Our articles are assigned to top student journalists with unique voices, compelling article ideas, intuitive and accurate reporting skills and polished writing styles. We are looking for stories about unique, fascinating and important issues relevant to an audience of 20-somethings, whose interests range from social and cultural trends, political and urban issues to career, money, environment, arts, travel, sports, relationships, health/fitness and home. Our editorial content will run the gamut of serious to silly, but will always be interesting, fresh and thought-provoking. Our profiles explore the stories behind fascinating people who have made a notable difference in their communities and beyond, whose accomplishments are inspirational to our young, urban audience. Our issues stories examine emerging trends relevant to our technologically connected, globally and culturally aware readers. Because our readership reaches into urban areas across the country, we seek submissions that possess national appeal, requiring reporters to interview sources with broad reach—in terms of their expertise, insights and geography.
Writers should submit a query letter that provides a clear, original and provocative concept—not merely a topic—providing evidence of initial background research to support the article’s proposed central idea. Verge Magazine follows Associated Press (AP) style, and queries and submissions should be free of typographical, stylistic and grammatical errors. Submissions should reflect an intuitive understanding of the magazine’s audience, content and tone. (See About Verge for a detailed description of the magazine’s focus and audience.) Writers should send the query and at least one digital sample of their best journalistic work (published or unpublished) to Bethany Cianciolo, Managing Editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our query-response time is around 2-3 weeks. If a query is accepted, the writer may be asked to modify an existing manuscript for length or depth of reporting.
We are always on the lookout for stories that have strong visual impact, and are eager to work with student photographers and photojournalists whose work shows professional merit. Our contributing photographers can work on assignment with writers, partnering in the reporting process, or can pitch story ideas directly to our photo editor and editorial staff. We are eager to feature powerful stories told through the artistry of a photographer’s lens and encourage the submission of photo-essays and multimedia stories. Like our print content, our multimedia content will emphasize stellar journalistic storytelling and wide audience appeal. Student photographers interested in assignments or pitching multimedia/photo-essay ideas should contact Lauren Purkey, Photo Editor, at email@example.com.
Primary Content Areas:
Career: Advice, Entrepreneurs, Interviews, Non-profit
Living: DIY (Do-It-Yourself), Green Life, Money, Technology
Mind: Books, Opinion, Politics, Social Cause
Play: Arts, Entertainment, Fashion, Music, Sports, Travel
Health: Exercise, Food, Relationships, Sex