Original articles are usually assigned to regular contributors to the magazine. We do not accept or return unpublished manuscripts.
We do, however, accept one-page queries that clearly detail the article idea–with special emphasis on the arc of the story, your interview access to the main characters, your access to special documents, etc. We look for dramatic narratives, articles about everyday heroes, crime dramas, adventure stories. Do include a separate page of your writing credits. Please email your article proposal queries to [email protected].
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Does Reader’s Digest accept fictional material or poetry?
Unfortunately we cannot encourage writers to submit their original fiction as our magazine is not a good market for it. For leads to other publications that do publish fiction, we suggest that you consult a copy of Writer’s Market. This and other writers’ references are available in most public libraries.
Can I submit artwork?
We are sorry, but we are unable to accept unsolicited artwork or photography.
How do I get previously published material reprinted in Reader’s Digest?
If the article has appeared in a major American magazine or newspaper, chances are high that it has already been considered. However, readers are welcome to send in full-length stories from local or regional publications to:
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I think my pilot was a little inexperienced. We were sitting on the runway, and he said, “OK, folks, we’re gonna be taking off in a just few—whoa! Here we go.”
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A man knocked on my door and asked for a donation toward the local swimming pool. So I gave him a glass of water.
Comedian Greg Davies
Just found the worst page in the entire dictionary. What I saw was disgraceful, disgusting, dishonest, and disingenuous.
Client: We need you to log in to the YouTube and make all our company videos viral.
My cat just walked up to the paper shredder and said, “Teach me everything you know.”
“Just because you can’t dance doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dance.” —Alcohol
@yoyoha (Josh Hara)
My parents didn’t want to move to Florida, but they turned 60 and that’s the law.
Q: What do you call an Amish guy with his hand in a horse’s mouth?
A: A mechanic.