Why do I need guidelines?
Most magazines will provide a set of “Writer’s Guidelines” to potential and interested writers who want to contribute to the publication. A good place to start, even before a query letter, is to obtain that magazine’s “Writer’s Guidelines.” This way you can make sure the article you want to write is in keeping with their publication’s audience, tone, etc. Reading the guidelines is a great way to not waste your time or the magazine’s by knowing ahead of time what they may want.
But what is it?
What are “Writer’s Guidelines” exactly? It is a one- or two-page description of the kind of articles the magazine publishes. Magazines should post writers guidelines on their website or send them to prospective writers, so you wont need to keep explaining over and over what your magazine is looking for, not looking for, and the procedures for submitting articles.
Take a look at some free samples so you know what you are looking for as a writer or so you know what to provide to potential writers.