There are two ways to submit to magazine editors.
One is to send the finished article without it being requested. This is referred to as an unsolicited manuscript. Most editors dislike reading lengthy manuscripts, and many magazines specify that they do not accept unsolicited manuscripts which, when received, are consigned to what’s called the ‘slush pile’ and seldom get read.
Another, more productive way, to submit to magazines is to send a query letter, in which you pitch your idea to the editor before actually writing the article.
A query letter is a sales pitch: your goal is to convince the editor that your article idea is of interest to her readers and that you are the best person to write it.
Query letters save everybody time. In the time that would have taken you to write a full article, you can write a few query letters which may result in more than one assignment. Query letters save editors’ time because they don’t have to read lengthy manuscripts which may not be…