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Q: Vegetarian Times story submission ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Vegetarian Times story submission
Category: Arts and Entertainment
Asked by: caseyc-ga
List Price: $4.50
Posted: 25 Jul 2006 06:37 PDT
Expires: 24 Aug 2006 06:37 PDT
Question ID: 749306
I'm looking for information on how to submit a storry idea to
Vegetarian Time magazine. I've looked on their website and I wasn't
able to locate the information.
Subject: Re: Vegetarian Times story submission
Answered By: kriswrite-ga on 25 Jul 2006 09:14 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello caseyc~

The standard way for freelance writers to contact any magazine is with
a query letter. For information on writing a good query letter, please
see the following articles:

* "How To Write a Successful Query," Writing World:

* "10 Steps to a Magazine Query," eZine:

The query letter should be addressed to the Managing Editor of the
magazine. In this case, you'll send your query to:

Ms. Marry Margaret Chappell
Vegetarian Times
Active Interest Media
300 N. Continental Blvd.
Suite 650
El Segundo, CA 90245

(And yes, i's better to send the query via snail mail--with a
self-addressed, stamped envelope--than to send it via email...unless
the editors specifically say email queries are okay.)

It may take a few weeks or several months to hear back. Usually, if an
editor rejects the idea, they will use snail mail to do so. If the
editor wishes to pursue the story, they may either use snail mail,
email, or the telephone. At this time, the editor will tell the writer
exactly what they want for the article; they'll also send out a letter
of agreement (or a contract). Once this is signed, the writer writes
and submits the finished article.

Good luck!



Researcher's personal knowledge

A search of "Vegetarian Times" website

Google search: "how to" magazine query

Clarification of Answer by kriswrite-ga on 25 Jul 2006 15:47 PDT
Hello again caseyc~

A fellow Researcher, tutuzdad, passed on the following information,
direct from Vegetarian Times:

"Yes we do accept pitches from anyone...If you have a pitch, you can
send it to me and I will pass it on to the appropriate
editor...Jacqueline Smith...Editorial Assistant"

And the magazine's writer's guidelines:

"Guidelines for Better Nutrition/Vegetarian Times Writers

Thank you for your interest in our magazines. Free copies of Better
Nutrition are available at your local health food store, or visit the
Better Nutrition Web site: You can find
Vegetarian Times on your local newsstand, or visit the web site:

Our editors are eager to develop strong working relationships with
reliable freelancers who can produce engagingly written, multi-sourced
stories that reflect our values. Because we seek to put a human face
on the developments we cover, we look for writers who craft strong,
upbeat, textured narratives in which useful, properly documented
information is communicated with drama and good humor.

Our typical reader is an active, well-educated woman in her mid-40s.
Our articles should be relevant to both men and women who seek a
healthier life for themselves, their families and friends.

For consideration as a contributor, please send us a résumé that
includes your background and areas of expertise, particularly in the
natural-foods industry, and the vegetarian food, travel and healthy
living areas. Include five relevant clips and send them to the
appropriate department of the magazine at 300 Continental Blvd., Suite
650, El Segundo, CA 90245. If you would prefer to email us, please
contact managing editors Shane Speer at Vegetarian Times
( or Janet Francisco at Better Nutrition

We accept queries and we also generate ideas in-house. Our goal is to
create a pool of capable, versatile, knowledgeable writers to whom we
can assign stories and know they will be completed accurately,
professionally and on deadline.

1. Your contact at the magazine will be the assigning editor. Initial
assignments will be made over the telephone or via email, and will be
followed up with a binding contract.
2. Please keep your research as current as possible. We expect you to
supply us with your sources and proper documentation for statements of
fact and opinion in your stories.
3. Sidebars, charts and numbered lists are appreciated as long as you
have created them or have properly attributed them. Please see the AP
Style guide for how to attribute charts and lists.
4. With every article, please provide at least one headline and dekhead suggestion.
5. As a courtesy, we may email you a near-final edited version of your
story. We welcome any suggestions you might have, which need to be
brought to our attention within two days of receipt.

Better Nutrition and Vegetarian Times are produced on Mac computers,
and the editorial departments of both magazines use Microsoft Word.
When sending your files to either magazine, please attach them to your
email message and, as a precaution, copy/paste the text of your
article into the body of the email.

If you have style questions, please refer to the AP Style guide.

If requested, please submit 1-2 photographs of yourself. If you submit
your picture in digital format, please send as a TIFF (Tagged Image
File Format), at 300 dpi (dots per inch). If sending in a photograph,
please send a good quality photo or slide. Black-and-white or color is
acceptable. Your photographs will be returned.

Better Nutrition and Vegetarian Times have the exclusive worldwide
rights for print and online publication before an article is published
in any other form by any other party. For 90 days after publication we
will retain exclusive rights. Ninety days after publication, the
magazine and the author share the nonexclusive, unlimited right to
publish or reprint articles.

We pay upon acceptance and receipt of an invoice. Payment is based on
assigned length. Specific fees will be discussed with the assigning
editor. When necessary, we pay a kill fee of 25 percent of the
contracted fee, up to $150. The assigning editor will send a
complimentary copy of the magazine to you. For additional copies,
contact your assigning editor."

In another email: 
"Vegetarian Times does accept unsolicited manuscripts, but we prefer
to receive queries for original pieces and then work with the writer
to develop the article for VT. Most of our contributing writers are
freelance writers who have been previously published and/or writers we
have an ongoing relationship with. We also welcome query letters that
showcase the writers? expertise; for example, if someone has a lot of
knowledge about (or background in) environmental issues, we would
consider assigning them an environment-focused story idea that was
generated in-house.

All queries pertaining to food/recipes should be sent to
Editor-in-Chief Mary Margaret Chappell...all other queries should be
addressed to Deputy Editor Shane Speer...We collect queries and go
over them at idea meetings, which are generally held quarterly. We
come up with topics months in advance; as of right now, we have story
ideas scheduled (but not all assigned) through January 2007.

Writers who wish to follow up on a query may send a note to Mary
Margaret or Shane 3 to 4 weeks after submitting their idea. We prefer
not to receive queries or follow-ups over the phone. We are not able
to respond to every unsolicited query/manuscript, but will definitely
contact writers we are interested in working with...

Also, we publish a reader recipe on our Letters page each month, and
welcome ongoing submissions from readers either to (put Reader Recipe in the subject line) or
via regular mail at the address in my signature. All of our published
recipes, whether submitted by readers or paid recipe developers, are
tested in-house and rated by a group of 15-20 testers. We also
encourage readers to answer our questions of the month (published in
the magazine and on our website) for possible publication..."
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