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Baby Talk is a twice-yearly publication for women who are considering having a child or who are already pregnant. Though its emphasis is on pregnancy through to the first six months of life, it carries advice on caring for children up to eighteen months. Feature items cover all aspects of pregnancy and baby care, from sex to children's toys. Style is authoritative but friendly, offering sound advice and support for a concerned audience, keen to learn the basics... and be reassured about the right thing to do. Articles should be 1,000 to 2,000 words. Query: Editor-in-chief Susan Kane, Baby Talk, The Parenting Group, 1325 Avenue of the Americas, 27th Floor, New York, NY 10019-6026, USA.

BBC Good Food is happy to hear ideas for food-related features. Send an outline with a couple of cuttings and a brief CV if you haven't written for the magazine before. Features in a recent issue included 'How I lost two stone' by TV chef Valentina Harris; Are restaurants feeding us fat?; The weirdest diets of all time; and an interview with film director/restaurant critic Michael Winner. Contact: Coralie Dorman, Features Editor, BBC Good Food, 80 Wood Lane, London W12 0TT. Tel: 0208 576 3654

Bedfordshire County Life Happy to receive ideas by phone, letter or e-mail or to read finished manuscripts. Any format good quality photograph. Contact: James Alan Humphreys, Bedfordshire County Life Magazine, PO Box 32, Biggleswade, Beds, SG18 8TE; tel: 01462 819496; email:; website:

Bella Bella combines stylish practicals with fascinating, insightful real life stories. Bella, H Bauer Publishing, 24-28 Oval Road, London NW1 7DT. Tel: 020 7241 8000. Fax: 020 7241 8056. Website:

Best of British Monthly magazine celebrating all things British, both past and present. Emphasis on nostalgia - memories from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Study of the magazine is advised in the first instance. All preliminary approaches should be made in writing. Ian Beacham, Bank Chambers, 27a Market Place, Market Deeping, Lincolnshire PE6 SEA. Tel: 01778 342814. Email: Website:

The Big Issue An award-winning campaigning and street-wise general interest magazine sold in London and the south of England. Separate regional editions sold in Manchester, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Social issues mixed with arts and cultural features. Freelance writers used each week. Best approach is to fax or post synopses to features editor with examples of work in the first instance. Maximum 1200 words. Payment £150 for 1000 words. News to editor, Jane Cassidy - hard-hitting exclusive stories with emphasis on social injustice. Emphasis on magazine's publication area. Also, annual short story season covering variety of subjects - not only homelessness. Send stories/synopses to arts editor, Tina Jackson, Fleet House, 57-61 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1M 5NP. Tel: 0207 418 0418. Fax: 0207 418 0427

Black Beauty & Hair Black hair and beauty magazine with emphasis on authoritative articles relating to hair, beauty, fashion, health and lifestyle. Unsolicited contributions welcome. Beauty and fashion pieces welcome from writers with a sound knowledge of the Afro-Caribbean beauty scene plus bridal features. Minimum 1000 words. Payment £95 per 1000 words. Editor: Irene Shelley, Hawker Consumer Publications Ltd, 13 Park House, 140 Battersea Park Road, London SW11 4NB. Tel: 0207 720 2108. Fax: 0207 498 3023

Boat International Unsolicited mss welcome. Approach with ideas in writing and s.a.e. Features: Maximum 2000 words. News: Maximum 300 words. Payment £l00 per 1000 words. Editor: Amanda McCracken, 5-7 Kingston Hill, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT2 7PW. Tel: 0208 547 2662. Fax: 0208 547 2890

Bonjour! Articles required on French lifestyle - £100 per 1,500-word feature. Contact Susan Mayfield with your ideas. Address: Bonjour, Natural Leisure Ltd, PO Box 196, Ramsgate, Kent CT11 9GG. Tel: 01843 570381

Book and Magazine Collector Articles about collectable authors/ publications/ subjects. Unsolicited mss welcome - but write first. Must be bibliographical and include a full bibliography and price guide. Not interested in purely biographical features. Approach in writing with ideas. Features: Maximum length 4000 words. Payment £30 per 1000 words. Editor: Crispin Jackson, 43-45 St. Mary's Road, London W5 5RQ. Tel: 0208 579 1082. Fax: 0208 566 2024

Boxing Monthly International coverage of professional boxing; previews, reports and interviews. Unsolicited material welcome. Interested in small hall shows and grass-roots knowledge. No big fight reports. Approach in writing in the first instance. Editor: Glyn Leach, 40 Morpeth Road, London E9 7LD. Tel: 0208 986 4141. Fax: 0208 986 4145. E-mail:

Brides and Setting Up Home A good, relevant feature on cakes, jewellery, music, flowers, etc. is always welcome. Maximum 1000 words. Prospective contributors should telephone with an idea in the first instance. Editor: Sandra Boler, Vogue House, Hanover Square, London W1R 0AD. Tel: 0207 499 9080. Fax: 0207 460 6369

Build It magazine welcomes ideas for stories involving self-build, conversions and major renovation projects. Send in a brief outline and a couple of reference snaps - they'll commission their own photographer if they like the story. Contact: Martyn Hocking, Build It, Inside Communications Media Ltd, Isis Building, Thames Quay, 193 Marsh Wall, London E14 9SG; tel: 020 7772 8353; e-mail:; website:

The Burlington Magazine Unsolicited contributions welcome on the subject of art history, provided they are previously unpublished. All preliminary approaches should be made in writing. Editor: Caroline Elam, 14-16 Duke's Road, London WC1H 9AD. Tel: 0207 388 1228. Fax: 0207 388 1230

Business Brief Covers business developments in the Channel Islands and how they affect the local market. Interested in business-orientated articles only - 800 words maximum. Payment £8 per 100 words. Editor Alex Mallinson, PO Box 582, Five Oaks, St Saviour, Jersey JE4 8XQ. Tel: 01534 611600. Fax: 01534 611610

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