Editor: Judy Douglass
Preferred e-mail for queries: email@example.com
What is People Making a Difference?
We're interested in stories about people who are making a positive difference all over the world, working on solutions to problems from hunger and education to the rights of the disabled.
The charitable work of famous individuals such as Bono and Bill and Melinda Gates is well known. But we want to highlight the contributions of ordinary people who do extraordinary things.
These profiles, approximately 1,300 words in length, should include an in-depth, in-person interview with the subject, as well as quotes from at least two "endorsers" who can vouch for how the person is "making a difference." We'll also want to learn why the individual is so passionate about his or her work as well as gain an understanding of the problem he or she is trying to solve.
To see examples of published People Making a Difference stories, visit http://www.qmhcz.com/csmlists/special/difference-maker
How to pitch and follow up
Pitch your story proposals to the e-mail address above. Keep them brief (no more than a paragraph or two) and focus on telling us why your story will interest readers around the US and the world.
If you are a first-time contributor we may ask to take your article on spec. We generally pay $400 per article with the possibility of also reimbursing some modest travel expenses or other costs. Any expenses should be agreed upon ahead of time.
All pieces must be original for the Monitor. We cannot accept stories that have been published elsewhere.