cramer and the premier of ABC’s “The Bachelor”, we were hit with randomness from all angles. When you think you’re ready for anything, you get a tweet that totally throws you off your game and has you asking, “WTF?!?!”

That’s exactly what happened late Monday evening when Catherine Andrews, Director of Digital Content at Home Front Communications and former Editorial Director at Washingtonian, sent out a tweet that shook us to the core.

What was the terrorizing tweet? Read more

Washingtonian Is Looking for ‘New, Talented Writers’

“We’re always looking for new, talented writers,” says Washingtonian‘s features editor Denise Wills.

The magazine is “the region’s top source of information for dining, shopping, entertainment and personalities,” and covers the entire D.C. metropolitan area, including Maryland and Virginia. The pub has a broad scope, but as long as your pitch has a Washington angle, you have a good chance of piquing the editors’ interest.

“We cover a wide range of subjects, but… it either is something that helps you understand Washington better or tells you how to live better here,” said Wills.

Washingtonian editors are hungry for well-reported features about culture, politics, local personalities, Washington institutions and life in the capital region. Editors are also seeking service stories: “We could especially use some more pitches on home design and beauty,” said Wills.

For more info on what to pitch, read How To Pitch: Washingtonian. [subscription required]

Situps on the Sidewalk, Why Not?

Something strange is in the air at 19th and L St. NW this afternoon. Washingtonian Editor-at-Large Carol Joynt not only captured a guy dancing in the street from her office window, but not long after, a man dropped and began doing sit-ups.

“Must be Halloween,” she writes. “Next I want to see unicorns.”

It’s worth a watch, especially Mr. Sit-ups.

All (Oliver) Stoned Out


Washington has been saturated with Oliver Stone this week.

Here’s a glimpse of the Hollywood director on one leg of his whirlwind press tour around town to promote his new film, “South of the Border.” On Thursday he entered blogger Carol Joynt‘s Q & A Cafe.

Joynt offered guests to the Georgetown Ritz’s Cafe a brash, entertaining interview with Stone as well as an exquisite plate of sea bass, frisee salad and chocolate cupcakes. She began the interview by saying, “I consider you a good-looking man.” She then asked the director about everything from his mustache, to his contempt for the media to his befriending and directing leaders like Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Joynt asked if CBS’s “60 Minutes” had ever approached him. Stone said, no, they hadn’t. “Maybe they’ll do a superficial picture of my career at the end of my life.”

The Ritz restaurant is upscale, both Joynt and Stone went for the relaxed look, clad in blue jeans. Joynt wore a dark shirt, dark jeans; Stone donned jeans, a dark blazer and powder blue button-down-shirt paired with a dark tie and hard black lace up shoes.

Journalists who showed up to the event included Washingtonian‘s Shane Harris and Editor-in-Chief Garrett Graff, former TWT gossip scribe Stephanie Green and the Washington Examiner’s Tara Palmeri.

The food was delicious and guests appeared to be amused by Stone’s presence and the interview. “Feel free to say I had two cupcakes,” remarked Green.

On the subject of the Washington media and Stone’s attempt to get press this week, Stone was unabashed. Though his male suited publicist was determined to whisk him out of the hotel restaurant as quickly as possible without speaking to reporters, Stone had something to say about D.C. coverage of him this week:

“Get what you can,” he told FishbowlDC with a wide smile.

Watch Joynt’s interview on D.C. Cable/Channel 16 this weekend and throughout next week.
In the meantime, watch it also here.

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Joynt and Stone

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Palmeri and Green

‘The Real Housewives’ Love D.C. Pubs (and the Feeling is Mutual)


All kinds of publications benefit from the upcoming Bravo’s “Real Housewives of D.C.” Bravo’s Andy Cohen has blogged about the show on HuffPost. Catherine Ommanney, a British housewife, is married to a Newsweek photographer. Mary Amons, another housewife, says Washingtonian magazine hooked her up by picking her husband to be a “style setter”. The publisher, she says, is a a “close” friend. That would be Cathy Merrill Williams.

Mary Amons, is described by WaPo as the “super-mom who lives in a McMansion in McLean.” In Wednesday’s take on the show by WaPo’s Lisa de Moraes, she reveals a relationship between Amons and Washingtonian that sounds cozy:

“Mary’s husband, meanwhile, has been chosen one of D.C.’s style setters by Washingtonian magazine because the publisher is “one of my best friends and she’s really hooking me up,” Mary explains as she winks at the camera.”

FishbowlDC sought comment from Washingtonian this morning. A request for comment was not yet returned. Should the publication have a response later in the day we will bring it to you.