Writing for "The Boston Globe" is a great opportunity for a freelancer, whether you want to submit a letter to the editor, a full-length article, an op-ed piece or even an obituary. The submission process for each piece is different, so research the writers' guidelines well before sending in your query.
According to "The Boston Globe," new writers can get their foot in the door by submitting essays to the magazine's Perspective column or Connections. Perspective is an 800-word essay on a news topic. Connections is a 650-word article, written in the first person, about relationships. To write one of these articles, send an email with the subject line "Query" and your proposed topic to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Op-Ed pieces run on the page opposite staff-written editorials in "The Boston Globe." You can send an unsolicited opinion piece to the Globe for consideration. It must be 700 words long at the most and you can fax it or email it to email@example.com. The Globe suggests that if you don't hear back in five business days, you can assume that the article was not accepted.
Letters to the Editor
Letters to the Editor are short letters, limited to 200 words maximum, that represent the voice of "The Boston Globe" readers. You can send a letter through the newspaper's online submission page, by email or by regular mail. Your letter must include your full name, address and telephone number. Competition for getting these published is high. "The Boston Globe" gets 350 letters a week and can only publish six to seven a day. People who were mentioned in a "Boston Globe" story and send a letter as a response get priority.
An obituary or death notice is another written piece that you can submit to "The Boston Globe." Death notices aren't paid and don't include bylines. You can submit an obituary online through the Death Notices webpage. Notices with photos must be sent by 6 p.m. and notices without photos have a 6:30 p.m. deadline. The notice should include the person's full name, age, date of death, city of residence and place of birth, family members, quotes, work and education history, clubs and religious connections and memorial service information. If you want to make sure more information is published, you can submit a paid death notice.