From the Web Site:
All editorial and photographic submissions must be directly related to Maine. Materials will not be returned unless accompanied by a stamped, self-addressed envelope. While every precaution is taken to ensure that materials are safely returned, the publisher can assume no responsibility for unsolicited photographs or manuscripts.
Down East accepts very few unsolicited queries and manuscripts each year. Most of our articles are written on assignment by regular contributors. The exception is our very popular “My Maine” column. These articles are short narratives about a personal experience or a unique aspect of life here in Maine. Evocative of a specific time and place, they are often humorous or poignant. Maximum length: 750 words.
We strongly recommend that writers interested in submitting article ideas and manuscripts to Down East read a few issues of the magazine to get a sense of the subject matter we cover. It generally takes several months for manuscripts to make their way through our reading line, but payment is made upon acceptance. Payment varies considerably, depending on the subject, quality, and intended use in the magazine.
Queries by unknown authors will be considered only when accompanied by recent writing samples. Address all submissions and queries to Manuscript Editor.
Down East does not accept submissions of poetry or fiction.
From the Web Site:
Whole Life Times relies almost entirely on freelance material to fill its pages every month. We have only a few regulars, so the field is wide open. We depend on freelancers like you.
What Kind of Articles Should I Submit?
We are open to articles on holistic health, alternative healing, green living, sustainable and local food, social responsibility, conscious business, the environment, spirituality and personal growth; in short, anything that deals with a progressive, healthy lifestyle. The important words to remember when writing for WLT are ‘information’ and‘narrative style.’ We strive to provide leading-edge editorial that is not only entertaining, but also directly usable by our readers—information that mainstream media often abridges, is unaware of or is unwilling to print.
WLT’s content is largely local — issues, events and people in southern California — but we do publish some stories with a broader focus. In generic features (e.g. health-related), we use local sources for quotes and back-up information.
WLT accepts up to three longer stories (800-1,100 words) per issue, and pay ranges from $150-200.
In addition, we have a number of regular departments on our coverage topics, and these pay $75-125 depending on topic and experience.
Out and About is our FOB section featuring short, newsy blurbs on our coverage topics. These are generally 200-400 words and pay $25-50 depending on length and topic.
Behind the Scenes is a 750-word personal essay that often highlights a seminal moment or event in the life of the writer, and pays $100.
Queries may be sent via e-mail to abigail[at]wholelifemagazine[dot]com.
If you have not written for us before, please be sure to include your bio and up to three published clips or links. Alternatively, you may submit a completed manuscript. If your article addresses the categories described above, your treatment of the issue, the timeliness of the article and the quality of your writing are the main keys to getting published.
General tip: Keep in mind that WLT readers are more sophisticated than the average Joe or Joan when it comes to green living, health, personal growth, social responsibility and metaphysics. We prefer thoughtful, well-researched articles with an informed and upbeat tone. We favor a narrative approach in which story-telling is emphasized. We welcome in-depth reports and personal interviews, but outside of Behind the Scenes we rarely publish personal essays. Please include reference material for fact verification, and avoid using anecdotal claims to support your thesis or argument.
Submissions should be typed and double-spaced in AP style. Please attach an MS Word file, and also copy and paste your story in the message section of your email. Please do not send a PC-specific file as we may not be able to open it.
Please suggest a Hed and Dek for your story.
If including graphs, charts or other original art, please send a hard copy in addition to a disk, or e-mail us for digital art submission guidelines. Original photos and illustrations are welcome and may be submitted along with your article for consideration.
Please include a one-sentence credit line to accompany your story. If you do not include it, the story will run with your byline only.
Notification of Acceptance or Rejection
Ah, the life of an editor — deadlines, deadlines and more deadlines! Every time we look up from our computers, it seems there’s another deadline to meet. So sometimes our response rate to submissions may not be as rapid as you’d like it to be.
If we do not immediately accept or reject your story or query, we may set it aside for a rainy day. If you are uncomfortable with ambiguity or are in a hurry because you want to submit it to other publications, be sure to make note of it on your submission.
If sending via snail mail, please note that submissions will not be returned. Please include your email address so that we can notify you of acceptance or rejection. Artwork will be returned only if clearly requested and SASE is provided.
We accept articles any time. If you would like your article to be considered for a specific issue, we should have it in hand three to five months before the issue of publication.
In the event that the magazine decides not to publish your assigned story, a kill fee of 50 percent of the original fee is offered. However, no kill fee is offered for unsolicited submissions or if this is your first assignment with us; you are free to publish the work elsewhere. If we do print your work, we customarily pay within 45-60 days of publication.
We ask for one-time print rights and non-exclusive perpetual web publishing rights. You are free to publish your work elsewhere after 60 days from WLT date of publication.
From the Web Site:
WineMaker is designed to meet the needs of the more than one million home winemakers in the United States and Canada. Our mission is to provide practical information in an entertaining format. We try to capture the spirit and challenge of winemaking while helping our readers make the best wine they can.
WineMaker is for anyone who is interested in making wine, from those starting out with kits to more advanced winemakers who use fresh fruit. We seek articles that are straightforward and factual, not full of esoteric theories or complex calculations. Our readers tend to be intelligent, upscale and literate. Whether intended for the beginner, the intermediate, or the expert home winemaker, any article that appears in WineMaker should contain accurate information, useful tips and shortcuts, balanced evaluations and an inviting approach. Articles published in the magazine fall into several categories:
Technical Features: These comprise most of our content and include advanced technical pieces for fresh-fruit winemakers, introductory articles for novices, and how-to articles that benefit all winemakers. We also run informational pieces on equipment, ingredients and winemaking methods. Recent articles have covered: selecting the proper yeast strain, understanding sulfite additions, oaking your wine in barrels, understanding corks, how to buy fresh grapes, and making world-class wine from kits.
Accuracy and consistency are extremely important in technical articles. All technical articles are reviewed by our editorial board, made up of professional winemakers and advanced home winemakers, and articles might be returned to the author for revisions. Length is generally 1,500 to 3,000 words.
“Recipe” Articles: Every issue of WineMaker includes at least one step-by-step article with tips, techniques and detailed instructions for making a particular style of wine at home. Our “Varietal Focus” column has covered Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc; features have addressed Cabernet Sauvignon and Gewürztraminer.
General-Interest Features: These are non-technical features about wine and winemaking. These include interviews with commercial and amateur winemakers, historical pieces, and articles about winemaking trends. Each general feature must have a strong home-winemaking angle. Step-by-step instructions should be included whenever appropriate. Length is generally 1,000 to 2,500 words.
Regular Columns: We have a variety of regular columns, most of which are written by contributing writers. We welcome any suggestions for topics or new columns. These columns include: “Wine Wizard,” a question-and-answer section that addresses common winemaking questions; “Tips from the Pros,” with advice from commercial winemakers on methods and techniques; “Varietal Focus,” which offers step-by-step instructions for making a particular style of wine at home; “Techniques,” which takes a detailed look at one step of the winemaking process; “Backyard Vines,” which offers tips on growing your own grapevines at home, and “Wine Kits,” a regular column about making homemade wine from kits.
Cellar Dwellers: This section includes photos of homemade equipment and letters from readers about their experiences making wine at home. The letters should be funny, interesting or heart-warming. No fee is paid for these.
Dry Finish: The last page of the magazine serves as an open forum for our readers. We are especially interested in fun, amusing, first-person stories about winemaking. These articles should be 750 words.
We count on our writers to provide illustrations with articles. Submissions need not come from professionals. Hand-drawn diagrams or charts are helpful for technical articles. We also can use snapshots, as long as they are in focus and fairly well lit.
We welcome queries. Indicate the subject of your proposed article, the angle you plan to use, whom you plan to interview (if applicable), and the reasons you think the article would be interesting to our readers. If you have been published before, send a few samples of your work along with the query letter. We also will review unsolicited manuscripts.
Articles are generally due a few months prior to the publication date. We prefer to receive manuscripts as an e-mail attachment.
Any artwork (tables, figures, graphs, etc.) should be noted and captioned within the manuscript. Artwork may be either color or black and white.
All writers are expected to provide accurate, well-researched articles and to double-check the spelling of names and other proper nouns.
Allow six weeks for response to queries.
Our pay scale ranges from $50 to $150 depending on the length and complexity of the article as well as the experience of the writer. We buy all rights, and payment is made upon publication of the article.