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Editor: Dominique Ritter
Publisher: Spafax
A custom publication sent out to top-tier Investors Group clients. This lifestyle magazine’s articles are a mix of profiles (e.g.: motivational speaker and former CFL quarterback Chuck Ealey), features (e.g.: eco-friendly golf courses) and travel stories (environmentally friendly caviar), and have a warm, engaging, “feel good” tone; most are accompanied by sidebars. Published three times a year; pays $1/word upon acceptance; query by e-mail.

HomeSpa
Editor: Dominique Ritter
Publisher: Spafax
A custom publication for Quebec-based high-end bath maker BainUltra. It is sold in Quebec and the US, the latter market comprising 95 percent of the magazine’s focus. Articles are about health, wellness, home spas and luxury hotel (overnight) spas; day spas are not featured. The idea of the magazine is to make people feel good about themselves. Published twice a year; pays $1/word upon acceptance; text should be in American English; query by e-mail.

Pure Canada
Editor: Adam Segal
Publisher: Spafax
The Canadian Tourism Commission’s travel magazine. The target audience is affluent Americans, aged 40+ and the idea is to showcase Canada, not so much as a destination but rather as an experience. The magazine is also now translating material into Spanish for the Mexican market. Articles often feature new restaurants and hotels, with an upbeat tone. Travel budget is limited, but can help connect writers with travel commissions that may be able to fund trips. New writers should pitch short articles. Published once a year; pays $1/word upon acceptance; text should be in American English; query by e-mail.

OnAir
Editor: David Godsall
Publisher: Spafax
Air Canada’s monthly e-mail newsletter, with a circulation of 2.3 million. It caters to the affluent and well-travelled. The tone is upbeat, with a mix of service and feature pieces on Canadian and international destinations (must be places in or relatively near where Air Canada flies). Published 12 times a year; articles are typically 500 words; pays $1/word upon acceptance; query by e-mail.

Panama Days, Aruba Nights, Bonaire Nights, Curaçao Nights, St. Maarten/St. Martin Nights and Island Gourmet
Editor: Jennifer McMorran
Publisher: Nights Publications
Publisher of several lifestyle guides for vacationers who are already in Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, St. Maarten/St. Martin or Panama. Looking for “evergreen” articles specific to the destination highlighting activities, local culture, folklore, entertainment, gambling, dining and history, presented in an entertaining and accessible way. Pitches should be specific, focusing on a little-known angle or aspect of a well-known site, personality, historical event. Published once a year; articles are typically 250 to 750 words for Nights titles, 300 to 900 words for Island Gourmet; pays on acceptance: $100 to $250 per article, depending on word length (100 for 250 words); purchases Caribbean and North American rights; text should be in American English; query by e-mail; lead time is 12 to 16 months, and stories need to be relevant for the year that a magazine is in circulation. Also buys first rights for photos; pays $50 per photo published.

Concordia University Magazine
Editor: Howard Bokser
Summary: Concordia University Magazine is the alumni publication of Concordia University mailed to 95,000 Concordia alumni and donors. Seeks freelancers for feature stories, usually profiles of Concordia alumni or of university programs, faculty members or news. Published four times a year; articles range from 500 to 2,000 words; pays 30 to 35 cents/word on acceptance; query by e-mail.

The Hour
Editor: Meg Hewings, 514-848-0805 ext 312
Montreal alternative weekly newspaper looking for current/pithy/local news stories of interest to artistic- and culturally-minded Montrealers. Its angle is: whatever isn’t being addressed in mainstream papers, preferably hinged on an upcoming event relevant to our readership (ex: an important lecture or demonstration). Key issues are: art and culture, local politics, city, society and media, new technology, environment, poverty and housing. Also wanted: writers who cover jobs/technology/education trends for special issues. Published 52 times a year; articles are typically between 250-500 words; starting pay rate is $40 to $45 for 250 words (negotiable with experience); query by e-mail (send one- or two-sentence pitch and writing samples); lead time is one to two weeks.

Communications/Non-periodical

Communications Hélène Bouchard
Owner: Hélène Bouchard
A communications company based in Longueuil that often needs freelances writers and French-to-English translators for specific projects, typically press releases or marketing copy. Many of her Quebec-based clients want to enter the US, requiring connections/familiarity with the market there. Rates are variable, depending on the project. Contact by e-mail or call (450-646-2080) to discuss potential collaborations.

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