Simultaneous is ok
$100 per page
Most 1-page articles 400-500 words long
To submit your story and photo, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For stories we publish in the magazine, we’ll make a one-time payment of $100 for a full published page or more of your submitted content. Contributors whose jokes and stories are published in Country Chuckles will receive a free subscription to Country Extra.
We are not able to return mail or photos—even if you send an SASE—so please make a copy before you send and keep the original! Most stores with a photo department can help you scan a photo and create a good quality reprint for very minimal cost. To email photos, attach them as high-resolution JPG files (at least 1800 X 1200 pixels or 1 MB file size). Please provide caption information for your photo. Consider what other Country readers would like to know about your photo, such as names, places and why this photo is special to you.
Emailed stories should be sent either in the body of an email or in an attached .doc, .docx, .rtf or .odt file. Word count is not critical, as our professionals will edit your story to fit the magazine. Generally, a published one-page story runs 400-500 words in length. Please submit your stories to email@example.com.
All material is considered on speculation, which means there is no need to send a query first, simply submit your story for review. Our staff cannot acknowledge receipt of submissions, but we’ll let you know if they’re published.
your work for publication:
We work as much as one year in advance. We like to key our issues to the season, so if it’s winter, think about writing a story and taking pictures for next winter.
We believe there are gifted writers and photographers and, rarely, someone truly skilled at both. In other words, if you can write a truly excellent story, don’t worry about photography. We will find a photographer who can match the tone and content of your story. And if you’re a photographer, we will match your talents with a wordsmith who can turn a photo-essay into a masterpiece (or so we hope).
We cover a diversity of topics, all centered around America from its founding through the mid-1800s:
History. For Life in Early America, we seek an interesting presentation of historic life, an unusual event, or a different look at a well-known topic (usually keyed to the publication date). We are sticklers for accuracy, as our magazine circulates among many museums and historical societies, so you should have some expertise in your subject. (While we do not use footnotes, we welcome a source list for readers interested in pursuing the subject in depth.)
Architecture and Decorating. We are always looking for people who are able to integrate early American homes, furnishings, and style with modern living. Our readers gain structural know-how and creative ideas for their own homes, inside and out, through lavishly illustrated features on both restored period structures and those newly constructed to resemble the past. If you know about a home (and decorator) worthy of coverage, let us know.
Antiques. Stories written for the Eye on Antiques department should include a knowledgeable discussion of the origins and development of the item or class of items covered, how they were made and used, how they have survived through the years, and a hint at current availability and value.
Studio Crafts. We are interested in the people as well as the history of studio crafts. In our annual Directory of Traditional American Crafts�, we focus on artisans who use period methods and/or materials to re-create the work of our ancestors–the master craftsmen of their time. Side By Side�, a department in the magazine as well as a show exhibit, compares objects made by modern craftsmen with their antique counterparts.
Travel. In conjunction with a house feature, we often include a travel piece on the geographic region, focusing on its history and the modern events that celebrate it, other period architecture, places to see, stay, shop, and eat.
Be aware that Early American Life is one of the most treasured and retained magazines in the world. Many readers collect issues and hold on to them for years. They know what we’ve already written about, so please query us before you begin work.
Although we cover academic topics, we don’t want academic writing. The best sign of a writer’s skill is to be able to present solid information in a readable, entertaining manner. We appreciate a deft touch with a bit of humor or word play to keep things interesting. Our average reader is about 55 years old, knowledgeable, well-educated, often experts in the fields you will be writing about. But they see as a Early American Life as a friend, so the tone can be conversational.
>The best way to familiarize yourself with our style and content is by reading the magazine. Then write something livelier and better. Our aim is to continually improve the quality of Early American Life.
Accuracy is the most important thing you deliver to us. We can guarantee that your work will be scrutinized by experts in the topic about which your write, so please be sure every date is accurate, every name spelled correctly, every address and telephone number verified.
Be specific. Don’t say, “The current value is about ten bucks,”….
Do not send us recipes that you have not tried yourself. (We’ll try them, too, but we need at least some hope of succeeding.)
Stories for Early American Life should be just long enough to get from the beginning to the end–that is, content should dictate length. Don’t add words to make a story seem more meaningful. On the other hand, don’t give short shrift to a story that demands in-depth coverage.
A one-page story in Early American Life, such as Worth Seeing, runs about 750 words. A typical feature may run 2,500 words. Note that it’s always easier for an editor to make a story shorter, so if anything, err on the long side. Never, however, go more than 10 percent beyond the length an editor assigns.
We have high photographic standards because one of the greatest strengths of Early American Life is its visual appeal. Most of our photography is assigned to professionals, but we are always on the lookout for excellent work. We do not use snapshots and we rarely use “art” photography, that is, photos where style dominates content. We expect the photo to be part of the story and to tell part of the story. Every photo should have a center of interest that illustrates why it is included.
Our experience is that writers and photographers want to be paid for their work, and if you work for us you will be paid. We pay when we accept your article for publication and you have invoiced us for your work. If we assign you a story but we do not accept the piece you submit to us, we will pay you a kill fee.
Our rates depend on your skill and our relationship. To be honest, this is not the New Yorker. Our rates are not the highest in the industry, but we will try to reward you fairly for your work. Payment for unsolicited manuscripts will be negotiated upon acceptance. We would estimate $500 for a first feature from a new writer, more if you are an experienced, skillful writer. If we assign a story to you, we will negotiate the rate before you begin work.
We buy all rights exclusively for the six-month period in which an issue of Early American Life remains on sale. We don’t want your story appearing someplace else while we’re still trying to sell our magazine. After six months, our rights become non-exclusive, so you can re-sell your work to another publication (magazine, book, or whatever you choose).
If you have an idea for a story or would like to suggest a home to be featured in Early American Life, please contact the editors at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also write to us at Early American Life, Post Office Box 221228, Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122-0996, but please plainly mark “Editorial Query” on your envelope.
We do read unsolicited manuscripts but prefer that you query us first. If you wish us to return an unsolicited manuscript, please enclose a self-addressed envelope bearing sufficient postage for its return.
Letters to the editor should be sent to us directly at email@example.com
1) The best, personal (important word, that) garden writing I can get. Expressive, thoughtful, humorous, angry, contrite, flippant, searching, witty, observant, sad, inviting— whatever. We focus on the human, not how-to side of gardening. On the people as well as the plants. After all, gardening is a relationship, not a recipe. GreenPrints explores that relationship, not by instructing, preaching, or lecturing about it. Instead, we celebrate it . . . by sharing the stories and experiences we all have trying (and sometimes failing) to get along with plants.
b) E-Mail: I do accept emailed submissions. Please put “Story Submission” in the Subject Line. Warning: It may be a while before you hear back from me. And please do include your actual mailing address with your submission so that if I do accept it, I can pay you.
Mail your garden writing manuscripts to:
Pat Stone, Ed.
P.O. Box 1355
Fairview, NC 28730
Email your garden writing submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
8) In your cover letter, please tell me something clever/witty/appropriate about yourself that I can use for our “Contributor’s Page” if we use your piece of garden writing.
9) Poetry: Well, we run about 1 poem per issue. That’s 4 per year, so let’s admit there’s not much chance I can accept your poem. The ones I do take tend to be a) hands-on, dirt-under-the-nails, gardening poems b) not too saccharine, and c) rarely in rhyme, but most of all d) clever. Innovative. Offering well-expressed, detail-dressed new twists on this magazine’s very old topic: garden writing. Payment: $20.
Fillers: 100-300 words
10) One last thing: Are you a SUBSCRIBER? If not, please—oh, please—become one: $19.97 a year; $22.97 U.S. to Canada. Not only does it get you a wonderful little magazine and the best possible feel for the type of garden writing we run, it also helps us survive so we can run your (and other people’s) writing! Thanks again. (Hint: Do you know anyone who loves gardening? What a great gift GreenPrints makes.)
GRIT is a nationally distributed bi-monthly magazine with a circulation of approximately 150,000 through subscriptions and newsstand distribution. GRIT celebrates the intergenerational bonds among those who live on the land with spirit and style – a legacy of self-sufficiency, audacious ingenuity and pragmatic problem solving that gave this country its backbone and continues to shape its unique character.
DO NOT try to write for GRIT if you know nothing about rural life, gardening or urban farming. We intend to be an authoritative and sometimes playful voice for rural lifestyle farmers and country or small-town dwellers, and we require our writers to be informed about that way of life.
NO unsolicited manuscripts will be accepted; authors must query first. We only accept e-mail queries, which must include “Query” and the subject of your query in the subject line. Include full name, address and phone number. If a query is accepted, the author will be contacted regarding the article assignment. Send queries to Kellsey Trimble, at email@example.com.
Articles are assigned; no editorial calendar is published. An excellent way to have a first article published in GRIT is to become a member of the GRIT blogging team. Contact Haley Fisher via e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
GRIT purchases shared rights, which grants the publisher the right to publish or republish the work in any form in any country, at any time. The author agrees not to publish the work in any other media for a period ending one year after the date of the issue in which the work initially appears. After this period, the author retains the right to republish the work in any form in any country at any time, as well.
GRIT publishes feature-length articles on topics of interest to those living in rural areas, on farms or ranches, or those interested in the rural lifestyle. Articles will be from 800 to 1,500 words.
Samples of feature articles:
• Become an Heirloom Seed Sleuth – Seven strategies to save plants on the edge of extinction.
• Farmer John, or the Real Dirt on Vegetables – Interview with John Peterson, one of the country’s leading advocates of Community Supported Agriculture. A lifelong Illinois farmer, Peterson was on the verge of losing his family farm during the farm crises of the 1980s. He made the switch to organic farming, and began offering subscriptions to his farm, creating community and some really great food.
• Born in a Barn – Some great houses got their start in very humble beginnings: a barn. Interviews with three homeowners tell how. Sidebar focuses on other structures that have become offices, studios or homes, with practical info on how to know if a renovation is feasible or foolish.
Departments include GRIT Gazette (news and quirky briefs of interest to lifestyle farmers); Country Tech (looking at equipment necessary for the farm life); Looking Back (nostalgic look at life on the farm); and In The Shop (how-to for those specialty farm items). Other departments are Comfort Foods, Recipe Box, Wild GRIT and Sow Hoe (gardening topics).
Departments and columns are generally 500 to 1,500 words. GRIT Gazette items are 350 to 700 words.
Pennsylvania Heritage strives to convey a sense of Pennsylvania and connect its past with what the Keystone State is today or what it is likely to become. The magazine seeks articles relating to the commonwealth’s history and culture that are intended for intelligent lay readers. Articles on such varied topics as archaeology, architecture, decorative arts, fine arts, heritage foods, historic sites, industry and technology, military history, natural history, oral history, paleontology, political history, popular culture, and social history are suitable.
Submissions must be written with an eye toward illustration and should be accompanied by photographs, maps and drawings or a list of suggestions for illustrations (with identification of the repositories that hold them) or images to be photographed. Photographic or pictorial essays are also welcomed.
Writing style should be popular, readable and entertaining, but without fictionalization and extensive quotation (except in the case of oral history). Manuscripts must be concise, thoroughly researched and documented, well organized, and accurate. Articles accepted will be edited according to guidelines recommended by the current edition of The Associated Press Stylebook. Submissions to Pennsylvania Heritage should follow those guidelines.
Manuscripts range from 2,000 to 3,500 words maximum. They must be submitted in Microsoft Word either on disc or as an e-mail attachment. Manuscripts should be accompanied by a suggested title, captions for the illustrations, credits or acknowledgments, and a brief biographical sketch of the author. Footnotes are not required, but a list of sources for fact-checking is requested.
Although queries, proposals and outlines will be evaluated, the editorial staff prefers to review completed manuscripts.
Photographs and/or other illustrative material (as described above) should be submitted with manuscripts for review.
Payment and Rights
PHF, in concert with PHMC, will pay authors upon publication of an article. Payments range between $250 and $500, depending on the complexity and amount of research and interpretation necessary to make the article engaging, entertaining and, most important, educational and informative. The author will also receive six to ten complimentary copies upon publication.
Pennsylvania Heritage purchases all print and all electronic rights for publishing articles, in whole or in part, on its website, as well as any and all websites administered by PHMC, its historic sites and museums, and PHF, their heirs or assignees.
Unlike many magazines, Creative Nonfiction draws heavily from unsolicited submissions. Our editors believe that providing a platform for emerging writers and helping them find readers is an essential role of literary magazines, and it’s been our privilege to work with many fine writers early in their careers. A typical issue of CNF contains at least one essay by a previously unpublished writer.
We’re open to all types of creative nonfiction, from immersion reportage to personal essay to memoir. Our editors tend to gravitate toward submissions structured around narratives, but we’re always happy to be pleasantly surprised by work that breaks outside this general mold. Above all, we’re most interested in writing that blends style with substance, and reaches beyond the personal to tell us something new about the world. We firmly believe that great writing can make any subject interesting to a general audience.
THE DIALOGUE BETWEEN SCIENCE & RELIGION
We’re looking for original narratives illustrating and exploring the relationships, tensions, and harmonies between science and religion—the ways these two forces productively challenge each other as well as the ways in which they can work together and strengthen one another. $10,000 for best essay, $5,000 for runner-up. Deadline: December 12, 2016. Complete guidelines »
Creative Nonfiction magazine is seeking submissions for a special issue devoted to the theme of “adaptation”—original essays illuminating the ways in which the need to keep up with a rapidly-changing world drives the work of scientists, designers, thinkers, innovators, farmers, soldiers, medical professionals, teachers, and others and affects the lives of prisoners, patients, refugees, students, travelers, and other citizens. Deadline: January 9, 2017. Complete guidelines »
DANGEROUS CREATIONS: REAL-LIFE FRANKENSTEIN STORIES
We’re looking for true stories that explore humans’ efforts to control and redirect nature, the evolving relationships between humanity and science/technology, and contemporary interpretations of monstrosity. $10,000 and publication for Best Essay and two $2,500 prizes and publication for runners-up. Deadline: March 20, 2017. Complete guidelines »
Our new magazine, featuring one exceptional essay every month, debuts this fall. Submissions should be between 3,500 and 7,000 words long, on any subject, in any style. Surprise us! The only rules are that all work submitted must be nonfiction and original to the author, and we will not consider previously published work. Now Reading Complete guidelines »
PITCH US A COLUMN
Have an idea for a literary timeline? An opinion on essential texts for readers and/or writers? An in-depth, working knowledge of a specific type of nonfiction? Pitch us your ideas; Creative Nonfiction is now accepting query letters for the following sections of the magazine. Accepted Year-Round. Complete guidelines »
TINY TRUTH CONTESTS
Can you tell a true story in 140 characters (or fewer)? Think you could write one hundred CNF-worthy micro essays a day? Go for it. We dare you. There’s no limit. Simply follow Creative Nonfiction on Twitter (@cnfonline) and tag your tiny truths with the trending topic #cnftweet. That’s it. We re-tweet winners daily and republish ~20 winning tweets in every issue of Creative Nonfiction. Not sure what we’re looking for? Check out this roundtable discussion about the art of micro-essaying with some of the more prolific #cnftweet-ers.
Maybe a tweet isn’t quite enough space for you to realize your tiny truth vision. What if you could include a picture worth a thousand words and 2,000 additional characters? Ready to try your hand at writing mixed media micro essays? Follow Creative Nonfiction on Instagram (@creativenonfiction), tag your photos (and caption-length prose) with #cnfgram and #tinytruth, and we’ll do the rest. We “heart” our favorites regularly, and every week we’ll repost our favorite to our Instagram feed. Plus, we’ll share one in our newsletter monthly, and one on our website every third month. Check out some early examples here.
Gateway – Missouri History Museum
2,000 – 5,000 Words
For almost 30 years, Gateway has given the members of the Missouri History Museum a forum for the historical, cultural, and social issues affecting St. Louis and Missouri. With beautifully illustrated articles on preservation and architecture, folk culture and oral history, music and theater traditions, and civil rights and African American history, Gateway revels in the diversity of our region. Essays on individual Missourians and the origins of communities, organizations, and movements in St. Louis illuminate the known and unknown, while interviews and photo essays contribute personal viewpoints.
The Almanac for Farmers & City Folk
Needs Essays – animals, farming, gardening, general interest, historical, homemaking, how-to, humor
“No fiction or controversial topics. Please, no first-person pieces!” No queries. Send complete manuscript by mail. Pays $45 per page.
Needs Fillers [Up to 125 Words]
Length 500 Words
Backwoods Home Magazine is a country- and self-reliance-oriented “how to” magazine that specializes in showing people how to build their own home, produce independent energy, grow their own food, and how to make a living without being tied to a city. We also cover related subjects such as health, raising animals, food preservation, country skills, home schooling, arts and crafts, recipes, and book reviews.
Photos, drawings, or diagrams should accompany a manuscript whenever possible. Your article is more likely to be used and will command higher payment if accompanied by high quality illustrations and/or graphics. High quality digital photos and drawings in TIFF, JPG, PNG, or GIF format may be attached to emailed articles.
DO NOT send the only copy of a rare or irreplaceable photo, drawing, manuscript, etc. Accidents happen. Mail gets lost. Have copies made to send us. Better yet, scan them at 300 dpi and send them on disk. Backwoods Home Magazine is not and will not be responsible for any loss of or damage to submitted materials.