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Lit Fest Pitch Sessions

Did you catch the breaking Lit Fest news yesterday? Lit Festers can now register for one-on-one meetings with editors from Clarkesworld, Fort Collins, Breckenridge, and 5280. These meetings are “pitch sessions” and are open to anyone participating in Lit Fest. Looking to build up your pile of clips? Have a wickedly brilliant idea for an article but don’t know which publication to share it with or how to market it? We can help with that.

Registrants who sign up for a pitch session with one of our three featured editors may also attend the panel session “Breaking into the Freelance Market” with Jason Heller, Geoff Van Dyke, and Cara McDonald on Saturday, June 16 from 10:00 – 11:30 AM. For more information or to sign up follow this link.

Meet today’s featured Lit Fest editor – Geoff Van Dyke  of 5280 The Denver Magazine.

Geoff Van Dyke, deputy editor of 5280 The Denver Magazine, oversees 5280’s day-to-day editorial operations and edits long-form narratives and feature packages. Van Dyke joined the magazine in 2007 after three years of full-time freelance writing and editing; from 2009 through 2011 he helped lead 5280 to a total of 24 City and Regional Magazine Association award nominations, including nods in General Excellence and Excellence in Writing categories. His writing has appeared in national publications including Men’s Journal, Men’s Health, Outside, and Bicycling. Geoff looks for writers who have experience, a strong voice and attractive writing style, and who are open to taking direction. More info:

Here’s a little advice from Geoff. Want more? Sign up for a meeting. Geoff is available on Friday, June 15 from 11:00 – Noon or Saturday, June 16 from 12:30 – 1:30 PM (in 15 minute sessions). Space is limited. For more information or to check on Geoff’s availability, please contact Marie –

Tip #1. Understand (“get”) 5280 Magazine. Know our mission, know the kinds of stories we do, have a sense of our audience and our voice.

Tip #2. Make your pitch sing. Make it unique, special, specific. But
also know that, even if you think it’s the best pitch in the world,
5280 gets scores of pitches each week and there are only 12 issues a year….

You Love Denver. You Know You Do.  5280 is The Denver Magazine. Here’s what the magazine’s website has to say about submitting. (Of course, you can get the whole scoop from Geoff.)

5280 is the premiere monthly guide to the arts, entertainment, dining, and lifestyle issues in Denver. First published in 1993, the magazine has a circulation of 85,000 and is consistently among the top-selling magazines on metro newsstands. Many of our stories are written by 5280 staffers and a group of established freelance writers, but we welcome ideas from journalists we haven’t worked with in the past.

Story pitches should convey that the writer understands the editorial thrust of the magazine and should be well researched, concise, and offer a creative and original argument.

We accept pitches for our front-of-the-book sections, Front Range and Scene; for our “departments;” for our feature well; and for our back-of-the-book section, Eat & Drink. Front-of-the-book and back-of-the-book stories, which are short, lively takes on life in Denver, run anywhere from 50 to 400 words. Departments are generally 800 to 1,200 words and cover everything from travel to sports to politics. Features can run up to 6,000 words.

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