Submissions

Our Mission

A-Line Magazine is the fit-in-your-purse lifestyle guide for the eclectic modern woman, featuring smart stories in print and online that resonate with the lives women live right now. From trend-defining/locally sourced fashion and beauty, profiles of intriguing homegrown stylemakers, and cultural and culinary insights, to events that connect readers with their community and causes, A-Line is Greater Cincinnati’s new community for women. Like its namesake, the classic but quirky and universally flattering A-Line silhouette, A-Line is the magazine that fits. Be Curious. Be Engaged. Be A-Line.

What Sets A-Line Apart

A-Line celebrates Cincinnati women with a smart of-the-moment approach that is utterly fresh and unique in the city’s print and virtual universe.

In an age of texting and tweeting, A-Line has created a magazine with a letter-like feel that invites readers to slow down and enjoy a thoughtful experience. From the innovative 8x9 format, the Courier font recalling the typewriter, to the perfect binding and heavy matte cover, A-Line’s design choices reinforce the goal of community engagement and connection that is at the heart of A-Line.

The magazine is approachable, streamlined, and designed to be digested in bits and pieces with short, entertaining articles, brief reviews, and bulleted main ideas.

A-Line is distinguished by:

  • An exclusive focus on a targeted female audience. 
  • Engagement in print, online, and through themed events that build community and support charities focused on issues central to women’s lives. 
  • A unique design with compelling visual resonance for women of style. Women want to pick the book up, hold it, put it in their purse, and add it to their home bookshelf.

Who Reads A-Line?

A-Line is a monthly publication available at more than 200 high-profile distribution spots in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky—clothing boutiques, salons, restaurants, entertainment venues, arts organizations and more. With a circulation of 10,000, our readers include women of all ages.

Meet Sarah, our twenty-something reader. She is single and living in a loft apartment in a hip, up-and-coming part of town. She spends her free time shopping, reading, going to live music shows, talking about politics and riding her bike. She’s an innovator of trends and always seems to pick out just what the next big thing will be.

Meet Ellie. Ellie is in her thirties and living with her long-term significant other in a condo they own overlooking the city. Ellie loves to go for long runs in the park with her dog. She spends her weekends crafting and working on DIY projects around her home. She and her boyfriend frequently host dinner parties for their friends and are adventurous with their cooking.

And meet Joan. Joan is in her mid-fifties and works as a doula. She and her husband live in a large house in one of Cincinnati’s affluent neighborhoods, rich with old architecture. Joan spends her free time painting and traveling. She loves shopping with her daughters and seeing what new trends are hitting the stores. She’s always on the lookout for gifts for friends and family and has an eye for high quality, unique items.

A-Line readers are intelligent, creative and involved.

How to Submit

A-Line considers queries as well as completed manuscripts from established and new writers.

A query should include a gripping introduction, detailed article outline and each of the article’s main points. How will your article engage our readership? Why does this topic fit in A-Line? Why are you the right writer for the piece?

Established writers should include credentials, published writing samples and links to items published online. New writers must include at least one writing sample to demonstrate writing style whether it’s from blogs, Facebook or an essay crafted to introduce themselves to A-Line.

Send e-mail query to Submissions at submissions@a-linemagazine.com along with writing samples and published clips.

Each submission must include your name, address, daytime telephone number and e-mail address. We will try to reply to each submission in a timely manner.

Accepted freelance articles must be submitted in electronic form in a Microsoft Word attachment. Writers must double-check all facts and submit documentation to support all information. We will not accept or respond to queries via mail, phone or fax and we won’t buy reprints of previously published articles. All material must be created specifically for publication in A-Line.

Payment and General Terms

Payment varies for each section. We pay upon publication for first world rights for one-time use and electronic use. Contributor copies can be sent to writers and artists whose work appears in that issue upon request.

What to Pitch

Mirror, Mirror: Step-by-step makeup and beauty tips by industry professionals. These how-tos generally run around 500 words and must feature easy instruction on make-up or beauty trends. You must be a professional or experienced industry professional to submit.

The Good Life: Heath and wellness tips for mind, body and spirit. 500-600 words.

Story: Changing features that spotlight culture, illuminate personalities and engage human interest. 1000 words.

Mixtape Darlings: Local and national musical acts discuss their latest projects (albums, tours, etc.) and create a “mixtape” of their favorite songs. 600 words.

Cookbook: Local female chefs dish on their favorite family recipes, providing instruction and tips on how to create the meals; inspired by the notion of community cookbooks. 850 words including recipe.