Monday Markets for February 16, 2009

by Jodee Redmond

This week’s Monday markets are a magazine for people interested in making their own wine, the Civil War battle at Gettysburg, and one for children between 6-9. For just about any niche you can think of, there is probably at least one magazine that caters to it.

WineMaker Magazine

From the Web Site:

WineMaker is designed to meet the needs of the more than one million home winemakers in the United States and Canada. Our mission is to provide practical information in an entertaining format. We try to capture the spirit and challenge of winemaking while helping our readers make the best wine they can.

WineMaker is for anyone who is interested in making wine, from those starting out with kits to more advanced winemakers who use fresh fruit. We seek articles that are straightforward and factual, not full of esoteric theories or complex calculations. Our readers tend to be intelligent, upscale and literate. Whether intended for the beginner, the intermediate, or the expert home winemaker, any article that appears in WineMaker should contain accurate information, useful tips and shortcuts, balanced evaluations and an inviting approach. Articles published in the magazine fall into several categories:

Technical Features: These comprise most of our content and include advanced technical pieces for fresh-fruit winemakers, introductory articles for novices, and how-to articles that benefit all winemakers. We also run informational pieces on equipment, ingredients and winemaking methods. Recent articles have covered: selecting the proper yeast strain, understanding sulfite additions, oaking your wine in barrels, understanding corks, how to buy fresh grapes, and making world-class wine from kits.

Accuracy and consistency are extremely important in technical articles. All technical articles are reviewed by our editorial board, made up of professional winemakers and advanced home winemakers, and articles might be returned to the author for revisions. Length is generally 1,500 to 3,000 words.

“Recipe” Articles: Every issue of WineMaker includes at least one step-by-step article with tips, techniques and detailed instructions for making a particular style of wine at home. Our “Varietal Focus” column has covered Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc; features have addressed Cabernet Sauvignon and Gewürztraminer.

General-Interest Features: These are non-technical features about wine and winemaking. These include interviews with commercial and amateur winemakers, historical pieces, and articles about winemaking trends. Each general feature must have a strong home-winemaking angle. Step-by-step instructions should be included whenever appropriate. Length is generally 1,000 to 2,500 words.

Regular Columns: We have a variety of regular columns, most of which are written by contributing writers. We welcome any suggestions for topics or new columns. These columns include: “Wine Wizard,” a question-and-answer section that addresses common winemaking questions; “Tips from the Pros,” with advice from commercial winemakers on methods and techniques; “Varietal Focus,” which offers step-by-step instructions for making a particular style of wine at home; “Techniques,” which takes a detailed look at one step of the winemaking process; “Backyard Vines,” which offers tips on growing your own grapevines at home, and “Wine Kits,” a regular column about making homemade wine from kits.

Cellar Dwellers: This section includes photos of homemade equipment and letters from readers about their experiences making wine at home. The letters should be funny, interesting or heart-warming. No fee is paid for these.

Dry Finish: The last page of the magazine serves as an open forum for our readers. We are especially interested in fun, amusing, first-person stories about winemaking. These articles should be 750 words.

Pays $50-$150, depending on length and complexity of article.

The Gettysburg Magazine

The Gettysburg Magazine is always looking for quality articles pertaining to the Gettysburg Campaign of the Civil War. Below are our guidelines.

The magazine has some specific formatting guidelines for articles in the following areas:

Do not use st, nd, rd, th, with dates if the month is included. Use them when there is no month. For example: The fight was on July 2. They also fought on the 3rd.

Do not use military time and include a lowercase a.m. or p.m. where necessary. For example: They left camp at 8:00 a.m. It was more than a six hour march and they arrived at 2:15.

Write out all numbers less than 100, unless they are in the same sentence with a number greater than 100. For example: Captain Smith had forty-five men killed. Total casualties were 45 killed and 82 wounded out of 274 men.

For regiments, use Arabic numerals. For larger military units, write out the number. For example: The 6th Wisconsin was part of the First Brigade.

Abbreviate rank when a person is first mentioned and include their full name. After the first mention, spell out the rank and use only the last name. For example: Maj. Gen. George G. Meade was in command. On the following day, General Meade left the town.

Footnote format:
As a general rule, we use the Chicago Manual of Style for footnotes, with a few exceptions. If you’re citing a reprint edition, be sure to include the publishing information from the original printing. Previous issues are a good source for how to properly format the footnotes. Sample footnote:

Edwin B. Coddington, The Gettysburg Campaign: A Study in Command (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1968; reprint, Dayton, Ohio: Morningside, 1979), pp. 134-67.

If you have an article to submit, you can send it by mail or email a computer file. If you send it by mail, please include a copy of the computer file on disc or cd.

Pays $200 plus 10 free copies of the magazine.

Spider Magazine

From the Web Site:

SPIDER ® magazine, a literary and activity magazine for children ages 6 to 9.

SPIDER publishes original stories, poems, and articles written by the world’s best children’s authors. Occasionally, SPIDER publishes reprints of high-quality selections.


Fiction: realistic fiction, easy-to-read stories, humorous tales, fantasy, folk and fairy tales, science fiction, fables, myths, and historical fiction.
Nonfiction: nature, animals, science, technology, environment, foreign culture, history, usic, and art.
(A short bibliography is required for all retold folklore and nonfiction articles, and copies of research material will be required for all accepted articles. Be prepared to send other backup materials and photo references””-where applicable””-upon request.)
Poetry: serious, humorous, nonsense rhymes.
Other: recipes, crafts, puzzles, games, brainteasers, math and word activities.


Stories: 300 to 1,000 words
Poems: not longer than 20 lines
Articles: 300 to 800 words
Puzzles/Activities/Games: 1 to 4 pages
An exact word count should be noted on each manuscript submitted. Word count includes every word, but does not include the title of the manuscript or the author’s name.


There is no theme list for upcoming issues. Submissions on all appropriate topics will be considered at any time during the year.

Pays up to $0.25 per word on publication; Poems pay $3.00 per line.


  1. Mac Stevenson says

    Hi Jodee,

    What in the world has happened to your website? I was just about to give up on it until I saw your name listed again today. It seems like the whole thing has changed. I miss your previous format.


  2. karen says

    Mac this isn’t Jodee’s website it’s Debs. Jodees one of the bloggers for Deb. Deb’s been posting for days about the server problems she’s been having and that’s why this blog is different.

  3. Kelly says

    Hi – Cobblestone Publishing, which publishes Spider Magazine, has been having financial difficulties lately and, as a result, trouble paying their writers. They have been paying, but late. However, since they pay on publication, publication can take a year or more, and then payments are late, it’s definitely NOT anything close to instant gratification.

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