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Scene Update Gay arts and entertainment: film, video, theatre, celebrity interviews, lifestyle, fitness, alternative medicine, HIV/AIDS concern. Will consider mss that fall into the above categories. Maximum 1200 words. Payment 5-6p. per word. Editor: Cary James, 22 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD. Tel: 0207 388 6689. Fax 0207 388 6649

Scotland Magazine From great moments in history to reviews of the latest restaurants, Scotland Magazine will provide an intelligent and contemporary appreciation of all that is inherently Scottish for a culturally discerning international audience, explains editor Marcin Miller in the guidelines available to contributors. They aim to achieve interesting and involving content that will provide 'something for everyone' in their target audience of readers in the 30-65 age bracket, with a male to female ratio of 60/40: these will be high earners and frequent travellers, so they will be looking for editorial that is both authoritative and entertaining. 'The reaction we hope to get from readers upon completion of a piece is "I didn't know that" or "How amazing!"' adds Marcin. Each issue will include the best of all things Scottish from food and drink, to history and places of interest. The magazine will meet Scottish inventors and retailers, visit arts venues and events, and explore the country's various regions, including great places to stay. Study the magazine first, look at the website, and then submit outline ideas. Contact: Marcin Miller, Editor, Scotland Magazine, Paragraph Publishing, St Faiths House, Mountergate, Norwich, NR1 1PY; tel: 01603 633808; fax: 01603 632808; e-mail:; website:

Scottish Field Unsolicited mss welcome but writers should study the magazine first. Articles of general interest on Scotland and Scots abroad with good photographs or, preferably, colour slides. Approx 1000 words. Payment negotiable. Editor: Archie Mackenzie, Special Publications, Royston House, Caroline Park, Edinburgh EH5 1QJ. Tel: 0131 551 2942. Fax: 0131 551 2938

Sea Angler is a monthly magazine dealing with the sport from both beach and boat. Editor Mel Russ is interested in features, maximum 1,000 words, on such topics as match contests and fishing expeditions. He is particularly keen on bass fishing. Contact: Sea Angler, Emap Active Ltd, Bushfield House, Orton Centre. Peterborough PE2 5UW. Tel: 01733 465702

Sea Breezes Unsolicited mss welcome; they should be thoroughly researched and accompanied by relevant photographs. No fiction, poetry, or anything which 'smacks of the romance of the sea'. Factual tales of ships, seamen and the sea. Royal or Merchant Navy, sail or power, nautical history, shipping company histories, epic voyages, etc. Length 1000-4000 words. Payment £7 per page (about 500 words). Editor: Captain A. C. Douglas, Units 28-30, Spring Valley Industrial Estate, Braddan, Isle of Man IM2 2QS. Tel: 01624 626018. Fax: 01624 661655

She Magazine Features should be about 1500 words long. Approach with ideas in writing. No unsolicited material. Payment NUJ rates. Editor: Alison Pylkkanen, National Magazine House, 72 Broadwick Street, London W1V 2BP. Tel: 0207 439 5000. Fax: 0207 439 5350

Ships Monthly Editor Iain Wakefield would like to hear from anyone who can supply news and photographs of new ships being built worldwide. Also interested to hear from industry experts who can write about fleet lists, and company or vessel histories. Send a synopsis in the first instance with some brief background details about yourself. Ships Monthly sells worldwide on subscription, so they rely on contributors writing both nostalgic and current stories - pleased to hear from anyone with experience of deep sea shipping, such as cruise ships, ferries and warships, past and present. The only sailing featured is sail training. Contact: lain Wakefield, Ships Monthly, IPC Country and Leisure Media Ltd, Marine Division, 222 Branston Road, Burton-on-Trent, DE14 3BT. Tel: 01283 542721; Fax: 01283 546436; Email:

Shooting Times & Country Magazine Covers shooting, fishing and related countryside topics. Unsolicited mss considered. Payment negotiable. Editor: John Gregson, King's Reach Tower, Stamford Street, London SE1 9LS. Tel: 0207 261 6180. Fax: 0207 261 7179.

Sight & Sound Unsolicited material welcome. Topical and critical articles on international cinema. Length 1000-5000 words. Relevant photographs appreciated. Also book, film and video release reviews. Approach in writing with ideas. Payment by arrangement. Editor: Nick James, British Film Institute, 21 Stephen Street, London W1P 1PL. Tel: 0207 255 1444. Fax: 0207 436 2327

Slimming Leading magazine about slimming, diet and health. Opportunities for freelance contributions on general health (diet-related); psychology related to health and fitness; celebrity interviews. It is best to approach with an idea in writing. Payment negotiable. Editor Christine Michael, Endeavour House, 189 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8JG. Tel: 0207 437 9011. Fax: 0207 434 0656

Small Arms Review ( is a monthly print magazine for those interested in the history and technology of military small arms. Emphasis is very definitely on the technical aspects of the weaponry, and the provision of good quality illustrations is a must. Editor Joanne French looks for submissions of around 1,200 words accompanied by half a dozen photos, and prefers a concise, informative writing style. Visit the web-site for further information. Full guidelines by email: Queries and submissions: Small Arms Review, 223 Sugar Hill Road, Harmony, Maine 04942, USA.

Smallholder Will consider anything on aspects of rural life related to smallholding. Contributors stand the best chance with practical features. So don't write 1,500 words of minute detail about your three wonderful hens - offer readers some practical advice they can use with their own hens. Particularly wants stories about people who are smallholding in an urban environment. Features in a recent issue included one reader's view from France; keeping Asian Hardfeather poultry; advice on improving your grazing land; and the role of the BTCV. Happy to receive outline ideas or finished manuscripts, but urges contributors to label photographs thoroughly. Prefer good quality prints to transparencies but will also take digital images, so long as they are high resolution. Contact: Liz Wright, Hook House, Hook Road, Wimblington, March, Cambs PE15 0QL; tel/fax: 01354 741182; e-mail:

Spain magazine is aimed at a 30-something market without alienating older age groups; has a core group of writers based throughout Spain and requires the depth of knowledge that only someone who lives - or has lived there - can provide. As far as photography is concerned, portraits are bold and modern, whilst landscapes pay close attention to detail and lighting. They use medium format, though 35mm is also accepted. There's little scope for digital work unless by prior agreement with the picture editor. The contents page is divided into Features, Lifestyle and Property, with Lifestyle subdivided into Travel, Outdoors and Food & Drink. Features in the launch issue included a picture story of the Royal Andalucian School of Equestrian Art; the reclusive tycoon behind the successful Zara fashion label; and green energy from Spain's wind-farms. Feature ideas should be sent to: Nicola McCormack at Photographers can contact picture editor Beth Sinclair at Or write to The Media Company Publications Ltd, 21 Royal Circus, Edinburgh EH3 6TL.

Spirit & Destiny Embracing mind, body and spirit - always keen to hear true-life stories such as how somebody's life has been changed in some way, perhaps through an awful health or emotional crisis with the help of alternative methods. Best advice is to e-mail Lucy Hunter, features editor, with a brief synopsis. The interviewee must agree to be identified and photographed, unless there are very extreme circumstances. Contact: Lucy Hunter, features editor, Spirit & Destiny, H Bauer Publishing, Academic House, 24-28 Oval Road, London NW1 7DT; tel: 020 7241 8096; e-mail:

Star Date Published six times a year, Star Date ( explores the world of astronomy, and although university-based, does not look for academic pieces but for more populist articles. Editor Gary Harrison ( welcomes non-fiction submissions of 1,500-3,000 words that explore the history, personalities, and general interest aspects of astronomy, as well as some of the more technical areas. Query in the first instance: Star Date, University of Texas McDonald Observatory, 2609 University Ave, No 3.118, Austin, Texas 78712, USA.

Steam Railway has been redesigned and is looking for more human interest angles to counterpoint technological pieces. With nearly 200 steam railways and museums in Britain, there are plenty of feature tales about the people who work on them and run them. Looking for stories that link the appeal of steam and the power of the engine with some human element. Illustration is vital and editor Mel Holly is particularly keen to include good black and white images; grainy shots can also be effective here, suggesting the grittiness of the subject. Information from Steam Railway, Apex House, Oundle Road, Peterborough PE2 9NP.

Suffolk Journal 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

The Strad Profiles of string players, teachers, research. Payment £100 per 1000 words. Maximum 2000 words. Editor: Joanna Pieters, 7 St. John's Road, Harrow, Middlesex HA1 2EE. Tel: 0208 863 2020. Fax: 0208 863 2444

Surrey Life Unsolicited mss welcome. Interested in anything with a genuine Surrey connection. No fiction or non-Surrey subjects. Approach in writing with ideas. Maximum length 1500 words. Payment negotiable. Editor: Roderick Cooper, Datateam Publishing, Fairmeadow, Maidstone, Kent ME14 ING. Tel: 01622 687031 Fax: 01622 757646

Sussex Life Interested in investigative, journalistic pieces relevant to the area and celebrity profiles. No historical pieces. Unsolicited mss, synopses and ideas in writing welcome. Minimum 500 words. Payment £15 per 500 words and picture. Editor: Trudi Linscer, 30-32 Teville Road, Worthing, West Sussex BN11 1UG. Tel: 01903 218719. Fax: 01903 820193

Swimming Times Competitive swimming and associated subjects. Unsolicited mss welcome. Technical articles on swimming, water polo, diving or synchronised swimming. Length and payment negotiable. Editor: P. Hassall, 18 Derby Square, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 5AL. Tel: 01509 618743. Fax: 01509 618746

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