This week’s Monday Markets has a magazine that examines issues “of political importance,” one for people of the Catholic faith, and one that talks about knives. The last magazine on the list is a travel adventure publication.
From the Web Site:
Briarpatch Magazine publishes writing and artwork on a wide range of topics, including current events, grassroots activism, electoral politics, economic justice, ecology, labour, food security, gender equity, indigenous struggles, international solidarity, and other issues of political importance.
We welcome queries from unpublished writers, seasoned freelancers, front-line activists, and anyone else with a story to tell and a desire to tell it compellingly. We ask that you research your topic thoroughly, back up your expressed opinions with verifiable facts and persuasive arguments, interview a range of relevant sources as the topic requires, and hold on to relevant documentation for fact-checking purposes. Briarpatch seeks to explore complex issues in everyday language — please write for a progressive, non-specialist audience that may not necessarily share your assumptions or opinions. Include a short (one-line) biography at the end of your article.
Unsolicited submissions are welcome, but we encourage you to first send us a query. Your query should outline what ground your contribution will cover and demonstrate your writing style and tone. Please include your contact information, an estimated word count, and a list of recent publications (if applicable). You may also wish to include a brief writing sample.
Pays $0.05 per word, on publication.
Types of articles published in U.S. Catholic:
FEATURE ARTICLES cover issues such as prayer and spirituality, sacraments, liturgy, parish life, family life, social issues, public life, theology, everyday morality, and other aspects of an everyday Catholic’s life. Articles range from 2,500 to 4,000 words and should include general background on the topic and extensive interviews with people in the pew and experts. All articles should have an explicit religious dimension, enabling readers to see the interaction between their faith and the issue at hand. Minimum payment is $500.
Stand-alone ESSAYS generally range from 1,100 to 1,800 words and present thoughtful reflections or opinions on concerns Catholics face or suggest new ways of dealing with an old subject of interest to lay Catholics. Minimum payment is $250.
SOUNDING BOARD is a monthly feature in which an article is sent to readers in advance of publication along with a questionnaire asking for their comments about the article. The results of the questionnaire and a sampling of readers’ comments are then published along with the article in the magazine. The Sounding Board article is a strongly worded opinion piece on an issue of importance to U.S. Catholic readers in which the author argues one side of a many-sided subject and outlines a plan of action. The more strongly argued, the better. Articles range from 1,100 to 1,300 words, and payment is $250.
In the PRACTICING CATHOLIC column, the author focuses on a particular Catholic tradition, devotion, ritual, doctrine, or the like to reclaim the value of the topic for Catholics today—in other words, to understand a piece of Catholic heritage and tap into its present value. The author should include a personal account of why the practice is important in his or her life and how he or she practices it, and then briefly examine the history of the practice and why it was valued in the past, explain its meaning, and, most importantly, express how it transmits meaning for contemporary Catholics. The piece should not be primarily a history of the subject or an exhortation to everyone to reclaim it. Length is 750 words and payment is $150.
IN PERSON personality profiles tell readers how particular Catholics are living their faith in today’s world. The subjects of our profiles are people who are doing creative, innovative things in their life’s work and reflect the diversity of Catholics in the United States. Although sometimes the subjects are recognizable, or even famous, just as often they are ordinary people, but always with extraordinary stories and lives. These profiles are approximately 800 words and include a pull-out box with a half-dozen or so “quick-take” questions. Payment is $200.
THE EXAMINED LIFE column offers engaging commentary and reflection on modern life in the light of faith. Sometimes, but not necessarily, it provides a unique Catholic take on news events or societal trends, and it generally includes an account of a personal experience by the author that led her or him to “examine life” (the author’s own or the life of the larger culture or the church) and to explore the underlying faith meaning and implications. The length for our “Examined Life” pieces is 750 words, and we pay $200.
SHORT STORIES. Topics vary, but unpublished fiction be no longer than 2,500 words and should include strong characters and cause readers to stop for a moment and consider their relationships with others, the world, and/or God. Specifically religious themes are not required; subject matter is not restricted. Send SASE for response, or email . No attachments to electronic submissions, please. Usually respond in 8-10 weeks. Minimum payment is $300.
POETRY. Submit 3-5 original, unpublished poems. We are not necessarily looking for religious themes. Subject matter and form are not restricted, but we generally prefer no more than 50 lines per poem. We are looking for high quality poetry; no light verse. Send SASE for response. No attachments to electronic submissions, please. Send SASE for response, or e-mail . Usually respond in 8-10 weeks. Minimum payment is $75 per poem.
From the Web Site:
WHAT WE’RE INTERESTED IN
- Pick up several different issues of BLADE on newsstands (Books-A-Million and Borders book stores have them) and study them. This should give you an idea of what we’re after. What we need are stories that are brand new in scope and content. Knives being used for unusual purposes, in adventure settings, etc., are always good. New, state-of-the-art knife designs, steels and other knife materials and how they are made are good. The knife collections of celebrities are good. Stories on how to collect knives, what to collect and why, etc., are good.
WHAT WE DON’T NEED
- We assign profiles, show stories, hammer-in stories, etc. We don’t need those. If you’ve seen the story on the Internet or in another knife or knife/gun magazine, we don’t need it. We don’t do stories on knives used for self-defense. Sorry, but that’s just not our bag. There’s a place for it but that place is not in BLADE.
Pays between $150-$300, on publication
From the Web Site:
Wend is namely interested in first person accounts of literate adventure travel with a social/anthropological/environmental awareness that permeates throughout the story. Our stories are about ordinary people doing extraordinary things, not extraordinary people doing ordinary things. We give a lot of space to our features to give the writer a chance to really express him or herself, and take our readers along for the ride. Beyond that, Wend is the magazine you REALLY want to write for, not the one you’re simply trying to make money from. Of course, we pay, and pay competitively, but our goal is to be the darling in your journalistic quiver. We’re nice folks and will treat you well.
Your story should be dripping with passion, with a perspective of the world informed by a big and tolerant global view. And PLEASE, PRETTY PLEASE, don’t even think of querying us if you haven’t read the magazine. Wend is a different sort of journal and familiarity with our tone and style is of utmost importance.
Pays $0.25 per word, 30-45 days after publication.