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I have a really nice feel-good article (well, I haven't written it yet, but I had a great interview with the subject, and am confident that it will be a good article). Before I write, though, I want to know who I'm writing for, and there-in lies my question.

The article is about a college freshman softball player who happens to have a disability that you would expect to keep her from playing softball. I would like to target a teen or softball magazine (or possibly both).

On the teen front, I'm having trouble finding markets. I don't want one that is overtly religious, and I don't know if I have much of a chance with a *big* magazine. I'd like to try Relate, but no one on this board ever seemed to get responses to their queries. Any other suggestions?

On the softball front, I emailed a few magazines asking for writers' guidelines, but haven't heard back. I do have guidelines for Softball Youth, but I submitted to Baseball Youth about three weeks ago (on spec, after successfully querying), and this would be going to the same editor, and I don't know if that's a good idea since I haven't heard back from him on the first piece yet. Anyone have experience or submission guidelines for any softball magazines?

Any help would be appreciated. Obviously I've been going through all the usual sources for markets, but perhaps I've overlooked something. All I'm looking for is a print magazine...doesn't have to be huge. Regional is fine as well-- my subject is from New England. (And I'm not, so I'm not to intune to New England markets.)

Thanks!
#1 - July 19, 2007, 11:08 AM

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Anyone? Pretty please?  :'(
#2 - July 21, 2007, 06:58 AM

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Hi Turtle9...

I'm not sure if this will be any help, but here goes:

I know you said this is about a college softball player, but going a little younger with your mag choice might work.  This might help younger children with any disabilities that they may have...

Here's some mags to think about:

Softball Youth (ages 10+)  www.softballyouth.com
Abilities (YA -A) www.abilities.ca
Teen Voices (12-20) www.teenvoices.com

You don't say what the disability is so I don't know if this will help:

ADDitude Magazine (P) www.additudemag.com

I hope this helps...

Happy Writing...Lilfix

#3 - July 21, 2007, 08:40 AM

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Maybe this might work. I saw this one posted awhile back at KidMagWriters.com. I've included the link to an interview with the editor.

http://www.loganmagazine.com/

http://kidmagwriters.com/old_reports/editors/logan_editor.htm
#4 - July 21, 2007, 02:17 PM
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I think the big YA magazines are open for good non-fiction, and your subject sounds ideal.  Why not try Seventeen, Girl's Life, etc.  You could certainly query them.

Maybe even Sports Illustrated for Kids?
#5 - July 21, 2007, 02:58 PM

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Maybe Guideposts Sweet 16?
#6 - July 21, 2007, 05:51 PM

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Thanks for all the possibilities!
#7 - July 23, 2007, 06:37 AM

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Hope it's not too late.. I write for this market ALOT...

1. Softball Youth -  Scott Hacker, publisher - a lot of expansion going on over there - I think he's still in charge of Softball Youth

2. Fastpitch Forever magazine - Kim Mouldon, publisher - www.fastpitchforever.com

3. Pretty Tough - website for girls who love sports - http://www.prettytough.com - go to contacts

4. Some mainstream mags will publish sports stories, but tend to shy away from college players because of the publishing schedule - by the time the story runs, the freshman could have graduated and moved on.

Hope this helps. I'd love to read your article. :) Keri
#8 - April 09, 2008, 10:39 AM

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Thanks! I actually found Softball Youth, and Fastpitch Forever on my own-- have a query out to SY, and had a different article accepted to FPF.
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Did you end up giving Relate a try? I've always gotten a response from them.  (I have two pieces coming out in their summer issue  :yup)

It sounds like a great article. I'd give them a try.
#10 - April 09, 2008, 04:29 PM

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