The Writer is dedicated to expanding and supporting the work of professional and aspiring writers with a straightforward presentation of industry information, writing instruction and professional and personal motivation. In the pages of our magazine, writers share experiences, expertise, struggles, advice, successes and suggestions.
Our editors are interested in query letters on concrete topics written by emerging and experienced writers in all genres. We are looking for clear takeaway for our readers: What can they learn to improve their writing or advance their careers? What how-to tips and strategies will accomplish this?
Queries should briefly describe your background and provide details for your story idea. We are interested in how-to stories, reported pieces, narrative essays and profiles of writers and others in the field. We are not interested in pieces that have been previously published online or in print. We do accept queries that include finished pieces for consideration. We do not accept material that has been previously published in any form in print or online.
Queries should be sent by e-mail to Alicia Anstead, editor-in-chief at email@example.com or Aubrey Everett, managing editor at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, phone number and a short bio.
We receive hundreds of pitches every week and cannot respond to all of them. If you haven’t heard from us in two weeks, please feel free to move your submission to another publication.
Article lengths vary widely from 300 to 3,000 words. On occasion, longer articles and excerpts also appear in the magazine.
The Writer editorial lineup includes:
Breakthrough: Formatted first-person articles about a writer’s experience in “breaking through” to publication (with an article, screenplay, book, etc.). Breakthrough queries must describe the “breakthrough,” advice to readers and lessons learned. 700 words.
Freelance Success: Tips on the business of freelancing. 1,000 words.
Writing Essentials: Articles that focus on the basics of the craft of writing, such as using flashbacks effectively. 800 words, plus a short sidebar of resources.
How I Write: Formatted interviews with authors including a bio blurb. 600 words.
Literary Spotlight: Presentation of the history and theme of a literary journal. 500 words, plus bullets points about contacting and submitting to the journal.
Market Focus: Reports on specific market areas such as trade journals, alumni magazines, parenting, sports and travel. 1,000 words, including sidebar of markets, resources or tips.
Off the Cuff: Personal essays on a particular aspect of writing or the writing life. 1,000 words.
Poet to Poet: Specific aspects of writing poetry, such as imagery, revision or poetic forms. 500-750 words.
Take Note: Brief, topical items of literary interest. 200-500 words.
Writer at Work: A writer describes a specific writing problem and how it was successfully overcome on the way to publication. Most of the columns deal with fiction. Experienced writers only. 750-1,500 words.
Write Stuff: Reviews of books on the craft and business of writing as well as other products of interest to writers. Experienced book reviewers write for this column. Reviews are 500 to 750 words. Excerpts accompany.
For hard-copy queries, mail to:
85 Quincy Ave., Suite 2
Quincy, MA 02169
Thank you for considering a submission to The Writer magazine, the voice of imagination, creation and publication since 1887.