For this week’s Monday Markets, I wanted to share some aviation magazines with you. Flight Journal appeals to aviation history buffs, and Air Line Pilot magazine is written for people working in this occupation. The third magazine on today’s list, Skylights, is an in-flight magazine offered to passengers traveling on Spirit Airlines. It publishes stories on a variety of topics.
From the Web Site:
Flight Journal presents aviation-oriented material, for the most part with a historical overtone, but also with some modern “history in the making” reporting. Many articles have an “I was there” or “from the cockpit” human-interest emphasis, typically in a manner that is not being done in other magazines. We are trying to “… sing the note no one else is singing ….”
It is important that prospective writers understand that we are NOT a general aviation magazine?so we are not interested in articles such as “My Flight to Baja in my 172,” or “My friend’s Homebuilt.” Nor do we wish to publish articles that are simply detailed recitations of the technical capabilities of an aircraft.
A typical issue of Flight Journal will include, among other features:
* 2-3 articles on WW II.
* 1 modern jet story; it could be hardware and operations with pilot interviews, or a personal story.
* 1 historical piece, e.g., early airlines, barnstormers.
* 1 semi-technical piece with historical overtones, e.g. low aspect ratio airplanes, Burnelli lifting-body aircraft.
When considering a story idea, Flight Journal places a premium on the following:
1. Does the basic idea fit our mission?
2. Is there an unusual slant to the idea that makes it unique?
3. Does it lend itself to an exciting presentation because of unusual pictures? Is it a fantastic but true personal account?, etc.
4. Is there a lot of human interest? We want as much human interest in every story as possible. The designers, builders, pilots and mechanics are what aviation is all about.
Basic idea: WW II Gunner Aces (idea appears unique and is certainly not overdone). The article, by Barrett Tillman, was published in our February 1997 issue.
Slant: difficulties faced by gunners.
They were often just kids.
How accurate were the gunners, how many of them, how many kills?
Quotes from German fighter pilots would be desirable, e.g., how it was to attack a bomber box?
Excitement potential: is good WW I and WW II photography available? Are personal accounts?
Human interest: what was it like to be a kid in that position? Paint a picture of the fear, the cold, the blood, etc., using quotes and anecdotal stuff wherever possible.
Basic pay for an article is $600.
From the Web Site:
We seek editorial material of aviation industry information, (e.g., economics, avionics equipment, aircraft systems, aviation safety, regulations) that affects the life of a professional airline pilot from a profession and a career standpoint.
Further, we seek editorial material pertinent to a pilot’s life from a job security and work environment standpoint.
We prefer writers to query first in writing. Include content summary, length estimate, description of available illustrations (photos or art), and date when article could be ready. Be specific about why you think the article is right for our audience. SASE is appreciated to ensure reply.
Any airline pilot featured in an article must be an ALPA member in good standing. Please note in query that standing has been verified or provide complete name and address of the pilot.
Article length should be determined by subject matter, within a general range of 6 to 12 pages on 8½ x 11 inch white paper. Manuscripts must be typed and double-spaced; page one should include author’s name, mailing address, and daytime telephone number.
Articles prepared on 3½-inch hard disks may be submitted. Such manuscripts must be prepared on an IBM-compatible computer using word processing with at least ASCII language–but preferably Microsoft Word 97. Disks should be mailed in suitable protective envelopes to ensure that data is not erased enroute. If requested, the disks will be returned. The manuscript file name, author’s name, address, and day telephone number must be included on the disk label. Articles may also be sent by e-mail to [email protected]
Accompanying black-and-white photographs should be in the form of 8 x 10 inch glossy prints; color should be in 35mm transparencies, prints, or high-resolution (300 dpi) digital images. When a large selection of original photos is available, send proof sheets and negatives, a CD-ROM disk, or Zip disk. When a large number of transparencies is submitted, plastic slide pages are recommended. Maps, drawings, and charts may be submitted in black and white or color and should be suitable for reproduction without additional work.
Pays $100-$500 on acceptance.
From the Web Site:
Like Spirit Airlines, Skylights is known for its practical and friendly sensibility. Clean, stylish and easy to navigate, Skylights is Spirit’s only onboard entertainment, giving us an attentive audience of appreciative readers.
Our stories offer quick and practical information on where travelers are going, what’s doing once they get there, where they can eat, sleep, play, buy, relax. We present who and what they’re talking about—names, faces, music, movies, books, gadgets, fashion—in chatty, culture-current language. Our voice reflects a youthful sassy edge that informs, amuses and delights our wide-ranging readership.
We invite freelance queries for the following features and departments in Skylights magazine:
Destinations. Highlighting Spirit gateway cities.
Main Destination — 1200 words includes sidebars, to be assigned by editor.
Second Destination — 1000 words includes sidebars, to be assigned by editor.
Celebrity profiles. Newsmakers in entertainment, sports and music. 1000 words. Photos to be provided with story.
* Short takes. Quick reads. Reviews, books, movies, music other (nonbiz) products, food, wine and culinary corner. Word shorts with images on above topics. We may assign briefs within this section. 125 words and up.
* Staying well. 500 words and images that talk about a specific aspect of staying well and show how to employ that in a practical way. For example, instead of a story about how popular yoga is, we want to know three yoga positions that the reader can explore to relieve neck stress.
Pays $0.25-$0.40 for first North American rights.