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Land a Byline in the Fourth Most Circulated Magazine

For almost a century, Better Homes and Gardens has been offering actionable advice on everything from decorating and gardening to personal and family well-being. No sections are off-limits to freelancers in the book, and landing a byline means your work is sent to its 7.6 million-plus subscribers. Not only is it a chance to get many eyeballs for your writing – the pub also pays its freelancers up to $2 a word.

While editors at the mag regularly come up with ideas in house and assign them to writers who they regularly work with, “I really am always hungry for story pitches,” said senior deputy home editor Kelly Kegans. “The better pitches that we end up running with, by and large, come from outside.” All sections of the book are open to freelance pitches, and unlike many other mags, editors don’t discourage newbies from pitching the feature well. “It just depends on the strength of their story idea, more than anything,” she said.

For editors contact info and more, read How To Pitch: Better Homes and Gardens.

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Food Network Magazine Wants Food-Culture Obsessed Writers

Food Network Magazine

As many New Yorkers would agree, the plethora of delectable food ranks high on the list of reasons to love NYC. We’re often at the heart of explosive food trends (anyone else sick of hearing about the cronut?), which comes in handy if you’re a food culture-obsessed writer looking for offbeat stories to pitch.

Food Network Magazine, the best-selling food magazine on the newsstand, publishes more than 100 recipes in every issue and covers everything from gear, cookbooks, health, food science, food styling, entertaining, kitchens, travel, shopping and restaurants.

While the broad coverage may lend itself to more byline opportunities, writers still need to hit the nail on the head when pitching to the pub.

To find out what Food Network Magazine editors are looking for in a pitch, read How to Pitch: Food Network Magazine.

Sherry Yuan

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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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