Freelance Guidelines

FREELANCE GUIDELINES

Writers Guidelines

Freelance Facts: Published 8 times in 2008 and 10 times in 2009. Established: November 2000. Circulation: 40,000

Payment on publication.
Byline given.
Offers 30% kill fee.
Buys First North American Serial Rights

Accepts queries by:
Mail
Email
Fax
Accepts simultaneous queries. Responds in two months to queries.

Back issues available upon request.

Nonfiction:
Does not want stories without a Hampton Roads angle, fiction, spot news, post-event coverage.
90% freelance written.
Length: Approx. 2,500­-4,000 words for features, depending on assignment. Approx. 600-800 for other departments.

Columns/Departments:
Features open to freelance writers. Departments: Day in the Life, Reporter, Roads Report, Travel, Health, Home and Garden, Datebook Spotlights.

Article Inquiries:
• Inquiries from freelance writers are welcome. If you have never contributed to HR, please send a resume and cover letter explaining your beat, interests etc. along with your query. Include no less than three published clips. Email materials or address a package to:

Melissa Morgan
Hampton Roads Magazine
1264 Perimeter Parkway
Virginia Beach, VA  23454
melissa@hrmag.com
757.422.8979 Phone
800.422.0742 Toll Free
757.422.9092 Fax

• The magazine staff works very far in advance. It's best not to pitch a story on an event that is happening in the next week or even the next month. Think far ahead.

• Before pitching or writing a story, pick up a copy of our magazine and familiarize yourself with our style (both in writing and content) and what we are all about.

• Story pitches likely to get the most attention are ones with a unique angle or that cover a tired Hampton Roads topic in a new way.

• Query should outline your idea by explaining the principles, sources, relevance, etc. An outline in addition to the query is helpful.


Artist & Photographers:
Please feel free to submit your photography or illustration portfolio to us. All of our art for the magazaine is chosen after reviewing portfolios. If you are sending us your portfolio, send it to:

David Uhrin, Creative Director
Hampton Roads Magazine
1264 Perimeter Parkway, Virginia Beach, VA 23454
david@hrmag.com

We cannot cover the return postage/or delivery charges so be sure to include a return airbill account number so we can get your work safely back.

Thank you for your interest.
Please call Dave Uhrin at 757.422.8979

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