Writers Guidelines

Orange Coast publishes all kinds of nonfiction stories: narratives, profiles, investigative pieces, memoir, essays, and more. But before you submit, please make sure you’re familiar with the magazine’s format. If you can pitch an idea into one of Orange Coast’s existing front-of-the-book departments or formatted slots, your odds of success go up dramatically.

Generally, the best approach for having a feature story accepted is to write a short query letter outlining the proposed piece, or a series of thumbnail ideas for stories you think might work in the magazine. Use those queries to sketch out your ideas in broad strokes, from which we can tell if you’re proposing the type of story that might be appropriate for Orange Coast’s audience. When we find an idea that might work, we may ask for a fuller and more deeply researched pitch on that particular topic.

The quality of pitched ideas is paramount, but we also consider other factors, including the writer’s point of view on the topic, the writer’s ability to tell the story with a strong, authoritative voice, and the writer’s demonstrated success at writing similar stories in the past.


Just e-mail pitches to Orange Coast staff:

Editor-in-Chief Alan Gibbons

Senior Editor / Features Laura Bleiberg

Associate Editor Astgik Khatchatryan

If your idea involves food or fashion, e-mail it to:

Senior Editor Chris Christensen

If your idea pertains to the home section, e-mail it to:

Associate Editor Ada Madigan

You also may send query letters to us at 3701 Birch Street, Suite 100, Newport Beach, 92660, though response time for mailed submissions can be slower. In all cases, we will try to get back to you as promptly as possible. Manuscripts and photographs will be handled with care, but the magazine assumes no responsibility. Unsolicited material will not be returned unless accompanied by return postage and envelope.

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