Posted by: Kathy Temean | October 5, 2010

Write for the Smithsonian Magazine


Query in 250-300 words online via web submission form. Explain the subject and why you should be the one to cover it.

Humor column is 700 words and features up to 4,000 words. However, new writers
can best break in through The Last Page, a humor editorial. Up to 650 words.

Since it is difficult to judge humor by a proposal, don’t query, just submit the complete manuscript.   

The article should be amusing, but not a list of jokes or situations.  Usually stories relate to the writer’s own experiences.

They buy first North American serial rights.  Also, the last page is included on the magazine’s website.  They respond to submission sent using the Web submission form within three weeks when using the Web submission form.

Pays $1,000.

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