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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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Feature Writers and Photographers Wanted at Inside Jersey

Almost all sections of the award-winning Inside Jersey are open to freelance pitches. The pub was created in 2008 as a general interest mag to provide substantive news, entertainment and lifestyle content specifically for Jersey readers, but it also makes sure to stand out among mags with similar missions.

“Along with producing high-end style, food and consumer features, we publish bold covers and stories that are not the usual Jersey-magazine fare,” said editor-in-chief Rosemary Parrillo. She pointed to 2012′s profile of Boardwalk Empire actor Michael K. Williams, which revealed his once unsavory connection to Newark where he’d score drugs and drop out in flop houses.

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

Sherry Yuan

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Globetrotting Freelancers Wanted at Afar

AfarIn order to pique editors’ interest at Afar, freelancers must be willing to veer off the tourist-trodden paths to explore indigenous cultures. Launched in August 2009, the pub celebrates experiential travel all over the globe, covering destinations abroad and in the U.S., with an in-depth perspective.

“So many of the other magazines out there were focusing on sightseeing and escapist travel, where you just sort of ticked things off the list. We really felt like there were travelers out there who weren’t being reached, who traveled to really connect with locals and come back with a deeper understanding of a place and its people,” said editor-in-chief Julia Cosgrove.

With that in mind, freelancers interested in contributing need to bring their A-game (think affluence and authenticity) to snag an assignment. For pitching etiquette and editors’ contact info, read How To Pitch: Afar.

Sherry Yuan

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Turn Your Vacation Stories Into an Assignment for ISLANDS

Been planning a trip to the Bahamas? Make sure to pack your reporter’s hat right next to your sunscreen and towel. ISLANDS is looking for freelancers to cover everything related to the island lifestyle, be it the cuisine or the festivals.

Over the years, the pub has maintained its reputation as an intelligent travel magazine with eye-opening photography and bucket-list travel experiences. “Islands are often home to the last little pockets of independent cultures, places where traditions endure,” said editor Eddy Patricelli. “We aim to empower our readers with the tools to find these places and enjoy them.”

Yet, with an audience of island-goers, editors aren’t looking for a run-of-the-mill pitch that could pass for a Wikipedia entry. Patricelli stressed, “It’s basic business sense: Know your potential client before knocking on the door.”

For more details and editor’s contact info, read How To Pitch: ISLANDS.

Sherry Yuan

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How to Get Your Feature Pitch Accepted

For writers who want to avoid all the front-of-the-book dating, and jump straight to the matrimony of a feature story assignment, it will take more than a killer lede or a glowing portfolio to get an editor to say yes. In Mediabistro’s latest feature for AvantGuild members, veteran freelancers share their best advice for landing that first piece in the “well” of a magazine.

“Persistence can be just as important as having great ideas,” noted Oregon-based writer Teri Cettina, whose work has appeared in Parenting. Before writing for many national magazines, she says she focused on a few pubs and pitched them “like it was my job” before breaking into the industry.

For more tips on how to package your pitch and impress editors, read How to Get Your Feature Pitch Accepted.

Sherry Yuan

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High Times Needs Good Feature Writers

High Times

What might seem surprising at first (pot has its own magazine?) makes sense in hindsight: marijuana has already inspired its own class of cuisine (Ganja Gourmet, anyone?) and two states have legalized it for recreational use.  With the drug increasingly pervading society, High Times is here to educate.

“Our targeted reader is the intelligent marijuana consumer, someone who is interested in the culture of the drug, from music to politics,” said editor-in-chief Chris Simunek.

So what, exactly, will readers find inside the pages of this pot-lover’s guide? Yes, there is the regular weed-loving musician profile, but you’ll also find articles on how to grow the plant at home, spotlights on the best new strains, in-depth reports on the current war on drugs and detailed accounts of the drug’s health benefits. Added Simunek, “Our mission is to tell the truth about marijuana.”

Hear that? It’s time to get rollin’, journos. For more details on how to land a byline, read How To Pitch: High Times.

Sherry Yuan

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How to Write for The Atlantic

The AtlanticJournos with distinctive voices can land a byline at The Atlantic, part of America’s great literary legacies. The mag was founded by a lit lover’s dream team, including Harriet Beecher Stowe, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Over the years, the mag has broadened its editorial content to include politics, the economy and cultural trends, but the mainstay of the collective remains to be editorial impartiality. “One of our taglines is ‘we are no party of clique.’ That goes back to 1857 when we were founded,” said editor Scott Stossel, “that we would be unaffiliated with any specific ideological approach or political party. That remains the case today.”

With that in mind, freelancers are welcome to think creatively about current political and cultural issues. For pitching etiquette and editor’s contact info, read How To Pitch: The Atlantic.

Sherry Yuan

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Inspire Fashionistas at LuckyMag.com

LuckyMag.comLucky prides itself for bringing the shop-ability factor to fashion; every single item in the magazine and on its website is available to purchase from the moment it’s featured. And in addition to a focus on “what to buy” and “where to buy it,” Luckymag.com is all about “how to wear it,” but with the type of laid-back, sister-to-sister advice you’d get from your best girlfriend.

Executive digital editor Verena von Pfetten says she regards the Lucky girl “as smart or smarter” than the mag’s in-house team. “She knows what she likes; she knows her style. We’re certainly not talking down to her. We’re just taking the resources that we have, which is a huge market team and a team of editors and the fact that this is what we do all day every day, and trying to make our readers’ life easier.”

With that in mind, freelancers are more than welcome to pitch creative ideas. For writers guidelines and editors’ contact info, read How To Pitch: LuckyMag.com.

Sherry Yuan

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Connect with Parents at The Bump

The Bump

Journos covering anything related to parenthood can land a byline at The Bump, one-third of XO Group’s life stage publications (The Knot, The Nest). The pub, named a top women’s website by Forbes, is all about helping the blushing brides and grooms from The Knot prepare for the joyous roller coaster ride of pregnancy and babyhood.

“Our readers are very smart and they don’t want to be talked down to, so we may address similar topics as other magazines but our voice is very unique. It’s conversational, sometimes humorous, sometimes a little snarky or with a little attitude,” explained Elena Mauer, deputy editor of the site. “We don’t believe in TMI but we don’t sugarcoat things.”

With that in mind, freelancers are welcome to think creatively about all of the info new moms (and dads) need as they embark on parenthood. For pitching etiquette and editors’ contact info, read How To Pitch: The Bump.

Sherry Yuan

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Land $2 a Word at Good Housekeeping

Journos looking to land a byline at a major magazine, look no further. Ever since Good Housekeeping was first published in 1885, it has served as a trusted authority for women on everything from beauty to nutrition. To this day, it remains America’s largest women’s magazine, flanked by a readership of 21 million, a recent New York Times-bestselling book (7 Years Younger, which hit stands in January 2013) and the equally lofty reputation of the Good Housekeeping seal.

At the top of 2013, the mag underwent an extreme makeover, complete with an updated logo and content revamp. ”We did a lot of research, and we wanted to make sure we were keeping pace with our readers’ lives. We wanted to give them more fun in the magazine,” explained executive editor Janet Soroto.

And, with those recent changes, there are now multiple sections ripe for freelance pitching. For writers’ guidelines and editors’ contact info, read How To Pitch: Good Housekeeping.

Sherry Yuan

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