Monday, May 19, 2008

Personal Essays: Three Editorial Calendars

The following three magazines publish fun personal essays (many of the themes are women-oriented). Any article that makes it into these three would double as a great clip for a Family Circle, Self, etc.:

Submission deadline: not listed, but it may take up to three months for review & acceptance

Fall 08: spirit - submission deadline: June 1, 2008

Winter 08: plugged in - submission deadline: September 1, 2008

Spring 09: world - submission deadline: November 15, 2008

Submission deadline: The 1st of each month for the following month

June: Songbirds Music – essays inspired by specific songs or song lists/mix CDs. (see books: Lit Riffs, Love is a Mix Tape, and My Life in Heavy Metal for inspiration)

July: The “F” Word (Feminism & Fashion) Feministas and fashionistas, independent women, closing the gender divide, redefining norms, girl power, what we were wearing when we changed the world and atypical fashion-related essays, how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go, trail-blazing.

August: The Detour Issue Simplifying your life; downsizing your life; organizing your home, becoming less of a pack rat, taking a different path, moving on, being in nature, cutting ties, less is more, moments of zen, running away.

September: The Rules Issue Making them, breaking them, bending them, women rule, the exception that proves the rule, dividing and conquering, rules for living, playing by the rules (or not), power, dominance, influence.

October: Wonder Women Women who inspire, what you aspire to, women who do it all, heroic women, icons, rule-breakers, your political involvement, situations with female politicians, why women don’t run, why women should run for office, women who lead the pack, leadership, going out on a limb.

November: The Delicious Issue Dish, cravings, good taste, junk food, comfort food, having your cake and eating it too, the good life, heavenly, mouth-watering, appetites, drop-dead gorgeous, nourishment for the body and the mind, fit for the goddesses, pleasure, delighting the senses (all six of them).

December: Fresh Starts Resolutions you kept, resolutions you broke, why we make resolutions or why we shouldn’t, turning around a tough situation; working through hard times, starting over, clean slate, new beginnings, epiphanies.

Submission deadline: the 15th of the month for the following month

June: The Getaway IssueAdventure bound, roads less traveled, riding, roving, wandering, rambling, planes, trains and automobiles, going abroad, seeing the world, globe trotting, getting lost, getting found

"The complete 2008 calendar will be posted soon. Please keep checking back with us!"

1 comment:

ACW said...

Thanks, Colleen. Great suggestions.

I just tried Skirt! for my humorous vibrator essay (not sure if you remember it from MFA) rejected :(

Any mags you've come across that might go for such a fun piece about a women's "2nd best friend"(that, BTW, ties in a little history lesson, too?) Pink nixed it, too.

Thanks! Anne (The Eclectic Writer)