How to write an article for a magazine.

I’ve written for several magazines and websites, some of which paid and some that didn’t. But each article was an added credit and built my portfolio of published work and so I remain grateful to every editor who thought I had something worthwhile to say.

Writing for a magazine will give you an important grounding in publishing and working with an editor.

There is no sure-fire formula for getting published, but reading what other writers have sucessfully published will help you to understand what a particular magazine calls for.

When authors and editors talk about the process of writing for a magazine, pitching work and dealing with rejection, they are likely to mention the following.

  • “Every writer meets with rejection and has projects which are never published.”
  • “In fact, I have files of material which has circulated and never been published.”
  • “Rejection and unpublished articles are a part of the writer’s life and the road to consistent publication.”

A helpful article worth researching is Gary Bell’s “Eight Tips for Getting Published in Magazines” in which he speaks about the importance of building relationships with magazines and editors.

Writing for The Blue Nib.

A quick perusal of the back issues of The Blue Nib will show not only what we look for in articles and reviews, but it will also demonstrate our loyalty to contributors who have built a relationship with an editor, it’s much easier for them to come back the second and third time to get their work published.

The type of work we accept

Writing a magazine article isn’t easy, but here are my suggestions for pitching to The Blue Nib

Choose a topic

The Nib focuses on literary works.The articles we publish falls under two main headings.

Reviews. Are you reading a book of fiction or poetry at the moment? if so, consider reviewing it. If you are unsure how to write a review, then look at previous reviews in back issues here.

Articles. Writing for The Daily. Each day, we publish articles that are of interest to writers and lovers of writing. We seek Writing that thrills, amuses, provokes, inspires and entertains. Non-fiction, reportage, memoir.

We are happy to look at articles about upcoming events or reviews of events a writer has attended. 

Write about You. The subject you know best, write about your process, failures, success and experiences in dealing with the world as a writer or an aspiring writer. Such pieces can be humorous, tragic or both.

When you set out to write an article for any magazine, then it behoves you as a writer to do the very best you can. If you are writing for The Blue Nib, then here are a few suggestions on how to prepare, compose and submit.

Check The Blue Nib for articles related to the one you intend to write. Use the experience of those published writers to aid you in composing your own article.

When writing your article, focus not only on the words, but on structure and theme too.

The Blue Nib accepts online submissions, our guidelines are here. 

Editors at The Blue Nib respond to all submissions and if your article is accepted for publication, then you will be informed before publication date.

If you have questions, or any tips about getting published in magazines, then email us at [email protected] Or better still, write an article about it.

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