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The Edge Book (esp modern fiction) and film (non-Hollywood/mainstream) reviews (send samples), interviews, features. Also TV, music, popular culture. No reprints or email submissions. Full guidelines at website. Sample copy 3.50, cheques payable to The Edge. Writers' guidelines available on request. Send s.a.e. or email. Payment negotiable, up to 50 per 1000 words. Editor: Dave Clark, 65 Guinness Buildings, Hammersmith, London W6 8BD. Tel: 020 74609444 Email: Website:

Essentials Women's interest magazine. Unsolicited mss welcome if accompanied by s.a.e. Initial approach in writing preferred. Prospective contributors should study the magazine thoroughly before submitting anything. No fiction. Features: Maximum 2000 words. Payment negotiable, but minimum £100 per 1000 words. Editor: Karen Livermore, King's Reach Tower, Stamford Street, London SE1 9LS Tel: 0207 261 6970. Fax: 0207 261 5262

Essex Countryside Unsolicited material of Essex interest welcome. No general interest material. Features countryside, culture and crafts in Essex. Maximum 1500 words. Payment £40. Editor: Sue Corner, Griggs Farm, West Street, Coggeshall, Essex C06 1NT. Tel: 01376 563994. Fax: 01376 562581

Essex Life and Countryside Will consider anything with an Essex angle. Likes one-pagers, but there is also room for people who can suggest a series. Happy to look at speculative material or outline ideas, but every feature must be accompanied by good quality colour pictures. Maximum length is 1,400 words, which runs to three pages with pictures.' The core readership is 40+ and falls in the AB1 social bracket. Contact: Carmen Konopka, Essex Life and Countryside, PO Box 6657, Bishops Stortford, Essex, CM23 4WB.

The Essex Magazine If you can write with empathy about East Anglia, and tell readers something they did not know, then approach Pippa Bastin, managing editor of Norfolk Journal, Suffolk Journal, Cambridgeshire Journal and The Essex Magazine. Norfolk Journal celebrated its tenth anniversary this summer. The Cambridgeshire and Suffolk titles were launched in spring 1994, and The Essex Magazine made its debut in March last year. Each of the four monthlies has a circulation of about 15,000. Target readers are ABC 1 consumers, aged 35-55, with a fairly even split between men and women. 'The magazines cater for anyone who is interested in where they live,' Pippa said. 'We conduct regular readership surveys and then provide readers with what they want to read, history, contemporary profiles, local issues, and lifestyle.' Each of the titles carries regional features alongside local ones, on the basis that readers are not only interested in their own county. 'Whoever writes for us must show a strong empathy with the area, whatever their subject matter,' said Pippa. 'Apart from our regular columnists, we try to keep ourselves as open as possible so that if something happens or arrives unsolicited, we can react quickly. We try not to plan the magazines too far ahead, so we can keep them fresh each month.' Pippa and her team read everything that comes in, but prefer to receive a short written synopsis and a cutting of a professionally published article. If a contributor writes well and clearly understands what the magazines are about, Pippa will hope to give them two or three commissions a year. Another big plus is if a contributor can not only write well but can also provide good quality photographs, either prints or transparencies. Contact: Pippa Bastin, The Journal Magazines, The Old County School, Northgate Street, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 1HP. Tel: 01284 701190; Fax: 01284 701680

Evergreen Quarterly magazine featuring articles and poems about Britain. Unsolicited contributions welcome. Features Britain's natural beauty, towns and villages, nostalgia, wildlife, traditions, odd customs, legends, folklore, crafts, etc. Length 250-2000 words. Payment £15 per 1000 words; poems £4. Editor: R. Faiers, PO Box 52, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 1YQ Tel: 01242 577775 Fax: 01242 222034

Exotic and Greenhouse Gardening Geared to both beginners and enthusiasts, the magazine is all about Mediterranean style for cooler climates, whether you're growing outdoors, in the conservatory or under glass. Alongside features on bougainvilleas and hibiscus, garden succulents and exotic herbs, there is advice on subjects such as choosing containers, garden planning, and bringing plants back from abroad. Editor Graham Clarke has an impressive list of expert contributors but is happy to consider ideas from horticultural freelances. 'I am open to ideas and if a freelance suggests something I like, he or she will definitely get the job - we would never write it up ourselves.' Contact: Graham Clarke. Exotic and Greenhouse Gardening, Castle Place, 166 High Street, Lewes, East Sussex BW 1X11.

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