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Oink! A new business monthly for children. The free newspaper features advice on money management and saving, as well as encouraging children to read. Regular features in the newspaper include Money Matters, a book page where children can make their own recommendations about good reading, a soapbox column called Oi, and Talk Talk, with kids' suggestions for fundraising or earning pocket money. We want children to write in, and if they're published they get a £10 prize, as well as the pleasure of seeing their work in print. I tell them it's basically their newspaper and to give us some ideas, says the editor. More mature contributors are also keenly welcomed, 'as long as they have fun ideas, relevant to children and money'. We can't get off the topic, but we are happy to commission, and/or take on ideas, especially from people with expertise in the area. Rates would be negotiable, but freelances could expect between about £20 and £50 for an article. Submissions to: The Editor, Oink!, 52 Charles Street, Berkeley Square, London W1J 5EU; tel: 020 7409 0902; e-mail:

The Oldie Monthly general interest magazine with a strong humorous slant for the older person. Submissions welcome; enclose s.a.e. Editor: Richard Ingrams, 45-46 Poland Street, London W1V 4AU. Tel: 0207 734 2225. Fax: 0207 734 2226 E-mail:

On the Ball The only magazine for women football players. Contributions welcome. Features: International reports, player and team profiles, diet, health and fitness, tactics, training advice, fund-raising, play improvement. 1500 words maximum. News: Match reports, team news, transfers, injuries, results and fixtures. 600 words maximum. Payment negotiable. Editor: Pippa Turnbull, Moondance Publications, The Design Works, William Street, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear NE10 0JP. Tel: 0191 420 8383. Fax: 0191 420 4950

On Your Bike The new look magazine targets both men and women in the 30+ 'family' market and promises jargon-free cycling. Best way in for freelance writers is through the magazine's extensive routes section. Every month there are ten bike routes ranging from easy family routes of less than eight miles with good amenities, through easy and moderate routes to challenging rides that are mainly off-road and need more in the way of map-reading skills. Editor Peter Baker says: 'We also do a city route each month, the focus being not just the ride itself, but the things you can stop off and do on the way. We are after people who cycle regularly. Even on easy routes, we publish a map for readers to follow, so writers need to provide a photocopy of an Ordnance Survey map and draw in their route with details about the terrain.' Pictures are important, preferably transparencies. Although only a couple will be used for each route, there must be one good shot that really sums up the whole of the ride. Peter would particularly like to hear from cyclists living in the Home Counties and south-east England, as cycling writers seem to favour routes in the Lake District, Peak District and Yorkshire Dales. Contact him with an idea in the first instance. Peter Baker, On Your Bike, Emap Active, Oundle Road, Peterborough, PE2 9NP. Tel: 01733 466838; Fax: 01733 465070; e-mail:

Openmind - or OM - the bimonthly publication of Mind, UK's largest mental health charity, welcomes approaches from freelance writers and professionals with a specific interest in mental health. Editorial includes: first-hand accounts of the psychiatric system; features on good practice in mental health; coverage of social care, education and employment issues in mental health; and news on medication, legal and welfare issues and psychiatric research. Happy to receive both completed articles and proposals too. They pay only for features, not book reviews or news, and only then to professional freelance journalists and writers, not mental health professionals. Rates are £15 per 100 words. The style of writing tends to be journalistic, not academic, features 750 words (one page) or 1,400 words (double-page spread); issues planned well in advance, and themed; upcoming themes publicised on Openmind's website (, which also includes additional guidelines. Completed articles to: Kathryn Perry, Editor, Openmind, Mind, Granta House, 15-19 Broadway, Stratford, London E15 4BQ; tel: 020 82219661; fax: 020 82219681; e-mail: or send ideas to Kathryn:

Orbis Along with poetry, the following are welcome (ideas in first instance, rather than completed articles): suggestions for cover artwork, features (500-1000 words), Past Master section. Subjects for discussion: ‘day in the life’, technical, topical - which journal is ‘respected by people interested in the craft of poetry’? And what do you make of ‘the heresy that poems should be about truth more than words’. In particular, as well as fiction (also 500-1000 words), masterly poets (out of copyright, ie prior to 1932), and the occasional upbeat poem, Orbis islooking for more work from young people (including 20-somethings) and women writers. Subs p/a: £15 for 4 issues. (Overseas: £20/€32/$32); single issue: £4 (£5/€9/$9). Editor: Carole Baldock, 17 Greenhow Avenue, West Kirby, Wirral CH48 5EL. Via email (NB overseas only): - two poems or 1 piece of prose in body – no attachments.

Organic Gardening Wants articles written by people who are actually practising organic gardening. A practical magazine relying on helpful information that readers can try for themselves. And please - no poetry. Send in completed manuscripts: page length is 600-700 words and a standard length feature covers two pages. Pictures are a very welcome part of the package - preferably digital but otherwise transparencies. Articles in the April issue included tips on growing salsify; spectacular cultivars to grow for the house; compost made easy; and an interview with organic farmer Peter Melchett. The May issue included how to grow a bumper crop of carrots; the rewards of growing organic asparagus; and how to avoid rose diseases. Contact: Gaby Bartai Bevan, Organic Gardening, Sandvoe, North Roe, Shetland ZE2 9RY; tel and fax: 01806 533319; e-mail:

Outdoor Photography The role of this magazine is to encourage further success and enjoyment of photography by sharing the knowledge and talents of contributors with the enthusiasm of readers. Outdoor Photography will consider articles for publication, which should be sent to the editor with a sae. A good way in is through the Viewpoints section - twenty pages of locations that are great to photograph any time of year. 'It might be a place that you often go to for weekend breaks,' runs the introduction. 'Maybe it's your own locality, a stretch of coastline a short car journey away, or a nearby wood where you photograph wildlife. If you feel you have the pictures and local knowledge to contribute eye-catching pictures and lively informative copy for a feature in Outdoor Photography's Viewpoints section, then fill out the coupon below.' Hopeful contributors are asked to include up to ten slides or prints of the location, with brief details of what they would include in the editorial coverage - for example, time of year, wildlife, vantage points, equipment used, and so on. Previous issues included the capital's skyline from the London Eye; classic views of Swaledale; the grey herons of the Montrose Basin; and buttercups in west Dorset. The magazine will ring you if your pictures are suitable. Payment for the two-page package of words and pictures is £125. Contact: Keith Wilson, Outdoor Photography, GMC Publications, 86 High Street, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1XN Tel: 01273 477374; Fax: 01273 478606

Outside is a leading mountain sports publication with both a print edition and an online one. A full colour, glossy monthly, it covers people, sport, activities, art, literature, environmental issues, and outdoor clothing and equipment. Editor Hal Espen is keen to work with new writers and new ideas. Outside Online ( uses some different material from the print version, under the editorship of Sarah Friedman. She points out that the Internet offers a variety of options for the presentation of material - moving images, sounds, and a more interactive style than a printed magazine. Study of the Website material, however, is a good introduction to the types of article both editors require, and guidelines for both versions can be found there. Query: Outside, Outside Plaza, 400 Market St, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501, USA. Outside Online e-mail:

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