Magazines are hiring more and more freelance writers for a number of reasons. For one, it allows them to cut down on hiring in-house writers. It also allows them to purchase articles written by professionals and experts in the topics that they cover in different issues instead of depending on an in-house writer who may not know as much about a given subject. As a freelance writer, you have plenty of chances to land writing jobs with magazines, provided you know where to look for them.
Look through jobs on freelance writing websites for magazine job postings. Both print and online magazines post job descriptions on these sites for writers with an area of expertise focused on their niche. You will either be able to apply to the job directly through the website listed, or contact information will be given for you to send in your resume and writing samples.
Make a series of cold calls or e-mails to magazine editors to inquire about freelance article writing opportunities with their publications. Make sure that you let them know that you are a freelance writer and what your areas of expertise are. Show them samples of your writing and ask about any upcoming projects that you could participate in writing. They may not know about any specific assignments at the moment of your call, and it may take them a week or more to get back to you with an assignment.
Submit original pieces of creative writing to literary magazines that are open to submissions. Your submission may or may not reach publication, but if it doesn't, you can always submit it elsewhere. With this type of magazine writing job, you don't have to wait around for a specific assignment and you can start writing right away. Payment for these articles is typically lower than informative pieces by a subject expert for a more typical magazine.
Have samples of your writing ready to show the magazine editors. Have a sample of articles that vary in length, style of writing and subject area.