International magazine have a very high standard and will not tolerate poorly written or poorly researched articles.
It is important before querying for a magazine to read it.
This may be a problem if the magazine is only in print, though most are online at least in part.
Reading the magazine will give you a good idea of their target market and the tone of the magazine.
You must hit that market and tone with your query.
In most cases, editors of magazine do not want you to send them a completed article.
You must send a query which describes what you want to write about, how you will approach the article, the expected word length and why you think the article is perfect for their magazine.
After you send the query the editor will write back to say if she wants it or not.
If she wants it she will send you a contract with all of the details regarding pay, requirements, and the deadline. That is when you write the article.
Do an excellent job the first time and you will likely get more jobs from that editor. A few positions like that can make you a successful freelancer.
Below are a few magazines looking for articles, why not try your luck?
1. The Gay & Lesbian Review / Worldwide, USA, Email: HGLR@aol.com. Website: http://www.GLReview.org. Richard Schneider Jr., Editor. A bimonthly journal of GLBT history, culture, and politics. Guidelines at website. Currently needs: Essays and book reviews. Topic areas open, but GLBT content is essential.
Pays $100 for original feature articles to 4,000 words; $50 for book (and other) reviews. Submit query by email. No unsolicited book reviews, personal memoirs, or autobiographical writings.
2. Pediatrics for Parents, USA, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website:
http://www.pedsforparents.com. Richard J. Sagall, MD, Editor/Publisher.
A paediatrics journal for parents. Simple, correct articles for parents on children’s healthcare. No first person stories. Pays $25 for 600-1500 words. Submit query as word document by email.
3. RUSSIAN LIFE, USA , Email: email@example.com. Website: http://www.russianlife.com. Paul Richardson, publisher.
A bimonthly magazine on Russian culture, history, travel and life. Guidelines online at http://www.russianlife.net/freelance.cfm.
Pays $300 per article for 2000-4000 words. Extra for photos. Submit query by email.
4. Transitions Abroad Publishing, Inc., USA, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://www.transitionsabroad.com.
Gregory Hubbs, Editor-in-Chief; Dr. Joanna Hubbs, Senior Editor. It is an educational travel magazine and webzine. Targets people who work, volunteer, study, travel, and live overseas. Practical information, no travel guides. Guidelines at website.
5. Business Jet Traveler, USA, Email: email@example.com. Website: http://www.bjtonline.com. Jeff Burger, Editor. Looking for articles about people who buy or use private aviation service. They pay a minimum of $0.50/word
6. Diabetes Self-Management, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com. Ingrid Strauch, editor. The magazine educates people about living with diabetes and managing it, including up-to-date research on the disease. Pays up to $700 for 2000-2500 words.
7. Quill, USA Email: email@example.com. Website: http://www.spj.org/quill.asp. Scott Leadingham, editor. A magazine covering the journalism media industry with focus on providing educational, professional development content for journalists working in all media. Pays $300-$800 for 1000-3000 words.
8. Dialogue, USA Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://www.blindskills.com. B.T. Kimbrough, editor. It’s a magazine for people experiencing vision loss or who are blind whose purpose is to help them live independently.