Here are your Monday Markets for September 22, 2008. I’ve got a military heritage magazine, a history mag, and one that focuses on tropical fish. (I’m now more convinced than ever that there is a magazine out there for just about any niche you want to write about.)
It’s been awhile since I asked the readers here what kinds of niche markets they are interested in. Would you like to see Monday Markets feature certain themes or do you like to see more variety each week? Please comment and I will do my best to find magazines that fit in with your interests and areas of expertise.
From the Web Site:
Military Heritage seeks the best in military history writing. Submissions should be well written and well researched. Feature stories generally run from 1,500 words to 7,000 words and sometimes longer. Departments run from 2,000 to 3,000 words. We cover military affairs from ancient times to present and on any continent or ocean. We consider queries, but with first-time writers we do not make commitments until we see the whole manuscript.
We run three departments. “Soldiers,” generally a profile on an individual; “Weapons,” generally a description of a single weapon, aircraft, etc.; “Intelligence,” a story on intelligence matters, spying, secret war, and so on. Our book reviews and “Militaria” departments are composed by regular freelancers.
We buy first world serial rights only and require that the story not be resold for two years.
From the Web Site:
History Magazine strives to feature articles that are interesting rather than academic. We prefer that our articles be wrapped around a particular phenomenon, achievement or occasion, rather than around a profile of a “great man” most closely associated with the subject: we’d rather carry an article titled “Early Telephones” than an article titled “Alexander Graham Bell”. We like it when people take some item or custom that’s now a part of our lives and tell the story of how it came to be that way. We’re interested in answering the question “How did we get here?”, here being North America at the beginning of the 21st century. These articles are roughly chronological and do not employ first-person narrative.
We much prefer queries instead of full-length articles, as this makes giving directions and suggestions easier. Our typical article length is 2,000 to 3,000 words. We prefer that articles be presented with suggested section headings already in place. We do encourage a list of further readings, but these are never used for trivia pieces. We do not employ footnotes. All work will be edited to some degree; please do not submit articles if you are not willing to have your work edited.
If you want to write for History Magazine, why not try submitting a trivia piece first? We always want good trivia items of about 400-600 words, and we welcome your proposals on ideas for future trivia items. Examples of our trivia pieces can be found at http://www.history-magazine.com/trivia.htm and please check our index (http://www.history-magazine.com/historyindex.html) to see what we’ve already published.
Pays CDN $65/US $55 per printed page
From the Web Site:
We are looking for good writing about interesting topics. It is important to be clear, precise, succinct, and organized. We do not pay by the word, so trim your prose to be as tight as possible.
Be accurate. Research your topic fully. Do not repeat hearsay or opinions; report facts. When drawing conclusions from personal experiences, be careful not to over generalize.
Proofread your material! Check your spelling and punctuation. Watch out for homonyms. Use serial commas. Pay attention to restrictive versus nonrestrictive subordinate clauses. Keep track of agreement and sequence of tenses.
CHECK SCIENTIFIC NAMES! We often get manuscripts with misspelled scientific names or incorrect scientific names. Do your homework and get it right. A good resource for scientific names is www.fishbase.org.