Whatever the reason, it’s always exciting to see a new crop of magazines. Here’s a short list of what emerged recently, followed by tips on how to pitch:
- Alo. A Middle Eastern lifestyle and culture magazine with a food section.
- ACQTaste (As in “Acquired Taste”). A Canadian journal of food culture and lifestyle, focusing on chefs and restaurants, not necessarily in Canada. A recent issue focused on New York food artisans and chefs.
- Cherry Bombe. Here is a bi-annual magazine that celebrates women, high fashion, art and food. Issue one includes articles on food stylist Victoria Granof, pit master Helen Brown, and Gabriel Hamilton of Prune. Here’s a look at the first issue.
- Fool. A Swedish husband and wife team started this publication earlier this year. Kitchen Arts & Lettters calls it “adventurous and insightful,” making connections between “different elements in the world food scene that most other publications seem to overlook.” Read more about the third issue here.
- Modern Farmer. This new quarterly focuses on food journalism for “window-herb growers, career farmers, people who have chickens, people who want to have chickens and anyone who wants to know more about how food reaches their plate,” says the editor in this interview with Bon Appetit. And here’s a piece about the managing editor. (It’s always good to know who you’re pitching.) Submit your story pitches here.
Once you’ve researched the magazine you want to target, review this post on 10 Feature Story Formats for Freelancers to help you see what kinds of stories editors prefer, and develop your story idea.
When writing the pitch, here’s good advice from Columbia Journalism Review:
“A good query email is one that’s sent directly to the assigning editor for the specific section you’re pitching. The email features a compelling subject line (think of it as a proto-headline) and a tight paragraph explaining the piece you want to write, why it’s timely, and why this outlet is the perfect place to publish it. A second short paragraph in the email explains who you are and why you’re the best writer for the job. It also includes a link to your personal site, which has an easily navigable archive of your work. It ends with a note about when you’ll be following up. Depending on how timely the piece is, that follow-up date can be anywhere from 24 hours to several weeks away. Basically, it’s just to help you set a timeline and enable you to pitch the piece elsewhere before the time hook expires, rather than twiddling your thumbs for weeks waiting for a reply that may never come.”
Bonus: An newish online magazine called Dark Rye. This is Whole Foods Market’s online magazine that “explores the realms of food, health, sustainability, design, tech and social enterprise.” There are videos, recipes, and splendid page design. The magazine won Best Group Food Blog in 2013 from the James Beard Foundation.
Good luck! If you don’t hear back, find another home for your story. Just don’t give up.