If you can shop for souvenirs, enjoy local festivals, scout out the best places to have a drink with friends, discover up-and-coming neighborhoods, and get to know the prominent people in the towns West Jet airlines flies, then you can write for its in-flight magazine, Up (http://www.up-magazine.com).
Up magazine covers a wide variety of topics relating to travel, celebrities, and business tips. It publishes freelance-written content in 17 different magazine departments, including hotel round-ups, business advice, book reviews, travel gear, restaurant recommendations, interviews with prominent or interesting people, and even where to get the best souvenirs in West Jet destinations.
More than half of Up’s main sections run under 300 words long, and six hover around 200 words, making Up a good magazine to break into with a small, postcard piece. If you write long, consider a restaurant round-up or an article in the Day Tripper section, which profiles a destination within driving distance of a West Jet destination. Day Tripper stories should include photos and a map of the area, according to the guidelines, and should be “off the beaten path.”
If you’ve got an idea for an article on one of these topics, you’ll have to query the magazine for approval, first. In your query, the editors would like to see your story idea, angle, length, and direction you plan to take. You’ll want to make sure that it conforms specifically to one of the magazine sections. Also, include one or two clips, attached as a Microsoft Word document, and let them know if you have photos available.
You can find more information on what to write for Up Magazine and what to include with your pitch in the writer’s guidelines, here: http://cdn1.upmagazine.com/pdf/up_writersguidelines.pdf
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