You can find the current edition of Monday Markets here.
This week’s edition of Monday Markets has a magazine for people who are interested in genealogy, as well as one that publishes fiction only.
From the Web Site:
- Our style is bright, breezy, helpful and encouraging. We’re NOT an academic journal or a genealogy-research journal.
- Please read a copy of the magazine before querying.
- For writers new to Family Tree Magazine, we are most open to short submissions for Branching Out (lively, newsy upfront section) and brief writeups of new resources for family history buffs for our Toolkit section. We also invite short, amusing stories of “the lighter side of family history” for our Everything’s Relative page.
- Query with specific suggestions on accompanying sidebars, tip boxes, resource lists and other elements, as well as ideas for content that might be appropriate for posting on our Web site.
- Articles need to be broad in scope to appeal to a general audience, yet narrow enough to support specific, useful information. “Getting Started with the National Archives” might be a good article for us; “1840 North Carolina Census Records” is not.
- We do NOT publish personal experience stories (except in Everything’s Relative) or the histories of specific families. Nor do we publish generic family or parenting articles—keep in mind that our focus is family history.
From the Web Site:
Glimmer Train welcomes the work of established and upcoming writers.
We especially appreciate stories that are both well written and emotionally engaging. Please let us read yours! If it is chosen for publication in Glimmer Train Stories, you will be paid upon acceptance. Your story will be prepared with care, and presented in a handsome, highly regarded literary journal to readers all over the world. If you’ve seen Glimmer Train Stories, you know that we go to some lengths to honor our contributors and their writing.
Every category will be open for one full calendar month, from the first day through midnight of the last day. (Exception: The December Fiction Open closes on January 2nd each year.)
Click on category link for complete guidelines:
January: Very Short Fiction Award (Up to 3,000 words) and Standard February: Short Story Award for New Writers March: Fiction Open (2,000 to 20,000 wds) April: Family Matters and Standard May: Short Story Award for New Writers June: Fiction Open (2,000 to 20,000 wds) July: Very Short Fiction Award (Up to 3,000 words) and Standard August: Short Story Award for New Writers September: Fiction Open (2,000 to 20,000 wds) October: Family Matters and Standard November: Short Story Award for New Writers December: Fiction Open (2,000 to 20,000 wds)
Please note: There are no minimum word counts for any category besides the Fiction Open.
Submissions must be original, unpublished fiction. (Online publication does not disqualify a piece.) • Please, no novels, poetry, or stories written for children. • Submissions should be made via our site, but in a pinch you can make paper submissions. • Please doublespace, use 12 point font, to save our eyes. Name, contact info, and page count are all optional. • When we accept a story for publication, we are purchasing first-publication rights. (Once we’ve published your story, you are free to, for instance, include it in your own collection.) • Competition submissions are also automatically considered for standard publication. • It’s fine to submit a previously submitted story (revised or not) to any category for which it qualifies. • We’re happy to consider stories whether they’re submitted as competition entries or standard submissions, for which there are no reading fees. Standard or competition? How to decide • Simultaneous submissions are fine; we ask that you email us immediately please should a submitted piece be accepted elsewhere. • All response times have been shortened so your stories won’t be tied up for more than two months after the close of any category. Competition winners are posted here and are announced in our monthly bulletins. • Please put glimmertrainpress.com and mail.glimmertrainpress.com on your safe-senders list so we can reach you, and keep us advised of email address changes by clicking on Contact Preferences once you’re logged in at the site. (We never share your contact info.)
The last edition of Monday Markets for 2009 has a magazine for sailing enthusiasts and a parenting publication. The final offering is a horror magazine available in an audio format. I thought it was an interesting concept, and worth sharing.
From the Web Site:
SAILING Magazine is a beautiful, oversized publication that is visually stunning as well as an informative and enjoyable read. We cover all aspects of sailing, from learning how to sail in a dinghy to crossing the ocean on a large cruiser to racing around the buoys against the best sailors in the world. We typically focus on sailing in places that are realistic destinations for our readers, but will occasionally feature an outstanding and unique sailing destination.
Although beautiful destinations are one of the best parts of cruising, we are first and foremost a sailing magazine, not a travel magazine. Writers should keep in mind that although the destination is important, getting to that destination under sail and sailing in that destination should be the focus of the piece.
Short news stories for Splashes range in length from 100 to 500 words. Features range in length from 1,000 to 3,000 words, but a story should not be stretched just for the sake of adding more words. SAILING‘s readers are experienced sailors, so articles should be written with that in mind, using proper sailing terminology and avoid undue explanation of basic sailing jargon. SAILING does not accept poetry, first-time sail experiences, fiction or log-type stories.
Because of our trademark large size, SAILING prides itself in working with the best photographers in the industry. Although snapshots are occasionally appropriate with a story, professional photography is preferred. Writers should have an idea of what kind of art would be appropriate with an article.
Articles should conform to AP Style. Editors will edit articles to conform to SAILING Magazine style when it differs from AP Style.
We pay for first-time North American rights. Payment is after publication and is based on how large and in what format an article runs, varying $50 to $500 for stories and $50 to $500 for photos
Charlotte Parent is a monthly parenting magazine with a circulation of 57,000 covering seven counties. Each issue has a theme, as well as regular features and departments. Our audience consists of parents, teachers, child-care providers and other advocates for children ages newborn through teens.
We welcome submissions from freelance writers. Our policy is to buy one-time print rights with exclusivity within our region and the right to post the story on our Web site. Reprints of articles from publications outside our region are also considered. We run several feature articles on topics related to our monthly theme. Features require thorough research (citing a minimum of three reliable sources), knowledge of our audience and concise interviewing and writing skills. Articles on topics other than the issue’s theme are also considered. We prefer articles and essays with local relevance. Word counts range from 500 to 1,200 words.
Pays $45-$75 per article; $$15-$35 for reprints.
From the Web Site:
Pseudopod is always looking for quality fiction to feed our listeners. If you’re a writer with a short horror story that you’d like to hear narrated by one of our talented performers, we’d like to see it. Probably.
What We Want
Pseudopod is a genre magazine in audio form. We’re looking for horror: dark, weird fiction. We run the spectrum from grim realism or crime drama, to magic-realism, to blatantly supernatural dark fantasy. We publish highly literary stories reminiscent of Poe or Lovecraft as well as vulgar shock-value pulp fiction. We don’t split hairs about genre definitions, and we do not observe any taboos about what kind of content can appear in our stories. Originality demands that you’re better off avoiding vampires, zombies, and other recognizable horror tropes unless you have put a very unique spin on them. What matters most is that the stories are dark and compelling.
Since we’re an audio magazine, our audience can’t skim past the boring parts, so stories with beautiful language at the expense of plot don’t translate well. We’re looking for fiction with strong pacing, well-defined characters, engaging dialogue, and clear action. It can be beautiful too, if you’ve got all those other bases covered.
Holiday-themed stories (regardless of which holiday) are ideally submitted 4-5 months prior to the holiday in question. The same guideline applies if you have a book coming out soon and want to publish a short story with us to coincide with its release, and we’re always happy to delay publishing if the resulting timing is better for author promotion. (Although for a sure bet, you can always just grease our palms with a sponsorship two months beforehand — contact [email protected])
Dark humor is just fine, and we run it on occasion; but we are more interested in tragedy than comedy, and comedy is better received the more sick and morbid it is. Above all, we want stories that make us think, that stick with us, that make us catch ourselves checking the locks a second time before bed.
We’re primarily interested in two lengths of fiction, which we’ve somewhat arbitrarily dubbed “short fiction” and “flash fiction”.
Short Fiction: This is the heart of our weekly podcast. We want short stories between about 2,000 and 6,000 words; we are quite hesitant to produce stories any longer than that, although we may occasionally consider exceptional stories as long as 7,500 words. Anything longer than that will not be considered at all. (You are almost certainly better off cutting it down to 6,000 or less, even if it has been published previously at a greater length. The longer a story is, the more brilliant it needs to be to sustain audience interest in audio, and Pseudopod stories in particular tend to be no longer than 5,000 words as a rule.) We currently pay $100 for short fiction at this length.
Flash Fiction: We sometimes podcast short five-to-ten minute “bonus” pieces between our weekly main episodes. For this we’re looking at fiction under 1,500 words, with a sweet spot between 500 and 1000 words. Yes, that’s really really short. That’s the point. Our flash pieces are frequently quirkier and more experimental than our weekly features. We pay $20 for flash fiction.
If you have a story between 1,500 and 2,000 words, we’ll make a judgment call, based on whether we think the story would work better as a featured story or a bonus. But most of the time we’ll buy it as flash fiction.
Multiple and Simultaneous Submissions
We do not accept multiple submissions. Please, one story at a time! Unless you’re specifically told otherwise, this is the rule at every fiction market.
We do consider simultaneous submissions (a story sent to us as well as one or more other markets at the same time), but we appreciate being advised that the story is under consideration elsewhere. In the event it is accepted by us as well as the other market(s), you’ll just need to let the editor know in response to your acceptance letter what other market(s) are slated to publish it and when. That gives us the chance to mention the fact in the intro to the story. We will also try to delay publication so as not to “scoop” the other market(s) before the publication date over there, but it will be up to you to communicate with the other market(s) to find out whether they insist on this or not. Unless you tell us so, we will consider delaying publication to be optional on our part. (In our experience, since we use audio format most other markets don’t seem to care one way or the other, and even appreciate it if we go live with it around the same time or sooner because it acts as publicity for them. But you never know, and should always check. For our part, though, we have no strong preference either way.)
This week’s edition of Monday Markets includes a business magazine for executives, as well as two examples of publications with very detailed writers’ guidelines. The more information you have about what the publication is looking for, the better chance you have of having your query or your article accepted.
From the Web Site:
Government Executive, a publication of National Journal Group Inc., is a business magazine serving executives and managers in the federal government. It appears twice a month from April through November, and monthly during the rest of the year. Our 75,000 subscribers are high-ranking civilian and military officials who carry out the laws that define the government’s role in our economy and society.
Government Executive aspires to serve the people who manage these huge agencies and programs much in the way that Fortune, Forbes and Business Week serve private-sector managers.
Editorial goals include:
- Covering news and trends about the organization and management of the executive branch;
- Helping federal executives improve the quality of their agencies’ services by reporting on management innovations;
- Explaining government problems and failures in ways that offer lessons about pitfalls to avoid;
- Creating a greater sense of community along the elite corps of public servants to whom the magazine circulates;
- Educating our non-government readers about the challenges federal officials confront.
Government Executive has twice won the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on National Defense, in 1990 and 1995.
TYPES OF ARTICLES WE PUBLISH
These usually range in length from 1,000 to 2,500 words. Any sidebars must be figured into the total word count. Feature stories fall into these general categories:
Management Issues. These focus on topics of broad interest and include reporting from several agencies. Topics could include downsizing of agencies; reinventing government; recruitment and retention; ensuring that computers succeed in improving productivity; and upgrading training.
Agencies. These stories often focus on one agency with an eye toward finding generally applicable lessons for federal managers. For example, one story assessed the change in NASA’s culture as the agency handed off operation of the space shuttle to a private firm.
Government people. Some articles are organized around certain professions within government. For example, we’ve written about the influence of economists on policy-making, how to make the best use of agency lawyers, and how to recruit and retain a good clerical work force.
Civil Service Issues. These include articles about pay, executive training, ethics, politicization of the civil service and the impact of technology on the workplace.
Our Viewpoint column provides a forum for members of our readership to share opinions or experiences. Viewpoint columns express opinions on issues relevant to civil servants. These columns are usually about 650 words long.
Most of our stories are staff written. We do run occasional freelance pieces, however. Following are some guidelines for different categories of would-be contributors:
Professional journalists. These may be full-time freelance writers or employees of other publications. We look for people who have expertise in civil-service issues or the management of federal agencies.
Current or former federal employees. We publish personal reflections on the problems and opportunities of public service, as well as analytical articles on the causes and solutions of real-life agency problems. However, we often prefer to assign stories suggested by government officials to writers outside of government. We think independent reporting and analysis often lends credibility to an article.
Consultants, corporate executives, public relations representatives. We shy away from articles that seem to be aimed at promoting the fortunes of any individual, product, or program. We almost never publish articles submitted by or on behalf of companies or trade associations.
HOW TO GET AN ASSIGNMENT
We prefer to receive queries about possible assignments in the form of a one- or two-page letter that lays out the subject you want to write about, the angle you will take and the sources you will interview. The letter should also detail any relevant experience you have. If you do send us a completed manuscript, be warned that deadline pressure often prevents us from considering or returning unsolicited manuscripts in a timely manner. We must be notified if you submit a piece to other publications simultaneously and if another print or online publication plans to publish it. Submissions that have appeared in another publication are copyrighted and cannot be published as original material in Government Executive. We do not return unsolicited manuscripts.
From the Web Site:
About ZiNG magazine
ZiNG is the inflight magazine for LIAT, the Caribbean Airline.
Its mission is primarily to entertain passengers while they are on LIAT flights, but it seeks to do so well enough that customers will take it home and share it with friends. ZiNG seeks to convey the excitement of all things Caribbean through vivid writing and inspiring photography, backed up by solid facts, expert advice and the very latest news.
Although LIAT has been flying for more than 50 years, we relaunched the inflight magazine in a completely new format in October 2008. With a new name and format, the current magazine bears no resemblance or relevance to LIAT inflight magazines published prior to this date. Published out of the UK four times a year, ZiNG is a highly-illustrated, full colour glossy of a size 204mm wide x 265mm tall.
A minimum of 25,000 copies of each issue are printed, and the magazine is also promoted online, at www.lime-magazine.com. The print magazine is read by LIATs one million passengers each year, and we believe the add-on readership will be the same number again by the end of 2009.
ZiNG is published on behalf of LIAT, and the airline therefore have authority to veto content and approve all pages. However, we are given a wide editorial remit and have freedom and manage all editorial planning and scheduling ourselves. As such we pride ourselves on our well-informed, objective coverage of the topics and issues that matter to travellers – be they leisure or business – across the Caribbean.
About ZiNG readers
ZiNG is read by passengers on LIAT’s flights between 22 Caribbean countries. About 85% of ZiNG’s readers live and work within the Caribbean, with only about 15% being foreigner leisure travellers. Passengers are travelling on business or for regional leisure travel, and tend to be regular travellers within the Caribbean.
What most of our readers have in common is a love and understanding of the Caribbean – and a desire to find out how to deepen their knowledge, get the very best out of their travels there and feel the sense of pride they feel towards their home. ZiNG needs to reach beyond the seat pocket and reflect the lifestyles they lead and aspire to, creating a connection with every aspect of their lives.
The challenge for us is to produce content that will surprise them, to run features they will not have seen elsewhere, and to present it in a way that connects with their identity.
Contributing to ZiNG magazine
ZiNG is produced by a small team and a large proportion of our words and pictures are the work of freelance contributors. Most of these are professionals with whom we have an established relationship.
If you are interested in joining our pool of contributors we would encourage you to study the magazine carefully to ensure that your ideas and approach are appropriate for our particular publication.
Copies of the magazine can be viewed on the website: www.lime-magazine.com
Features: content, style and tone
Your work must be:
• bright, original, vivid, evocative and clich?-free
• accurate, authentic, informative, authoritative and independent-minded
It should communicate:
• a sense of adventure
• a curiosity about, and respect for, political, cultural, social and environmental concerns
• a powerful impression of your personal experiences – preferably things you have done, rather than just things you have seen
It should include:
• a compelling hook and a dynamic argument or plot which keeps our readers reading right to the end
• fresh information that our readers are unlikely to find elsewhere, or:
• an original approach to, or angle on, a better-known subject
Wherever relevant and feasible, you should introduce readers to people you have encountered – experts, locals, fellow travellers. Include revealing quotes which add weight or colour to your subject.
From the Web Site:
GoNOMAD is always looking for talented, dedicated travel writers, photographers and researchers to join our team.
We welcome queries and articles from professional travel writers and travelers with a strong writing style and something unique to share with our audience. We pay for articles that are high quality, informative and provide useful guidance for a future traveler.
TIP! If you have a website, add a link to GoNOMAD’s writer’s guidelines or to a story on GoNOMAD that you like. If you query us and show us a link you’ve put up, we’ll move you to the top of the list.
Add GoNOMAD’s writer’s guidelines and your story link to Facebook and other social networks to help us pass the word. We love a good Twitter as much as the next guy! Help promote us as we publish your travel writing.
And the list is long, so bear with us if it takes a while to see your story published. Writers who contribut to GoNOMAD have also been published in the Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post and hundreds of other prestigious titles…but they love being on GoNOMAD because it’s so accessible and easy to find on the web.
TIP! We are currently trying to fill in gaps in our story library. We want additional features about the following places the most. An article set in one of these destinations will move you to the top of the list.
Countries: Angola, Benin, Gambia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Mozambique, Maldives. Lebanon, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Ghana, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia.
States Delaware, Indiana, Mississippi, No. Dakota, Tennessee, West Virginia, Arkansas, DC, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Idaho.
We also encourage you to be creative: Send us a audio recording (mp3) and photos to go with it; send us a photo gallery and travelogue about an exciting trip; shoot a one-minute video that we can place next to your story, develop a new theme about our kind of travel. We’re open to ideas and can work with you to create a great looking feature story. We can also include your
email so that readers can contact you with their feedback, and are happy to include links to personal websites and mention any books or publications you’ve written for.
TIP! Subscribe to GoNOMAD’s monthly newsletter (see link at left) to keep up with what we’re publishing and so you’ll know what we’re all about.
Please read these Writers’ Guidelines carefully before submitting. If you have any further questions, please
e-mail the editor. PLEASE DO NOT CALL WITH QUESTIONS. Really.
GoNOMAD CURRENTLY ACCEPTS FREELANCE ARTICLES FOR OUR FEATURES DEPARTMENTS
TIP! Make it easy for us…SEND EVERYTHING IN ONE EMAIL!! Don’t make us try to find what we need in three different emails, instead give us an easy to use package: a link to your photos, your article and your headshot, bio, email and blog links.
Feature articles must cover a unique aspect of the cultural or natural environments of our featured destinations. We like up-to-date destination guides about fascinating places. But we’ve also published stories about a single New York neighborhood, or a place you can visit in New Orleans that takes you back in time. A short visit isn’t going to give you enough knowledge to write a guidebook, so instead of trying to cover it all, pick a really interesting feature, or aspect, and run with that.
Start with where you live…if you can write a good guide to your neck of the woods, that is the perfect start. Read the site, pick up the style in which we present our ideas, and follow suit. DETAILS ARE IMPORTANT!
TIP! Specifics are very important. Don’t generalize, give us the names, addresses, phone numbers, prices and websites. Give us the details we’ll need if we want to go there.
Stories should be anywhere from 800 to 2,000 words long. but most of the stories we use are best at about 1400 words. Try to stay focused on the main theme, but don’t hesitate to include interesting asides. The only limitation should be the reader’s interest.
Specifically, we are accepting queries and articles that fit within the following departments:
A first-person account of a unique journey.
- Features about an aspect of a place or an experience that you can share which provides a special insight into a place, a community or a country.
- Destination guides to your favorite region/city.
TIP! Read this article with travel writing tips from three travel editors!
- Go Local
Know of a way to get really close to the local culture or environment of a destination? Tell us about learning, volunteer or other alternative travel opportunities that really engage you with local culture. With sidebar contact.
Tell us about a specific destination, including travel details sidebar (lodgings, getting there, tours or activities, restaurants, markets, arts, health and safety, etc.) Follow the format of some of the articles on the site. WE CURRENTLY ARE SEEKING MORE STORIES ABOUT WOMEN”S TRAVEL, FAMILY TRAVEL, and features about great travel experiences. We are not as interested in long descriptions of your trip, but of a highlighted event, place or lodging that would really make some else’s trip better had they known about it.
Below is a description of what we regularly publish:
Destination Mini-Guides are shorter guides to a specific, singular destination. Essentially, extended bullet-lists, they include the following info with of course, many photos to show and tell what is worth knowing about for the place you are writing about:
- Why Go?
- When to Go
- Getting there and around
- Best Attraction
- Best Unusual Attraction
- Best Activity or Tour
- Best Alternative
- Best Lodgings
- Best Eats
- Best Shopping (if appropriate)
- Note (anything else important)
This week’s edition of Monday Markets includes a magazine devoted to nutrition, as well as one for thinking mothers (which means all of them). The third offering is a magazine for radiologists.
From the Web Site:
Today’s Dietitian welcomes lively, timely, and engaging articles on all subjects of interest to the nutrition profession. We encourage the submission of letters to the editor, feature articles, profiles of exceptional dietitians, and manuscripts for the following departments:
* Bookshelf: Reviews of books by, for, about, and of interest to dietitians
* Community Matters: Stories on dietitians using their skills to benefit the community
* Food for Thought: Essays on any issues pertinent to the profession
* Growing Your Business: Practical strategies to help entrepreneurial dietitians start and develop their businesses
* Practice Matters: Stories on any aspect of professional practice
* Research Brief: Summaries of new research on any aspect of medicine
* www.watch: Profiles of Web sites and Internet software
Queries, Abstracts, and Outlines
A one-page query, abstract, or outline of your story idea is preferred. Please e-mail your proposal to the editor at [email protected] A submitted query, abstract, or outline will be read only if the e-mail includes the author’s full name, credentials, academic degree, title, and affiliation (if any), postal address, daytime phone number, and e-mail address. (Information is for verification, not for publication.)
Query and Manuscript Submission
Queries and articles should be sent via e-mail as Microsoft Word attachments. A manuscript will be considered only if it is double spaced, includes page numbers, and has a title page that lists the author’s full name, affiliations, highest academic degree, complete address, daytime phone number, fax number, e-mail address, and Social Security number. (Information is for verification, not for publication.) If there is more than one author, provide information for each contributor and designate one author to handle correspondence.
Whensubmitting a manuscript, include a signed statement that the article is original, has not been published elsewhere, and is not under consideration by any other publication or electronic medium. Also include a brief author biography.
Articles need not conform to strict word counts. However, as a general guideline, feature stories typically run 2,000 to 2,500 words and departments run 800 to 1,200 words. Authors are encouraged to submit sidebars.
From the Web Site:
For all submissions, please e-mail the manuscript in the body of the e-mail to [email protected] with “Submission” and the department (i.e. “Fiction” “Essay” “Feature Pitch”) as the subject heading. Please do not send your submission as an attachment.
For features, new items, and debate essays, please query with clips first. Simultaneous submissions are okay–just let us know immediately if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
We try to respond within ten weeks. We believe writers are the lifeblood of this publication; we pay as much as we can, although our fees are still modest for now. –Jennifer Niesslein and Stephanie Wilkinson, editors
PERSONAL ESSAYS (800 to 4,500 words): These are the signature pieces of the magazine, the heart and soul of our endeavor. We’re looking for essays that share certain qualities–specificity and insight primary among them. These pieces should employ illustrative anecdotes, a personal voice, and a down-to-earth tone. We will avoid essays that fall back on big concept words–“magic,” “joy,” “wonder”–to get across the transformative nature of motherhood. Poignancy is fine; sentimentality isn’t. Humor is a plus. Important points to remember: We aren’t looking for how-to articles or essays that focus more on the child than on the parent.
FEATURE (3000 to 6000 words): Each issue, we devote space to at least one traditional feature, a piece that relies more heavily on reporting than introspection. Examples of this sort include an in-depth look at the home-schooling movement and an investigation into the frontiers of genetic testing. We’re open to both New Journalism and old, but high-quality research and reporting are a must. Please query with clips and a one-page story outline.
NUTSHELL (200 to 800 words): Nutshell is our news section, offering both stories you won’t find in the mainstream media and unique perspectives on hot topics. Example stories include: a profile of pediatrician whose own children watched three hours of TV a day; a report on a new study of lesbian adoptive mothers; and an interview with a mother whose child left home for college at fourteen. Please query with clips and a pitch.
DEBATE (900 words): Our section of friendly fire, where two writers square off on a topic of controversy. We’re looking for concise, thoughtful words on issues such as sex education, the Barbie question, and whether sleeping with your kids is okay. Brief anecdotes helpful; very strong opinion required. Please query with clips and the issue.
FICTION (1500 to 4500 words): We look for strongly developed characters and, more ephemerally, a sense that we trust the writer. We get a lot of stories that address the daily grind of the characters’ lives; if your story does this, you might ask yourself if this is the moment in the character’s life you want to capture in story. Since much of Brain, Child is made up of personal essays, we have to walk a strict line between the essay and short story forms. We prefer stories that aren’t written from a first-person point of view.
REVIEWS (200 words for mini-reviews; 800-3000 for longer reviews): We review new and not-so-new books of fiction, memoir, autobiography, and nonfiction. Our short reviews focus on books dealing with family or parenting (no how-to or expert advice manuals). The longer review essays tackle several books on a distinct theme; these essays are thesis-driven rather than a serial review of the works at hand.
PARODY (800 words): The parodies we like most are ones that target people, institutions, or media who don’t take mothers seriously. We’re open to a variety of forms (e.g., narrative, letter, quiz, etc.)–as long as it makes us laugh.We strongly prefer submissions by email. If you must mail your submission, send it along with a stamped SASE to P.O. Box 714, Lexington, VA 24450.
From the Web Site:
Radiology Today is a news magazine that welcomes timely and engaging submissions on all topics of interest to radiologists, radiology administrators/directors, and technologists. Feature-length articles typically run from 1,800 to 2,200 words and cover a topic in detail, reporting a number of sources representing all sides of an issue. Radiology Today does not publish formal research papers.
Shorter department pieces typically run from 800 to 1,100 words, addressing a narrower topic in either a news reporting or opinion/analysis format. Radiology Today publishes the following departments:
- CT Slice
- MRI Monitor
- Radiography News
- Managing to Succeed
- Technology Trends
- Ultrasound News
- Bone Matters
- Target on Therapy
- Interventional Update
- Nuc Med/Molecular Imaging News
- PACS Platform
- Research Review
- Guest View
Query, Abstract, or Outline Submission
A one-page query, abstract, or outline of your story idea is preferred. Please e-mail your proposal to the editor at [email protected]. A query, abstract, or outline will be considered only if it includes the author’s full first and last name; credentials, academic degree, title, and affiliation (if any); postal address; daytime telephone number; and e-mail address. (Information is for verification, not for publication.)
Send manuscripts via e-mail as Microsoft Word attachments. A manuscript will be considered only if it includes the author’s full first and last name; credentials, academic degree, title, and affiliation (if any); postal address; daytime telephone number; and e-mail address. If there is more than one author, provide information for each contributor and designate one author to handle correspondence. Radiology Today requires confirmation that the manuscript is original, has not been published elsewhere, and is not under consideration by any other publication or electronic medium. Also include a brief author biography .
Yes, I know it’s not Monday but I didn’t want to miss posting some markets this week. I know I can always use a good laugh, so I thought I would focus on some humor publications.
The Last Page Humor Column
From the Web Site:
The Last Page is a monthly column that aims at humor. Its length runs between 500 and 650 words. Because of the difficulty in judging humor by proposal, we require submission of a completed manuscript. The Web submission form’s proposal text box will accommodate a manuscript and cover letter. Payment for the column is $1,000, and there is no kill fee.
The article should be amusing and the tone genial – a story rather than a list of jokes or situations. The story usually relates to the writer’s own particular experience. For example, what happened after he shaved off his moustache; what it’s like to be colorblind (or a hypochondriac); or how an innocent-seeming toy ant farm turned into an unintended lesson in life. A “Last Page” story has a beginning, middle and end, and something happens. The best way to learn what a successful last page piece is, and how it works, is to study several of them.
We buy first North American serial rights. In addition, the last page columns are included on the Magazine’s Web site, and articles may be reproduced on electronic research databases, microfilm, microfiche and CD-ROM for libraries and educational institutions.
All unsolicited contributions are sent on speculation. We will respond to submissions sent using the Web submission form, within three weeks.
New contributions are welcome, and we appreciate your interest.
The Comics Journal
From the Web Site:
Like most magazines, the best writers guideline is to look at the material within the magazine, and give us something that approximates that material in terms of approach and sophistication. Anything else is a waste of time. For example, if we had a dollar for everyone who sent us articles on stand-up comics, we would have $43 a year. But this advice more specifically applies to comic strips and comic books. We are obviously not the magazine for discussion of comic “universes,” character re-boots and Spider-Man’s new costume — beyond, perhaps, the business or cultural implications of such “events.”
That exception brings up a good point: the key is almost always in the approach and in the writing, not in the basic idea. Therefore, we almost never buy writing unseen, even from our established writers. The editors, particularly Gary Groth, have been doing this long enough they know exactly the level and type of writing they desire and they have to see it in order to know they’ll get it.
To make this blunt: we do not, as a standard practice, accept articles on query. And we only rarely pay kill fees, usually when editorial malfeasance or just plain bad luck keeps an accepted article from being run in a timely fashion.
WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR
We don’t need regularly contributing critics at the moment — we have all we need, thanks. We have been known to accept the occasional blind submission, but the vast majority of such things are turned down.
There are (extremely) limited opportunities for broader essays about comics, but we’re in a “show us” mood here, as well. To the extent that we run such things, they tend to be either knowledgable, insider looks at the comics scenes in foreign countries, or critical essays covering the works of lesser-known cartoonists who’ve fallen by the wayside, and are thus ripe for rediscovery. A preemptive strike: We are most assuredly not in the market for essays detailing the Arthurian origins of Captain America, the Christian underpinnings of Superman, the exciting new direction recently taken by Spawn, or any other such attempts at justifying the author’s longbox. Attempts at submitting pompous, jargon-laden literary theory in an essay about V for Vendetta will be met with howls of derisive laughter.
We need people to conduct interviews — we’re especially interested in someone familiar with manga who speaks and reads fluent Japanese — but before you ask: A successful interviewer should be knowledgable, and should already be skilled in such things. We are not interested in publishing your first interview. Further, the pitched interview subject should be accessable to the writer, and should be someone of solid, proven value as a cartoonist, someone whose perspective on the artform will be interesting to intelligent connoisseurs of the medium. The fly-by-night hack who just wrote this month’s flavor of tits-and-vampires dreck is not getting an interview in this magazine; don’t even ask.
We also need the occasional essay of industry commentary. Such writers should already have experience in the business of comics sufficient to make his or her opinion informed, valid and interesting. We don’t need the existing conventional wisdom regurgitated back to us, and will heartily reject anything that we suspect does this. Our readers pay good money for this magazine, and if we’re going to publish your industry commentary, you’d better know what you’re talking about and say something that readers will find to be of genuine value.
Finally, we need good investigative reporters willing to work on a freelance basis. Writers interested in covering news for the Journal should contact our News Editor, Michael Dean.
All other inquiries should be directed at Dirk Deppey.
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We’re actively looking to expand our pool of freelance comedy writers and there’s more opportunity to join The Usual Gang Of Idiots than ever. If you have a twisted sense of humor, a peculiar way of looking at the world, or are simply eager to express your immature, strange or just plain silly side, then we want to see your stuff! Here’s what we’re looking for:
1. Material for The Fundalini Pages: Introduced in January 2004, this still-evolving front-of-the-book-section provides great outlet for topical, short form humor. Especially prized are biting social satire and outrageously funny quick takes. Throw the kitchen sink at us! This is an excellent place for first time writers to break in.
2. Comic strips: We want to add new comics to the magazine. Whether a strip is an ongoing, monthly feature, or a one-time-only, single or multi-panel gag, we’d love to see your ideas. While we are particularly interested in comics that reflect adolescent male sensibilities, feel free to let your mind roam. Got a really weird concept that you think belongs in an underground comic? Have an idea for an irresistibly irreverent character? Whatever it is, if you think it’s funny, send it to us. (And, no, you don’t have to be an artist.)
3. Hard Hitting Satire/Cutting Edge Yuks: Tackle ongoing cultural themes and fads, problems and issues, including controversial court cases, political blunders, celebrity and sports scandals and anything else ingrained (and sometimes senselessly beaten!) into the American consciousness. Good areas include: pop culture, sex/dating, politics, the Internet, the music and fashion scenes, and any topics of interest to teens. Especially prized are articles on video games, kid/parent and student/teacher relationships.
4. Media Parody: Poke fun at and lambaste your favorite (or least favorite) showbiz celebs, movies, TV programs and channels, radio shows, videos, commercials, magazines, books, catalogs, etc. Be audaciously original!
5. Utter Silliness: Pointless humor for humor’s sake, which may include a heavy dose of stupidity, faulty logic, moronic conclusions and non-sequiturs. (Articles we’ve run in this category include Most Wanted Renegade Clowns and Sadistic Simon Says.)
6. MAD 20 Features: Our annual run-down of the 20 Dumbest People, Events & Things of the Year has become a reader favorite. Especially prized are full-page visual-impact pieces. (Take a look at one of our previous MAD 20 installments to familiarize yourself with the feature.)
Here’s what we’re NOT looking for:
1. Movie & TV Satires: Unless they’re entirely different in format and approach from the ones we’re currently using.
2. Rewritten MAD-Like Junk: Nothing will get you a rejection slip faster that an article with a title like “Other Uses For Your Old _____” or “Who’s Who At A ______.”
3. Your Take On Already Existing Features: Including Spy Vs Spy, A MAD Look At…, The MAD Fold-In, The MAD World Of…, etc.
4. AND PLEASE: No advice columns, short stories, book manuscripts, articles about Alfred E. Neuman, or Alfred E. Neuman cover gags.
HOW TO SUBMIT MATERIAL
Send us a paragraph or two explaining the premise of your article, with three or four examples of how you would carry it through. Be sure to include art notes describing the visual content of each example. Rough sketches are welcomed but not necessary. Be neat and to the point. No hand-written submissions.
1. Our preference is for you to submit via email. Send your material to [email protected] Please note: We will respond only if we’re interested. Fax submissions are not accepted.
2. If your material contains significant sketches or is otherwise art-intensive, you may submit via snail mail. Be sure to include a self-addressed stamped envelope with sufficient postage to send your submission back, or we will not be able to return your artwork. (Overseas contributors must include U.S. stamps or International Reply Coupons.) Send your submission to:
MAD Submissions Editor
New York, NY 10019
3. Before submitting become familiar with today’s MAD, not the MAD you grew up with (although that helps). Don’t be discouraged if the rejection slips pile up. Writing for MAD isn’t a piece of cake. That’s why we pay top rates — $500 per MAD page (for new contributors) — on acceptance (pieces that are less than a page — e.g. comic strips, Fundalini bits, etc. — are pro-rated accordingly).
Any other questions? See your spiritual advisor or write your Congressman! We’ve told you everything we know. Now it’s time to sit down at your computer, word processor, typewriter, notebook, stone tablet (or whatever it is you use to record your idiotic brainstorms!) and exercise your funny bone. We’re waiting to hear from you! Lots of luck!
You can find this week’s edition of Monday Markets here. I hope you find something interesting in the listings.
From the Web Site:
A horse health publication for laymen, EQUUS features articles on health care, behavior, training techniques, veterinary breakthroughs and exercise physiology.
EQUUS welcomes freelance submissions for practically any section of the magazine. The best preparation for the prospective EQUUS contributor is familiarity with the magazine. Indeed, for writers interested in learning EQUUS style and standards, there’s no substitute for regularly reading the magazine.
That said, the editors will consider publishing any worthwhile submission on horse-related topics so writers need not limit themselves to conventional topics or approaches. If a piece is accurate, well organized, relevant and interesting, we will work with a writer to find a place for it within our format.
There are, however, a few guidelines that prospective contributors should keep in mind.
We ask that unsolicited hard-copy manuscripts be typed, and please note: If you would like your materials returned, a self-addressed, stamped envelope needs to be included with your submission. If you prefer, you may submit your manuscript via email to [email protected].
Features generally run from 1,600 to 3,000 words, and the amount of payment depends on quality, length and complexity of the story. In short, we do not pay by the word.
We do not review or accept simultaneous submissions.
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Since Adventure Rider Magazine is produced by adventure riders for adventure riders, we encourage submissions by people who are out on their bikes exploring the world. We love ride reports, how-to’s, things that work and don’t work, how to plan for an extended trip, and profiles on places to visit. Of course, every good story needs good pictures to help tell it, so you have a much better chance of getting published if you have great pictures.
We use a variety of stories of different lengths. Typical feature articles can be anywhere between 2,000 to 4,000 words and should be accompanied by 10-40 good pictures (with captions) that help tell the story. We also publish shorter stories of 800-1,500 words. These are typically location reviews, cool places to visit, things to do.
It is important to note that writing for a magazine is different than writing a ride report on advrider.com or similar web site. We love those ride reports, but the format is much different than for a magazine. When writing for Adventure Rider Magazine, the story needs to be strong enough to stand by itself without pictures. It should be entertaining, descriptive, funny and create an urge in the readers to want to take the same trip.
From the Web Site:
We welcome queries from inexperienced writers, but particular care should be taken with these proposals: much of what is rejected is a result of poor execution and/or inappropriate story ideas.
African Vibes Magazine is not interested in stories that have been widely covered in the mainstream media unless the writer has developed a genuinely original angle—a challenge to the mainstream’s coverage. This Magazine publishes only six issues per year; stories must not be so time-sensitive that they will seem dated six months in the future. Our schedule means that we are best able to provide in-depth analysis of issues and strong people-oriented reportage—as opposed to responses to fast-moving news stories.
Promising queries are discussed by the editorial board. If a proposal is accepted, the writer will be contacted by the editor. Please allow six to eight weeks for a response. Unsolicited manuscripts (completed articles) must be accompanied by a query letter. African Vibes Magazine is not responsible for loss or damage to unsolicited submissions. Please do not send originals.
To submit your ideas, please write a query letter that includes the following:
- Send a well fleshed out proposal with an outline. Be sure to tell us what is new or fresh about your idea
- Send writing samples, if you have them
- Specify the section of the magazine for which the piece is intended
- Convey your specific qualifications to write on this topic
- Specify the proposed story length
- Include possible experts (if it is a reported piece) and what access you have to them
- Provide an explanation of why this idea would appeal to the African Vibes reader.
Query letters for specific features and departments should be no more than one page in length and accompanied by recent writing samples ( Your samples should not include the actual story that you are proposing).
Features and departments cover the following categories:
- Arts and Entertainment: Music, Movies, Books, Theater and the web
- Fashion and Beauty: tips, trends and news pieces
- Finance: investments, legal matters, and work issues
- Health and Fitness: tips, trends, studies and guides
- Travel: travel to Africa
- Home: tips and guides
- Relationship: practical information and advice
- General interest: new thinking, research, information on timely topics, trends
- Profiles or first-person accounts of people who have made a dramatic change in their lives or the lives of others
- Culture: culture essay, trends, studies and guides
- Reflection: first person essay on a personal experience
From the Web Site:
Notre Dame Magazine is published quarterly by the University of Notre Dame for more than 150,000 readers, most of whom are graduates of the university. The magazine reports on alumni activities, covers institutional events, people and trends, and examines a broad spectrum of cultural issues reflecting the university’s wide-ranging discussion of science and the arts, society and its structures, the spiritual and the human. Because a large proportion of its readers are Catholic, the magazine often addresses topics of interest to a Catholic audience.
The magazine has four departments, including campus news and an alumni notes section. A third section, “CrossCurrents” (formerly called Perspectives), contains three to four essays per issue. Often written in first-person, these pieces range in length from 750 to 1,500 words and deal with a wide array of issues — some topical, some personal, some serious, some light. Feature stories, typically 2,000 words or more, comprise the major part of the magazine. These, too, address a variety of issues appealing to college-educated readers who take an active interest in the contemporary world.
Most of the magazine’s editorial content is freelance-written. This is especially true of the CrossCurrents and Features sections. For FEATURES, the editors require a QUERY LETTER with clips of published articles. Less experienced writers may be asked to write on speculation. For CrossCurrents, it is appropriate to submit complete manuscripts. We buy first serial and electronic rights. Payment (comparable to fees paid by some national publications) is made upon acceptance. All copy is subjected to rigorous editing.
From the Web Site:
Lake Superior Magazine is a bimonthly full-color consumer magazine which focuses exclusively on the Lake Superior region – history, current events, life styles, environment, tourism. Our long suit is outstanding photography accompanied by well-written and relevant editorial. We like to surprise our readers, and therefore will try to present an unexpected slant to the stories they’ll receive in each issue. The magazine was established in 1979 and has since become the authority on Lake Superior living and travel. All submissions should support that concept.
As a regionally focused publication with national distribution, we are highly selective, considering only quality material. However, each year we accept a number of offerings from new writers and photographers. The strongest advice we can give is to read the magazine to understand our approach before submitting.
Pays up to $600 for feature stories of 1,600-2,200 words.
From the Web Site:
Now running 64-80 pages per issue, WNY Family is a 90% freelance-written, subscription and free courtesy copy publication — both in a conventional “hard copy” print edition and an online “3D” digital edition launched in January 2009. Our print edition has a monthly audited circulation of 25,000 copies concentrated in Erie and Niagara Counties of the Buffalo, New York metro area.
Articles submitted should address current parenting issues with a Western New York tie-in whenever possible. Strong emphasis is placed on how and where to find family-oriented events, as well as goods and services for children, in Western New York (the Buffalo metro area).
Each issue has an “Up Front” focus article with appropriate sidebars, as well as additional articles, regular columns (children’s books, family travel, “The Newbie Dad,” single parenting, tweens & teens, internet/technology, restaurant review) and a very popular centerfold calendar of events targeted to young, growing families…
We are interested in well-researched, non-fiction articles on surviving the newborn, preschool, school age and adolescent years. Our readers want practical information on places to go and things to do in the Buffalo area and nearby Canada. They enjoy humorous articles about the trials and tribulations of parenthood as well as “how-to” articles (i.e., organizing a child’s room, keeping your sanity while shopping with preschoolers, ideas for holidays and birthdays, etc.) Articles on making a working parent’s life easier are of great interest as are articles written by fathers. We prefer a warm, conversational style of writing.
?Themes which repeat annually are: Birthday Celebrations (January issue), Cabin Fever (February), Caring For Our Aging Parents (March), Having A Baby and The Special Needs Child (April), Mother’s Day (May), Father’s Day (June), Healthy Child, Healthy Family and Travel/Vacation (July), Summer Fun (August), Back to School (September), Halloween Happenings (October), Family Issues and The Family Pet (November), and Exploring Education and Holiday Happenings (December).
Because this is a regional publication, LOCAL writers are given preference, but ALL authors are given equal consideration based on their writing skill, style and the appropriateness of subject matter.
Pays $35-$200 depending on type and length of article.
From the Web Site:
KEY CLUB is published two times during the academic year. Two printed issues are mailed to Key Clubs and are also posted on the Web site.
It is the official publication of Key Club International, the largest high school service organization in the world with more than 245,000 members in 28 nations. Members of Kiwanis clubs, who sponsor these youth groups and have an active interest in them, also read the magazine.
Members of Key Club are service-minded students interested in helping others and in making their communities and schools better places in which to live and learn. Because service and leadership is the basis of Key Club, those topics are important to KEY CLUB’s editorial slant. We are looking for general-interest, academic, self-help and service- and leadership-related feature articles that help Key Clubbers become better students and better Key Club members.
Each couple of years, Key Club International develops a Major Emphasis Program around which nearly one article per issue is written. Appropriate articles for this category should offer guidance for Key Clubs and individual members in their efforts to contribute time and service to their communities.
Some of the published articles include “Service’s Profound Perspective,” “How to Follow the Leader,” “Amazing Fund-Raising,” and “Spice Up Your Study Habits.”
Read the magazine before submitting any material. We quickly reject first-person remembrances and single-source stories. We publish articles that are the product of first-hand interviews as well as research in published sources. Writers should substantiate major points in the article with illustrative examples and quotes from persons involved in the subject or qualified to speak about it. We also like to include club members as sources and will help writers obtain those. Authors are encouraged to include anecdotes—real-life or hypothetical scenes—to illustrate the points of the article. After reading the first several paragraphs, the reader should have a good understanding of what the article will address.
Writers should be aware that KEY CLUB is not exclusively a US publication. Thus, they should avoid references to “our country” or “our president” and strive for quotes and attribution to professional references from non-US sources, if practical.
- We do not publish filler copy.
- We do not publish first-person essays.
- We do not publish personal profiles.
- We do not publish fiction.
- We do not publish poetry.
- We do not review books, movies, or music releases.
Payment for accepted material ranges from $100 to $400 for 250 to 1,500 word articles. We pay on acceptance for publication. Photographs are not essential but are desirable when they are of high quality and add substantially to the impact of the article. Photos are purchased as part of the package with consideration given to the time and expense of the author.
We prefer queries, but we will consider unsolicited manuscripts. Ideas submitted via unsolicited manuscripts, if accepted, often require extensive rewriting, which can be avoided by working through a query letter. Writers usually are notified within a month. A stamped, self-addressed envelope should accompany all manuscripts and queries.
From the Web Site:
YES! Magazine documents how people are creating a more just, sustainable, and compassionate world. We welcome submissions that relate directly to this focus.
Each issue of YES! includes a series of articles focused on a theme—about solutions to a significant challenge facing our world—and a number of timely, non-theme articles. Our non-theme section provides ongoing coverage of issues like health, climate change, globalization, media reform, faith, democracy, economy and labor, social and racial justice, and peace building. For past examples, please see our back issues page.
YES! is not interested in simply bemoaning the problems that face our society. Instead, we highlight solutions in action that address the roots of our deepest ecological, social, and political problems. We emphasize engaging storytelling and factual accuracy. We are especially interested in authentic stories of positive change from the grassroots that can serve as models and inspiration for others. We also publish essays that frame or re-envision societal trends—and how these could bring about transformation and progress.
We do not accept unsolicited poetry or fiction. Personal essays are sometimes considered if they illuminate a relevant cultural, political, or environmental topic. We do not endorse any candidate, party, or legislation, although we cover legislation and political races as news items, to the degree that they relate to our core mission. We do not adhere to any particular spiritual tradition, although we welcome articles that are explicitly founded in any faith (or in secularism).
Pay rates for articles vary and are negotiated based on the circumstances of the writer and the assignment. YES! pays higher rates for original reporting and deeply researched stories that break new ground. YES! is a nonprofit publication and accepts no advertisements.
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Thank you for requesting our guidelines. The editors at The Oxford American are constantly searching for well-written, substantive new material. We request, however, that before submitting work, writers make themselves familiar with the spirit and aim of the magazine. It is discouraging to the editors to receive manuscripts from writers who clearly do not know much about the magazine.
1. We do not accept faxed or e-mailed submissions.
2. The Oxford American will consider only manuscripts that are from and/or about the South and that are clearly typed and double-spaced.
3. A self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) with the correct postage must accompany all manuscripts. A SASE is needed for any kind of response, even if the writer does not want the material returned.
4. The pay scale for accepted material varies.
5. Payment is issued within thirty days of publication.
6. The Oxford American does not agree to pay expenses associated with the completion of a work unless an agreement has been reached between the editor and writer before the expenses are incurred.
7. We require an express acknowledgement if a manuscript is a simultaneous submission.
8. The Oxford American does not publish work that has been published elsewhere, including the Internet.
9. A good photocopy of the manuscript, rather than the original, should be sent. The Oxford American is not responsible for lost manuscripts.
10. Response time varies, but during our most hectic periods may take more than 16 weeks.
11. Poetry submissions should be three to five poems, of any length. Like fiction and nonfiction submissions, these should be from or about the South.
12. We do not publish pornography, society gossip, or poems about cats.