Hone your craft by writing magazine articles. Here are 7 options.

Magazines on a rackLet’s admit it, writing a book is hard work and takes time. It’s not something you can do in a day or two. But you can write the draft of a magazine article in a day, and then spend the next few days revising it.

And one of the best ways to hone your skill as a writer is to write for magazines. (Tweet this.)

You can also make greater use of your time by first querying magazines with your idea. Then when a magazine buys your idea, you write the article.

Finding magazines for your article ideas is done much the same way you find a publisher: Searching the internet and market guide books.

You also need to learn how to write a good magazine query letter. Your article might be amazing, but if your query stinks, the editor won’t get that far. You can start here to learn more about writing queries (includes examples letters).

7 Markets for Articles

Kaleidoscope, creatively focuses on the experiences of disability through literature and the fine arts.

Family Circle

Capper’s Farmer, gardening magazine

Grit, about rural life, gardening or urban farming

Yes! Magazine

Family Tree Magazine

Catholic Digest

Study the magazine and know its voice and style. Read “How to Analyze a Magazine” to learn more.

Inclusion here does not constitute endorsement of magazine.


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  1. A great piece with a lot of helpful information.

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