Newcomer Austin Way debuted in September and will end the year with two issues to show for its effort. Next year, the magazine plans to triple its output with six bimonthly issues — excellent news for freelancers, whom the small staff relies on for 60 to 70 percent of its content.
There is even better news for up-and-coming writers looking to plump up their portfolio; Editor-in-chief Kathy Blackwell is willing to take a chance on writers in the early stages of their careers.
“We really want strong writing,” said Blackwell. “I’m really looking for great writers but they don’t have to be established. I’m happy to work with new writers as well, especially on helping them with their voice and just helping them develop their skills.” Try to keep your clips reflective of the writing that’s in the magazine. If you have great clips but they aren’t relevant then just tell Blackwell about it — if she wants to see a sample, she’ll ask. She’s more interested in what you’re interested in and pitches that are clear and concise.
For more, including specifics on what to pitch, read: How To Pitch: Austin Way
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