November 05, 2008
Paying Markets And Jobs For November 5th | printable version
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Ms. magazine, 433 S. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills CA 90212. P(310)556-2515. Email: mkort -at- msmagazine.com. Website: http://www.msmagazine.com. Michele Kort, Senior Editor. "Feminist news, culture and analysis" 75% freelance. Welcomes new writers. Circ. 100K. Quarterly. Pays on publication. Publishes ms 2 months after acceptance. Buys all rights. Accepts reprints. Responds 2-4 months. Subscription $25/year. Guidelines online at http://www.msmagazine.com/contact.asp#submissions.
CURRENT NEEDS: "News and analysis of issues of concern to women both in the U.S. and globally. Best to read back issues to become familiar with Ms.'s concerns." Pays $0.50/word for National and Global stories and book reviews; $1/word for features and columns for 500-3000 words. Submit query or complete manuscript with cover letter, bio, and clips by mail with SASE.
Hints: "The biggest problem is writers not being familiar with the publication and thus not submitting appropriate ideas. The second biggest problem is submitting personal stories that don't have a larger resonance beyond the person's own experience."
Oregon Quarterly, 5228 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-5228. Website: http://www.OregonQuarterly.com. Ross West, Managing Editor. "Oregon Quarterly is the successor to Old Oregon, the University of Oregon's alumni magazine founded in 1919. Although our 100,000 readers consist predominantly of UO alumni, our editorial approach has evolved in the past few years from a traditional alumni magazine to a regional magazine of ideas. To highlight this change, we now describe ourselves as 'The Northwest Perspective from the University of Oregon.' Unlike a traditional alumni magazine, the majority of our features are not about the UO as such. Instead, we generally address topics of state and regional interest (ideas, issues, and personalities) using the resources of UO faculty and alumni. The UO benefits from its involvement in these stories, not as their subject matter. Our goal is to reach a broad, well-educated regional audience, whether or not they have ties to the UO. As a magazine, we want to be recognized for the quality of our writing. Good magazine stories should have shape and depth. They are closer in conception and execution to a thoughtful essay than to a newspaper feature. They should involve the reader, awaken the imagination. They require some effort to write, but they are much more a pleasure to read. Most of our stories are contributed by freelancers. If the topic has a contemporary regional interest, and if UO involvement can be demonstrated (through faculty or alumni participation), we'd like to hear about it. We prefer a brief query letter (with SASE) that show the flavor of the proposed article and your writing style. Submit clips that demonstrate your ability. If you don't have a story idea but would like to be considered for assignments, submit clips with a cover letter explaining your interests and experience. We invite queries for features and UO alumni profiles. Our features generally run 1,500≠3,000 words; short subjects run about 400≠1,000 words. Pay varies depending on subject matter and writer's experience. We generally follow the Chicago Manual of Style." 90% freelance. Welcomes new writers. Circ. 100K. Quarterly. Pays on acceptance. Publishes ms approx. six weeks after acceptance. Buys first North American serial rights plus web publishing/archiving rights. Rarely accepts reprints. Responds "quite quickly usually, sometimes slower." Sample articles available online. Subscription $30; $40 outside the U.S. Guidelines online at http://oregonquarterly.com/html/guidelines.htm.
CURRENT NEEDS: "Solid pitches for great stories that fit with our editorial focus. We invite queries for features and UO alumni profiles. Our features generally run 1,500 - 3,000 words; short subjects run about 400 - 1,200 words. Pay varies depending on subject matter and writer's experience, with department stories usually ranging from $200-$500 and features significantly more. We pay on acceptance (after requested revisions), plus reasonable expenses (with receipts), provided they are cleared by us in advance. For contracted stories we do not accept, we pay a kill fee of 20 percent the contracted amount. We generally follow the Chicago Manual of Style." Submit query with cover letter and bio by mail with SASE.
PHOTOS/ART: "All stories must be illustrated in some way. We often rely on writers, since they are in most direct contact with subjects, to investigate photo possibilities. It is a plus if you can shoot the story for us." Pays $175-$1500.
HINTS: "Main mistake is--prepare to be shocked--not reading the magazine to find out what we print. Another mistake is writers we have not worked with before sending sloppy, unimpressive queries. Writers often want to break in with features -- it is much more likely to break in with us on a department story. Wow us with your department story and we will have the beginnings of what might be a mutually beneficial relationship."
PT Magazine, 1111 N. Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. P(703)706-8551. Email: ptmag -at- apta.org. Website: http://www.apta.org (then click "Publications," then "PT Magazine."). Donald Tepper, Editor. "PT--Magazine of Physical Therapy is the professional issues magazine of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Published to meet the needs and interests of APTA members and to promote physical therapy as a vital professional career, PT provides legislative, health care, human interest, and Association news and serves as a forum for discussion of professional issues and ideas in physical therapy practice." 30% freelance. Circ. 75K. Monthly. Pays upon acceptance. Publishes ms 3-5 months after acceptance. Buys all rights. No reprints. Responds 1-3 weeks. Sample articles online. Subscription $100 a year domestically. Guidelines online at http://www.apta.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Author_Guidelines.
CURRENT NEEDS: "Our needs are driven by our editorial calendar. Our editorial calendar (for next year) should be ready by September 1 (of the current year). Then we assign articles as needed. Our articles typically involve 5-7 (or more) completed interviews. Most are of health care practitioners who are involved with/knowledgeable about the subject. Some names are provided below, as well as several resources who can direct you to additional interviewees. All interviewees must be members of APTA. Writing should be clear and crisp. One of the points, beyond the specific structure of
many of our articles, is that those interviewed should tell the story. The author's voice shouldn't be the most prominent one. The author's visible role largely is to supply the transitions, to lead the story in the right direction, to set up a point and let an interviewee make it. A related point: Our readers like lots of examples. So after a point is made, imagine the next paragraph beginning, 'For example...' if it logically flows. The finished article should be sent in Word." Pays $0.25-0.40/word for 1500-2500 words. "Always, always, always begin with a query (e-mail or phone). The actual manuscript should be submitted via e-mail in Word."
PHOTOS/ART: "High-res photos, if available. Pay is generally nothing, though we may pay under exceptional circumstances."
HINTS: Writing for PT Magazine (or most magazines) is very, very simple. First, read the magazine. In our case, you can access the entire editorial content online. Read it to understand our style, our approach, and who our readers are. There's no excuse--none--for a writer to ask to be considered and then ask for a sample of the magazine, or to ask who reads our magazine. Know the magazine. Second, develop some story ideas that you think might work in the magazine. This is a good exercise to test your knowledge; if you're not sure whether an article would work, read the magazine again.
Third, identify articles you've written that are similar to what we run in the magazine.
Fourth, call or e-mail. When e-mailing, provide a paragraph or two on your background and writing experience. It's OK to attach a resume to the e-mail. Provide 2-3 samples of articles you've written that are similar to what we run. If you call, be prepared to send that information in a follow-up e-mail. Fifth, ask what articles we have on our editorial calendar that are unassigned and that you might be able to write. The most common mistake--the nearly universal mistake--is that the freelancer fails to read our magazine before calling. In cases where we use a freelancer and the freelancer makes a mistake, the nearly universal mistake is that the freelancer doesn't understand our style and our approach. It bears repeating: Understand who you're writing for."
Reform Judaism magazine, 633 Third Ave, 7th floor, New York, NY 10017. P(212)650-4240. F(212)650-4249. Email: rjmagazine -at- urj.org. Website: http://reformjudaismmag.org. Aron Hirt-Manheimer, Editor; Joy Weinberg, Managing Editor. "REFORM JUDAISM is the official voice of the Union for Reform Judaism, linking the institutions and affiliates of Reform Judaism with every Reform Jew. Received quarterly by 310,000 member households (members of more than 900+ Union congregations) as a benefit of their synagogue's Union affiliation, RJ strives to convey the creativity, diversity, and dynamism of Reform Judaism. RJ covers developments within our movement while interpreting world events and Jewish tradition from a Reform perspective. An American Jewish Press Association first-place Simon Rockower Award winner for excellence in feature writing, Reform Judaism's feature stories are controversial, probing problems, exploring solutions, teaching, and inspiring. A special 'Focus On' educational section presents multiple perspectives on a specific theme---Jewish ritual, history, beliefs, and issues---to stimulate further reading, study, and discussion. Subjects covered include: Jewish history, ethics, the Holocaust, Israel and Zionism, Jewish movements, family, texts, holidays, theology, and more. Our lifestyle columns showcase contentious opinions and model programs and services which enhance Jewish life." 50% freelance. Welcomes new writers. Circ. 305K. Quarterly. Pays on publication. Publishes ms in issue immediately following acceptance. Buys 1st North American serial rights. Accepts reprints. Responds 4-6 weeks. Sample available by sending a check in the amount of $3.50 payable to Reform Judaism magazine with a cover letter. Subscriptions rate $12; $18 outside of the U.S. Guidelines online at http://reformjudaismmag.org/letter/writer.
CURRENT NEEDS: Queries. Pays $0.30 /published word. View the writer's guidelines online for more information.
PHOTOS/ART: "We require high resolution photographs, 300 dpi, or quality prints. Low res images are initially preferred for selection purposes. Pay varies."
HINTS: "Get to know our publication before sending submissions; visit reformjudaismmag.org. A great many unsolicited manuscripts and queries are inappropriate for us."
Rock & Gem, 290 Maple Ct., Ste. 232, Ventura, CA 93003. P(805)644-3824, ext. 29. Email: editor -at- rockngem.com. Website: http://www.rockngem.com. Lynn Varon, Managing Editor. 90% freelance. Warmly welcomes new writers. Circ. 34K. Monthly. Pays on publication. Does not officially accept a manuscript until shortly before it's scheduled for publication. Publisher may hold manuscripts for up to a year. "Give us six months to use your manuscript before calling." Buys first world publication and electronic reprint rights. No reprints. Usually responds less than one week to emailed queries. Sample for written request. Subscription $15.95; $30.95 outside the U.S. Guidelines online at http://www.rockngem.com/submissions.asp.
CURRENT NEEDS: "Field trips, step-by-step project articles." Pays $250 for 2000-4000 words. Queries okay via e-mail or mail; usually responds within a week. Submit complete manuscript and materials via mail only. Contributor Agreement required. Contact Managing Editor Lynn Varon for details after reviewing the writer's guidelines.
PHOTOS/ART: Pay included in fee above.
HINTS: A common mistake is when writers "don't read and follow the writers' guidelines carefully; they don't contact me if they don't understand something about the guidelines; they don't submit proper captions. For story ideas, see the Article Idea Exchange on our Web site. The 2008 Lapidary Article of the Year contest launches in the December 2007 issue; rules on Web site."
Tech Directions, PO Box 8623, Ann Arbor, MI 48107. F(734)975-2787. Website: http://www.techdirections.com. Susanne Peckham, Managing Editor. 80% freelance. "Tech Directions welcomes submissions from professionals in technology, CTE, and applied science education. Our magazine features materials of interest in all subject areas in these fields, for teachers and administrators from elementary through postsecondary years. In particular, we invite articles related to teaching techniques, classroom projects, laboratory/classroom administrative procedures, and issues facing the field." Welcomes new writers. Circ. 20K. 10 issues/yr, Aug. - May. Pays on publication. Publishes ms 9-12 months after acceptance. Buys all rights. No reprints. Responds 8 weeks. Sample by email to vanessa -at- techdirections.com. Subscription $30. Guidelines online or by email or mail with SASE.
CURRENT NEEDS: "Projects that integrate principles of science, technology, and mathematics, for middle school through high school levels." Pays flat fee of $25 per published page (which usually equals three typescript pages). 2000-3000 word limit. Submit complete ms, query, cover letter and bio by mail with SASE.
PHOTOS/ART: Color, no digital. Pays $25 for photos.
Freelance Writers - personal medical experience articles. Pays $0.03-$0.10/word.
Freelance Financial Writer - Pays $20-$50
Freelance Proof Reader/Copy Writer
Freelance Copywriter - with Video Game Experience
Freelance Data Input Legal Researcher
Suzanne G. Carbon
Freelance Managing Editor
Contemporary Spiritual Practice/Wisdom
Freelance Business Journalist
Freelance Investigative Researchers/Analysts - Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese and other foreign language skills highly desirable.
international investigative firm
Freelance Writers, Editors - "Pay depends on project; equivalent of $30+ per hour."
Freelance Reporters (2) - near Shoreview and Stillwater, Minnesota. Pays $500 to $700 per month.
Press Publications Inc., a group of six weekly community newspapers
Freelance Technical Writers Editors - near Bellevue, WA
Freelance Research Assistant
University of Florida law professor
The Independent Traveler
Freelance Writer/Research Assistant - near Franklin, TN
Regent Media (Out, Advocate, gaywired.com)
Freelance Proofreaders - for a medical journal and high-level business publications.