December 08, 2004

Paying Markets and Freelance Jobs For December 8th


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

Midwest Home & Garden, Minnesota Monthly, and Twin Cities Taste, 730 Second Ave. S., Suite 600, Minneapolis, MN 55402. P(612)371-5800. F(612)371-5801. Email: editor (at) Website: Guidelines of each publication list editors. 30%-40% freelance. "Midwest Home and Garden showcases upscale home design and gardening topics. Minnesota Monthly is a regional magazine that covers lifestyle topics, with a strong focus on Minnesota. Twin Cities Taste focuses on food and wine topics of interest to Minnesotans." Welcomes new writers. Circ. 70K. 8 issues/year (Midwest Home and Garden), Monthly (Minnesota Monthly), 2 issues/year (Twin Cities Taste). Pays on acceptance. Contract will state period between acceptance and publication. Buys FNASR. No reprints. Response time varies. Contact Dave Held for cost and availability of sample issues - (612)371-5800. Subscription $17.95, $36 outside U.S. Guidelines online at
CURRENT NEEDS: "The main thing we look for is fresh stories with a strong Minnesota connection. Topics we cover include the arts, people, health, food, wine, travel, home and garden, and general interest. Read a couple issues of the magazine before querying, though. We also accept personal essays and submissions for a section called Journey (diary format). These must be submitted in their entirety." Generally pays $0.50/word. Article lengths vary. Submit query letter with photocopied clips. "Don't send originals. Always include a SASE, and give us at least several months lead-time. For seasonal stuff, a year or more (to allow for photography, etc.)"
PHOTOS/ART: Payment varies.
HINTS: "We want your story ideas, but we see a lot of queries for stories without a strong Minnesota connection, or that make it clear that the writer has never seen our magazines. Check out the magazine before querying to be sure you're targeting our readers. Also, expect that it will take a little while for your query to make it through our decision process. Do not call or email to check on its status, and be sure to give us several months lead-time, a year of more if the story is seasonal. Include photocopied (not original) clips with your query, and a SASE."

The Outdoors Magazine, 531 Main Street Colchester, VT 05446. Email: info (at) Website: James Ehlers, Editor. 85% freelance. "Fishing, hunting, trapping, and conservation magazine covering Vermont, the Adirondacks, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, and Lake Champlain." Welcomes new writers. Circ 10K. Monthly. Pays on publication. Publishes ms 3 - 12 months after acceptance. Buys FNASR. Accepts reprints. Responds 3-8 weeks. Sample at website. Subscription $ 19.95; $25 Canada. Guidelines by mail or email.
CURRENT NEEDS: "Regional Reporters." Pays flat fee of $15-$150 for 500-2500 words. Submit query.
PHOTOS/ART: "Sometimes accept." Pays $15-$75.
HINTS: "Do not submit anything without having ever seen the publication."

Savannah Magazine, P.O. Box 1088, Savannah, GA 31402. P(912)652-0293. F(912)236-8989. Email: linda.wittish (at) Website: Linda Wittish, Editor. 95% freelance. "A regional lifestyles publication featuring the people and places that make coastal Georgia and South Carolina unique." Welcomes new writers. Circ. 11K. Bimonthly plus two special homes issues. Pays on publication. Publishes ms 2 months after acceptance. Buys FNASR. No reprints. Responds 2-3 weeks. Sample for online request. Subscription $18.95. Guidelines by mail with SASE.
CURRENT NEEDS: "We are particularly interested in profiles of local residents, general interest travel (within a day's drive of Savannah), decorating/renovation articles, gardening, Southern history (particularly Georgia and South Carolina)" Pays flat fee of $150-$350 for 750-2500 words. "Submit query letter via mail or email. No phone queries."
PHOTOS/ART: "Depends on nature of article; prefer digital images. If local, we have freelance photography." Pays $50-$150 each.
HINTS: "Please do NOT call to pitch stories."

Scrap, 1325 G Street, NW, Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20005. P(202)662-8547. F(202)626-0947. Email: kentkiser (at) Website: Kent Kiser, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief. 33% freelance. "Scrap is the preeminent magazine for the scrap recycling industry, providing news and feature articles on a variety of topics to help scrap recyclers operate better, more profitable businesses." Welcomes new writers. Circ 6,500. Bimonthly. Pays on acceptance. Publishes ms within two months of acceptance. Buys all rights, including electronic. No reprints. Responds within 3 months. Sample by email request to editor. Sample issues only available for free to writers in North America. International requests must pay postage. Subscription $36; $43 Canada/Mexico; $115 other; $33 government agencies/nonprofit/educators. Guidelines online at
CURRENT NEEDS: "We do not rely on freelancers to suggest article ideas (though that is always welcome). Usually we have an article idea and hire a writer who can best address the topic." Pays $800-$1200 for articles ranging from 2000-3000 words in length. "Submit query to the editor first if you have an idea for an article. Otherwise, simply submit a letter of introduction and several clips to the editor for review and possible consideration for future assignments."
PHOTOS/ART: "At various times, Scrap commissions photographs and illustrations to accompany specific articles. We generally don't rely on freelance writers to provide visuals to accompany their articles (unless there are no other options)." Pays $600-$1200 for photo shoots.
HINTS: "Writers need to know that the scrap recycling industry is NOT the same as curbside recycling. The best way to understand the scrap industry is to visit our website and the site of our related trade association ( and review a sample copy of Scrap."

State Legislatures, 7700 East First Place, Denver, CO 80230. P(303)364-7700. F(303)364-7800. Email: sharon.randall (at) Website: Sharon Randall, Managing Editor. 20%-30% freelance. "National magazine of state government and policy." Only works with published writers. Circ. 18.5K. 10 issues/year. Pays on acceptance. Publishes ms 2 months after acceptance. Buys all rights. Accepts reprints. Responds 2-3 weeks or sooner. Sample for email request. Subscription $49; $55 outside U.S. Guidelines by mail with SASE.
CURRENT NEEDS: "Topics of interest to state legislators; profiles of individual legislators who have made a difference in their states and nationally; federal issues that concern or help states." Pays flat fee of $500-$800 for 1200-1800 words. Submit query or complete ms by email.
PHOTOS/ART: Pays $100.
HINTS: "Stories are aimed at state legislators; offer analysis of important issues; use lots of examples and quotes from experts and movers and shakers; lively, easy to read writing."

The Toastmasters, P.O. Box 9052, Mission Viejo, CA 92690-7052. P(949)858-8255. F(949)858-1207. Email: kmurphy (at) Website: Kelly Murphy, Associate Editor; Suzanne Frey, Editor. "Toastmasters International is a worldwide non-profit educational organization. We focus on the fields of communication and leadership, on topics members can use in their self-improvement efforts. Use anecdotes and examples to present your ideas and write with a 'how to' approach, giving readers practical tips for improving their communication and leadership skills. Appropriate topics include speaking techniques, leadership development, language use, club management principles, and profiles of famous speakers in history. Book reviews, exposes, personality profiles, articles with obvious political and religious slants, poems, speeches and photography will not be accepted for publication." Welcomes new writers. Circ 200K. Monthly. Pays on acceptance and signing of release form. Publishes ms within 1 year of acceptance. Buys all rights; first rights on request. Accepts reprints. Responds 8-12 weeks. Sample by mail with SASE to Publications Department. Subscription free to members of Toastmasters International. Guidelines by mail with SASE or by e-mail.
CURRENT NEEDS: "We need articles related to the fields of communication (public speaking) and leadership on topics members can use in their self-improvement efforts." Pays flat fee of $100-$250 for articles of 600-2000 words unformatted, double-spaced. Submit query letter and author info by mail with SASE or by email.
PHOTOS/ART: "Submit artwork samples, no photography is accepted. Payment negotiable."
HINTS: "We have a very specific audience from all over the world. It is important that any submission be relevant to the goals of our organization. Please tailor any article accordingly."


Freelance Columnists - Pays $30 for 500 words
Balance magazine

Freelance Writer - to tweak and update materials. Offering $100 for the job.

Freelance Writers - Pays $10-$20

Bilingual (Spanish & English Languages) Writers / Copy Editors

Freelance Marketing Writers - for Technology Assignments
The Envision Technology Marketing Group

Freelance Copywriter - near South San Jose, CA

Freelance Journalists - with a strong interest one of the following subjects: science & technology; religion & American society; art & culture; and the environment.

Freelance Advertising Copywriter - near Denver, CO
Erickson Retirement Communities

Freelance Writers - to contribute material for a reading program for grades 3-12


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