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Connect Spirituality with Health at this Freelancer-Friendly Mag

Spirituality And HealthDid you know the placement of mirrors in your apartment could be affecting your mood? We didn’t, either.

This is just one of the recent freelance stories pitched and published by Spirituality and Health, covering the ins and outs of wellness, fitness, spiritual practices and the environment.

“In the same issue, we might have a progressive Catholic talking about women’s rights, a mindfulness practice from a Zen Buddhist practitioner, and a Wiccan talking about earth-based spirituality — or natural cures for insomnia, raw food for firing up your libido, and aloe for better digestion,” explained editor-in-chief Karen Bouris.

For pitching etiquette and editors’ contact info, read How to Pitch: Spirituality and Health.
Sherry Yuan

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Speak to Risk Takers at Entrepreneur.com

Entrepreneur.com

At Entrepreneur.com, editors are looking for forthcoming writers who can inspire and encourage entrepreneurs at every stage of their business.

“We’re really looking to inspire readers and help them grow their business. There’s a lot of questions out there and there’s a lot of uncertainty. So, people really need to feel like they’re coming to an authoritative source,” explained executive online editor Laura Lorber.

Get editors’ contact info and their tips for a successful pitch at How to Pitch: Entrepreneur.com.

Sherry Yuan

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Tailor Your Pitch to the Fit Readers at Shape

Shape

Perhaps the ultimate (mental) workout for freelance writers is tailoring the pitch. Five magic pitch perfect-ers? Dream byline in three easy moves? If only.

Landing an assignment at Shape may not be easy, but it’s not impossible, either. Like most mags, editors at the fitness/lifestyle pub have a stable of freelancers. However, “If someone pitches something that’s fresh… we absolutely are open to new writers,” said deputy editor Jeanine Detz. And unlike other publications, Shape editors are more than willing to assign features to new freelancers, as opposed to just FOB pieces.

For more details and editors’ contact info, read How to Pitch: Shape.

Sherry Yuan

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Music-Loving Freelancers Can Land a Byline at XXL

XXL

What better time to pitch a pub than after its 16th anniversary issue?

XXL, a publication aimed at representing ‘hip-hop on a higher level,’ is all about speaking in the language and attitude of the culture — bold, cocky, smart.

As for content, music is undeniably the keystone. “People get it confused and think that if you’re African-American and in entertainment that you automatically go in the book. But we’re a hip-hop music magazine. So, if you’re Asian and you’re an artist, you have a better chance than just being a Black actor or something,” explained editor-in-chief Vanessa Satten.

Editors are always on the lookout for fresh content from new writers. So if you want to avoid the slush pile, check out How to Pitch: XXL.

Sherry Yuan

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Cover Lifestyle Trends for Parents at Babble.com

Babble

At this award-winning online mag, editors are looking for pitches that speak to the “new, modern parent,” said senior editorial manager Dara Pettinelli.

Launched in 2006 as an alternative parenting space, Babble.com has recently evolved into more of a lifestyle outlet and now covers everything from entertainment and travel to work and money.

Although more sections may mean more byline opportunities for journos, doing the proper research is still key to landing an assignment at this digital outlet.

For pitching etiquette and editors’ contact info, read How to Pitch: Babble.com.

Sherry Yuan

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Write to Empower at Glamour

glamour For the past quarter-century, young women have been turning to Glamour for the news they can use in every facet of their lives, be it relationship advice, health tips or real life stories. It’s this wide swath of coverage — delivered in an authoritative, well-researched way — that distinguishes Glamour from the bevy of other women’s titles on newsstands.

A recent freelance story published by the mag, titled “Why It’s Good to Be High Maintenance,” encouraged women in relationships to stand up for themselves and not worry about being called clingy or demanding. “It’s just a good message that Glamour likes to send, something that’s really positive and affirming towards women,” said deputy editor Mikki Halpin.

For more details on pitching etiquette and editors’ contact info, read How To Pitch: Glamour.

Sherry Yuan

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Humor (and Impress) Editors at Cincinnati

Cincinnati In addition to publishing keen narratives, editors at Cincinnati have an eye for good humor as well. Although the city itself was once dubbed “Porkopolis” for its history of hog butchering, the mag tapped a freelancer to cover local officials’ attempts to stem damage caused by feral hogs terrorizing a nearby county. How horrific.

Since it was founded in the late 60s, the regional mag has proved it can play with the big boys. Feature in point: Kathy Y. Wilson‘s article on local conservative radio host Bill Cunningham earned the pub a 2007 nomination for a National Magazine Award alongside profiles from National Geographic, New York magazine, The New Yorker and Vanity Fair.

Now the mag is looking for fresh (skip the hog) meat from journos with an “engaging, unique voice,” executive editor Linda Vaccariello said.

For pitching etiquette and editors’ contact info, read How to Pitch: Cincinnati.

Sherry Yuan

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Bitch is Seeking Contemporary Feminist Voices

Bitch magazine

By focusing on gender issues and the media, Bitch acts as a tool-kit for all those who engage in social justice and feminist criticism, and editors are looking for writers who can provide smart, thought-provoking commentary on pop culture.

With few staff writers to fill in the gaps, freelancers have more opportunities to land a byline. “We rely on freelancers to pitch us,” stressed editor-in-chief Kjerstin Johnson. “If we generate an idea in house, we may send a query to a group of established freelancers,” but she emphasizes that the Bitch team is hungry for solid stories with new angles.

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

Sherry Yuan

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San Francisco Mag Needs Writers With ‘Big-City’ Reporting Chops

San Francisco Not based in the Bay Area? Not a problem. San Francisco is open to freelance pitches on a wide array of topics, so long as they can still resonate with Bay Area readers.

“It’s big-city journalism on a number of levels. We have in-depth feature reporting on civic issues, social justice, politics and personalities in power positions. Then, we cover the service side: how to live the good life in a vibrant, exciting, constantly changing city. Then there’s our food, style and cultural coverage,” said editor-in-chief Jon Steinberg, an alum of New York magazine’s “Strategist” section.

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

Sherry Yuan

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Vibe Vixen Is Wide Open to New Writers

Vibe Vixen

One of the few magazines that have authentically represented the interests and lifestyles of black and brown women, the now-digital Vibe Vixen speaks to the legions of book-and-street smart 20- and 30-somethings.

With a big digital revamp looking at a fall 2013 debut, the pub needs good writers now more than ever. “Once I get a writer who works well with me, I’ll take all of their pitches. But right now, I’m passing on a lot of them. We’re looking for fresh voices and people who’ve done this,” said editor Shanel Odum.

Wanna know what Odum really wants in content? Read How To Pitch: Vibe Vixen.

Sherry Yuan

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