Posted by: Kathy Temean | January 13, 2014

Freelance Writers: Magazines to Consider

Here are two adult magazines that could pump up your writing resume and help pay some bills while you are writing your novel or children’s book.

March LHJ Cover

LADIES HOME JOURNAL targets towards 30-55 year-old women who recognize the importance of taking time for themselves. Tone is always optimistic.

1. Finance features (1,800 words)
2. Essays about motherhood (1,200-1,800)
3. “This Mom’s Life,” first-person experience about being a mom (1,200-1,800)
4. “Strong,” the health section
5. “Pet Project,” first-person essays about pets (1,200-1,800)
6. Feature well (1,800-2,400)
7. Health section/BOB (1,800)
8. Psychology features for the FOB (1,800 words)

Personal essays are very welcome, even for health and psychology stories. Freelancers can write these from their own experience or tell a source’s story. Personal essays are also the best bet for new writers. Pays up to $2/word, but essays and first person editorials normally pay less.

For finance, personal essays, mom essays and features, For personal essays and mom essays, For personal essays, For health, For cover stories on celebrities, For “Pet Project,”

How to Write for Ladies’ Home Journal

We think your stories are just as good as those you’d find in a magazine, and we want to share them with the world. So jump in, show us your stuff, and if we choose yours for the magazine, you’ll get paid!

We’re looking for stories about happiness. What makes you smile and keeps you sane? Or, tell us stories about being a mom. Just let us know what’s on your mind.

Before you get started, check out these writers’ guidelines to help you on your way.

Have your story all written up and ready to send? Submit your story (a Word document is best) using our easy form. Your submission will go straight to our editors — we read every essay we get!

Submission Address

Meredith Corp.
125 Park Ave.
20th Floor
New York NY 10017-5516

Phone: (212)557-6600

Fax: (212)455-1313

Or you can email us at We can’t wait to read it!

Have a favorite recipe with a great story behind it? Maybe it’s your grandmother’s famous cake, or the salad you make with your foodie teenage son. We’re also looking for recipes (and the story behind them), so send us yours at and you could be featured in the magazine! Yes, we’ll pay you for it.

moremag2MORE: While less than 10 percent of pieces assigned at More come from freelance pitches, the majority of content, with the exception of most fashion and beauty stories, is written by freelancers. That includes essays, humor, short items in our “More Now” section — memoirs, health articles, news and trends. However, most freelancers hired tend to be those whom More’s editors recruit and cultivate. Writers need to be savvy and cutting edge, with experience. Pays up to $2/word.

MORE    Writer’s Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in writing for MORE. While we do not have specific guidelines about subject matter or writing style, we do offer these suggestions:Read Back Issues: We do not publish an editorial calendar, so familiarizing yourself with our editorial content and style will help you decide if your work fits our needs. Back issues can be found in the periodicals section of your library or purchased from our customer service department for $3 each (Call 888-699-4036, then press #1). Do not send payment to our editorial offices.

We Have 4 Months Lead Time: Keep in mind that MORE is targeted at women    ages 45-64, so we will be looking for stories that both involve and appeal to    women in that age group. If we feel that a submission to MORE is more appropriate    for Ladies’ Home Journal, we will consider it for publication in that magazine.    Please do not send simultaneous submissions to both magazines.

Submit Queries Rather Than Manuscripts: Keep your query brief – one to two pages – citing your lead and describing how you will research and develop your story. Be specific, and always direct your query to the appropriate editor, as listed on the masthead of the magazine. If you have been published before, send clips, your credits and a resume.

Always Include a Self-Addressed, Stamped Envelope: We will not respond unless a SASE is enclosed (with adequate postage for return of the manuscript, if so desired). We are not responsible for returning unsolicited material, so do not send original copies or photographs. Our editorial offices are located at: 125 Park Avenue New York, NY 10017

We regret that we cannot reply to submissions sent by fax or E-mail.

Payment, Story Length and Deadlines are discussed upon assignment and writers are paid upon acceptance. Average story length is 2,000 words.

Submit Fiction Only Through a Literary Agent

We Do Not Accept Poetry of Any Kind

Please Do Not Call to Query or Follow up on a Submission: We read every query carefully, and do our best to respond as promptly as we can. It may take up to three months to receive a response.

We Cannot Provide Comments on Unaccepted Material: Due to the large volume of manuscripts we receive, we are unable to evaluate each writer’s work personally.

General Contact Information
Address: 375 Lexington Avenue New York, NY 10017
Email Convention:

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Nice Post !!


  2. Something doesn’t seem right here. $2/word means they pay $3600 for a 1800 word article? Is this correct?


  3. Marcie,

    Yes, that is correct. They pay very well, but you notice they say “up to”. A friend of mine got an article accepted about 9 years ago (don’t know if it was 1800 words) but she made over a thousand dollars. That is when her husband started taking her writing seriously. They do get tons of submissions.



  4. Kathy, thank you for this wonderful info. Based on your comments, sounds like a great way to earn extra money and boost ones credentials. 🙂


  5. Here’s the thing: The link for Writer’s Guidelines for Ladies Home Journal does not work. It takes you to


    • Terri,

      Sorry that it is no longer working. I would call them to find out the latest link. They probably were over run with submissions.



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