Freelance Guidelines

If you're looking for the 2021 Ohio Magazine Pitch Guide you can download it here: 2021 Pitch Guide.

Photographer Guidelines

Ohio Magazine constantly seeks to widen its pool of assignment and stock photographers from across the state. We are particularly interested in photographers from the northwest and southeast regions of Ohio. Very rarely do we hire photographers from out of state. Please e-mail 5-10 low-resolution, published samples of your work, along with your education/training information to Rachael Jirousek, Art Director, at Only qualified and/or published photographers will be considered. Point us in the direction of your website.

Please remember that our editorial calendar is established three to six months in advance. For queries related to a timely event or seasonal events, allow nine months' to a year’s notice. We do not publish unsolicited photos. If we’re interested in your work, we’ll contact you to discuss a potential assignment or stock purchase.

Please see our 2020 Artist Guidelines for fees, assignment, stock and payment information.

Phone queries are discouraged.

Writer Guidelines

Ohio Magazine publishes stories that celebrate Ohio — its people, its rich culture and heritage, and especially its travel spots. Our audience is educated, active, affluent and very loyal to Ohio. Because our readership is drawn from the entire state, each of our stories must possess a statewide appeal. We are always looking for talented writers with a strong voice who can help us do that. Our magazine and website are divided into various topics: Arts + Events, Travel, Ohio Life, Home + Garden and Food + Drink. What we look for in each category is outlined below. We've also included links to examples of pieces written by freelancers that appeared in our magazine to give you an idea of the kind of stories we run.


From museum exhibitions to author Q&As to profiles on compelling artists who have statewide appeal, we celebrate the arts and events across the state.

'Play it Loud: The Instruments of Rock & Roll' in Cleveland

An exhibition co-organized between the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and New York's The Metropolitan Museum of Art highlights some of rock music's most iconic tools of the trade. Read it here


Ohio Magazine is dedicated to bringing our readers the best travel information in the state: where to go, what to do and what to see. Ohio Magazine readers are interested in discovering new inns and B&Bs in which to stay, finding off-the-beaten-path destinations where they can immerse themselves in local culture, and exploring excellent outdoor parks and recreation areas where they can relax and play. The key to the success of any travel pitch is telling a story that is fresh. We rely on contributors to tell us what's new, unique or different about each destination they pitch.

Our Great Lake

Whether you want to explore historic lighthouses, paddle along the shore or cast a line, here's how you can connect with our greatest natural resource. Read it here


From Ohio makers who craft beautiful pieces to landmark spots that offer insight into our state's long history, we celebrate our shared heritage and who we are as Ohioans.

The Uncommon Brilliance of Hawkes Crystal

Aiden Scully is one of three artists in the nation who cuts glass using a time-honored method. His Tiffin showroom offers insight into his craft as well as his ties to pioneering glass artist Thomas Hawkes. Read it here


We offer recipes you can try at home courtesy of Ohio chefs, share where to get iconic Ohio eats and highlight our state's landmark restaurants. Subjects in this section also include Ohio craft breweries, wineries and distilleries. 

Ohio Amish Country Eats

Want to find the best of what Ohio's Amish Country has to offer? Our guide to these excellent pies, cheese, jams and more is a good place to start. Read it here


We tell stories about interesting, unusual and little-known corners of of Ohio history and Ohioans of note from the past and present. Profiles focus on an individual who can claim an impact on the entire state or whose actions would be of interest to a wide audience.

How 'Hang On Sloopy' Became Ohio's Anthem

The McCoys' 1965 hit is our state's official rock song and a staple of halftime shows and sports-arena singalongs. Here's how in the O-H-I-O that all happened. Read it here

Pitch Us a Story

For consideration, please provide a resume and at least three clips of your work via e-mail or USPS with any story pitches. Direct them to:

Jim Vickers
Ohio Magazine
1422 Euclid Ave., Suite 730
Cleveland, OH 44115

Phone queries are discouraged.