Regional magazines are usually the first port-of-call for writers who’re seeking to branch out, or to start a brand new career. This is because Regional publications are likely to accept new writers if they live locally, or have a well-written, interesting story of something happening within their immediate vicinity.
As you can see, there’s a fantastic list below, of 32 regional magazines, gleaned from several localities. Is one of them yours? Have a look and see if you qualify to write for any of them. More specific details can be found on the websites themselves.
Note: Want magazines in other niches? our ultimate list of magazines that pay writers is a good place to start.
Pay: 50 cents (CA)
Alberta Views is dedicated to publishing and promoting stories about the culture, politics and economy of Alberta. Prospective freelancers are asked to send queries instead of full manuscripts. Feature articles should be no more than 1,000 words in length. Photos are also welcome, but do check for details before submitting them.
Alberta Views pays 50 cents per word, and payment is made upon publication.
Pay: 50 cents (US)
1859 Oregon Magazine seeks to exhibit Oregon in all its glory: how it lives, works and plays. They work with an editorial calendar and solicit content months ahead of publication. Freelancers play an important role in creating content for this publication, so if you live in the area, you may stand a good chance of being published by them.
Payment is between 30 and 50 cents per word, and is made upon publication.
3. 425 Magazine
425 Magazine is keen to publish stories on the Eastside community. Their call for submissions is for articles between 400 and 2,500 words in length. They prefer receiving queries and pitches instead of full manuscripts.
Payment is negotiated upon pitching the magazine, and is made upon publication.
5280 Magazine promotes the arts, entertainment, dining and lifestyle issues in Denver. They don’t accept full manuscripts, instead they encourage the submission of pitches and queries. Article lengths range from 400 to 6,000 words for features.
Pitch the magazine for a quote on how much they will pay.
Pay: 30 cents per word
Adirondack Life explores the region’s people, places, wildlife, history and public issues. This publication also gives readers insider tips on outdoor recreation, from hiking and canoeing to ice-climbing and back-country skiing. Writers are invited to submit articles between 1,000 and 3,500 words in length.
Adirondack Life pays 30 cents per word, upon publication.
Alaska Home Magazine covers quite a few topics relating to home and gardening ideas for Alaskan residents. They work on a spec basis, so prefer queries and pitches to full articles. Freelancers are asked to read back copies of the magazine, so they understand what they like to publish. Articles should be between 300 and 1,100 words in length.
They pay up to $200, which is made upon publication.
Baltimore Magazine is dedicated to topics related to the people, events, trends, and ideas in the Baltimore area. They accept emailed queries only, and expect articles to be between 800 and 2,000 words in length. Do visit their site for more detailed information.
Payment is negotiated when pitching the magazine.
Big Sky Journal covers everything related to the Northern Rockies landscapes, culture, people, places and wildlife. They accept queries only, via email or post.
Payment is negotiated upon pitching, and made upon publication.
Bloom Magazine exhibits and promotes interesting people, places, and events in South-Central Indiana. They work on a spec basis only, so unsolicited manuscripts are discouraged. Please pitch first. Some articles are between 350 and 400 words long. Prospective freelancers are expected to be familiar with what the magazine publishes, so getting back copies would be a good idea. Photographs are also welcome.
Writers are expected to negotiate payment when pitching the magazine.
Blue Ridge Country promotes the spirit and feel of the Blue Ridge Region. Prospective freelancers are invited to submit articles between 750 and 2,000 words in length. This publication discourages unsolicited manuscripts. There is a wealth of detailed information on their site, so do consult this before querying.
Blue Ridge Country pays up to $250 per article.
Pay: 30 cents per word
Boulevard Magazine publishes content that exhibits the beauty and vitality of Vancouver islands, through its people, arts, culture, social and health issues. They work with an editorial calendar so content is solicited ahead of time. Queries only are accepted. Please see their website for the various sections you could write for.
They pay 30 cents per word – upon publication.
Pay: 50 cents per word
British Columbia Magazine covers a wide variety of material related to British Colombians. They work with queries only and expect you to send pitches and queries in the first instance. Articles should be between 500 and 2,000 words in length. Their guidelines are specific and detailed, so do study these before querying them.
Payment is 50 cents per word, and is made upon publication.
Pay: 10 cents per word
Canadian Newcomer is dedicated to providing free information, advice, entertainment and encouragement to new immigrants. They welcome queries and full manuscripts via email.
This widely-distributed publication pays 10 cents per word, made once the article is published.
Colorado Life Magazine explores and exhibits Colorado’s diverse environments, cultures and communities. There’s a specific query format in place, so freelancers should be familiar with this before attempting to work for them. Colorado Life works on a query basis only, and with an editorial calendar, so content is solicited months ahead of time. Poetry and photos are also welcome.
They pay up to $975 for work, and this is made upon publication.
Connecticut Magazine is a general-interest publication that covers all aspects of the state of Connecticut. They prefer writers to query in the first instance, so please do not send unsolicited manuscripts.
Payment is negotiated upon pitching the magazine, and will be made once the work is published.
16. Diablo Magazine
Diablo Magazine is a widely-distributed, general-interest lifestyle publication. It’s distributed to single-family homes in the San Francisco East Bay area. They expect feature articles to be no more than 3,000 words in length, and prefer receiving queries instead of manuscripts.
Freelancers should negotiate payment when pitching the magazine.
Pay: 40 – 70 cents per word
Down East Magazine focuses on content related to the state of Maine, its culture, history, personalities, destinations, current events, and more. They don’t accept unsolicited manuscripts so please send queries first.
Payment is up to 70 cents per word.
18. Durango Magazine
Pay: 50 cents per word
Durango Magazine is published for people who love Durango. They work with an editorial calendar, so content should be submitted months ahead of publication. They welcome both queries and manuscripts. Articles should be no more than 2,000 words in length. Do check their website for deadlines and specific details.
Durango Magazine pays 50 cents per word.
19. East Bay Express
East Bay Express is a widely-read magazine, which publishes content related to the East Bay area. They invite freelancers to send queries via email, in the first instance. They like articles that are no more than 4,000 words in length. There are several sections in their guidelines which writers should make themselves familiar with before pitching.
$600 is paid for features; made upon publication.
20. Edina Magazine
Edina Magazine covers a wide array of material related to the city of Edina. They actively welcome submissions from freelancers, but encourage them to send queries only – in the first instance.
Payment is to be negotiated upon pitching the magazine, and is made upon publication.
Ft. Myers Magazine is a bi-monthly publication, focusing on arts and lifestyle in South Florida. They invite freelancers to submit articles between 500 and 1,500 words in length.
Ft. Myers Magazine pays up to $150 per article, sent 30 days after publication.
22. Georgia Magazine
Georgia Magazine is a widely-read publication for Georgians by Georgians. They like submitted articles to be between 500 and 1,200 words in length. Although, they prefer receiving queries instead of full manuscripts.
Payment can be up to $500 per article. This is made upon publication.
23. Hawaii Magazine
Hawaii Magazine has a massive readership and is published for people who love and visit Hawaii often, but reside outside of the state. They discourage unsolicited manuscripts and welcome queries and proposals. Please expect to send in copies of published work when making first contact.
Freelancers negotiate payment upon pitching the magazine.
Pay: 1.50 cents per word
High Country News covers content about the American West. They welcome pitches on stories related to their core focus. Their call for submissions is for articles between 500 and 3,000 words in length.
Payment is 1.50 cents per word, and is made upon publication.
Honolulu Magazine creates and provides a smart, sophisticated owner’s manual to the city. It’s aimed at educated, affluent residents. They like prospective freelancers to send queries before writing to get a commissioned article.
Within 30 days of publication, Honolulu Magazine pays up to $600 per article.
26. Idaho Magazine
Idaho Magazine focuses on Idaho and its environs. They expect articles to be between 500 and 3,000 words, and prefer writers to send queries before writing. Please have a look at their media kit for more details.
Payment is negotiated upon pitching the magazine.
27. Inside Columbia
Inside Columbia is interested in topics concerning “living, working and having fun in Columbia”. They welcome queries and spec submissions, but articles should be no more than 4,000 words long.
Freelancers are invited to negotiate payment upon pitching the magazine.
Lake Minnetonka Magazine covers an eclectic mix of materials related to Lake Minnetonka. They welcome queries only. Potential freelancers should expect to send clips when querying. Do study their guidelines before sending in your pitch.
Payment is negotiated upon pitching the magazine and made within 120 days of publication.
Lake Superior Magazine serves as the the eyes, ears and voice of Lake Superior and its peoples. They prefer queries to full articles, and invite writers to email their ideas before writing commences. Check out their categories and specific guidelines before pitching them. Photographs are also accepted, but guidelines apply.
Lake Superior Magazine pays up to $400 per article, and payment is made upon publication.
Maple Grove Magazine exhibits the community of Maple Grove and likes materials on related subjects. They work on a query basis only, so do pitch the magazine before attempting to write for them.
Payment is negotiated and made within 120 days of publication.
31. Midwest Living
Midwest Living Magazine is the definitive voice of the Midwest which includes, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas. They Invite queries from freelancers, and like to publish articles between 100 and 1,000 words in length. They have some good tips on their site, which will increase your chances of being published with them.
Payment is negotiated and made upon acceptance.
32. Matters Magazine
Matters Magazine focuses on life in the communities of Maplewood and South Orange. They schedule work in advance, so do check their editorial plans before querying. They prefer to be queried in the first instance and like articles between 800 and 1,000 words in length.
Prospective freelancers are to negotiate payment, which is made upon publication.