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Parentwise Freelances are welcome to contact editor Rachel Sykes or features editor Susannah Pearce with outline ideas by letter or e-mail. Parentwise, Family Titles Ltd, Studio 210, The Bon Marche Centre, 241-251 Ferndale Road, London SW9 8BJ; tel: 020 7733 4955; fax: 020 7733 7155; e-mail: or Susan

PC Week Welcomes reviews of PC software and hardware products; brief synopsis in the first instance. Approach by e-mail, fax or in writing. Editor: Martin Lynch, 32-34 Broadwick Street, London W1A 2HG. Tel: 0207 316 9000. Fax 0207 316 9355. Email:

Period Ideas For Your Home Editor Jeannine McAndrew is currently looking for authoritative but entertaining articles on all aspects of owning and improving a period property, from choosing suitable colour schemes to getting a roof re-thatched. She will consider both practical features on DIY and aspiration articles, as long as they are well researched and informative. The best approach is to send a few feature ideas with a brief outline, supported by photocopies of previously published work, in the post, together with a contact telephone number and an indication of the expected fee per 1,000 words. Features in the launch issue included the transformation of a Georgian farmhouse scullery into a stunning family kitchen; buying a Victorian or Edwardian bed; and how to restore an original fireplace. Medium format transparencies are preferred but sharp prints or images on a Mac compatible disk (with a minimum resolution of 266 dpi) are considered. E-mailed images are not acceptable. Contact: Jeannine McAndrew, Period Ideas For Your Home, Aceville Publications Ltd, Castle House, 97 High Street, Colchester, Essex C01 1TH. Tel: 01206 505976. Email:

Photography Monthly Photography enthusiasts from beginners to professionals. Always open to approaches from writers with a good knowledge of photography. Send in some ideas with a few details about who you are, your experience in photography, and details of previously published work. A few sample images may also help. If you are just hoping to sell photographs, simply send a selection of captioned pictures. But please don't ring up in the hope of a half-hour chat. Among regular slots in the magazine is the opinion page, where photographers will comment on a different topic each month. So if you have a strong view on, for example, Page Three girls, write in. The magazine will talk to readers about when and how they took particular shots, and if you have expert equipment knowledge, they'd be happy to consider you as a tester of photographic gear. Contact: Dan Lezano, Photography Monthly, Market Link Publishing, The Mill, Bearwalden Business Park, Wendens Ambo, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11 4GB. Tel: 01799 544200

Piecework Magazine ( is a print magazine, published six times per year, for lovers of quilting, knitting, crocheting, embroidery, beadwork, needlepoint, and lace making, exploring the various techniques employed around the world. Emphasis is on practical skills and examples of projects readers could undertake. Editor Jeanne Hutchins looks for striking examples of technique and in-depth knowledge of the subject. Historical and technical accuracy are a must, but avoid an academic or stuffy style - keep it informal and conversational. Pieces of 1,000-2,500 words are required. Full guidelines at website. Query the editor in the first instance. Contact: The Editor, Piecework, Interweave Press, 201 East 4th St, Loveland, Colorado 80537-5655, US A. Email:

Pilot The entire magazine is written by freelancers - mostly regulars. Unsolicited mss welcome but ideas in writing preferred. Perusal of any issue of the magazine will reveal the type of material bought. 700 words of 'Advice to would-be contributors' sent on receipt of s.a.e. (mark envelope 'Advice'). Many articles are unsolicited personal experiences/travel accounts from pilots of private planes; good photo coverage is very important. Maximum 5000 words. Payment £100-700 (first rights). Photos £26 each. Owner/Editor: James Gilbert The Clock House, 28 Old Town, Clapham, London SW4 OLB. Tel: 0207 498 2506. Fax: 0207 498 6920 Email:

People Management Official magazine for the Institute of Personnel and Development. Fortnightly circulation of more than 100,000, largest in its field. 'Most readers are professionals in personnel, training and development,' editor Steve Crabb explains, 'but a significant proportion are managers seeking advice and ideas for improving the way in which they manage and develop their staff.' The magazine publishes articles about best practice and leading-edge policies, and is a forum for debate about topical issues. Much of the content is devoted to feature articles written by specialist journalists, practitioners in organisations, consultants and academics. However, Steve says: 'We write for the intelligent lay person - so writers who avoid jargon and use clear and simple prose are more likely to be successful. Would-be contributors are advised to become familiar with the magazine's recent contents and concerns.' Forthcoming topics are: Technology; Open Learning; Stress Management, and a wide range of subjects are regularly covered: networking; redundancy; equal opportunities; family friendly practices. Rates start at around 200/1,000. Submissions are welcome on disk, but a synopsis of the proposed article (maximum length usually 2,000 words) is preferred in the first instance, marked for commissioning editor, Jane Pickard. Contact: 17 Button Street, London EC1M 5TP. Tel: 020-7880 6200. Fax: 020-7336 7635. Email:

Pony Aimed at 10-16-year-olds. News, instruction on riding, stable management, veterinary care, interviews. Approach in writing with an idea. Features welcome. Maximum 900 words. Photographs and illustrations (serious/cartoon) welcome. Payment £65 per 1000 words. Editor: Janet Rising, DJ. Murphy (Publishers) Ltd, Haslemere House, Lower Street, Haslemere, Surrey GU27 2PE. Tel: 01428 651551. Fax: 01428 653888

Popular Mechanics ( is a print monthly that describes itself as a men's magazine. The average reader is in his 30s, married with children. With a circulation of over one million, the magazine features advice on everything from home improvement and tuning the car to aeronautics. Emphasis is on technology and how to make use of it. Tone and style should be informal: the readership is intensely practical in outlook. Query, addressing Steven Willson for Home Improvement items, Don Chaikin, Automotive Editor, Cliff Gromer, Outdoors, Tobey Grumet, Technology, and Jim Wilson, Science, at Popular Mechanics, 810 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019, USA. (Enclose sae and IRC)

Practical Caravan Caravan reviews, travel features, investigations, products, park reviews. Unsolicited mss welcome on travel relevant only to caravanning/touring vans. No motorcaravan or static van stories. Approach with ideas by phone or letter. Must refer to caravanning, towing. Written in friendly, chatty manner. Features with pictures/transparencies preferred (to include caravans where possible). Maximum length 2000 words. Payment negotiable (usually £120 per 1000 words). Deputy Editor: John Rawlings, 60 Waldegrave Road, Teddington, Middlesex TW11 8LG. Tel: 0208 943 5664. Fax: 0208 943 5777

Practical Fishkeeping (incorporating Fishkeeping Answers) Practical articles on all aspects of fish-keeping. Unsolicited mss welcome. Approach in writing with ideas. Quality photographs of fish always welcome. No fiction or verse. Editor: Steve Windsor, Apex House, Oundle Road, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire PE2 9NP Tel: 01733 898100. Fax: 01733 898487 .

Practical Parenting Practical advice on pregnancy, birth, babycare and childcare up to five years. Submit ideas in writing with synopsis or send mss on spec. Interested in feature articles of up to 3000 words in length, and in readers' experiences/personal viewpoint pieces of between 750-1000 words. Humorous articles on some aspect of parenthood may also stand a chance. All material must be written for the magazine's specifically targeted audience and in-house style. Payment negotiable. The Editor, Practical Parenting, King's Reach Tower, Stamford Street, London SE1 9LS. Tel: 0207 261 5058. Fax: 0207 261 6542 email:

Practical Wireless News and features relating to amateur radio, radio construction and radio communications. Unsolicited mss welcome. Guidelines available (send s.a.e.). Approach by phone with ideas in the first instance. Copy should be supported where possible by artwork, either illustrations, diagrams or photographs. Payment £54-70 per page. Editor: Rob Mannion, Arrowsmith Court, Station Approach, Broadstone, Dorset BH18 8PW. Tel: 01202 659910. Fax: 01202 659950

Practical Woodworking Projects, techniques, new products, tips, letters etc. Unsolicited mss welcome. No fiction. Approach with ideas in writing or by phone. News: Anything related to woodworking. Payment £60 per published page. Features: Projects, techniques etc. Payment 60 per published page. Editor: Mark Chisholm, Boundary Way, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire HP2 7ST. Tel: 01442 266551. Fax: 01442 266998

Prediction Astrology and occult-related topics. Unsolicited material in these areas welcome. Writers' guidelines available on request. Astrology Pieces of either 750 words or 1500-2000 words, depending on number of charts, should be practical and of general interest. Charts and astro data should accompany them, especially if profiles. Articles on mysteries of the earth, alternative medicine, psychical/occult experiences and phenomena are considered. 800-2000 words. Payment £25-100 and over. The Editor, Prediction, Link House, Dingwall Avenue, Croydon, Surrey CR9 2TA. Tel: 020 8774 0600.

Primary Life  The only lifestyle magazine for parents and teachers of primary school children in Coatbridge and Airdrie.  The only lifestyle magazine for parents and teachers of primary school children in Coatbridge and Airdrie Needs writers able to help with this kind of project possibly those who are just starting out and would like to see their work in print. Up to £50 for an article, negotiable in the future. Download media pack and contact details from

Private Eye Fortnightly satirical and investigative magazine. Prospective contributors are best advised to approach the editor in writing. News stories and feature ideas are always welcome, as are cartoons. Editor: lan Hislop, 6 Carlisle Street, London W1V 5RG. Tel: 0207 437 4017. Fax: 0207 437 0705

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