Thanks for your interest in
writing for Four Weeks.
Here's what we're looking for:
We accept queries from
freelance writers for our shopping, food, travel and DIY
departments. Articles are 350 to 550 words in length with two to
We feature new, undiscovered and/or quintessential experiences in
shopping, food, travel and DIY. We also feature women who accomplished or built
something inspiring on their own for our DIY section.
Each query must be targeted for a specific mini-magazine in Four
Weeks: Week 1, Week 2,
Week 3 or Week 4.
Here's what we include in each of these
That's why Four Weeks
magazine is made up of four mini-magazines.
Each represents one of the four weeks of a woman's monthly hormone
cycle and the distinct moods that her hormones have her feeling
during those weeks. They are:
Week 1 theme: Fun
Weeks syncs up with a woman's cycle: We make a woman's
Week 1 more fun.
How we do it:
During this week, rising
estrogen makes women want to feel like a kid again. Yet, this
hormone is still relatively low, which makes them prefer fun
activities that are familiar. So, we give readers all the latest and
greatest ways to have this kind of reminiscent, light-hearted good
time by bringing you delicious food recommendations and original
recipes that remind them of Mom's kitchen, laughter-filled getaways, easy DIY
craft projects and shopping picks that will appeal to the
kid in them.
Duration: Week 1 begins with the first day of a woman's period,
which is Day 1 of her monthly cycle, and lasts through Day 7.
Week 2 theme:
Exciting and exotic
Weeks syncs up with a woman's cycle: We fulfill a
woman's Week 2 desire to explore.
How we do it: During this week, peaking estrogen and
testosterone have women craving excitement and new discoveries. So we bring
readers all the
newest inventions and gadgets to try, exotic vacation spots
to visit, surprising and unusual foods to sample and over-the-top shopping
indulgences that are must-haves for any peaking hormoned
gal. Since high hormones put women in the mood to take over the
world, we also introduce readers to a woman who's done something amazing
to help inspire their own dreams.
Duration: Week 2 begins with Day 8 of your cycle and lasts
through Day 13 (or the day before ovulation).
Cautious and caring
How Four Weeks syncs up with a woman's cycle: We make women
feel safe and nurtured
during their Week 3.
How we do it:
During Week 3, women are
feeling more cautious and caring as progesterone, the nurturing and
sedating hormone, rises, and estrogen and testosterone dip. That's
why we recommend products and places that cater especially to the
reader's mellower mood this week. Readers will also find how-to advice for a bevy of DIY
projects for improving all aspects of their life, including
gussying up their home, improving finances and making them and their
family better protected. To fulfill this week's desire to nurture
and shop, we recommend products readers will love and which also help others when
readers purchase them.
Duration: Week 3 begins on Day 14 of a woman's cycle (or
ovulation) and lasts through Day 22.
Week 4 theme:
Indulgent and introspective
How Four Weeks syncs up with a woman's cycle: We
make women happier and more comfortable during their
How we do it:
Plunging estrogen, testosterone and progesterone
during this premenstrual week make women a tad more emotionally
sensitive, increase their aches and pains and decrease their level
of the feel-good brain chemical serotonin. As a result, women feel
more indulgent and introspective. That's why we recommend only those foods that are proven to increase serotonin, which
boosts mood, and which are also the yummiest
guilt-free indulgences that do
the mood-lifting job. We've also found perfect items to
ease the discomfort of these pain-sensitive days, and
selected just the right pampering shopping gifts and
getaways that any premenstrual woman would enjoy.
Week 4 starts
on Day 23 and lasts until the end of a woman's cycle, which is the
day before she gets her period.
please note: We do not write about hormones in Four Weeks
articles. Instead, we bring women tips, recommendations and advice
based on the influences of their hormone cycle. So we're looking for
pitches that fit these weekly moods, not pitches about hormones.
Who we write for
Our audience is primarily
women 18 to 35. They're women with careers, kids or both. While
their backgrounds are varied, they have some goals in common: they
want to make their life fuller, easier and more fun.
Info and rights
Four Weeks is
published 12 times per year and is published online at
acquires first North American serial rights for accepted pieces. We
do not consider previously published material. Simultaneous
submissions are fine so long as we are made aware of it. We do not
accept faxed submissions.
Please submit all article
queries to editors[at]fourweeksmag.com. You must make clear for
which department and which mini-magazine (week) your query is
intended. Payment varies. Response time is two to four weeks.