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Pitch Smart Articles on Child-Rearing to ParentMap

ParentMap-ArticleParentMap, the Seattle-based parenting pub, is on the lookout for fresh new writers. The mag, which bills itself as the ”intelligent, trusted, essential resource connecting Puget Sound parents and community,” offers a full-spectrum menu of parenting content.

The mag is 80 to 90 percent freelance written and editors say they are open to both new and seasoned scribes. Pitchable content ranges from parenting essays to articles on health and education. Here are a few sections to focus on:

Every month ParentMap publishes a parenting essay in a section called “Voice”; it typically runs from 700 to 800 words. Then there’s the “Ages & Stages” department, which includes 800-word essays on children, specific to their age range: baby, toddler, preschooler, elementary age and teen. Articles in the “Wellness” section cover health topics that impact kids or families (they also run about 800 words). Features or cover stories tend to be about 1,600 to 1,800 words.

To hear more about the mag and get editors’ contact details, read: How To Pitch: ParentMap.

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Expand Your Clips With Latina, a Mag That Relies Heavily on Freelancers

It’s tough enough to break into a magazine as a freelance writer; the odds seem even more difficult when pitching to publications that have a niche audience. However, those pitching to Latina have little to fear.

While the magazine’s primary audience is the “acculturated Latina,” the content between its pages is widespread, and editors welcome new writers to send pitches. In fact, about 60 percent of the magazine’s print edition is generated from freelancers. But the subject of each of these categories must be distinctly Latin-centric.

“If we’re writing about food, for example, it’s always going to be about Latin food,” says Dan Koday, executive content director for both the magazine and its online version.

Another important aspect of pitching to Latina is that the writer should do a majority of the legwork.

Koday says that the more work you do for the editors in your pitch, the more likely they are to offer you an assignment. Explain why you’re the person to write the piece you’re proposing, let the editors know whether you have supporting media — photos and video, especially — that could run in the magazine or online, include ideas for sidebars, and explain any special expertise about or access to your subject.

For more on how to get your stories into Latina and the best categories to pitch, read: How To Pitch: Latina.

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Tap Into Freelance Work with Elle Décor, the Mag with ‘Fashion in its DNA’

Elle Décor is a magazine that prides itself on a dedication to class and sophistication in the style and design world. With online competitors such as Etsy and Pinterest creating new hubs for do-it-yourselfers to compile their haphazard and crazy amalgamation of products, Elle Décor retains its sense of refinement for its content and its audience.

While the magazine welcomes freelance writers, the style and tone of its pieces limit the pool of freelance work to just about 30-40 percent of the content.

“We’re looking for strong reporters and lively writers. Not one or the other, but somebody who has both,” said Lowry.

Interested writers should pick up a few issues of the magazine and really look through the stories to better understand what works and what doesn’t for the magazine, which Lowry explained, has “fashion in its DNA.”

For more on what to pitch and how to do so, read How To Pitch: Elle Décor.

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Life Refined Seeks Feature Pitches on Luxury Travel, Style and Culture

Life-Refined-Article1Life Refined is a luxury lifestyle mag with a twist: you can’t pick it up at a newsstand or the grocery store. In fact, you’d have to be a high-end company with wealthy clientele to get your hands on a copy.

This private pub’s content is 70 percent freelance written and editor-in-chief Marlene Srdic says she is always on the lookout for talented new writers. And submitting high-quality images with your story is a plus, since the magazine is photo-heavy. Here’s a snippet of what to pitch:

Life Refined runs about six to eight features per issue that range from 800 to 1,200 words. There’s no front-of-book, so shorter, newsy pieces won’t have a place in this magazine. However, interviews with well-known experts are game. Feature topics include luxury travel, style, home/design, food, wine and spirits, and art and culture. You can also pitch stories related to outdoor hobbies, such as golf, polo and skiing (a recent story described the art of bamboo fly rods).

For more pitching tips, read: How To Pitch: Life Refined.

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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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