updated October 2016

Rice Magazine (formerly Sallyport) is the flagship magazine of Rice University. Published quarterly by the Office of Public Affairs, the magazine is mailed or delivered to approximately 62K readers, including alumni, parents of current students, graduate students, faculty, staff, donors and other key community constituents.

We feature Rice’s teaching, research and creative achievements — along with the always interesting people who make up the Rice community — through storytelling that is credible, creative and compelling.

Rice Magazine currently has two fulltime staff members — an editor and an art director — dedicated to producing the magazine. A team of talented copy editors, public affairs news writers and photographers provide ideas, content, oversight, fact-checking and much more for each issue. Our feature well is almost 100 percent freelance written. We pay between .50 and $1/word for assigned stories.


What are we looking for? First, well-reported and lively narratives that will appeal to our educated lay audience and Rice alumni. We’re interested in stories about where we live as an institution and community — the complex and burgeoning city of Houston — as well as the world in which our students, faculty and alumni are living, working and making an impact.

New freelancers are strongly encouraged to review Rice Magazine before submitting a detailed query letter to the editor. If you have not worked with us before, provide links to published clips or writing samples. (You can flip through recent issues online at ISSUU, issuu.com/riceuniversity or view online at magazine.rice.edu.)

Our feature section and several departments are open to freelancers. We typically include three feature-length stories in which issue that cover research and creative activity; campus, teaching and student life; and community and alumni.

We are not opposed to service features. We love profiles that shine with personality and detail. We strive to report from the ground up wherever possible — from the labs, classrooms, workplaces, homes or communities of our subjects. Therefore, we prefer to hire freelancers on location for nonlocal stories.

Other departments open to freelancers are Night Owl (alumni profiles), Arts and Letters (books, music, exhibitions and performances), Scoreboard (sports profiles) and Sallyport (campus news and profiles).

  • We develop ideas and assign out to freelancers about half our features, but rely on freelancers to pitch others.
  • Detailed queries for features are especially encouraged. Please do not query without reviewing the magazine’s structure and recent content.
  • For profiles and shorter pieces, a simple story summary and list of contacts will do.
  • We assign up to a year in advance of publication, but we pay on acceptance. Currently, we buy all rights, with some restrictions, to our stories. We follow AP style. While we seldom buy photos from writers, there are exceptions.
  • If you have any questions before submitting a story idea or query, please don’t hesitate to write us at ricemagazine@rice.edu.