Planning magazine has posted a 2017 editorial calendar which can help freelance writers research upcoming topics the editors plan to publish in future or seasonal issues. The American Planning Association publishes the magazine 10 times yearly, offering news and reviews of events and trends in planning. This encompasses small town planning, geographical planning, neighborhood resurgence, economic growth, social planning, and municipal design.
The editorial staff accepts query letters discussing the writer’s story idea, the angle and relevance of the topic, and sources.
Writers are welcome to pitch feature articles, case studies, book reviews, short stories, news and viewpoints, and narrative essays.
Features consist of case studies about specific places or planning programs, stories assessing trends, profiles of noteworthy planners, reviews of planning programs, and information about planning practice and techniques. The editors have a demand for feature stories analyzing two or more programs or techniques.
Word length: under 500 words for news stories; up to 2500 words for feature stories; and 500-700 words for book reviews.
Payment: $100-$1000 per article, depending on length, quality, and topic. Fees are discussed individually with professional freelance writers.