The Saturday Evening Post Magazine
Guidelines for submitting work for writers and cartoonists
Before sending us a manuscript or query, we hope you will look over past issues of the Post to get an idea of the range and style of articles we publish. You will discover that our main emphasis is health and fitness. Although there are many specialty publications in this field, the Post's goal is to remain unique by presenting not only cutting-edge news but by combining this with information of practical use to our readers.
Major freelance contributions in recent years include: "Hats On For Health: A Skin-Cancer Warning from Down Under," about the advanced skin-cancer-prevention program in Australia, and "Munchausen by Proxy�The Deadly Game," about a little-understood but prevalent psychological disorder that can be devastating to children.
In addition to health-related articles, the Post buys humor and anecdotes suitable for "Post Scripts," as well as cartoons, illustrations, and photos. Payment ranges from $15 for Post Scripts to $25-$400 for most feature articles.
Our nonfiction needs include how-to, useful articles on gardening, pet care and training, financial planning, and subjects of interest to a family-oriented readership. For nonfiction articles, indicate any special qualifications you have for writing about the subject, especially for technical or scientific material. Include one or two published clips with your query. We prefer typed manuscripts between 2,500 and 3,000 words in length. We generally buy all rights.
Although we seldom publish new fiction, our readers enjoy upbeat stories that stress traditional relationships and family values. A light, humorous touch is appreciated. We are also always in need of straight humor articles. Make us laugh and we'll buy it.
We respond quickly to queries, normally within three weeks. If you do send the whole manuscript, either (1) include a sufficiently stamped and sized SASE for its return should we decide not to use it; or (2) indicate you do not want the material returned and include an SASE with appropriate postage for a reply. Please send typed, double-spaced copy. We normally respond to manuscript submissions within six weeks. You are free to submit the article simultaneously elsewhere.
Feature articles average about 2,000 words. We like positive, fresh angles to Post articles, and we ask that they be thoroughly researched.
all medical/fitness articles to Cory SerVaas M.D.; travel queries and articles to Holly Miller, Travel Editor; fiction to Fiction Editor; and Post Scripts to:
1100 Waterway Blvd.
Indianapolis, IN 46202
• Objective: We aim to please all readers and insult or offend none.
• Audience: All ages, average age 50+, male/female evenly split.
• Payment: The Post buys all rights for $125, payable upon publication.
• Mailing Address:
Indianapolis, IN 46202
• Size Requirements: 8 1/2" x 11" or half that size is fine.
• SASE: Return envelopes are required because you will get a response letter; business envelopes are OK if you send in Xerox copies that don't need to be returned. Response postcards are not helpful.
• Copies or Originals: Either is acceptable. We are careful with originals, and they are easier for us to pick.
• Lines: We tend to only use cartoons we can typeset captions at the bottom. Avoid dialogue balloons. Please print or type your captions in dark blue or black ink only.
• How Many: Feel free to send up to a dozen submissions per mailing. Please submit one mailing to The Post at one time. The Post publishes every two months, so expect an 8-10 week turnaround.
• Original Ideas Only: We like to buy never-published material. That's what our readers expect.
• Ideas to Avoid: Vices,such as smoking, drinking, adultery. People you would not like or trust. Don't ridicule doctors, lawyers, or politicians.
• Ideas that Work: Kids, pets, family, twists of fate. Doctor and medical situations are always needed.