This week’s edition of Monday Markets is a real mixed bag. I’m always fascinated by the number of different niche publications that are on the market. The first one on today’s list is a good example: Robot Magazine. A magazine for running enthusiasts and one for private investigators rounds out the list.
From the Web Site:
ROBOT magazine articles range from small news briefs to major feature stories and reviews. Feature articles are typically 600 to 2,000 words in length, but this is just a guideline. Please see the About ROBOT magazine page for a description of the scope of our content.
Vibrant, dynamic photography and compelling graphics are desirable, and must be provided at a minimum resolution of 300 pixels per inch at the physcial size the image is to be printed. Digital photos should be delivered in untouched format, right out of the camera (high res jpg or tif preferred, although we accept other formats).
Sample code, schematics and line drawings are typically published on our website and referenced in the print magazine. Extensive technical discussion (e.g., of a robot build) can also be published online to complement the story in the magazine.
ROBOT magazine strives to attain the highest professional standards in terms of clarity and accuracy, but the process by which we accept proposed articles or assign projects is informal. If you are interested in contributing to ROBOT, please contact Tom Atwood at [email protected]. We welcome new contributors!
From the Web Site:
Running Times is the authoritative voice for the dedicated runner. For more than 30 years, our edit has explored training from the perspective of top athletes, coaches and scientists, presented insights into the lives and training of elite runners, and provided stories and commentary reflecting the dedicated runner’s worldview. Our audience is knowledgeable about the sport and actively participates in running and racing.
All editorial relates specifically to running as a competitive sport. Please read recent issues to learn the type of material we seek. Four principles that guide our editorial selection are:
1) We go beyond basic, beginner information: presenting the “why” as well as “how-to,” digging for principles, exploring contexts, analyzing and drawing conclusions from the facts.
2) All content is backed by, or written by, experts who have proven themselves in the specific field of distance running.
3) We present honest content that accurately reflects the runner’s experience and inspires trust.
4) Good writing is a priority; our writing is aimed at an intelligent, informed and discriminating audience.
We assign approximately 30% of our editorial material to freelance writers. We are willing to work with unpublished writers. Although we consider unsolicited manuscripts, we prefer to see a written query that describes in two or three paragraphs your idea, the article’s proposed length and scope, why Running Times’ readers would find the material interesting, and what qualifies you to write about it.
We close each issue at least three months ahead of its on-sale date, and assign well in advance of our printing deadlines.
We publish editorial material in the following categories:
Features (1,500 to 3,000 words): Training, Athlete Profiles, Current Events and Issues
Columns (800 to 1,200 words): “Shorts” — News-related, timely items or items of general interest to the serious runner; “Owner’s Manual” — training and racing advice, sports medicine, book reviews or excerpts, coaching wisdom; “At the Races” — Short profiles of top runners, analysis of the racing scene, commentary on racing trends and development; “Hit the Trails” — stories of key trail races, racers or venues; “High School,” “College,” “Masters” — insider stories of top runners, programs, events, trends, issues.
Fiction (1,500 to 3,500 words) – [Very rarely accepted] Any genre, related to running and runners
We request that all writers submit their proposals or articles via e-mail to: [email protected]
From the Web Site:
The goal at PI Magazine is to be the leading source of information for the investigative profession.
* We are eager to hear from all writers who can provide accurate, interesting, educational, and/or entertaining materials of interest to professional investigators.
* We want concise, tightly written articles: 750-2500 for features, and shorter articles of less than 750 words for the various sections.
* We are only interested in profiles if the featured person, or the person’s life, offers education or guidance to the professional investigator about his or her specialty. Please study the magazine carefully before sending your query.