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10 Updated Writer’s Guidelines for Freelance Writers


Here are 10 writer’s guidelines that the editors have revised, updated, and/or moved to a different webpage recently.

American Educator has moved its writer’s guidelines to this webpage. The quarterly magazine is the flagship publication of the American Federation of Teachers. The editors are interested in many topics, including the latest news in education, politics, education law, professional ethics, and current social issues related to American society. Word length: 1K-5K words per article. Payment starts at $300 per article. Amy Hightower is Editor and point of contact for queries.

Alaska Business Monthly has moved its writer’s guidelines to this webpage. The monthly magazine is distributed to Alaskans and other U.S. and international audiences who need information on business undertakings of the 49th state, such as issues and trends affecting Alaska’s businesses and people and organizations that influence the Alaska economy. Freelance writers provide about 80 percent of the features articles. Word length is 500-1800 words per article. Payment is $100-$350 per article. Susan Harrington is managing editor and point of contact for queries.

Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine now indicates in its writer’s guidelines that the editor rarely buys stories shorter than 1K words or longer than 20K words. The popular sci-fi magazine pays between 8 and 10 cents per word for stories, and $1 per line for poetry. Sheila Williams, who serves as Editor, looks for stories driven by characters and not necessarily the science part. The magazine is also open to fantasy, slipstream, and surreal fiction. (writer’s guidelines)

Interweave Knits has posted updated writer’s guidelines for freelance writers at this webpage. The quarterly magazine is for people who enjoy knitting. Each issue showcases artistically finished projects, supplemented with straightforward detailed instruction, as well as stories and articles that interest knitters. Articles include technical pieces, designer profiles, tutorials and techniques, and personal essays. Writers are compensated for their material and paid upon publication.

InSite, the bimonthly flagship publication of Christian Camp and Conference Association, has moved its writer’s guidelines to this webpage and has also posted an updated editorial calendar for submissions. The magazine educates and inspires professionals serving in the Christian camp and conference community. Each issue publishes useful how-to pieces associated with outdoor camping; administration and organization; personnel development; health and safety; business and operations; etc. InSite pays 20 cents per word for articles issued upon publication.

Canoe & Kayak, the world’s largest paddling publication, has posted updated writer’s guidelines at this webpage. Published five times annually, the different section editors accept submissions of news, events, gear, expedition reports, personality profiles and photo-driven adventure stories. Word length: 100-600 words. High-resolution photos and/or excellent quality video are a bonus. Payment is from $100 to $800 per article.

Meetings + Events magazine has moved its writer’s guidelines to this webpage. Tiger Oak Publications publishes eight editions for event planners and service providers who live in specific states. Each issue prints stories from local freelance writers. Payment and story deadline are discussed upon acceptance of a query. Study past issues to determine the section, department, or column your article fits the best.

American Spirit magazine has posted updated writer’s guidelines at this webpage. The bimonthly magazine explores Early American history, historic preservation, civics education, genealogy, patriotism, women’s history and biography, and historic travel and tourism. The magazine’s main time period covers the Colonial period, the 200-plus years between the Jamestown colony and the 1820s. Editorial content also explores the American experience as it pertains to women as well as stories that link past and present. Non-fiction features average 1,500-2,000 words; non-fiction departments average 750-1,000 words. Payment is discussed between the freelance writer and editor. Jamie Roberts, managing editor, serves as point of contact for queries.

Zymurgy magazine (est. 1978), a leading publication for amateur brewers in North America and worldwide, has posted updated writer’s guidelines at this webpage. The bi-monthly publication is for members of the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) and prints articles on D.I.Y. projects, homebrewing topics, expositions of brewing science, and presentations of brewing techniques, along with a well-balanced measure of beer culture. The ideal place for freelance writers to sell an article are The Last Drop (500 words) and feature articles (1,500-2,000 words). Jill Redding, Editor-in-Chief, welcomes queries. Payment for articles vary.

Timber Home Living has posted updated writer’s guidelines at this webpage, along with new contact information. The bimonthly magazine is aimed at people who own or intend to build modern timber homes. It adheres solely to timber homes with a freestanding frame and wooden joinery. Contributions from freelance writers make up 75 percent of the magazine. The editors are interested in lifestyle articles that cover historical, reconstructed timber frames and unique owner-built homes. Payment for feature articles varies based on the story’s size, the topic, and the knowledge in the subject matter. The magazine buys FNASR and nonexclusive reprint rights. Mike McCarthy, Editor, is in charge of reviewing queries.

– Brian Scott,

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