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How To Pitch

Sports Illustrated for Kids Seeks Stories on Young, Local Athletes

For sports writers looking to pitch to Sports Illustrated for Kids, their best bet at a byline might be finding a story in their own hometown. Instead of proposing a feature on a major league baseball player or big-name football star, freelancers should pitch the sports mag, whose target readers are boys ages 7 to 15, a profile of a star athlete on the local level.  Newly installed managing editor Mark Bechtel says:

If a freelancer says, ‘Hey, there’s a 13-year-old kid who is a great young basketball player, and he’s got some sort of charity that’s sending sports equipment to kids in under-developed areas’ — that’s something that we’re not going to know about [and would want to cover].

Freelancers should also send pitches to the mag’s digital component, SIKids.com. Online editor Dante Ciampaglia notes that the site is held to the same high standard of the print publication and wants stories that highlight “the fun side of sports as well as things like good sportsmanship.”

For more tips, including editors’ contact info, read: How To Pitch: Sports Illustrated for Kids.

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Pitch Practical Advice to Scribes for The Writer

The-Writer-Article3The Writer has been instructing and inspiring readers since 1887. The mag covers the nuts-and-bolts of writing, with everything from how-to stories and reported articles to narrative essays.

The pub is 60 to 70 percent freelance written and editors want queries on concrete topics, by novice and experienced writers alike. Article length varies from 300 to 3,000 words, and there are plenty of regular features to choose from. These include:

• Breakthrough – First-person articles about a writer’s experience in “breaking through” to a market, which includes advice and lessons learned. This section runs about 700 words.
Freelance Success – Tips on the business of freelancing in about 1,000 words.
Writing Essentials – These articles cover the craft of writing. The section runs 800 words and should include a sidebar with resources.
How I Write – An interview with an author that contains a short bio and runs about 600 words.

To learn more about the mag, including editors’ contact details, read: How To Pitch: The Writer.

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New You Seeks Freelancers Who’ve Covered the Medical Beat

The mission of New You, a new lifestyle magazine for women that targets the often-underserved 35-and-up demographic, is “providing credible and accurate information on how to be relevant as you age,” says executive editor Ruchel Louis Coetzee.

The quarterly magazine is open to freelance pitches across all sections, but those freelancers who have written well-reported health pieces are especially of interest:

[Coetzee] notes that journalists who are familiar with medical terms and can provide writing samples of articles that focus on the medical subjects discussed in the publication (e.g. cancer, probiotics and stem cells) are encouraged to send pitches for the “Medical” department.

For more information on what New You editors want, read: How to Pitch: New You.

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Grandparents.com, a Lifestyle Site for the Baby-Boomer Generation

Grandparents.com is not the hub for people seeking advice on hearing aids and assisted-living facilities; it’s a site that caters to grandparents who are as young as 52, says editor-in-chief Ellen Breslau.

Freelancers will be pleased to hear that no section of the site is off limits to pitches. However, Breslau admits it’s “gotta be a ‘wow’ pitch,” as the site already has 15 regular contributors.

Breslau also warns against sending in pitches that deal with disciplining grandkids or how to get along with adult children. As for dos, Breslau says:

People should think in terms of modern-day grandparenting and aging. People are much more vibrant and active and healthy these days. They travel, and they have second and third careers. We are really speaking to that person.”

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Brain, Child, the Literary Mag for Mothers, Adds Poetry, Expanded Reviews Section

Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers launched in 2000 and has been lauded for its award-winning content. When editor-in-chief Marcelle Soviero took the helm in 2012, she said one of her goals was to keep the “major tenants of the magazine” in place. That is, she would continue to publish short stories, essays and features that offered a “cerebral experience” for its readers.

There have also been some recent changes that are providing new opportunities for freelancers, such as a forthcoming poetry section, for which Soviero is eager to find freelancers and established poets. In addition, a broader reviews section means writers should send pitches on books with a motherly, literary angle. Just make sure you have an understanding of the magazine. Soviero said:

Brain, Child doesn’t publish the typical how-tos and product reviews found in many service-oriented parenting magazines and websites. Pitches should have a literary quality. Perspectives should be parent-focused rather than child-centric.

For more on what the editors want, read: How to Pitch: Brain Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers.

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A Relaunched Good Seeks Multimedia Pieces With an Emphasis on the ‘Global Citizen’

It is rare to see a magazine return to print after stopping the presses, but Good has done just that, returning to magazine shelves in the last quarter of 2013.

Rather than focusing on chasing news stories, editorial director Joshua Neuman says that the magazine has a stronger interest in the idea of the “global citizen.” Since its relaunch, the magazine has become more open to pitches from freelancers for both its online and print components. In fact, the magazine is now comprised of 80 percent freelance content and Neuman says he accepts “as much as possible.”

Each issue is focused on a theme, such as urban sustainability or waste, so it would be in writers’ best interest to pitch accordingly and provide supplementary content. Neuman says:

We are invested in telling stories across various multimedia platforms and exploring new ways of telling these stories. The multimedia content should be intrinsic to the story being pitched. Ultimately, a strong story or irresistible idea has the best chance of being accepted — no matter what medium or media.

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Pitch The Root Stories on Faith and Happenings in the Western United States

The Root, the news website that reports on today’s world from the perspective of African-Americans, aims to not only publish timely, thought-provoking stories, but also to be a “part of the conversation that’s going on in the [black] community,” says managing editor Lyne Pitts.

Writers are encouraged to join that conversation by pitching relevant stories on politics, pop culture, sports and entertainment. But there are other untapped themes that Pitts hopes to expand upon — and could very well get your pitch a second look:

Our folks are people of faith. If you look at any survey, the majority of African-Americans consider themselves churchgoers. We don’t talk about the importance of faith in people’s lives and we don’t have people we go to as freelance writers in the faith community. I think that’s important and that’s an area where we could see some improvement.

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Artful Storytellers of Memorable Facts Can Earn $1 a Word at Mental Floss

For writers who spend hours at a time online clicking through random Wikipedia pages, or reading about the great history of the cheese-rolling festival and its affects on England or the travels of a great piece of art, Mental Floss might just be the right publication with which to share all that knowledge.

Described by editor-in-chief Jessanne Collins as the magazine for readers “interested in learning things they didn’t even know they were interested in learning,” Mental Floss is all about giving its readers an “academic takeaway” via artful storytelling.

Half of the magazine is freelance written content, with stories on subjects ranging from economics and biology to literature. Balancing the academic information and skillful storytelling is important, but the facts in the story are what really seal the deal.

“We love to have memorable facts — the kind of thing that you can’t wait to tell friends or love to pull out of your back pocket while making small talk,” says Collins. Include a couple of those in your pitch, and you’ll be that much closer to an assignment.

For more information on how to pitch for the magazine and its online counterpart, read: How To Pitch: Mental Floss.

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The Latin Kitchen Seeks Writers Who Are Experts in Latin Culture and Cuisine

The Latin Kitchen, launched in conjunction with Latina magazine in 2012, taps into the traditions of acculturated, English-speaking Latinos. The site was created as ”a place to celebrate and stay connected to culture through food,” said editor-at-large Marie Elena Martinez.

The good news for freelancers is that no section is off-limits for pitches. “We love to find new voices,” said Martinez, who added that if you’ve successfully pitched a story, it’s a good bet you’ll stay on the editors’ roster:

Once a freelancer has landed an assignment, it’s likely he or she will continue writing for the site; editors have ongoing relationships with trusted freelancers. In addition to accepting new pitches from them, editors regularly reach out to their established stable of writers to assign articles based on ideas and concepts generated during biweekly editorial meetings.

Writers should demonstrate strong cultural competence when pitching stories to The Latin Kitchen. If you’re an expert on Latin cuisine or culture, you stand a better chance of nabbing an assignment.

For more on the The Latin Kitchen and the stories editors are looking for, read: How To Pitch: The Latin Kitchen.

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Skift Aims to Be the ‘Homepage of the Travel Industry’

Travel writing never seems to lend itself to hard facts or analysis, but, instead, more dramatic tales of great (or terrible) vacations. However, Skift, the website founded by Jason Clampet and Rafat Ali, has a mission to be the hub for travel news — or, as Clampet put it, ”the homepage of the travel industry.”

The two-year-old site publishes stories that are analysis based and thoroughly reported. All departments are open to freelancers, and these cover everything from transportation and hotel news to tourism company initiatives.

And one section is devoted to tech:

“Digital” is another data-driven department that includes tech-related travel stories, such as how travel companies are using apps and other new technologies to boost their business. Clampet said stories covering online booking are often found in this section.

For more pitching tips and the editor’s contact information, read: How to Pitch: Skift.

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