How to submit articles for magazine publication

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How to submit articles for magazine publication
Tailor your work to fit a specific magazine's needs. (magazine image by Angelika Bentin from

Start with an idea, research and write an article and then try to find a publisher. Follow a few key steps to find a publisher and tailor your work to that magazine's needs.

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  1. 1

    Purchase a copy of "Writer’s Market" or "Writer’s Digest," which list magazines, publishers and presses in which your work can be published (see Resources).

  2. 2

    Fit your interests with specific magazines. Do you love to travel? Are you a computer wiz? Is fiction your thing?

  3. 3

    Send a carefully worded and proofed query letter explaining your intentions and qualifications to the magazines in which you're interested. Keep in mind that this isn’t merely a sales pitch; it’s a writing sample.

  4. 4

    Research and write your article.

  5. 5

    Write an article tailored to the interests and requirements of the magazines you're interested in if you did not get a go-ahead from one of your queries. Send it to the publications along with a sales pitch explaining why your view of the subject matter is best and why readers will love your story.

  6. 6

    Keep trying; be willing to rework, rewrite and retry.

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