The American Horticultural Society (est. 1922) is looking for freelance writers to write for The American Gardener, a bi-monthly glossy gardening magazine read mostly by novice garden enthusiasts and a small percent of professional horticulturists.
The editors are in need of the following:
- Profiles of individual plant groups;
- Cutting-edge methods to designing a garden, such as constructing ponds or paths;
- Profiles of noteworthy gardeners whose work has widespread appeal;
- Plant research, classification, and plant hunting;
- Plant preservation, biodiversity, and heirloom gardening;
- Events or personalities in American horticultural history;
- People-plant relationships;
- Plant folklore and literature;
- Gardening techniques such as grafting, pollarding, or propagation.
Freelance writers must make sure their articles promote environmentally-accountable gardening practices, such as limiting unnatural chemicals and fertilizers, deterring prohibited stockpile of plants from the wild, and eliminating plants that could proliferate and harm organic ecosystems.
Word length: 1500 to 2500 words for feature articles; 600-1000 words for departments.
Payment: $300-$600 per feature articles; $150-$200 per department.
An excellent way to break into the magazine–especially for new writers–is to propose an article for one of the magazine’s recurring departments.
David Ellis serves as Editor-in-Chief. Read writer’s guidelines at The American Gardener’s website.