Seattle Conscious Choice Magazine

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By Susan W. Clark

This month’s green magazine is part of Conscious Enlightenment LLC, a family of publications that includes Common Ground, Chicago Conscious Choice, Whole Life Times, Yogamates, and Seattle Conscious Choice.

Formerly called Evergreen Monthly, Seattle Conscious Choice is interested in such subjects as developments in alternative health care, nutrition, ecology, the environment, green businesses and sustainable development, urban planning, spirituality, personal growth, social justice, progressive politics, and renewable energy.

Recent features have covered topics such as: surfers working to protect the coast, how to achieve zero waste, and saying good-bye to junk mail. In their words, they “prefer thoughtful, well-researched articles with an informed and upbeat tone; use a narrative approach in which ‘story-telling’ is emphasized.”

Green writers will find it worth the time to explore the Web sites for all of these publications.


Each magazine in the family has its own identity, but they may run an article in more than one of their publications for one-third of the first sale payment. That’s a potential built-in reprint market.

Article word counts may go as high as 2,000 words. If your idea is selected, your pay (delivered upon publication) can range between $50 and $600. The higher rates go to writers who provide artwork and clean copy. They also offer 50% kill fees for subsequent pieces once you’ve published your first article with them.

Your story idea should be no longer than 300 words, accompanied by a short description of your experience and a few clips or links. If they’re interested in the idea, you’ll get a response in six weeks or less.

This magazine and its family give the eco-writer a bouquet of choices for marketing ideas. Time to make a conscious choice to get that query written.

Contact information:

At Seattle Conscious Choice, Editor Ritzy Ryciak can be e-mailed at although she prefers ‘snail’ mail.

Ritzy Ryciak Editor Seattle Conscious Choice 3600 15th Avenue West
Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98119

(206) 320-7788, editor extension 15


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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