Seattle is highly regarded as a great place to be a freelance writer, but the Pacific Northwest itself is an isolated corner of the country that is far from the bulk of the publishing industry. It is clearly not a publishing hub like New York is or a content factory like Los Angeles, and writers who are just starting out often have a sense that Seattle is a great place to write and a terrible place to sell that writing. However, there are still publishing opportunities to be found if you know where to look for them. Seattle's publishing scene is smaller in scale, but is still a rich market for writers who can take their local knowledge and write compelling articles about the Pacific Northwest. Here are five Seattle publications who are looking for local writers:
Seattle Met Magazine is a general local interest magazine that needs quality articles on places to visit in the Seattle/Tacoma area. If you can write engaging pieces on upcoming events or reviews of local restaurants this is an ideal publication for you. They are looking for a tone that is smart and funny without being mean or pretentious. If you are interested in writing for Seattle Met send three clips or an original restaurant review to firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember to include a resume and a one page proposal of a Seattle Met style article you would like to write.
Situated on nearly every street corner of Seattle, Seattle Weekly is a free advertiser-supported paper that covers the news in the region with a quirky tone and offbeat way of looking at things. If you think that this suits your style of writing you can submit a resume, clip, and story idea to email@example.com. As a part of Sound Publishing, a Hearst company, they also have full time reporter positions currently open, and a few impressive freelance articles may be the foot in the door that can land you a position as a full time journalist.
One of the most freelancer-friendly publications in the Seattle area is Seattle Magazine. Nearly 75% of stories printed in the magazine are written by freelancers, and it is a great opportunity to get your work into print. The editor asks that you actually read an issue before pitching, as there are regular columns without regular columnists and you may be able to fit an article into these feature slots. There is a strong preference for regional travel stories with an angle that highlights a particular trend in the pacific northwest. Send one strong query letter pitching a story idea for a newsy, juicy topic of local interest. There may be additional opportunities to publish stories in other magazines under the Tiger Oaks Publications label. Initial contact should be made through snail mail c/o the managing editor of the section you are interested in writing:
Tiger Oak Publications, Inc. 1518 1st Ave S., Suite 500 Seattle WA 98134.
Yes Magazine is an independent publication that focuses on empowering people and finding solutions to complex problems. If you feel strongly about a particular issue and believe that there is a way to reframe the issue in a way that will lead to a better world for those affected, you may find your niche at Yes! Magazine. Yes! prefers electronic submissions and asks that you send queries and proposals rather than electronic submissions. They also want previous writing samples and clips to evaluate while considering your submission. They are looking for pieces between 1,000-2,500 words or sidebar stories between 100-250 words. They also accept commentary of 500 words and reviews of up to 1000 words. Stories accompanied by original photography are highly encouraged. Send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
These are just four of many regional publications that are in dire need of writers who understand the Seattle scene. Each of them are a great place for a Pacific Northwest writer to break into print and find their voice while writing about the areas that they know and love.