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September 28, 2005

Paying Markets and Freelance Jobs For September 28th | printable version


These are NOT recycled guidelines. only features original market listings, received from and approved by the editors at each publication.

Air Line Pilot, P.O. Box 1169, Herndon, VA 20172-1169. Shipping Address: 535 Herndon Parkway, Herndon VA 20170-5238. P(703)481-4460 (Questions about submissions only; will not accept inquiries or story ideas by phone). F(703)464-2114. Email: Magazine (at) Website:; go to magazine section. Attn: Editor-in-Chief. "A professional and labor journal for airline pilots who work for U.S. and Canadian airlines and who belong to the Air Line Pilots Association, AFL-CIO, CLC. The magazine covers aviation safety and flight technology, airline industry developments, labor union news and issues, and regulatory and economic issues affecting the airline industry and the piloting profession." Most writing and photography produced in-house. 5%-10% freelance. Welcomes new writers, but requires "an extremely high level of technical accuracy and knowledge of and familiarity with airline pilots -- a very demanding audience." Circ. 90K. 10 issues/yr. Pays on acceptance. Publishes ms 2-3 months after acceptance. Buys all rights except book rights, including electronic rights. Rarely accepts reprints. Responds 2-3 weeks. Sample issue $4.00 or go to website. Subscription domestic U.S.--$32; $45 outside US. Guidelines available online at or by mail with SASE.
CURRENT NEEDS: Resumes and clips. Pays "flat fees based on length and complexity from $150 for a single magazine page (3.5 double-spaced manuscript pages) to $500 for detailed, complex subject from experienced writers of 3 - 4 magazine pages. Will accept query letter with outline of proposed story or complete manuscript. Best to query first to be sure idea is acceptable before spending time preparing article. Like to know if manuscript is being shopped around to other publications, but such practice does not hamper acceptance. For some technical articles, acceptance will depend upon review from ALPA Engineering & Air Safety Dept. All articles are subject to editing and review from ALPA experts and officials."
PHOTOS/ART: "See website in magazine section/freelance submissions for photo requirement details. Will accept prints, slides, negatives, or high-resolution computer images (at least 300 dpi resolution at actual size used--cover approx. 8/11 inches). Email images acceptable for review only to determine if want to publish. Will then need slide/print/or hi-res digital image on disk. Request SASE for return of images. Images for cover must be very sharp with good color. Aircraft shown must be carriers that employ ALPA pilots (see website for list). Pilots shown should be identified if possible. Locations must be identified. Photo credit used. "Payment varies based on size and placement as we require. Pays $450 for cover; $75-$100 for small inside use; up to $200 for full page 4-color inside."
HINTS: "99.9% of our articles are non-fiction prose. Many are very technical. Generally articles must have some direct impact on an airline pilot's life, health, or profession. We do not use many topics or issues that are secondary to an airline pilot's concerns. We are very selective for cover photos as we only have 10 a year and we have 55 airlines to represent. For example, if I have already used a Delta cover in the last 12 months, I am less likely to select another cover with Delta aircraft or pilots. If you have a good idea or manuscript, I cannot publish it if I don't see it. Submit your ideas, in writing, first. Email is a good way to send ideas or manuscripts. If we accept your emailed article then we do not have to re-key it into our system. We have a PC-based publishing system and use MSWord, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Pagemaker software."

Alternatives Journal, c/o Environmental Studies, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1, Canada. P(519)888-4442. F(519)746-0292. Email: editor (at) Website: Tara Flynn, Executive Editor. 90% freelance. "Alternatives is Canada's environmental magazine, serving up six issues a year of eco-news and views from across Canada and around the world." Welcomes new writers. Circ 4.5K. Quarterly. Pays on publication. Publishes ms 6 months after acceptance. Buys 1st Canadian rights. Occasionally accepts reprints. Responds 6 weeks. Sample and guidelines by email (samples mailed to Canadian writers only). Subscription $37.45 (includes GST).
CURRENT NEEDS: "Alternatives is theme-based, but we encourage pieces and queries not related to the upcoming themes." Pays $0.10/word (CDN) to freelancers (most contributors are unpaid academic experts so let them know you're a freelancer). Min. 300 words for short columns, max 2500 words for features. Submit query by email with writing samples. "Be sure to include complete contact info, including telephone number."
PHOTOS/ART: Contact Marcia Ruby at mruby (at) Pays $35 -$100.
HINTS: "Always include writing samples with queries. Always include telephone number and email address. Email queries are preferred over snail mail or telephone queries."

American Cheerleader Magazine, 110 William St., 23rd Floor, New York, NY 10038. P(646)459-4868. F(646)459-4900. Website: Sheila Noone, Editorial Director. 35%-50% freelance. "The largest national magazine that targets the teen cheerleader, we have a readership of 1.4 million. Besides cheer-specific content, American Cheerleader magazine has beauty, fashion, health and fitness columns." Welcomes new writers. Bimonthly. Pays within 60 days of publication. Period between acceptance and publication varies. Buys all rights. No reprints. Response time varies. Samples at book stores and magazine racks. Subscription $14.95. Guidelines online at
CURRENT NEEDS: "Queries from writers with a cheer background." Pays flat fee of $200 for columns to $300 for features. Articles must be 750 --1200 words. Submit query letter with samples by mail with SASE or by email.

The Bear Deluxe Magazine, P.O. Box 10342, Portland, OR 97296. P(503)242-1047. Email: bear (at) Website: Tom Webb, Editor; Casey Bush, Reviews Editor; Susan Wickstrom, Fiction Editor. 25% new freelance per issue. Many of their nonfiction writers are not on staff but have a history with the magazine. "The Bear Deluxe is an award-winning environmental publication, but we are not your typical 'environmental' magazine. We do cover more-traditional environmental news, but more and more we are looking for more modern, cultural, artistic and unexpected connections to environmental, place-based themes. Above all, we are looking for strong, compelling and timely ideas from engaged writers. We are sort of a cross between High Country News, Northern Lights, Adbusters and Harpers, yet still quite distinct on our own. We embrace the magazine approach, both in content and writing style and are looking to include a range of voices and subject matter in each issue. Space is becoming increasing competitive, so no fluff, PR, or generic story ideas, please." Welcomes new writers. Circ. 46K. Quarterly. Pays "a few weeks after publication." Publishes ms 1-6 months after acceptance. Buys first rights only. "We are very selective on reprints. Must be noted as such. Same with simultaneous submissions." Responds 1-3 months. "We cannot respond to all email queries." Sample $3. Subscription $16; $22 Canada; $28 other. Guidelines online at or by mail with SASE.
CURRENT NEEDS: "Quality feature reporting complete with magazine research work is most desired. Quality short-fiction is also in high demand. Quirky/unique short news pieces and nontraditional editorials stand out, too." Pays $100-$300 for features, fiction and essays; $50-$100 for departments; $25 for reviews; $25 for poems. All contributing writers receive a subscription and contributor copy. Articles run 300-4000 words. Submit query, clips and publishing history by mail with SASE. "Email queries are okay but we cannot guarantee to respond to those not chosen for publication."
PHOTOS/ART: No specific art requirements. Pays $30.
HINTS: "You REALLY SHOULD get a sample copy and writing guidelines. Writers should email us and ask to be put on our writers list-serve. There are growing opportunities there and it's the best way to hear about themes/submission calls and events. Too many writers stop sending queries if they are not accepted right off the bat."

Black Warrior Review, P.O. Box 862936, Tuscaloosa, AL 35486. P(205)348-4518. Email: bwr (at) Website: Send submissions to the attention of Poetry Editor, Fiction Editor or Nonfiction Editor. 95% freelance. "Since 1974, Black Warrior Review, a nationally respected literary magazine, has published the freshest poetry, fiction, and nonfiction by Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners alongside that of up-and-coming voices." Welcomes new writers. Circ 2K. Semiannual (Oct & April). Pays on publication. Publishes ms 1-6 months after acceptance. Buys first-time rights; all rights revert to authors on publication. Responds 1-5 months. Purchase sample by mail with $10, payable to the University of Alabama. Subscription $16. Guidelines online under 'Submit'.
CURRENT NEEDS: "The freshest creative work out there. We suggest reviewing a sample copy before submitting. Submit complete ms or queries on interviews." Pays $50 - $75 per poem; $150 for prose.
PHOTOS/ART: Considers artwork for cover, with portfolio. Send prints. For comics, black and white only. Send prints.
HINTS: "Know the publications you submit to. Only send your best work."

Turtle Press, 91 Holmes Rd., Newington, CT 06111. Website: Cynthia Kim, Editor. Publisher of martial arts and eastern sports how-to books. Averages 5 new titles/year. Welcomes new authors. Average first print run 3K. Offers advance. Publishes ms approx. 6-12 months after acceptance. Responds 2-4 weeks. Catalog available at website. Guidelines online at
CURRENT NEEDS: "Martial arts how-to in the 300-400 page range on subjects we don't currently cover." Pays $1K advance plus 10% royalties (based on gross). Submit proposal letter by mail with SASE.
HINTS: "Interested writers should visit our website and review the type of books we publish."


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