We are happy to consider your ideas for articles and new stories. However, we rarely accept unsolicited work, so here are some suggestions to assist you with the submission process and improve your chances of publishing with us. In addition to written work, we also use photographs, cartoons and other illustrations. The advice here applies, with appropriate interpretation, to all types of content.

  1. Familiarize yourself with our publications before sending your query letter. Generally, we look for content in one of three buckets:
    1. “Useful Now” – information readers can incorporate into their lives, right now.
    2. “Creative Loafing” – recommendations and reviews of entertaining activities.
    3. “Perspective Shifting” – content that changes the way our readers think about this phase of the journey.
  2. Make sure you’re content is unique. We have a set of regular columns written by existing columnists; however, there is occasional turnover, and you are welcome to apply for a slot when it opens.
  3. Identify the correct theme. Each issue has a theme – to focus writers, bring coherence to the content, and assist readers in incorporating the content into their lives.
  4. Length. Depending on the section, articles should be between and 500 and 1,500 words.
  5. Use our Contact Form to send a query letter, which must include:
    1. Contact information: name, address, telephone number and e-mail address
    2. Description of the work:  theme, topic, column, how you plan to cover it, intended number of words, and the sources you intend to use
    3. Sample work: If in other publications, send links or copies. If unpublished, e-mail in Word format (even if sent to other editors). Note that we do not return materials, so do not send originals.
  6. Payment varies according to the length and complexity of the article.
  7. Rights:
    1. We purchase exclusive rights, print and Web, for a period of time. In some cases, we allow publication elsewhere, with permission and attribution (e.g., “This article first appeared in Seattle Wise Magazine ( and appears here by permission.”).
    2. We may consider previously published work, on a case-by-case basis.