From the Web Site:
KEY CLUB is published two times during the academic year. Two printed issues are mailed to Key Clubs and are also posted on the Web site.
It is the official publication of Key Club International, the largest high school service organization in the world with more than 245,000 members in 28 nations. Members of Kiwanis clubs, who sponsor these youth groups and have an active interest in them, also read the magazine.
Members of Key Club are service-minded students interested in helping others and in making their communities and schools better places in which to live and learn. Because service and leadership is the basis of Key Club, those topics are important to KEY CLUB’s editorial slant. We are looking for general-interest, academic, self-help and service- and leadership-related feature articles that help Key Clubbers become better students and better Key Club members.
Each couple of years, Key Club International develops a Major Emphasis Program around which nearly one article per issue is written. Appropriate articles for this category should offer guidance for Key Clubs and individual members in their efforts to contribute time and service to their communities.
Some of the published articles include “Service’s Profound Perspective,” “How to Follow the Leader,” “Amazing Fund-Raising,” and “Spice Up Your Study Habits.”
Read the magazine before submitting any material. We quickly reject first-person remembrances and single-source stories. We publish articles that are the product of first-hand interviews as well as research in published sources. Writers should substantiate major points in the article with illustrative examples and quotes from persons involved in the subject or qualified to speak about it. We also like to include club members as sources and will help writers obtain those. Authors are encouraged to include anecdotes—real-life or hypothetical scenes—to illustrate the points of the article. After reading the first several paragraphs, the reader should have a good understanding of what the article will address.
Writers should be aware that KEY CLUB is not exclusively a US publication. Thus, they should avoid references to “our country” or “our president” and strive for quotes and attribution to professional references from non-US sources, if practical.
- We do not publish filler copy.
- We do not publish first-person essays.
- We do not publish personal profiles.
- We do not publish fiction.
- We do not publish poetry.
- We do not review books, movies, or music releases.
Payment for accepted material ranges from $100 to $400 for 250 to 1,500 word articles. We pay on acceptance for publication. Photographs are not essential but are desirable when they are of high quality and add substantially to the impact of the article. Photos are purchased as part of the package with consideration given to the time and expense of the author.
We prefer queries, but we will consider unsolicited manuscripts. Ideas submitted via unsolicited manuscripts, if accepted, often require extensive rewriting, which can be avoided by working through a query letter. Writers usually are notified within a month. A stamped, self-addressed envelope should accompany all manuscripts and queries.
From the Web Site:
YES! Magazine documents how people are creating a more just, sustainable, and compassionate world. We welcome submissions that relate directly to this focus.
Each issue of YES! includes a series of articles focused on a theme—about solutions to a significant challenge facing our world—and a number of timely, non-theme articles. Our non-theme section provides ongoing coverage of issues like health, climate change, globalization, media reform, faith, democracy, economy and labor, social and racial justice, and peace building. For past examples, please see our back issues page.
YES! is not interested in simply bemoaning the problems that face our society. Instead, we highlight solutions in action that address the roots of our deepest ecological, social, and political problems. We emphasize engaging storytelling and factual accuracy. We are especially interested in authentic stories of positive change from the grassroots that can serve as models and inspiration for others. We also publish essays that frame or re-envision societal trends—and how these could bring about transformation and progress.
We do not accept unsolicited poetry or fiction. Personal essays are sometimes considered if they illuminate a relevant cultural, political, or environmental topic. We do not endorse any candidate, party, or legislation, although we cover legislation and political races as news items, to the degree that they relate to our core mission. We do not adhere to any particular spiritual tradition, although we welcome articles that are explicitly founded in any faith (or in secularism).
Pay rates for articles vary and are negotiated based on the circumstances of the writer and the assignment. YES! pays higher rates for original reporting and deeply researched stories that break new ground. YES! is a nonprofit publication and accepts no advertisements.
From the Web Site:
Thank you for requesting our guidelines. The editors at The Oxford American are constantly searching for well-written, substantive new material. We request, however, that before submitting work, writers make themselves familiar with the spirit and aim of the magazine. It is discouraging to the editors to receive manuscripts from writers who clearly do not know much about the magazine.
1. We do not accept faxed or e-mailed submissions.
2. The Oxford American will consider only manuscripts that are from and/or about the South and that are clearly typed and double-spaced.
3. A self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) with the correct postage must accompany all manuscripts. A SASE is needed for any kind of response, even if the writer does not want the material returned.
4. The pay scale for accepted material varies.
5. Payment is issued within thirty days of publication.
6. The Oxford American does not agree to pay expenses associated with the completion of a work unless an agreement has been reached between the editor and writer before the expenses are incurred.
7. We require an express acknowledgement if a manuscript is a simultaneous submission.
8. The Oxford American does not publish work that has been published elsewhere, including the Internet.
9. A good photocopy of the manuscript, rather than the original, should be sent. The Oxford American is not responsible for lost manuscripts.
10. Response time varies, but during our most hectic periods may take more than 16 weeks.
11. Poetry submissions should be three to five poems, of any length. Like fiction and nonfiction submissions, these should be from or about the South.
12. We do not publish pornography, society gossip, or poems about cats.