For the last installment of Monday Markets for April, I have a variety of magazines. Notre Dame Magazine is distributed to alumni of that school. Texas Ride is a regional publication for motorcycle enthusiasts, and Firehouse Magazine is geared to firefighters, both volunteer and paid.
From the web site:
Notre Dame Magazine is published quarterly by the University of Notre Dame for more than 150,000 readers, most of whom are graduates of the university. The magazine reports on alumni activities, covers institutional events, people and trends, and examines a broad spectrum of cultural issues reflecting the university’s wide-ranging discussion of science and the arts, society and its structures, the spiritual and the human. Because a large proportion of its readers are Catholic, the magazine often addresses topics of interest to a Catholic audience.
Most of the magazine’s editorial content is freelance-written. This is especially true of the CrossCurrents and Features sections. For FEATURES, the editors require a QUERY LETTER with clips of published articles. Less experienced writers may be asked to write on speculation. For CrossCurrents, it is appropriate to submit complete manuscripts. We buy first serial and electronic rights. Payment (comparable to fees paid by some national publications) is made upon acceptance. All copy is subjected to rigorous editing.
From the web site:
RIDE TEXAS™ is an award-winning travel magazine for motorcyclists. We have a strong group of regular writers who contribute the bulk of our content, but will consider work from new writers. We emphasize strong photography and a story-telling narrative. Our focus is regional and includes Texas and the South Central U.S., but we will consider travel topics outside of this area. We include all types of motorcycles on backroads, highways and dual-sport rides. We strongly recommend you see and issue of RTM for the type and style of articles we publish before submitting.
We require first publication rights, so work that has been published elsewhere either in print or on-line cannot be considered for publication in RTM.
Product Press Releases
We do not publish new product press releases. We do include gear and product reviews within the context of the road trip articles.
TYPES OF ARTICLES PUBLISHED
- Road Trips: Detailed road trips cover: the roads, destinations, and points in between. Articles should cover the background of the area and insights into the people and places encountered. Reviews of lodging, restaurants, and attractions must be included. This ancillary information will be presented as sidebars in our “Roadtrip Planner” segment.. The road trip articles provide enough information for readers to plan a road trip to the featured area.
- Day Trips: Day Trips are less extensive versions of the road trips described above. A Day Trip needs a route of 50 – 80 miles and a unique/quirky/special destination.
- Reader Rides: These are probably the best entry for a writer new to RTM. What’s most important is to convey the “being there” feeling of your ride. Please avoid point-to-point descriptions of the route within the article. Concise writing with a novel perspective is desired. Reader Rides should be 750 – 1000 words.
- Road Trip and Day Trip Articles are 1000-2500 words. The article will answer: What’s special about this place? Why should someone want to travel here? Think about the reader.
We require a strong selection of photographs with subjects that show insight into the topic. The idea is to transport the reader to the place with a compelling story and vivid imagery. We need bikes and roads, but as important are images of interesting places, strange/unusual things, and people. We are 100% digital. 350 dpi. More photos are always better. Please do not digitally manipulate the images prior to submission.
- Please minimize photographs of bikes parked by the side of the road.
We occasionally publish non-travel articles; these are typically from our regular contributors.
We are interested in news items from new clubs, hangouts, and event reports, to issues regarding the helmet law and rider education. Any newsworthy topic that affects riders is of interest. Please see “Submission Process” for contact info.
Pay is competitive with other magazines of this genre and is issued on acceptance.
From the web site:
Firehouse® is the world’s largest publication devoted exclusively to the fire service. Our primary editorial objectives are to educate, inform and entertain our audience of 1.5 million career and volunteer firefighters and thousands of fire buffs.
Generally, we are interested in all incidents, innovations, controversies and trends that affect the fire service world. Specifically, we concentrate on the following areas:
MAJOR FIRES AND DISASTERS: Detailed accounts and technical analyses of firefighting operations at major incidents (see “On the Job” specifications).
APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT: Innovations in fire apparatus and other equipment (including protective gear), advice on purchasing, new and best uses of equipment, converting and repairing equipment, analysis/critique of equipment.
COMMUNICATIONS: Equipment, dispatch systems and dispatchers, command centers, fireground communications systems.
TRAINING: Methods and tools, new, successful courses, training simulations.
HAZARDOUS MATERIALS: Incidents, training, equipment, command, protective equipment.
ARSON: Investigation, prevention, analysis, trends.
LAW: Fire-related legislation at local and national levels.
FIRE SAFETY: New and successful ways of educating the public.
MEDICINE: Health concerns, fitness of firefighters.
LEADERSHIP: Improving command skills and systems on the fireground, interviews with high-ranking fire service personnel (commissioners and chiefs of major fire departments).
RESCUE: Unusual incidents, successful methods and tools.
EMS: Major events involving EMTs, concerns of medical technology in the fire service.
FIREFIGHTING HISTORY: Great fires of the past, collectibles and memorabilia, fire museums, old-time equipment.
HEALTH AND SAFETY: Issues pertaining to firefighter health and safety.
PUBLIC RELATIONS: Improving relations with the community, fundraising.
HUMAN INTEREST: Lifestyles, profiles of firefighters with unusual hobbies and interests.
Pays on publication.