How To Write A Query Letter To A Magazine
Query letters should be no more than one page. Typically, shorter is better. You'll need room for your qualifications and your details (how many words you believe the piece will be, how long it'll take you to finish, where the editor can find your clips, etc.). This leaves, at most, one-half page for your intro (lead) and brief synopsis.
A query letter is a formal letter sent to magazine editors, literary agents and sometimes publishing houses or companies. Writers write query letters to propose writing ideas.
One way to give the editor a flavor of what you plan to do is to outline the main parts of the article as a bullet pointed list. This keeps it short but still allows the editor see the essence of your query at a glance. If you can’t.