Writer guidelines for bp Magazine
Thank you for your interest in writing for bp Magazine.
bp Magazine (bphope.com) is a 50,000 circulation quarterly speaking to the 5.7 million Americans and 500,000 Canadians who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, along with their families and medical caregivers. bp is not a medical journal, but rather, a lively and information-rich consumer magazine.
Our editorial objective is to serve as a guide for those with bipolar disorder who want to live healthier, more balanced lives. bp delivers information, hope and harmony to its readers. bp also provides a forum for discussions on cutting-edge thinking and emerging topics about bipolar disorder.
bp Magazine typically includes three to five features in each issue. Main articles are between 1,500 and 2,500 words. They cover subjects of broad interest such as emotional coping, health and/or bipolar treatment issues, the history of bipolar manic depression, research, personalities, lifestyles and creating a more stress-free pattern of living with bipolar disorder.
Each issue also contains regularly appearing short features (approx. 650-750 words) on such topics as: interviews with those living with bipolar; food and nutrition; healthy living; spirituality; parenting with childhood depression; exercise, wellness, and so on.
We seek features that are:
• Useful to our readers, i.e., they can relate the material to their own lives.
• Meaningful to readers on a personal level through the use of stories, quotes, anecdotes and humor.
• Educational and rich in comments from experts and those living with bipolar.
• Informational and inclusive of resources, such as Web sites, books, and so on.
Writers who wish to submit queries to bp Magazine should have significant knowledge about bipolar disorder and should already be familiar with the format and content of bp Magazine. To purchase individual copies of bp Magazine, please go to the subscribe page or call 1-877-575-4673.
Your query letter: Tell us the topic you’d like to write about and why we should run the story. We want to know why you’re the right person to do the article. If you plan to contact experts in the field, name them. The quotes and stories of people who have bipolar are meaningful to our readers, as are the voices of medical experts. When choosing sources (either experts or lay people with bipolar disorder), strive for diversity-in terms of geography, ethnicity, gender, age, etc. Above all, stories need to be topical, interesting and accurate.
We expect any story submitted to bp Magazine to contain the same high quality of writing and depth of research as stories published in other limited-circulation national magazines.
What we don’t want:
• We do not accept poetry or artwork.
• We cannot guarantee a response to unsolicited submissions.
Editing: While the editors work to preserve the author’s voice, all accepted manuscripts will be edited for space and clarity according to the magazine’s style and format.
Fees: Fees are negotiated on a per-story basis, based on length, experience, complexity, etc. We pay for North American rights for original material and for rights to post the story on our website, bphope.com.
How to query us: Send your query letter in body of an email, not as an attachment. Your query should be accompanied by three recently published attached samples and a professional resume. Email queries all to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We try to read all submissions in a timely manner, but it may take us up to two months to respond to a query.
Please do not send unsolicited manuscripts as we cannot be responsible for them. We are not able to take telephone solicitations.