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Know Your Writing Markets 01

By Kellie Gillespie

February: Gotta Love It

Like a good love story? Better yet, can you write a good love story? If you can craft an emotional and romantic nonfiction or fiction story, there are several magazines that would love to hear from you.

True Confessions

Macfadden Women's Group
333 Seventh Ave.
New York, NY 10001
Contact: Pat Byrdson, Editor

This monthly publication is 98% freelance written and eager to work with new and/or unpublished writers. Their readers are high-school-educated, working-class women, who range in age from teens to seniors. They feature true-to-life stories about women and their families. Circulation is 200,000. They pay one month after publication and publish manuscripts abouto four months after acceptance. They prefer writers to query via email before submitting stories.

Nonfiction should be exciting, true and emotional first-person stories about the problems facing modern women. Personal accounts or "confessions" are encouraged and accepted, no matter how controversial the topic. They should feature a romantic interest and have a moral ending. Length is 4,000 to 7,000 words for full stories and 1,000 to 1,500 for mini-stories. Pays three cents a word.

Fiction length should be 3,000 to 7,500 words. Pays three cents a word, or a flat rate of $100 for mini-stories. Poetry is also accepted. It should rhyme. Length is 4-20 lines. Pays $10 minimum.

Columns and departments include Family Zoo, 50 words or less, pays $50 for pet photo and essay; My Moment with God (prayer); Incredible But True (spiritual or mystical experience); My Man (special man in your life); amd Woman to Woman (contemporary problem) are 200-300 words and pays $65 to $75 each.

True Love Magazine

Dorchester Media
333 7th Ave., 11th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Contact: Alison Way, Editor in Chief

This monthly magazine features first person accounts and realistic stories of strong, independent women who have experienced conflict and have emerged from it to become a better person. Circulation is 225,000. They buy 15 stories a month and are always interested in new writers. "True Love is a great place to start a writing career. We are desperate for stories." Pays three cents a word. No story guidelines were provided; contact editor for more information.

True Romance

Sterling/MacFadden Partnership
Dorcester Media
333 7th Ave.
New York, NY 10001
Contact: Pat Vitucci, Editor

This women's magazine is 100% freelance written. Published monthly, it features confession stories based on actual events, with strong reader identification and emotional tone. All stories must be first-person accounts. Circulation is 225,000. Pays one month after publication and buys all rights. Accepts queries by mail, email or fax. Responds in 8 months.

Nonfiction stories include confessions, true love stories, mini-adventures, dating, marital difficulties, problems and how they were solved. Wants realistic stories dealing with contemporary issues of interest to women. Buys 180 manuscripts a year. Length should be 6,000 to 9,000 words. Pays three cents a word.

Columns and departments include That's My Child, Loving Pets (each pays $50); Cupid's Corner (500 words about you and your husband) pays $100; Passages pays three cents a word; Way I Lived It (literary short stories) pays 3 cents a word.

Poetry should be light and romantic, 24 lines maximum. Pays $10-$30.

Article © Kellie Gillespie. All rights reserved.
Published on 2005-02-06
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