final update May 10, 2001
Editorial Researcher / Community Adminstrator
Editor, Content Engineering
Interactive Producer / Illustrator
Skipper Chong Warson
Rx.com is an online pharmacy and health resource that launched
in October 1999. In addition to providing a reference desk of licensed
medical and health content, we publish original content in the form
of articles and columns in Rx.magazine.
We want to help our readers manage their health with sharp, reliable,
and entertaining articles that give context to the information they
learn from their doctors or at Rx.com's reference desk. We also
want to provide a range of perspectives, from newsy reports on breakthrough
medical treatments to first-person essays and stories of inspiration
in which individuals dealt nobly with or surmounted health conditions.
The best way to get an idea of what kind of stories we publish
on our site is to explore it. Before you query us, please familiarize
yourself with the magazine.
Feature stories are commissioned to populate the departments below,
and new stories are posted several times a week.
Life (first-person essays)
Well (nutrition, fitness, sexuality)
Health (legislation, environmental health, issues that affect
society, such as epidemics, STDs, and drug abuse)
Right now we're running articles generally 500-700 words in length.
Rx.com will pay $1/word for freelance work, unless otherwise negotiated,
and all facts must be footnoted with sources (please read our research
guidelines thoroughly). All assignments will refer to a memo of
agreement outlining the angle and scope of story, deadline, and
compensation. The memo will be prepared by Rx.com and signed by
the writer at the time the work is commissioned.
Pitching a story idea
Note: Rx.magazine does not accept unsolicited manuscripts. If you
have already completed an article and want to submit it for review,
first send us a query that follows our submission guidelines below.
Please send a query that includes the following information to
Count. Word count can be approximate and should not include source
code or sidebars.
Explain why Rx.magazine readers will care about this article.
What makes it compelling? What is to be learned from the article?
Sources. General ideas about sources, as in "a cardiologist,"
may suffice in some cases, but it is better to have a specific
source in mind, e.g., "Jeff Smith, M.D., head of cardiology at
Date. Fill in the blank for us: "I can get this article to you
Treatments. Charts, sidebars, text blocks, etc.
Ideas. Photos or illustrations.
This should be an overview of the article's contents and an explanation
that should compel people to read the article.
samples of your published work.
information. Include information about your writing experience
and any pertinent health/fitness expertise you might have; academic
degrees and your outside interests. Convince us- and our readers-that
you are the best writer imaginable for the suggested article.