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Earn $1.50 a Word and Up at Fitness

Fitness-JuneThe target demographic for Fitness magazine is women who are serious about being healthy and staying active. This service-driven pub seeks to motivate and inspire readers with workouts, health advice, diet plans and more.

The mag is open to freelancers, but be creative with your pitch. Focus on an attention-grabbing idea, provide research to back up your claims and include clever suggestions for packaging the story. As for what to pitch:

Editors seek newsy, service-oriented pieces that would appeal to a health- and fitness-minded reader. Regular pitchable sections of the magazine include “Boost” (health and motivation), “Eat” (nutrition and food) and “Move” (fitness). Within each section are two- or three-page stories, as well as four-page features and reported pieces. Freelancers hoping to land a byline should come armed with breaking research on one of the magazine’s core topics.

For more tips and editors’ contact details, read: How To Pitch: Fitness.

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Airways Seeks Writers With Photo Skills and a Passion for Aviation

Airways-ArticleAirways, a magazine dedicated to the commercial airline industry, has recently been revamped. Newly installed publisher and editor-in-chief Enrique Perrella wants to broaden the reach of the 20-year-old pub and appeal to a younger generation of plane fanatics.

Perrella is looking for writers with a knack for photography and who share his readers’ love for aviation. All articles must be submitted with photos, so be upfront about your camera skills. Freelancers can pitch any section, and there are plenty to choose from:

Popular sections include “Airways Traveler,” comprised of trip reports in which the authors take a flight and document the experience with photos and airport reviews. A new department, “Airport & City Guide,” will offer readers a list of 10 things an aviation fan might do while on a layover at a particular airport. Another new department for the redesign, “Airways Top 10,” will showcase the best 10 things of a selected topic, such as the best in-flight entertainment, food or uniforms.

For more pitching tips, including editors’ contact details, read: How To Pitch: Airways.

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Earn $1.50 a Word and Up at Parents, the Mag for Millennial Moms

Parents-ArticleWhile there are plenty of magazines geared toward child-rearing and pregnancy, Parents identifies itself as being the parenting resource for millennial moms. Deputy editor Diane Debrovner explains that these new mothers are “visually minded, on-the-go and culturally sensitive.”

Parents seeks writers with a sense of humor that is “grounded in real-life experience.” And with 70 percent of the magazine being freelance written, there are plenty of opportunities for talented freelancers with clips from other national print mags. As for what to pitch:

Debrovner says Parents is looking for more pitches related to discipline and child behavior, as well as fresh ideas that speak to the “traits and values that parents want to instill in their kids to help them be successful adults,” such learning the importance of gratitude. She’s also seeking infant-focused features and wants to see articles with more real-life examples that parents can relate to and/or laugh about.

For more of what editors want, read: How To Pitch: Parents.

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Earn $1 a Word at Wine Enthusiast

Wine-Enthusiast-ArticleOver the years, Wine Enthusiast has gained a reputation as a highly respected pub for its reviews and news on what’s hot in the world of wine. Yet despite its name, the mag covers more than just the latest trends in cabernet sauvignon. It also offers readers food- and destination-based features, as well as coverage of beer and spirits because as managing editor Joe Czerwinski says, “very few people are drinking just wine.”

So where’s the best place for a Pinot-loving (or whiskey-loving) freelancers to get their foot in the door? The front-of-book, of course:

“What we’re looking for are pieces that identify trends and cover the ancillary aspects to wine appreciation, like dieting and travel,” says Czerwinski. These trends-driven stories run from 300 to 400 words. A successful pitch, he says, might be something like: “‘Hey, I noticed that there’s a particular wine style that’s popping up on all of the cool restaurant lists now, and it’s something your readers should be aware of.’ Or, ‘City X has a great wine scene your readers might not know about; I’ll tell them the top five or six wine bars they should be visiting.’”

To hear more about this pub, including editors’ contact details, read: How To Pitch: Wine Enthusiast.

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Earn Up to $1.50 a Word at Essence

Essence-ArticleEssence, which describes itself as the authority on black women, is celebrating 45 years as a newsstand mainstay, thanks in no small part to its loyal readers. As editor-in-chief Vanessa K. Bush puts it: “Black women come to Essence to get inspiration, insight and relevant information about our culture they cannot find anywhere else.”

The mag is 40 to 50 percent freelance written and many contributors are award-winning journalists. No need to be intimidated though — the pub welcomes new writers who can prove they have what it takes to land that coveted byline:

Editors enthusiastically invite new writers to pitch stories because they are, above all, interested in recruiting the right talent to speak to their readers. [They] are looking for writers with areas of expertise to generate compelling service pieces and news stories for each section that impart something — a fact, an anecdote, an idea — readers hadn’t encountered before. Three key elements by which to pitch: research, timeliness and relevance.

For more of what Essence editors want, read: How To Pitch: Essence.

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Get Your Personal Essay Published on Salon.com

PersonalEssaysIV-ArticleIn Part I, Part II and Part III of our Personal Essay Markets series, we covered 45 different print pubs all eager for your true stories. In the fourth and final installment of the series, we’re focusing on digital outlets.

We spoke with editors from 15 different online-only pubs, including Babble.com and Narratively, to find out what they’re looking for in a personal essay. Here, a Salon.com editor shares her advice:

Salon essays can be on any subject matter, but hot topics are families/parenting, sex and relationships, personal finance, body image, and pop culture.
Length: Varies, but roughly 1,500 words
Pay: $100 and up
Assigning editor: Sarah Hepola, SHEPOLA at SALON dot COM
Hepola’s advice: ”We’re looking for extraordinarily true life tales. I always ask writers to think of a story that only they can tell.”

To hear from the editors of outlets like Aeon Magazine and The Rumpus, read: Personal Essay Markets,Part IV.

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Professional Artist Seeks Pitches That ‘Represent the Entrepreneurial Art Community’

Professional-Artist-ArticleProfessional Artist is known as the “artist’s guide to making it.” This subscription-only pub for visual artists focuses on all things business — including law, marketing, portfolio development, exhibition presentation, communication skills as well as sales techniques.

The mag is 90 percent freelance written and editors are always on the hunt for new writers: “We are always looking for new voices and perspectives to fully represent the entrepreneurial art community,” [Jannett Roberts, publisher] says. Be sure to check the editorial calendar before sending in your pitch:

Roberts says the editorial calendar is set in advance, so editors will work to match topics with contributors who have a strong background in a specific area, such as art licensing or business development. Topics must relate to the art-business theme of the magazine. “We hardly cover technical applications of art making or critique art,” Roberts says. Freelancers are welcome to pitch features, which often range from 1,200 to 1,300 words.

For more pitching advice, read: How To Pitch: Professional Artist.

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Here’s What Runner’s World is Looking for in a Personal Essay

magazines_articleIn the first and second installments of our popular Personal Essay Markets series, we told you about 30 diverse pubs eager for your true-life tales.

In part three, we’ve got 15 more venues to share. Here, a Runner’s World editor gives her advice for pitching the popular mag:

Runner’s World – “Life & Times”
These essays about a running-related experience are open to a wide variety of voices (humorous, reflective, sentimental, etc.). Examples include how running helped a young adult with disabilities feel just like everyone else and how running with a little dog helped an expat overcome her fear of a big city.
Length: 500-600 words
Pay: $700 (generally)
Assigning editor: Christine Fennessy, CHRISTINE dot FENNESSY at RODALE dot COM
Fennessy’s advice: “Essays that work have a larger message. They aren’t just about your favorite run or something funny that happened on a run. The essays that work capture some insight that speaks to a broader audience.”

For more, including essay pitching tips for Saveur, read: Personal Essay Markets: Part III.

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Pitch Your Personal Essay to Marie Claire‘s Relationship Section

Personal-EssayIn our latest Journalism Advice column, we’ve got the second round of our Personal Essay Markets (see Part I here). If you’ve got a fascinating relationship story to tell, send it to Marie Claire. This is just one of the 15 markets we’ve compiled:

Marie Claire — “Love + Sex”
Marie Claire‘s “Love + Sex” section is looking for “strong, literary writing and non-formulaic essays based on compelling personal stories about the ways that smart, empowered women are navigating relationships and romance, heartbreak and sexuality, partnership and singlehood,” said editor Whitney Joiner.
Length: 1,000-1,500
Pay: $2 a word
Assigning editor: Whitney Joiner, WJOINER at HEARST dot COM
Joiner’s advice: “I’m happy to review either pitches or full submissions. Writers should definitely review past issues to get a sense of our style.”

To find out what other pubs are looking for, read: Personal Essay Markets, Part II.

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SheKnows Needs Strong Writers Who Can ‘Command Social Shares’

She-Knows-ArticleSheKnows.com was founded in 1999 by three moms and a dad, with the hopes of creating a space on the web for a “younger, hipper mom who yearned for something more than her mother’s Good Housekeeping or Better Homes & Gardens.

The site’s target demographic is still women who are seeking modern solutions, but the platform has now added custom videos and webisodes to complement its archive of service-driven articles. SheKnows is 99 percent freelance written and editors are always on the lookout for new writers. Just be sure you have something far from run-of-the-mill to pitch:

All channels are open to freelancers. “Due to the volume of pitches we receive, it is always beneficial for a first-timer to pitch a story that is extremely original — perhaps it’s a hilarious story about a dating nightmare, an investigative story about how millennials are raising their children, an emotionally charged story about raising a child with special needs or an original recipe with stunning custom photos,” [Lauren Swanson, director of editorial operations] says. “The idea is to pitch a story that is relevant to women, jumps off the page and commands social shares.”

To hear more about the mag, including editors’ contact details, read: How To Pitch: SheKnows.

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