Finding a target publication

The overall project in the class is the Argumentative Article. All assignments relate to it. This is to be written as if you were going to publish the article in a magazine appropriate to the topic. Finding a publication is the next step, though the whole process is recursive. (When you find your publication, you'll tweak your topic a bit, etc).


"Google" the key words of your topic, and instead of looking at articles for support, look at the titles of publications these articles are in. When you find a few ideas, go to the online sites for these, or when you are in the bookstore or library, peruse them.


When you find one or two publications that seems possible, send for the Writers' Guidelines. You can do this by checking the magazine’s website and finding Writers’ Guidelines; by picking up a hard copy of the publication and checking inside for Writers’ Guidelines, usually on the editorial flag where all the subscription info is; or, if that doesn’t turn up results, send me the name, I’ll plug it into Writers’ Market, to whom I subscribe. Here is what a sample Writers’ Guidelines looks like:



Pays $1/word or over $1,500/article   


Sussex Publishers, Inc.
115 E. 23rd St.
9th Floor
New York  NY  10010

Phone: (212)260-7210
Fax: (212)260-7445

This market entry
has recently changed.

Date of change: 1/13/2006
Nature of change: Information updated and verified.


Kathleen McGowan, senior editor


Frequency: Bimonthly

"Psychology Today explores every aspect of human behavior, from the cultural trends that shape the way we think and feel to the intricacies of modern neuroscience. We're sort of a hybrid of a science magazine, a health magazine and a self-help magazine. While we're read by many psychologists, therapists and social workers, most of our readers are simply intelligent and curious people interested in the psyche and the self."

Freelance Facts:

Established: 1967
Circulation: 331,400

30 days after publication.
Publishes manuscript 3 months after acceptance.
Byline given.

·  First North American serial rights

Editorial lead time 5 months.

Accepts queries by:

·  Mail

·  E-mail

Responds in 1 month to queries.

Sample copy for $3.50.
Writer's guidelines available at website.





"Nearly any subject related to psychology is fair game. We value originality, insight and good reporting; we're not interested in stories or topics that have already been covered ad nauseum by other magazines unless you can provide a fresh new twist and much more depth. We're not interested in simple-minded `pop psychology.'"

Does Not Want: No fiction, poetry or first-person essays on "How I Conquered Mental Disorder X."

Buys 20-25 manuscripts/year.
Submission method: Query with published clips
Length: 1,500–4,000 words.

Pays $1,000-2,500.

Does not pay the expenses of writers on assignment.

Columns & Departments:

Contact: News Editor

Columns open to freelancers: News & Trends, 150-300 words.

Submission method: Query with published clips
Pays: $150–300 for columns.