The Green Writer: E, The Environmental Magazine

Susan W. ClarkBy Susan W. Clark

This month we focus on E: The Environmental Magazine, a bi-monthly magazine founded by publisher Doug Moss and Deborah Kamlani in 1989 to “inform and inspire individuals who have concerns about the environment and want to know what they can do to help bring about improvements.” Articles offer depth, complexity, and clarity enough to appeal to experts and general readers alike.

Recent features explored such topics as soil, the toxic legacy of Katrina, and how to recycle almost anything. The soil issue included features on the use of sewage sludge on farmland, an interview with a soil scientist, and a major article on soil issues.

I e-mailed the magazine to request writer’s guidelines. My e-mail was promptly answered by Managing Editor, Brita Belli, whose tone was welcoming. Belli said, “The magazine is very open to new writers…E-mailing is the best approach.” While the Editor, Jim Motavalli is listed in the masthead, it was only by e-mailing for writer’s guidelines that I found Belli’s name and discovered that both editors want to receive queries.

You’ll find important details about writing for various departments in their guidelines. For instance, the House and Home submissions preferred word count is 750. According to Belli, “…we get a lot more queries for our ‘Going Green’ travel section than we do for our ‘Money Matters’ section or even ‘House and Home.’”

With a rate of $.30 per word, this magazine is one of the better paying green publications. The often-repeated advice “get a sample copy” applies, of course, and do request the guidelines using If you have a subject that fits this publication, now is the time to query. They buy one hundred pieces each year so this is a large market and your E clip would look so nice.

Photographer, editor, and award-winning writer, Susan W. Clark is an ardent advocate for sustainability. The Utne Reader applauded her article “Sustainable Revolution” from In Good Tilth magazine as “world-changing.” She is a regular contributor to In Good Tilth and Touch the Soil. Her work has appeared in the Capitol Press, Portland Tribune, Small Farmer’s Journal, and Permaculture Activist. She edits Salt of the Earth, the quarterly journal of Oregon Sustainable Agriculture Land Trust. Her observations about living within our ecological means are posted at


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