Evening with WBUR’s The ARTery folks: Maria Garcia and Arielle Gray share writing for The ARTery

Grubstreet is an incredible writing organization in Boston. They have classes, including free community classes at the Eggleston Branch library and other locations. They also offer free events that are fun, helpful and where I meet other writers and feel much more motivated and refreshed to write. Let’s face it. Writing can get lonely. I found my community at Boston Writers of Color, where it’s about celebrating diversity and representation in the literati world. BWOC hosts monthly events. This month, they invited The ARTery’s Marcia Garcia and Arielle Gray to speak about their publication’s unique traits and writing for them.

Here are the takeaways and some helpful information.

The Artery: it’s part of WBUR, Boston, and covers the arts and culture. Arts includes visual arts, performing arts (music, dance, and theatre), book reviews from New England authors. Fashion. Music. Film/TV. Food. Books/poetry. Culture. Enterprise. Commentary. Arts & Culture topics with a local Boston focus.

Topics they accept. There are 3 types of pieces they accept. 1, Reported, 2, Reviews, and 3, Commentary such as op-Eds.

  • All topics should have a local Boston focus. They will cover as far as Western Massachusetts and suburbs. They have covered a story in Lynn. Depending on your piece, research local publications localizing in the Boston suburbs such as Northshore Magazine for fit and style.
  • Book reviews from New England authors
  • Profiles of unknown or lesser known voices
  • Will cover food topics.
  • Pitching guidelines. Send an email pitch with 2 paragraphs with appropriate links. Include why you should write it and target audience.

    Maria Garcia. Senior Editor. mariaeg@wbur.org

    Pet Peeves and considerations before pitching.

    • Do NOT pitch something because you like it, the piece or idea should appeal to the audience and have significance. Stories reported should be interesting to you in a deeper way.
    • No pitches through Social Media’s Direct Message.
    • Don’t send clips without introductory information or context.
    • Don’t send long pitches. Stick to 2 paragraphs with relevant links.
    • No super shorts or vague pitches. There should be “enough meat to sink teeth into and to get a good taste”
    • Informed point of view or perspective especially with race, class, gender intersecting with culture will help

    What else you need to know.

    • They like to get back to you within 48 hours after receiving email but it could be 1-2 weeks during busy seasons
    • OK to send status update email if you haven’t heard in a week. Use common sense and don’t constantly badger the editors either.
    • Check rules with the other publication about simultaneous pitches.
  • My thoughts. After hearing them talk about the ARTery, I felt a sense of excitement and motivation to come up with ideas. This sounds like an opportunity for new Boston writers to get a few clips. They are open to new writers. The key is to find a unique slant to an interesting topic relevant to ARTery’s readers. With all pitches, read through the publication to get a sense of the topics they cover and if your piece is a right fit. If you feel that your local piece sounds more “mainstream” then your best bet is pitching to magazines like Merrimack Valley and Northshore.
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