For this week’s Monday Markets, I’ve got a magazine for runners, one for people interested in fly fishing, and one about the business of golf. I am very open to suggestions for what kinds of themes you would like to see included here. I am making a list of niche markets you would like to see covered and will look for these types of magazines for future posts.
Please leave your suggestions in the comments section and I’ll put them on the list.
From the Web Site:
These departments offer the best opportunities for freelancers: Real Runners, Race Roundup, Rave Run and Personal Record. It’s not necessary to query when contributing to these sections of the magazine; all submissions are on speculation. Because of the large number of submissions received, we cannot acknowledge receipt, and we do not send out rejection letters or return the original materials. Therefore, please keep copies of everything you send us. You will hear from us only if we are interested in publishing your materials.
Real Runners tells the everyday, inspirational and humorous stories of regular people doing amazing things. Almost anyone can be a Real Runner as long as you find out something interesting about the person’s running or lifestyle. Photos essential. Address all materials to “Real Runner”.
Race Roundups are printed in each issue from readers who have run a fun, unique, or inspiring race that stands out from the pack. If you recently ran a race that deserves coverage in Runner’s World, we want to hear about it. Please tell us about it by filling out our brief survey (it will only take a few minutes). If we publish your report in the magazine, you’ll receive a Runner’s World T-shirt.
(Some computers may have difficulty processing the survey. If you have trouble, e-mail Michelle Hamilton at [email protected] and the questions will be provided to you.)
Rave Run requires a simple descriptive letter. Briefly describe your Rave Run…where it is located, what you see while running, why it is meaningful to you, etc. It is also important that you include details like distance of the run and the name of the road or trail on which you run. If you think you have awesome publication-quality photos, send them in a 35mm horizontal slide format. We cannot publish photo submissions sent in print or negative format. Naturally, we can only publish a small number of Rave Run nominations we receive. But, don’t let this discourage you! If you meet the qualifications please send to: Runner’s World, Attn: Photo Editor, 135 North Sixth Street, Emmaus, PA 18098-0099
Personal Record is a column featuring first-person essays about running-related experiences. Topics can be personal in nature, of course, but should appeal to a wide range of readers. We look for a variety of voices to contribute to the column; the tone can vary from humorous to sentimental to reflective. Essays are reviewed on speculation.
From the Web Site:
1. The focus of writing will be distinctly Canadian. This does not necessarily mean that the author or the location being written about have to be Canadian: what is important is that there is a clear and uncontrived Canadian connection.
2. Writing should generate a strong sense of place and experience.
3. The text should be information-rich and aimed at the average to above average fly fisher, except for “The Absolute Beginner”.
4. Local and regional information on fishing and tying should, wherever possible, be extended to regions and situations beyond the place of the article’s origin.
5. Advertorial should be avoided, although references to brand-name equipment and specific lodges or guides, etc. can be used where they are appropriately integral to the text.
6. Where possible and appropriate, diagrams and sketches should be provided to illustrate technique. Artistic merit is not a factor here, as we have our own graphic artists who can work from rough sketches.
7. Maps should be provided wherever appropriate. Commercially produced maps with key features highlighted are particularly useful. We will use these to customize maps for the article.
8. First-time writers must include a bio of 50-70 words.
9. Features range from 1800-2500 words. “Wandering Aengus” and similar shorter pieces range from 700-900 words. Occasionally, we use very short fillers.
Pays $150-$300 for major features; $100-$200 for shorter pieces.
From the Web Site:
Golf Business provides readers timely and substantive information beneficial for course owners and operators. The magazine keeps the golf industry informed of current trends in areas such as legislation, agronomics, employment, marketing, design and business tips. Golf Business also offers fresh perspectives on ways to make a course more profitable.
The readers of Golf Business are in the business of golf. Because this is a business publication, articles should be succinct and straightforward; avoid overloading articles with anecdotes or editorializing. Although readers are business men/women, a conversational tone is preferred to ensure articles are easy to read. Golf Business recommends articles be written in the third person rather than first person.
Before submitting any assignment, writers should edit articles to the best of their ability, adhering to AP Stylebook guidelines. If deemed unacceptable, articles may be returned to the writer for re-working. Keep in mind that all articles are subject to intense editorial scrutiny.
Payment for articles varies by length, location in the magazine and other factors, and is negotiated with the writer. Payment is made 30 days following publication. Golf Business will pay telephone and certain other expenses, if agreed-upon in advance. A 20% “kill fee” will be paid for articles assigned and completed but not published.