Essence, which describes itself as the authority on black women, is celebrating 45 years as a newsstand mainstay, thanks in no small part to its loyal readers. As editor-in-chief Vanessa K. Bush puts it: “Black women come to Essence to get inspiration, insight and relevant information about our culture they cannot find anywhere else.”
The mag is 40 to 50 percent freelance written and many contributors are award-winning journalists. No need to be intimidated though — the pub welcomes new writers who can prove they have what it takes to land that coveted byline:
Editors enthusiastically invite new writers to pitch stories because they are, above all, interested in recruiting the right talent to speak to their readers. [They] are looking for writers with areas of expertise to generate compelling service pieces and news stories for each section that impart something — a fact, an anecdote, an idea — readers hadn’t encountered before. Three key elements by which to pitch: research, timeliness and relevance.
For more of what Essence editors want, read: How To Pitch: Essence.
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