How to Submit a Story to GH Magazine
We appreciate your interest in writing for Good Housekeeping. We’re always on the lookout for great writers with big ideas, with the goal of delivering a unique blend of voices and perspectives to our readers. When it comes to freelance pitches, we’re interested in long-form stories, deeply reported service articles, and personal essays that offer a convincing point of view, a personal story behind the news, a unique story rooted in the ideas of house/hearth or an in-depth guide in a topic that will help improve the daily lives of readers.
The aim of our reports and essays is to invite a wide range of people into the conversation on a timely topic for the purpose of revealing diverse viewpoints and/or providing a valuable service to our readers. Our reporting is balanced and our tone is positive, hopeful, approachable, intelligent, often funny and sometimes controversial, but never preachy, judgmental or judgmental. When it comes to covering the major issues of the day, we use storytelling to ‘show’ rather than ‘tell’, keeping people and communities at the heart.
Who is the GH reader?
With a combined magazine and website audience of over 51 million readers, mostly women between the ages of 30 and 60Good Housekeeping reaches more people at every stage of life than almost any other media brand. You can consult our complete media kit here.
Characteristics and tests
With a goal of broaden readers’ perspectives and bridge gaps between communities, we offer stories that highlight a specific point of view or experience that goes beyond what is considered “mainstream”. Examples include a first-person essay by the mother of a disabled teenage son, a reported story about the unhealthy side of welfare, and an essay by a woman facing hard truths about herself through her marriage. interracial.
Personal stories behind the news
From the opioid epidemic to sexual assault, from maternal mortality to food insecurity, we don’t shy away from tackling the tough stuff. Our stories breathe life into these topics by relating someone’s personal experience and offering advice to others who are going through something similar. An important element of these stories is a positive takeaways and a sense of hope. Examples include an essay on Asian hate crimes from someone with first-hand experience, an investigative article on the dark world of mid-level corporate marketing, and an essay on racial trauma from the perspective of a black therapist.
Home Based Stories
We are Good Housekeepingafter all. Anything inside or just beyond the walls of a house is our domain.. Examples include a revealing essay about racism in home appraisals, the dramatic story of a mother saving her children from a fire, and an inspiring first-person story from a woman whose 6-year-old daughter opened up a “restaurant” in their backyard and brought hope to their neighborhood during the pandemic.
Most of our essays focus on home, health, family, relationships, and compelling personal struggles, experiences, or decisions. Although we welcome personal essays that discuss more serious matters, we are also interested in hot tackles lighter everyday topics. Some recent examples:
Whether it’s a complete guide to doing laundry, a gardening special, or the definitive handbook for managing family elections, our service packages go in-depth and cover a range of topics. Although the vast majority of content on our services is written by our in-house writers and experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute, we occasionally work with freelancers for articles that require additional reporting and specific expertise.
Where should I send my pitch?
Please send all freelance pitches, for print and digital media, to [email protected] (freelance writers only — Please don’t send PR pitches to this email, they will be deleted). Please include:
- Email subject: Please include the phrase “STORY PITCH” and a brief summary of your topic in the subject line of your email.
- Your informations : Please include your name, contact details and a brief description of your experience as a writer (including whether you have written for other Hearst publications) and links to your previous work.
- Big title: Give us a working title and dek for your story.
- Brief description/overview: We find that the best pitches are timely, well-written, properly researched, and have a solid blueprint.
We accept all pitches for Good Housekeeping on a rolling base. Please note that due to the volume of emails we receive, we cannot guarantee that every submission will be commented on; it is more likely that an editor will contact you if they are interested in continuing your presentation.
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