SUBMIT A BLOG ENTRY FOR IAMKOREAM.COM
We’re always looking for smart, witty, relevant and newsworthy guest posts for the iAmKoreAm.com blog. If you have something you want to share with the world (and its Korean American-related), email firstname.lastname@example.org
KoreAm welcomes submissions and story pitches for the categories listed below. Send your pitch in a Word doc and three samples of previously published work to Julie Ha at email@example.com. All submissions should include an introduction that indicates your previous publishing history and experience in journalism. No phone calls, please. We regret that we are unable to respond to all queries.
Our “front of the book” section is a mix of news, columns, items that amuse, short interviews and quirky tidbits. They are typically shorter (300 words) but can run as long as 1,000 words. Hot Pot is similar to most “front of the book” sections in other magazine—think shorter, easily-digestible stories, charts and Q&As that pertain to current events, products or interesting events and people. If interested in writing for this section, send a half-page outline of your idea and explain how you intend to approach coverage.
Features typically run between 1,500 to 3,000 words. Each issues usually includes one cover feature and two feature stories. We aim for a diverse “feature well” – meaning we run stories that pertain to arts & entertainments, current events, politics, culture or notable Korean Americans. Examples of past feature stories are: gay Iraq war veteran Lt. Dan Choi and his fight against the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, Proposition 8 and the Korean American vote, the election of Barack Obama from a multicultural perspective, and “Why North Korea Matters” to Korean Americans. Other features have includes profiles on maverick Momofuku chef David Chang, and South Korean pop icons BoA, Se7en and Rain. We welcome any ideas that merit a 3 to 8 page spread. Please note that feature story contributors must have journalism experience and at least 3 previously published feature clips. If interested, send a detailed one-page proposal and explain how you intend to approach coverage.
This section covers all aspects of culture—and then some. Categories include food, drink, art, literature, film, television, travel and leisure, sports, health and wellness, music, home design, and fashion. We are always looking for a Korean American spin to any of these subjects, from a profile on a director of a new documentary, to a guide to the best Korean barbecue in the East Coast. If interested in writing for this section, send a half-page outline of your idea and explain how you intend to approach coverage.
Essays, columns and op-eds
Stories in these formats are always welcome and depending on the topic, may run in Hot Pot or Culture, Etc. In rare cases, a first-person essay can work as a feature story, if the topic merits that type of approach.
KoreAm periodically publishes photo or artwork essays by Korean Americans. If you are interested in having your work appear in KoreAm, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Though the editorial staff at KoreAm compiles the monthly calendar, we are always looking for events to include. We need all event information at least 6 weeks in advance, and we also need at least one image. Please email event information to email@example.com
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Before sending any ideas or pitches, please acquaint yourself with the magazine and website to get a better idea of what topics and styles we publish.
KoreAm caters to Korean and Asian Americans, from virtually every age group. We aim to expose and represent the Korean American community—and are particularly interested in pitches that pertain to lesser-known aspects of the Korean American experience. That said, we welcome any stories that will provide a fresh, original and nuanced window into the Korean American community.