Chicago Reader submission guidelines and market information

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Chicago Reader Submission Guidelines

Submission Address

Chicago's Free Weekly

Email queries to the appropriate editor. See the submission guidelines for details.

Submitting Your Work to Chicago Reader

Before submitting to Chicago Reader

The Market List recommends you verify the market is active and accepting submissions before sending your manuscript via regular mail. You may verify a market status by either visiting their website, calling their listed phone number, or confirming via regular mail that the market is still active before sending them your work.

To be sure your submission is appropriate for this market, we recommend you familiarize yourself with Chicago Reader by reading a sample issue before submitting.

If you have recently submitted to Chicago Reader or have experience with this market, please submit a comment below. Recent submission response times are always welcome and helpful to other writers.

From the Chicago Reader guidelines:

The Reader maintains a small core of dedicated freelancers and accepts pitches on an ongoing basis from new voices. Women, nonbinary people, and contributors of color are urged to pitch us, using the loose guidelines below (but do tailor our requests to your areas of interest and expertise). Please be aware, however, that we do receive a lot of pitches and must be selective. These guidelines are meant to help you craft a pitch that will cut through the clutter and pique our interest.

We will assess the likelihood of you completing the story as planned based on what you include in the pitch. While we are traditionally a prose publication, we also encourage submissions of photos, illustrations, video, or other multimedia pieces that could run online or in print. 

Submission Guidelines Details for Chicago Reader

Market Type: Magazine

Contact: See submission guidelines.

Accepts: Book Excerpts, Essays, General , Historical, Humor, Interviews, Opinion, Personal Experience, Photo Features, Profiles

Web Address:

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Updated October 16, 2020