British Columbia Magazine (est. 1959), a quarterly geographic and travel magazine covering the culture, lifestyle and outdoors of the province, welcomes freelance writers to pitch ideas for articles, feature stories, and profiles.
Although the editors review new queries year-round, the best time to qualify for an assignment is to pitch an article idea before the end of January 2018. The editors begin to assign stories in March 2018 to both new and previously-published writers.
The editors have high standards for what they publish. They are looking for stories that reveal the extraordinary, the unexplored, the undiscovered, and the rare within the province. Readers should experience the destination directly through the words and actions of people with whom the writer encounters, not just through the writer’s storytelling. The ideal writing style is spirited, observative, often first-person, usually present tense, sometimes playful, and always imitates a passion for the subject.
The editors need submissions for:
- Main feature stories consisting of a central story (1500-2500 words) with one or two thematically-connected 500-word breakout sidebars.
- Shorter stories, approx. 1,000 to 1,500 words in length, that produce two- to four-page layouts.
- Service information in a sidebar (200 to 500 words) is required for every travel/destination article. These pieces detail how to arrive at the destination, what to do, what to wear, etc.
- Profiles of interesting individuals who provide a strong link to exploration, discovery, landscape, or adventure in the province.
Because British Columbia is a strongly visual magazine, nearly all submission must have photos that contribute to the overall story.
Payment: 50 cents/word. Payment is issued upon acceptance.
Dale Miller serves as Editor-in-Chief.