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Hello from a relative newbie,

I've been reading through some magazine theme lists (mostly Cricket and Cobblestone) and have a few ideas. The magazines require a one-page proposal for each article, along with cover letters, writing samples, bibliographies, etc.

I know how to write a cover letter, but what should the one-page proposal contain? Is it just a paragraph-by-paragraph summary of the topics I intend to cover? These articles are frequently less than 900 words (some as short as 250). Are there books about magazine proposals that you would recommend?

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Kirsten Larson
#1 - January 07, 2013, 05:26 PM
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Hi, Kirsten,
You can have a narrative summary (paragraph style) but it's also okay to have a bulleted outline with sentence fragments. I always try to have the lead sentence or phrase so that my style will come through the outline.

Good luck,
Vijaya
#2 - January 07, 2013, 06:09 PM
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Thanks Vijaya!

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#3 - January 08, 2013, 05:08 PM
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