Matters Magazine
Featuring local people, places and things that matter since 1990

Writers' Guidelines
MATTERS MAGAZINE tells the stories of life in our community. All fields of human existence are fair game for story pitches, as long as they have some direct relation to the Maplewood or South Orange area.

Style Sheet
Once approved as a contributing writer, MATTERS MAGAZINE will provide you a copy of our writer’s style sheet. This is an overview of our preferred formatting and general style requirements from our valued contributors.
Click here for a PDF copy of our style sheet.

Feature Stories
(800 to 1000 words) can be personality-based (e.g., people profiles), issues-based (e.g., news or events of the area) or a mix thereof. In any case, they should embody the traits of narrative journalism: strong, scene-based storytelling complementing solid, in-depth reporting. Fields of interest include, but are by no means limited to: lifestyles, arts/culture, business, family, education, sports, food, or entertaining.

Final Matters
(500 to 800 words) may include commentary, quick, punchy slices of life, cultural observation, significant anecdotes or other forms of nonfiction writing. MATTERS MAGAZINE considers a limited number each year.

Submissions (from single photos to multi-page essays) are always welcome, but never guaranteed publishing.

Our seven annual issues are scheduled at least four months in advance; feature ideas that do not fit that time frame cannot be considered. Final Matters submissions will be considered on an ongoing basis.

Payment & Rights
Features are paid various fees and once assigned the content becomes the property of Matters Magazine. Our standard contract is work-for-hire; we will negotiate other rights on a case-by-case basis.

Address all queries to:

Joanne DiPasquale, Associate Editor
P.O. Box 198
Maplewood, NJ 07040
(973) 763-4900
OR click here to email Joanne

Written queries only. We prefer to receive a brief query with a sample lead and one-page outline; writers should also enclose several published clips plus a resume. Manuscripts and other materials will be returned only if the writer includes a self-addressed, stamped envelope, or can be picked up at our office. MATTERS MAGAZINE cannot be held responsible for loss or damage to unsolicited material. The writer guarantees that any submitted piece is his or her own work and is not plagiarized.

After Acceptance
Once a story is accepted, we will review the first draft, which should be accompanied by a list of sources and their phone numbers for fact-checking. MATTERS MAGAZINE reserves the right to ask for changes and a second draft and reserves the right to final edit all materials.