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 We do not accept or return unpublished manuscripts.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@example.com.
If you’d like instructions for submitting short, humorous anecdotes, please click here.
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:
Local Reprint Editor
Pleasantville, NY 10570
If the article is online, send a brief synopsis and its URL to:
Please include the source and date of publication along with your name, address and telephone number.