From the Web Site:
As with all magazines, please make sure that you have read Writers’ News or Writing Magazine and understand their editorial requirements before making a submission to either.
It is best to make contact with a proposal in the first instance, avoiding wasted time for us and contributors on inappropriate or unwanted articles.
We do not publish poetry or fiction unless it has won one of our competitions
Language and style guidance
* Writing should be direct and clear, preferring simple words over complicated ones (eg things start and finish, not commence and terminate).
* Write in the active voice (Sally Smith wrote the novel) not the passive (The novel was written by Sally Smith) and position the subject and verb early in the sentence. Avoid the first person wherever possible.
* Try to avoid split infinitives or prepositions at the end of sentences unless alternative wording is clumsy or awkward.
* Submit text in the body of an e-mail or as an attachment in Microsoft Word, not a desktop publishing programme (Pagemaker, QuarkXPress, Corel, Works, WordPerfect etc) and include j-pegs or photographs with finished copy.
* Do not indent or use formatting or fonts for effect — any design and layout is changed at production stage and wastes your time and ours.
Payment is made on publication, based on what is used, not what is submitted.
From the Web Site:
Montana Outdoors is a bimonthly magazine published by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. It advocates the conservation and sustainable use of Montana’s fish, wildlife, and parks.
Though published by a state agency, Montana Outdoors is not a house organ. For one thing, most of the magazine’s budget comes from subscribers, so we have an obligation to provide them with objective information. For another, many “official” government magazines are generally viewed by readers—the few who bother to read them—as biased and boring. And third, our readers are interested in various points of view—even those that challenge the orthodoxy of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. Our editorial bent is one of skepticism and curiosity, and we rely on a wide range of sources in our reporting.
Roughly 47,000 people subscribe to Montana Outdoors, about half of them from out of state. The magazine was first published in 1971.
Approximately half our features are written by freelancers. We pay 25 to 30 cents per word, as assigned, depending on the complexity of the article. That’s $500 to $600 for a 2,000-word feature. We pay on acceptance.
Montana Outdoors usually buys first North American serial rights and (for a small additional amount) the right to post to the magazine website and archives. Our kill fee for assigned manuscripts not accepted is about 30 percent of the full fee.
From the Web Site:
Mother Earth News is a bimonthly magazine that promotes more self-sufficient, financially independent and environmentally aware lifestyles. Our readers range in age from the early teens to 90-plus. Some of our readers have been with us since 1970, others are brand-new and eager to learn about living wisely. All told, each issue of Mother Earth News reaches more than 1 million people across the United States and Canada.
From our readers, we welcome articles and quality photographs for two departments: “Country Lore” and “Firsthand Reports.” “Country Lore” presents handy how-to tips of 100 to 300 words; payment is $25 to $100 per published item. “Firsthand Reports” are first-person stories (1,500 to 2,000 words) about sustainable lifestyles of all sorts; payment is $150 per published piece.
Most of our feature articles are written by our Contributing Editors. But we somtetimes assign articles to freelancer writers, particularly those who have experience with our subject matter (both firsthand experience and writing experience). If you would like to submit a query, please send a short synopsis of the idea and a one-page outline. Also send digital photos, if available.
Submissions for all of the above should be sent via e-mail to [email protected]. Digital photographs must be high resolution in order to publish). To submit by U.S. mail, send materials to the address below.
Tips for potential contributors: Read our magazine, read our magazine, read our magazine. Mother Earth News readers comprise one of the most thoughtful, curious, industrious and engaged magazine audiences in the country. Since 1970, Mother Earth News has been an exemplary source of information about sustainable homesteading, organic gardening, real food, country skills, renewable energy, green transportation, natural health, environmental consciousness, and farming and livestock. Our articles provide hands-on and useful information for people who want a more fun, conscientious, sustainable, secure and satisfying lifestyle. Practicality is critical; freelance articles must be informative, well-documented and tightly written in an engaging and energetic voice. Don’t forget to read our magazine.