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Freelancers, Showcase Your Investigative Skills at Mother Jones

Mother JonesMother Jones, which launched in 1976, has always been a fearless pub, focused on holding those in power accountable for their actions. The mag has evolved over the years, and now focuses on a variety of topics, including politics, the environment and business accountability.

So how can a freelancer break in to this established, revered mag? Well, it helps to form relationships with the editors and to pitch fully formed stories, instead of just ideas:

Approximately one-third of the magazine is written by freelancers, many of whom have an ongoing relationship with the magazine. “We have some freelancers that we work with pretty regularly, but we also accept pitches for people who haven’t worked with us before,” said senior editor Nick Baumann. While no sections are off limits to freelancers, the feature well publishes the most freelance work. While many mags encourage freelancers to target pitches to a specific section of the book, “the best way to pitch MoJo is to have a story, and we’ll decide on our end what section we think it’s most appropriate for,” said Baumann.

To learn more about how to get published at this mag, including editors’ contact info, read: How To Pitch: Mother Jones.

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Earn $1 a Word at Sports Illustrated For Kids

SIKidsSports Illustrated For Kids is all about the joy of being a sports fan. The pub’s target demographic are boys aged 7-14, with a love of sports and a will to read.

While a majority of the content is written by in-house staffers, editors are always willing to hear new ideas from freelancers. Local stories are in demand, as are articles focusing on a niche industry. There are a few key sections of the pub which are particularly freelance friendly:

The best place for freelancers to pitch is the feature well. “We’re looking for great ideas, interesting takes that would manifest as packages or features or profiles,” says managing editor Bob Der. Features run about 1,000 words, and packages with multiple components (say, a series of features with sidebars) can run from 2,000 to 4,000 words. Packages could be thematic, such as “athletes who give back” or “environmental conservation as it relates to sports.”

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

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Find Your Niche At This Science-Driven Beauty Site

YouBeautyYouBeauty.com is not your average beauty website. Yes, you’ll hear about the latest mascara, but you’ll also read about scientific studies and take quizzes straight from universities and research institutions.

Writers can land up to $1 a word here, provided they have strong writing and reporting chops. So how can a freelancer get a foot in the door? Writers should start by researching the site and then zeroing in on a niche:

With research and science at the core of YouBeauty’s content, high-quality reporting and writing is paramount. As such, editors generally work with writers who have previous experience covering topics on one of the site’s existing channels. “We really want people who specialize in their different segments because we get in depth,” said editor-in-chief Laura Kenney. “So it helps for someone to come in who has a [specialty] that they’re very confident in writing about and then pitching us in-depth stories for that vertical.”

To hear more advice on how to get published, including editors contact info, read: How To Pitch: YouBeauty.com.

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Earn $1.50 A Word And Up At This Parenting Mag

AmericanBabyAmerican Baby magazine has been doling out mothering advice since 1938, and it’s not stopping anytime soon. The monthly pub’s key demographic these days are first-time millennial moms seeking advice on everything baby related.

The mag’s content is 50 percent freelance written and their various online counterparts, including Parenting.com, are in need of fresh content. The pub’s editors dish on the coverage they’re looking for:

American Baby is specifically targeted to the first-time, millennial mom in her 20s to early 30s, and that focus has a large impact on the book’s style and tone. “We’re very modern about our approach to having a baby, and I think that’s reflected in the writing,” says Mindy Walker, American Baby’s executive editor. “It’s very friendly, but we also use a lot of authority. We don’t dumb it down for the reader; we keep it very direct and approachable.”

To learn more about how to get published in this pub, including editors contact info, read: How To Pitch: American Baby.

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Earn $2 A Word At This Women’s Lifestyle Pub

RealSimpleReal Simple bills itself as the go-to mag for the busy woman looking for solutions to simplify her life. The pub’s scope is broad, covering everything from food and health issues to parenting, beauty, decor and more.

The mag is 60 percent freelance written and also has a thriving online presence. So what’s the best way to get your foot in the door at this popular service pub?

 Though most of Real Simple is pitchable, the FOB is particularly freelancer friendly. Naturally, deputy editor Noelle Howey advises new freelancers to start there. For “Health,” editors are looking for a wide range of topics: Nutrition, fitness, hygiene, metabolism, weight loss, skincare and more are all covered here and, if you can weave a pitch that tackles multiple health-related subjects at once, even better. “Family” is another good place for freelancers to break in, and editors are looking for pieces about how to manage family and relationship dynamics.

For more information on how to get published in this mag, including editors contact info, read: How To Pitch: Real Simple.

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Earn $1 A Word At Cosmopolitan for Latinas

CosmopolitanLatinasCosmopolitan for Latinas is a relatively new mag, but it has the advantage of a built-in audience that is already familiar with the Cosmopolitan brand. The twist is that this glossy is dedicated to all things Latina.

As managing editor Jessica Rodriguez says: “[We want] to be able to talk to [Latinas] about fashion and beauty and all of the issues and particular nuances about their bi-cultural lives.” The pub is in need of writers for their lifestyle, health and entertaining features, among others:

Editors at the mag assign out to freelancers, but there are a few sections of the book that are particularly friendly to pitches, too. “Real Talk,” a lifestyle section that weighs in on different issues, is one of them. Anything with a unique angle will catch the editors’ eyes here, and a good example is a piece called “I Won’t Date a Latin Guy.”

To learn more about how to get published in this mag, including the editors’ contact info, read: How To Pitch: Cosmopolitan for Latinas.

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Earn $1 A Word and Up at This Foodie Pub

EatingWell

EatingWell strives to be the place ‘where good taste meets good health.’ This food-centric pub is all about healthy recipes, nutrition news and interesting narratives on the origins of our food.

The mag is looking for investigative pieces on nutrition and science-based articles on subjects like food sustainability. New writers who manage to break into the book often establish fruitful relationships with editors there:

Features need to be well researched and thorough; a news angle or a hook to a trend also helps. “Nourish” is an essay column about how food nourishes us in unexpected ways. It is open to top literary talent as well as new writers. Travel stories are welcomed only if they have a clear tie-in to health and come with easy recipes that meet the EatingWell nutrition guidelines. What the editors prefer are pitches in which the writer can show a personal connection to a particular locale and its cuisine.

For editors’ contact info and more tips on breaking into the book, read: How To Pitch: EatingWell.

– Aneya Fernando

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Earn Up to $2 A Word At The Freelance-Driven Discover

Discover

Discover magazine is going through a bit of a makeover. The pub recently relocated their headquarters from New York City to Milwaukee and they’ve added a new editorial team. This science-driven monthly even has a revised mission statement: “To provide content that informs, inspires and entertains people who love science.”

Discover is 95 percent freelance written, and they need writers on all platforms. Editors are looking for strong multimedia content for their website, and if you’re into long-form writing, they also have a series of digital eBook singles. The pub’s editor-in-chief, Stephen C. George, says that the freelance field is wide open:

“Freelancers are our lifeblood,” George said, referring to the substantial amount of content that is freelance driven. When it comes to pitching, “We’re hungry for pitches from established science writers as well as those just starting in the field,” he said. Of immediate need are features on technology, physics, chemistry and other hard sciences. Archaeology writers, take note: “If there’s a great archaeology story out there — which I’m desperate for — I’d take it for [the] March/April 2014 [issue]!” said George.

For editors’ contact info and more tips on how to get published in this mag, read: How To Pitch: Discover.

– Aneya Fernando

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Narratively Seeks New York-Centric Stories

Narratively

Narratively, the year-old website dedicated to New York stories, is the antithesis of the fast-paced, twitter-obsessed, homogeneous content that now pervades many online pubs. It was recently included in Time’s “50 Best Websites 2013” and boasts over 100,000 monthly visitors.

The site is committed to long form journalism and to stories that are under the radar. With 100 percent of its content coming from freelancers, storytellers of all forms of media are welcome to pitch:

The site’s tagline, “Local stories, boldly told,” is an apt description. Of the concept, editorial director Brendan Spiegel says, “We were all writers and photographers and reporters in New York who were interested in telling local, in-depth stories — human-interest stories; profiles of colorful characters, people and neighborhoods. The kind of thing that you don’t really see anymore now that newspaper metro sections are shrinking, and there’s not a lot of high-quality local journalism anymore.”

For editors’ contact info and pitching etiquette, read: How To Pitch: Narratively.

– Aneya Fernando

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News-Driven Stories Land $1.50 A Word At Outside

Outside

Outside is looking for writers with a sense of adventure. The monthly mag features articles on pop culture, news, science, tech, fitness and more. Although one might assume the audience is primarily snowboarding dudes from Aspen, Colo., that’s not entirely the case.

Yes, the mag’s audience is predominately male, but many readers are city dwellers longing for an escape. The pub is 70 percent freelance written, and their newly redesigned website is on the hunt for writers keen on fast-breaking news.

The mag’s senior editor Abe Streep tells what kind of stories make it in the mag:

“A pitch on the best hikes in the National Parks probably won’t get you far,” said Streep. But travel news that leads to actionable service — say, a story on how the Grand Canyon’s new permitting system for rafters affects readers — is very welcome. News that leads to service is the ideal: new lodges, new technology, new training tools. The magazine is focusing more and more on its core mission: inspiring adventure. “We’re still looking for pop-culture stories,” said Streep, “but only those that are a natural fit for Outside.”

For editors’ contact info and more, read: How To Pitch: Outside.

– Aneya Fernando

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