Writing for Jewish Magazines

I should also mention that the current (November) issue of The Writer magazine includes an article by Ligaya Figueras on “writing for Jewish magazines.” The article was clearly written before the recent demise of Jewish Living, so aspects of the article that focus on that magazine are no longer so useful. But the piece still provides background for those who may want to pitch Hadassah, Lilith, Moment, and Reform Judaism.

P.S. from Jewish Living magazine

And here’s a follow-up e-mail from Jewish Living:

Dear Jewish Living Subscribers –

Over the last few days we have been overwhelmed and gratified by the thousands of emails we’ve received from you expressing your deep disappointment at the suspension of publication. We share your disappointment and want to let you know that we did everything in our power to continue publication.

As of this past Sunday night there was no reason to think we were going to suspend publication. We had been operating in good faith and were about to go to press with our Nov/Dec issue.

Given recent market freefall combined with current economic conditions, our investors informed us on Monday morning (Sept 27th) that they would no longer continue funding the magazine. We immediately informed our staff, our subscribers and our suppliers.

That said, we deeply regret the situation we all find ourselves in. As we were a stand alone publication, the staff and principals of Jewish Living will now be starting the new year looking for other employment. We are also aware and very sympathetic to the fact that many loyal subscribers had recently renewed their subscriptions and new subscribers have come on board. Recently received credit card + check payment orders have not been processed.

We are making every effort – as is customary when magazines fail – to ensure that subscribers will receive a replacement magazine subscription to a comparable publication.

Thank you again for subscribing, for sharing the vision with us and – for a short time – for celebrating under the big tent of Jewish Living.

Sincerely,
Dan


Dan Zimerman
Jewish Living magazine

Jewish Living Magazine Suspends Publication

Several weeks ago I went ahead and subscribed to Jewish Living magazine. So I was surprised and disappointed to receive this e-mail message today:

September 29, 2008

Dear subscribers, colleagues and friends of Jewish Living,

After an extremely successful launch and five well-received issues Jewish Living will suspend publication as of today.

Launched in November 2007 and named one of the top launches of the year by Media Industry News (min), Jewish Living was already making headlines with features in The New York Times, The Washington Post, New York Daily News, New York Post, Mediaweek, Gawker, Jossip, Folio and others.

Jewish Living was fortunate to have attracted a significant subscribers base,
committed advertisers and the respect of the editorial and creative community.

However, given current economic conditions, it has become increasingly difficult to ensure sustainable funding and therefore the ongoing viability of the business.

We are gratified by the overwhelming response the publication has received from both subscribers and newsstand purchasers.

We are grateful for the stellar contributions of both our talented staff of art directors, editors, writers, photographers and stylists as well as those of our tireless publishing team and outside partners.

Thank you,

Jewish Living

Dan Zimerman
[email protected]

Carol Moskot
[email protected]

The message says nothing about refunding subscription payments.

Moment Magazine’s Contests for Young Writers

Guidelines have been posted for the next Moment Magazine High School Essay Contest (a “social action writing contest for high school students in grades 9-12”) and its Publish-a-Kid Contest, which invites “young readers [ages 9-13] to write book reviews.” Apart from publication, it’s hard to discern what other prizes may be awarded (on the other hand, there’s no entry fee for these competitions, either). Guidelines for the High School Essay Contest (deadline: December 15, 2008) are here; guidelines for the Publish-a-Kid Contest (deadline: December 8, 2008) are here.