Urban Farm Writer Guidelines
Thank you for your interest in Urban Farm. We hope you find the following guidelines helpful in preparing any future submissions. Address all correspondence to: Urban Farm, P.O. Box 6050, Mission Viejo, CA 92690. Enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope with all materials. You may also email your query to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please allow six to eight weeks for a response.
Urban Farm promotes the benefits of self-sufficiency and provides the tools with which to do it on any size property. Between the covers, you’ll find how-to projects, small-space gardening tips, backyard-livestock advice, profiles of urban farmers, “green” and innovative products, and of course, recipes for preparing your homegrown vegetables, eggs and other farm bounty.
Urban Farm reaches out to those in the city and suburbs, those who are inspired by the local-food movement, and those who want to raise chickens and grow food for themselves, supporting local agriculture and living more sustainably.
The best way to determine if your idea fits Urban Farm is to look over a sample copy of the magazine, available at newsstands, natural-food markets, and book stores; by calling (888) 738-2665; or at www.shopanimalnetwork.com. Review several issues to get a feel for the material we use and our voice. You can also read archived feature articles at www.urbanfarmonline.com.
We need informative, in-depth, upbeat articles (about 1,000 to 2,000 words in length) that will help readers better understand and live a sustainable lifestyle. Topics include: urban livestock care; how-to guides; sustainable city events; sustainable community efforts and organizations; profiles of successful urban farmers; gardening; produce profiles; and green living.
We accept shorter, news-oriented articles (approximately 500 words) for our “Newsfeed” column. We do not publish fiction.
The best time to send feature article queries is January 1-April 1. News and trend queries are accepted year-round. Manuscripts should be typed and double spaced with wide margins, either emailed or mailed. We appreciate manuscripts accompanied by professional-quality color photographs (digital only). Additional guidelines are available for photographers here.
We are always happy to review material on speculation, but the best procedure is to send us a query along with a few writing samples before preparing an article. We do not accept simultaneous submissions and require First North American Serial Rights. Please specify if your material does not need to be returned. Otherwise, include an appropriately sized SASE with each submission.
Articles are paid upon publication. Rates of payment are based on quality and the amount of time we’ve been working together. Accompanying high-quality photographs are paid additionally for any that are used.
We cannot assume responsibility for material submitted, but reasonable care will be taken in the handling of your work.
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