Green Writer Marketplace: Plenty

Susan W. ClarkBy Susan W. Clark

Get ready for an abundant take on green living with Plenty. Launched in 2005, this magazine is self-described as “an environmental media company dedicated to exploring and giving voice to the green revolution that will define the 21st Century. Plenty’s motto is “It’s easy being green.”

Oxford MBA graduate Mark Spellun is the creator and Editor-in-chief of this bi-monthly; the publisher is Environmental Press, Inc. (Don’t confuse this publication with the New Zealand-based Plenty that isn’t focused on the environment.)

While other print publications are taking a variety of steps to refine their electronic presence, Plenty has done it. Notice the term “media company” above, which fits with their print and online versions. Their writer’s guidelines (which are available on their Web site) give details about writing for both versions, and the pay is an attractive $1/word depending on experience. Online only stories (up to 500 words) are paid $150.

In short, if your story idea has an eco-slant, you should check out Plenty. To review past issues for style and subjects covered, you’ll probably need to visit a library; I couldn’t find online archives.

Plenty offers payment on publication and a 25% kill fee. Submit a detailed query and clips via e-mail only to Plan on a lead-time of four to six months. The guidelines promise a charmingly short initial response time of two weeks.

Grab your green idea list and locate some back issues. I’m betting you’ll find Plenty of great ideas to pitch.

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

1 Response to “Green Writer Marketplace: Plenty”

  1. 1 anon March 28, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    Just an FYI, if you do a Google search for Plenty, you’ll find numerous complaints about them from freelancers on message boards.

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