Alaska Airlines Magazine has posted a 2016 editorial calendar which can help freelance writers pitch relevant and timely articles to the staff for the second half of 2016. With the exception of departments and columns, the lead time is about 6 months for feature articles.
The monthly in-flight magazine uses 75 percent freelance writers to contribute feature articles and narratives for a handful of departments. The magazine reaches over two million affluent travelers monthly in roughly 100 locations, including Alaska, California, Washington, Oregon, and other major West Coast states and provinces.
The editors need writers to report on business trends, regional writers who can offer inside viewpoints to specific destinations; and general writers who can cover sports, technology, architecture, and other popular topics.
The best way for aspiring writers to break in is to write for the magazine’s Journal department, which is a compilation of short items ranging broadly from business trends and personality profiles to new exhibitions and cultural events in cities offered by Alaska Airlines.
Writers should query first with their story ideas, along with sample clips.
Word length: 200-600 words for the Journal department; 500 words for business profiles; 1600 words for specific columns; and 2K-2500 words for feature articles.
Payment: $150 to $250 for the Journal department; $150 for business profiles; $500 for columns; and $700 for features.
Editorial calendar: [ click here ]
Writer’s guidelines: [ click here ]