Only about ten percent of our editorial material comes from freelance writers, artists, and photographers; the rest is produced by staff.

We read all freelance articles submitted, but much prefer to see a letter of query than a finished manuscript. The query should be directed to the department where the story line is the strongest. See appropriate editor and department below.

A freelancer's best chances lie in the areas of travel, health, parenting and education. We do not deal with political subjects or with areas not connected with the home, community, and family. We rarely use poetry, beauty, or fiction. The best way to find out what we do use, and to get some idea of our style, is to study several of our most recent issues.

We buy all rights and pay on acceptance. Rates are based on our estimate of the length, quality, and importance of the published article.

Please mail your query to the attention of an editor (listed below) at:
Better Homes and Gardens
1716 Locust St.
Des Moines, IA 50309

Departments & Editors:
Food and Nutrition
Nancy Hopkins, Deputy Editor, Food and Entertaining

Home Design
Oma Blaise Ford, Senior Deputy Editor, Home Design

Garden and Outdoor Living
Elvin McDonald, Deputy Editor, Garden and Outdoor Living

Terry Michael, Associate Editor

Laura O'Neil, Senior Building and Environment Editor

Health & Fitness
Christian Millman, Health Editor

Features, Education, Parenting and BH&G Kids
Stephen George, Deputy Editor Features