How to Submit an Article to Readers Digest

If you’ve been through a few drafts already, you’re ready to order a book edit, which includes a line-by-line edit that will strengthen and improve your book while at the same time allowing you to retain complete creative control. It is also published in Braille, digital, audio, and a large type called “Reader’s Digest Large Print.” The magazine is compact, with its pages roughly half the size of most American magazines. Hence, in the summer of 2005, the U.S. edition adopted the slogan “America in your pocket.” In January 2008, it was changed to “Life well shared.”


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The tools available will enable you to track submissions and find markets for your work. It’s about discovering which would be more receptive to your style and genre or writing. That is not to say that ‘modern stories with a twist’ or ‘slice of life stories’ cannot be sold either. We pay $50-$100 for original jokes, cartoons, comics, fillers and anecdotes we print in the Reader’s Digest Magazine. Just send us your contributions, and if we publish it in Reader’s Digest, you’ll be laughing all the way to the bank.

You don’t need to know all the answers to my questions about writing for Reader’s Digest. Just know that the editors aren’t only thinking about your story, profile, or feature article. They’re thinking about the problems their readers have, what their readers need to know, and how to keep their readers coming back for more. Reader’s Digest is renowned for publishing gripping, real-life stories. Crime stories, adventure stories and stories about “everyday heroes” are among the magazine’s most popular features and are most likely to catch an editor’s attention.

If I was a magazine editor at Reader’s Digest, I’d bury those submissions guidelines so deep it’d take a miner to extract them! And that would show that the writer is smart, determined, and willing to work hard to get published. Jessica Stockton Bagnulo is co-owner and events coordinator at Greenlight Bookstore, which opened in 2009.

Very issue of riter’s igest is devoted to helping writers develop their craft and offering expert advice on how to get published. His magazine is full of pertinent tips on writing queries, writers’ rights, new markets, submission guidelines and competitions. Riter’s igest also features practical technique articles, and tips and exercises on fiction, nonfiction, poetry and the business-side of writing and publishing.

I sent my first query to the electronic slush pile at Reader’s Digest, and it was accepted a few days later. They DO look at those electronic queries — but getting published in the magazine is really hard. For every 5 queries I pitch to the RD editors, I’m lucky to get one acceptance. I realize this is a 2017 question, but perhaps lots of us newbies are still finding it impossible to locate the submission guidelines on websites for most magazines. I haven’t heard anything from reader’s digest but it’s only been a month. I don’t work for Reader’s Digest, so can’t help you with this.