This week’s offerings for Monday Markets include a magazine for offshore divers, a regional magazine about Milwaukee, a publication for people interested in building a log home, and one about stories of interest to people in Alaska.
From the Web Site:
Got an idea for something you want to write about? Go with it. But first, please email your idea and we’ll let you know if it’ll do for the magazine. Save you from duplicating someone else’s work, maybe. ODM steadily receives email from readers saying what they would like to see in the magazine. Most of the ideas are great and we run with them, but there are too many for this little magazine to pursue all. If you want to write but are short of ideas, see the list of reader requests at right.
Keep it to between 500 and 2000 words, please. If you have to go longer, that’s fine; but give us a heads up so we can allocate however many pages it looks like you’re going to need.
Pays 10 cents per word after publication.
From the Web Site:
1. We are interested in timely stories about current issues, local personalities, area business, sports, healthcare, education, politics, arts and culture, architecture and urban life, history, food, shopping, music and nightlife, recreation and the environment. We are particularly looking for writers who can deliver brightly written, well-researched service articles but are also interested in investigative stories from qualified reporters. Full-length feature stories run 2,500-5,000 words; if your query leads to an assignment, we’ll specify what length we’re looking for. We pay $700-$2,000.
2. We are also in the market for two-page “breaker” stories, which are often short on copy (less than 1,500 words) and long on visuals.
3. Stories for our front-of-book Insider section range from exposés to amusing slices of local life to interesting people profiles. We’re looking for stories you won’t find in other local publications and unconventional angles on the current scene. Freelance writers often begin their association with Milwaukee Magazine here. These stories usually run no more than 650 words and pay $50-$225. Query Assistant Editor Evan Solochek. Mini-reviews for our Reviews page are assigned by Senior Editor Ann Christenson. Mini-reviews run no longer than 125 words and pay $50.
From the Web Site:
Log Home Living is a monthly magazine for people who own or are planning to build contemporary log homes. It is devoted almost exclusively to modern manufactured and handcrafted kit log homes. Our interest in historical or nostalgic stories of very old log cabins, reconstructed log homes, or one-of-a-kind owner-built homes is secondary and should be queried first.
Our audience is primarily composed of married couples between 30 and 45 years old. They are generally well-educated and very individualistic do-it-yourselfers.
Log Home Living welcomes new talent and strives to develop long-term relationships with those contributors who consistently deliver quality work. We buy four to six bylined feature articles of 1,500 to 2,000 words per issue. These articles should reflect readers’ lifestyles and interest in log homes as follows:
Log Home Owner Profiles. Articles about people who have built modern log homes from manufactured or handcrafted kits. In a conversational tone, describe the home as it is and tell how it came to be. Emphasize the elements that make this home special: intent, design, solutions to problems, features, furnishings, interior design and landscaping. Every story must include scouting photos if applicable. Floorplans of the completed home, construction costs and schedules are a plus.
- Design Features. Stories on various architectural features of log homes. Stories can focus on a particular home or the same architectural feature on different homes.
- Technical Articles. How-to advice about specific aspects of log home construction or pre-construction. Examples are scheduling a construction project, selecting wood preservatives, installing flooring, decorating log homes, dealing with subcontractors and innovative financing programs. Writers of these articles should be experts or able to interview experts and convey the information for a lay audience.
- Historical Features. Articles about historical log structures in North America or abroad and restorations of same. As mentioned before, we have a limited need for this material.
Pay varies, depending on length, nature of work and writer’s expertise.
From the Web Site:
First and foremost, Alaska magazine is a publication about Alaska for Alaskans by Alaskans. A story must have two attributes before it will be considered for publication. First, its focus must be on Alaska. Equally important, the story must be an example of superlative writing, preferably with a well-developed narrative at its core.
Whether it’s a history piece on Aleut baskets or an adventure tale about hiking in the Brooks Range, it should always have an “only in Alaska” aspect.
A story on a mall in Alaska, for example, won’t work for us; every state has malls. If you’ve got a story about a Juneau mall run by someone who’s also a bush pilot and part-time trapper, maybe we’d be interested. If you’ve got a story about a village store in Chevak where everyone from the surrounding Bush meets to swap gear and tall tales—let’s talk. The point is Alaska stories have to be vivid, focused and unique. Alaska is like nowhere else—we need our stories to be the same way.
In addition to compelling, focused and unique subject matter, the writing itself should be compelling, focused and unique. Use the creative techniques that make for renowned writing in any locale—it just so happens that your tale is set in Alaska. Yes, the “who, what, where, when, why and how” is a required part of any story, but a “just the facts, ma’am” approach to storytelling does not serve Alaska magazine’s readers. We want our writing to engage the reader every bit as much as the setting does.
Please keep the bigger picture in mind when planning your stories. Have ideas about photos, sidebars, reference maps and diagrams—any appropriate supporting information that will make your story a whole offering for our readers. And if you’re shooting photos, shots that stress mood and action are always preferable to the cliché big, broad scenics.
Pays 38 cents per word.