I’m going to write (or hopefully, email), a letter to a magazine or newspaper every week. And just to make it more difficult, it has to be a different magazine each time.
Why am I doing this?
1. It’s good writing practice (and it doesn’t take long).
2. There are some good prizes to be won!
3. It will make me keep my eye out for new magazines and markets (for possible article submissions).
4. And finally, because it’s a challenge and I like a challenge.
I’ll keep you updated every month or so and let you have the details, in case you’d like to write to the magazines yourself.
In January I wrote to:
1: Good Housekeeping
I read the latest issue in my local library and sent an email praising the magazine. Typical ‘star letter’ prize = £50 bouquet of flowers. At least with this one I can easily keep an eye on the letters page, each time I’m in the library.
Or, if you prefer ‘snail-mail’, then write to:
Letters to The Editor
72 Broadwick Street
2: The Sun – TV Buzz
Update, Sept 9th 2011: Sadly, the Buzz magazine, in its previous format and with all those lovely letter-writing opportunities, is now defunct! I won star letter twice, although I am still chasing up my second prize, for a letter which was published just a week or so before the magazine folded.
On Saturdays The Sun has a colour TV supplement called ‘Buzz’ and the letters page offers a star letter prize worth about £100. ‘Want to tell us what you think of this week’s TV?’ is the message at the top of the page. Most letters are written in praise of a TV programme, although they don’t specifically ask for that.
Write to Steph at buzz, 3 Thomas More Square, London E98 1SN or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Tesco’s Magazine
Recent prizes for the star letter printed in Tesco’s free in-store magazine (published bi-monthly) have included a theatre weekend in London and a home theatre system.
Tesco Magazine, Cedar Communications, 85 Strand, London WC2R ODW
Or email: email@example.com
Comments on previous issues and tips for improving women’s lives seem to be the preferred style. I sent them a letter commenting on an interview with Fiona Philips in the Jan/Feb issue.
4. Prima magazine (monthly) gives a year’s subscription for every letter published on their letter page and in February’s issue the star letter received a skincare set worth £64. Again, comments on previous issues seem to be popular, so you might need to splash out on the mag – or flick through a copy in ‘Smiths!
Write to: Prima Letters, 72 Broadwick Street, London W1F 9EP
Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t forget to include your name and address, so they can send you your prize!