Pitch a story, not a topic. Be specific. Think about who the characters are and how you will use them to tell the story. You should be able to summarize the point of your story in a sentence or two.
Do your research. We may come back to you with questions and we are more likely to run with your pitch if it’s clear you’ve already done some legwork and know why and how you will tell this story.
Why is it relevant right now? What does it matter? Prove your story’s relevance. Tell us why this story matters. Don’t fall into the “because it’s there” trap. Why do we need to read this story?
Consider photos. Do you have a lead on someone who has photographs related to your story? Do you have high-quality professional photos you can provide? If you can put us in touch with someone who can provide images to go with your photo, that’s a big help to us.
We will only accept pitches via email. Please do not call us. We will probably mistake you for a telemarketer and block your number. Allow up to two weeks for queries on potential stories. If you haven’t heard back from us by then, feel free to send us a reminder email, but please not before then.
All queries for print or online should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Below are the various departments of content for LAPALME Magazine. Ideally, this will help you develop your idea into a specific story by determining where it belongs:
Cover Feature. This is the largest spread in the magazine, the cover feature must be relevant and interesting.
Interviews and Profiles. Who did you meet that deserves introducing to the our readers? Who are the up-and-coming athletes of interest?
Fashion. What’s trending? Who’s wearing it and why?
Food & Travel. What made it great? Tell us where to eat, sleep, drink, and most importantly shop.
Gear. What did you happen on that you can no longer live without? Write up a tried and true gear review about the things you love and use every day. Original photos carry a lot of weight here too. It helps readers see that yes, you really did use this piece of gear yourself. That being said, they need to be high quality and professional-looking images.
Small Brand Shoutout. Interesting brands that are doing something different. This department is mostly about the small, indie brands but we’re also interested in the big guys. What brands are out there being innovative and creating change?