Writers Guidelines


Since it was established in 2005, Inside Columbia magazine has been committed to covering topics concerning “living, working and having fun in Columbia, Mo.” More than 57,000 Boone Countians read our magazine each month, making Inside Columbia the No. 1 magazine in the United States in terms of market saturation, according to Media Audit.

Our content is as varied and lively as the city we serve. Every issue features stories on local entertainment, fashion, food, wine and weddings. We keep up on the business community, home design trends and health news. We profile people who are making a difference in our town and we go in-depth to offer new perspectives on topics affecting our community. Inside Columbia is filled with content readers can’t find anywhere else, and that makes us as valuable to visitors and newcomers as it does to lifelong Columbians.

We also publish Boom! magazine quarterly, which targets active, affluent baby boomers, and Inside Columbia’s CEO, our quarterly business magazine. We welcome queries and submissions for all our publications.

Writing For Our Readers

Inside Columbia readers are smart ― 27 percent of them have two or more college degrees — so you’ll never hear an editor at this magazine suggest you write down to a sixth-grade level. A high percentage of our readers (59 percent) are in the 25 to 54 age demographic; 65 percent of our readers are women.

Readership surveys tell us that our readers care deeply about their community and often volunteer for the causes they care about. They are concerned about any issue that affects their children, and they are especially interested in maintaining their family’s health and fitness.

Freelance Submissions

Our magazines accept queries and spec submissions. Articles may be of any length, up to 4,000 words for an in-depth feature. The topic should be of interest to local readers, using Columbia/Boone County sources when possible.

Inside Columbia follows Associated Press style and adheres to the editorial guidelines of the American Society of Magazine Editors.

Queries and spec submissions should be sent via email to Madeleine Leroux, editor. Please submit your pitch or story as a Word document. If you really want to impress us, follow our copy guidelines when preparing a spec submission.


Freelance payment varies depending on the complexity of the story, the experience of the writer and the amount of editing required. The editor will negotiate an acceptable rate of payment with the writer before a story is accepted for publication.