From the Web Site:
Lake Superior Magazine is a bimonthly full-color consumer magazine which focuses exclusively on the Lake Superior region – history, current events, life styles, environment, tourism. Our long suit is outstanding photography accompanied by well-written and relevant editorial. We like to surprise our readers, and therefore will try to present an unexpected slant to the stories they’ll receive in each issue. The magazine was established in 1979 and has since become the authority on Lake Superior living and travel. All submissions should support that concept.
Lake Superior Magazine Categories (not all inclusive)
Photographs – Our hallmark! As a complete picture essay or as illustrations for articles.
Illustrations – Normally assigned, although freelance submissions will be considered.
Cartoons – Must be pertinent to the region, non-political and humorous.
Nonfiction – Persons, places and events in the Lake Superior region (contemporary; historic with current tie).
Fiction – Pertinent to the region or theme of an issue. (Only about two published per year.)
Departments – Shorter articles on specific topics of interest (Nature, Wilderness Living, Chronicle, I Remember, Superior Science, Wild Superior, Haunted Shores, Heritage).
About the Boat – Short articles and photographs about boats, ships or watercraft of note, and their crews.
Around the Circle – Significant short items and photographs of interest concerning the condition of Lake Superior and the events and highlights from the region.
Destinations – Short articles or features about places of particular interest to travelers.
Life Lines, Lake Superior’s Own, Making It In the North – Short articles about individual people who work and play in our region, their life styles and impact. ”People who make a difference in our lives.”
Rooms With A View – Articles about homes, life styles and construction.
Payment for Writing – We may pay up to $600, according to length, importance of story and writer’s experience. Top dollar is earned by a well-written and researched manuscript-photo package. The average feature runs 1,600 to 2,200 words. Departments and Columns average 900 to 1,400 words and usually pay from $65 to $125.
Orion welcomes your thoughtful submissions concerning the collision of nature and culture, the commingling of people and place. The editors place a high value on fresh and surprising material, as well as fresh and surprising approaches to material that might otherwise seem commonplace. Although the articles in any given issue of Orion range widely over a vast terrain, the notion of ecology is the glue that holds it all together.
The magazine distinguishes itself from the din of common culture through its depth of inquiry, commitment to interdisciplinary thought, and focus on the soulful qualities that inform our daily lives. Insight and imagination are qualities we encourage, alongside a big-picture approach to problem-solving. While paying due respect to the past and the present, Orion is typically forward-looking, anticipating the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for people and nature.
We kindly ask that you read a few copies of Orion before approaching us with manuscripts and queries—well, actually, we insist. Submissions that show a general lack of familiarity with the magazine will not be taken seriously. Currently, Orion considers unsolicited essays, narrative nonfiction, interviews, profiles, short stories, photo essays, and portfolios of fine art. We also consider submissions for our Making Other Arrangements, Sacred & Mundane, and Coda departments. No unsolicited poetry, please. The Orion editors rarely commission articles on the basis of a query.
For those who made it this far, here are some nitty-gritty details: Orion is published bimonthly. Feature articles range from 1,500 to 5,000 words, departments from 350 to 1,200 words. Our lead time is typically six to nine months. We pay $400 to $1,000 for feature pieces, $50 to $450 for shorter texts. We purchase first North American serial rights, as well as exclusive worldwide electronic rights for sixty days and nonexclusive permanent web rights for our electronic archive.
From the Web Site:
The Scots Magazine has a team of regular professional contributors, but is also keen to encourage the submission of material from all writers and photographers. The following notes provide some basic guidelines.
We are a publication concerned with specifically Scottish topics. This almost invariably means that the people, events or places written about have to be in Scotland. Only on very rare occasions do we go furth of our borders. There is a minimum of four months between acceptance and publication: please take this into account if an article is aimed at a particular issue. It is not unusual for material to remain in stock for up to two years before publication.
Any relevant photographs, drawings, maps, diagrams, etc., should be enclosed with the text, and each item must bear the contributor’s name and that of the copyright holder if different. Each illustration should also carry a brief caption explaining its significance in the article. Writers receive proofs to check, prior to the publication of articles. We prefer articles with a word-count of around 1000-2500 words, but these limits are not rigid. We do not buy material that has already been published elsewhere. An s.a.e. with submissions is appreciated.
It should be borne in mind that this page is not a plea for material, rather a collection of hints on how to improve the chances of success. The Scots Magazine’s acceptance rate of speculative submissions is less than 5% – but you could be in that number.
Getting the Flavour
Before writing for any publication it is essential to know the type of material it uses. By reading The Scots Magazine every month you will absorb our style and become familiar with the type of topics we deal with. As a bonus, you won’t need to buy one if you’re successful, for we send a complimentary copy of the issue with your article in it. Use the Subscriptions coupon in the magazine to have a copy sent to you for 12 months.
When you submit to The Scots Magazine you can expect (and will receive) a quick reply. You will normally hear whether or not you’ve been successful within 10 days. You’ll be eager to hear the verdict and we won’t keep you waiting.
Articles are paid on acceptance. Illustrations, however, are paid on publication as the number we can use is not known until the page make-up has been completed.
The Scots Magazine buys first copyright only, so that once we have printed your material you are free to offer it for publication elsewhere. When submitting photographs and other illustrations whose copyright is not held by the sender, it is incumbent on the contributor to obtain permission for their possible use in The Scots Magazine.