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04-14-2005, 01:33 AM
Here are some links to animal pubications/guidelines and resources. I'll be adding more shortly and will also work out a better format as soon as I have time. Got any good ones? Post'em here!


Bird Talk Magazine writer's guidelines
http://www.birdtalkmagazine.com/bt/printer.aspx?aid=12850&cid=3903 (http://www.birdtalkmagazine.com/bt/printer.aspx?aid=12850&cid=3903)
Bird Talk Magazine photographer's guidelines
http://www.birdtalkmagazine.com/bt/printer.aspx?aid=12851&cid=3903 (http://www.birdtalkmagazine.com/bt/printer.aspx?aid=12851&cid=3903)

Dogs for Kids Magazine
Home page:
Contact page:

Fido Friendly
Contact page:
Home page:

The Front Porch
This is a newspaper supplement; very nice folks to
work with. Rumor has it they like animal stories!
http://www.porchsyndicate.com/contributors.htm (http://www.porchsyndicate.com/contributors.htm)

Your Cat Magazine
This is a UK Publication


Great resource site; contains lots of interesting, helpful links.
http://www.aspca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=faq&s_state=26 (http://www.aspca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=faq&s_state=26)

A wealth of information on all things pet related.
Need stats? Contact them.
Press center: http://www.appma.org/press_overview.asp (http://www.appma.org/press_overview.asp)
Home page: http://www.appma.org/ (http://www.appma.org/)

04-14-2005, 01:42 AM
I had a similar idea yesterday -- I can't wait to implement it! :)

04-14-2005, 01:57 AM
The hardest part is going to be the updating! I'm scrambling to add new sources before anybody gives up on me. Good luck with your list, Julia! :)

04-14-2005, 02:05 AM
Thanks Anne! Nah, people won't give up on you!

I'm weeding through the markets to see what's still current. :)

You've inspired me to write something(s) about the cats and birds I've had through the years! ;)

04-14-2005, 02:10 AM
Thanks Anne! Nah, people won't give up on you!

I'm weeding through the markets to see what's still current. :)

You've inspired me to write something(s) about the cats and birds I've had through the years! ;)

Cool!!! I'm always excited when somebody says they want to write about animals. LOL

Checking to see that the links work is going to be a headache, along with checking to see what's still current! Lots to do. Here's hoping we both come up with great lists. :)

04-14-2005, 04:12 AM
Thanks for taking on this project, Anne! It's going to be such a huge resource! When you're ready, I've got some more doggie mags to add to the list.

04-14-2005, 07:00 PM
Thanks, Rose! I appreciate any magazine info contributions you'd like to make. :)

Go ahead and post them here in a reply if you'd like and I'll assimilate them into the other list soon. Eventually I'm going to break the markets/research sources into easier-ro-read segments, but this is a good start. I hope!

Thank you again, Rose. I knew you'd have some great doggie info. And thank Howard, too, for being such a good research assistant. :snoopy: <--Howard

04-14-2005, 07:41 PM
Yes, it's amazing how productive Howard is despite sleeping 18 hours a day... Here's my personal doggie mag database (I can't vouch for all the links, so I'll check them when I get some free time):

AKC Family Dog
http://www.akc.org/pubs/ (http://www.akc.org/pubs/)

Animal Fair
http://www.animalfair.com/ (http://www.animalfair.com/)

http://www.pspca.org/animaldom.html (http://www.pspca.org/animaldom.html)

Bark, The

http://www.thebark.com/us/submissions.html (http://www.thebark.com/us/submissions.html)

Dog World

www.dogworldmag.com (http://www.dogworldmag.com/)

Doggone Newsletter

Dogs in Review

Dogs Monthly (UK)
http://www.corsini.co.uk/dogsmonthly/ (http://www.corsini.co.uk/dogsmonthly/)

Dogs Today (UK)
http://www.webspawner.com/users/dogstodaysite/ (http://www.webspawner.com/users/dogstodaysite/)

Dogs USA

Good Dog!
http://www.gooddogmagazine.com/ (http://www.gooddogmagazine.com/)

Mad About Dogs (UK)

http://www.moderndog.ca/submissions.html (http://www.moderndog.ca/submissions.html)

Off Lead & Natural Pet Magazine
www.off-lead.com/writers.html. (http://www.off-lead.com/writers.html.)

Pet Friendly Magazine, Southwest Idaho
http://www.petfriendlymagazine.com/ (http://www.petfriendlymagazine.com/)

Pointing Dog Journal
http://www.pointingdogjournal.com/ (http://www.pointingdogjournal.com/)

Retriever Journal
www.retrieverjournal.com/ (http://www.retrieverjournal.com/)

Urban Dog Magazine
http://www.urbandogmagazine.com/ (http://www.urbandogmagazine.com/)

Whole Dog Journal

04-14-2005, 08:06 PM
Awesome, Rose! Thanks!!!

04-26-2005, 04:49 PM
Wow! Thank ya's for all the links/markets! :Thumbs:

04-27-2005, 02:19 AM
Hi Celeste,

You're very welcome! Rose really came through with all the dog markets/links, huh?

Stay tuned. More listings are on the way soon. :)

08-15-2005, 09:51 PM
Need an interview with an expert? Check out the web site of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Here's where you can get media contact info for hundreds of veterinary organizations/institutions. Just be patient--they're busy folks and can't always respond quickly. Excellent resource for anyone who writes about animals.


08-25-2005, 03:22 AM
Lots of links to dog, cat, horse, and bird-related sites. Species info, breeders, factoids, equipment, and much more. Worth a look!


09-02-2005, 10:08 PM
Check these out:



09-02-2005, 10:42 PM
Thank you, Valkyrie, and welcome to our little corner of the Absolute Write boards!

~ Anne

09-03-2005, 08:39 AM
:hi: (http://absolutewrite.com/forums/misc.php?do=getsmilies&wysiwyg=1&forumid=0#) Thanks. You're welcome.

10-20-2005, 10:13 PM
http://www.reptilesmagazine.com/reptiles/detail.aspx?aid=6584&cid=3699 (http://www.reptilesmagazine.com/reptiles/detail.aspx?aid=6584&cid=3699)

http://www.pondkeeper.com/ (http://www.pondkeeper.com/)
(This is a trade publication. Click on 'Our Staff' for editor contact info)

KOI USA Magazine
http://www.koiusa.com/write_for_us.htm (http://www.koiusa.com/write_for_us.htm)

Koi (This is a UK pub)
http://www.koimag.co.uk/contact.asp (http://www.koimag.co.uk/contact.asp)

AQUASCAPE Lifestyles
http://www.aquascapedesigns.com/lifestyles/index.php (http://www.aquascapedesigns.com/lifestyles/index.php)

10-20-2005, 10:28 PM
Aquarium FISH Magzine


12-30-2005, 08:12 PM
Writers/photo guidelines:


12-30-2005, 08:16 PM


Caveat: I couldn't find a pay rate here--may not be a paying market. Be sure to check that out before submitting.

12-30-2005, 08:22 PM
Contact info:


E-mail for guidelines and other information.

12-30-2005, 08:26 PM
Detailed writer's guidelines:


12-30-2005, 08:29 PM
Couldn't find writer's guidelines, but you can probably get them by e-mail. Here's the web site:


12-30-2005, 08:32 PM


12-30-2005, 08:34 PM
E-mail them for more info:


Note: Carefully read the last paragraph of the guidelines. Looks like you have to specify that you want to be paid for your writing!

12-30-2005, 08:42 PM
Dedicated to draft/working animals; they also accept subject-related cartoons and poetry. Writer's guidelines:


Note: Be sure to read their 35 Writing Tips. :D

12-30-2005, 08:47 PM


12-30-2005, 08:52 PM
Send e-mail for guidelines and info:

Site: http://www.equestrianmag.com/articles/

Email: pedro @ equestrianmag.com (pedro@equestrianmag.com) (remove spaces)

12-30-2005, 08:55 PM
Couldn't find guidelines, but there is contact info here:


12-30-2005, 09:05 PM
Detailed guidelines:


01-16-2006, 08:52 PM

02-17-2006, 11:56 PM
Writer's guidelines here: http://www.equisearch.com/equus/submissions/

02-18-2006, 12:00 AM
Submission info and guidelines: http://www.equisearch.com/dressagetoday/submissions/

02-18-2006, 12:02 AM
Writer's guidelines: http://www.equisearch.com/practicalhorseman/submissions/

Prefers queries.

02-21-2006, 08:25 PM
Guidelines and info: http://www.thehorse.com/viewarticle.aspx?ID=4883

Pays on acceptance; read entire guidelines before submitting. Offers an editorial calendar and writer's styleguide.

Note: Photography guidelines also found here.

02-21-2006, 08:32 PM
Writer's guidelines: http://www.wctech.com/guidelines.htm

Homepage: http://www.wctech.com/index.htm

03-08-2006, 09:26 PM
Contact info here: http://www.retrieverjournal.com/contact.php

03-08-2006, 09:29 PM
Love Labrador Retrievers? Here's a pub dedicated to them:


03-08-2006, 09:31 PM
Contact info here:


(My dad used to breed these dogs--they're incredible!)

03-09-2006, 06:52 AM
Here's a link for everyone who is seeking advice and quotes from Animal Behaviorists:

http://www.animalbehavior.org/Appli..._directory.html (http://www.animalbehavior.org/Applied/CAAB_directory.html)

Thank you, Reece!

03-11-2006, 06:17 PM
Hi, All.

This is a re-post of the markets I listed in the other thread. All of these markets accept articles from non-staff members, some quite a few each year. The guidelines are available online or in The Best of the Magazine Markets for Writers 2006. Happy querying!

Farm and Ranch Living (http://www.farmandranchliving.com)

Equestrian Magazine (US Equestrian Federation) (http://ww.usef.org)

Hoof Beats (US Trotting Association) (http://www.ustrotting.com)

Horse Country (Canada) (http://www.horsecountry.ca)

In addition I found:

Acreage Life, a Canadian Magazine which deals with all things country (http://www.acreagelife.ca)

Horses All (Canada) (http://www.horsesall.com)

03-13-2006, 07:41 PM
Scroll down the FAQs to find writer's guidelines:


03-13-2006, 08:26 PM
Note: Many of these pubs also buy freelance photography. Check guidelines for more info.

http://www.ssaa.org.au/australianshooter.htm (website)
http://www.ssaa.org.au/newssaa/writersguides/writersguidelines.pdf (guidelines)

Marlin Magazine
http://www.marlinmag.com/index.jsp (website)
http://www.marlinmag.com/article_print.jsp?ID=6293 (article and photography guidelines; pays kill fee)

Outdoor Canada

Outdoor Life

Blackpowder Hunting (looks like they pay with a free subscription)

Outdoors Magazine (link to last year's ed. calendar--find contact info here)

Rub-Lines Whitetail Magazine (they pay with a 'free gift' and copies)

Boar Hunter Magazine (see About Us for contributor's info)

Deer & Deer Hunting

Grand View Media Group (guidelines link at bottom of page-it's a PDF file)

Mississippi Woods and Waters (contact info)

03-13-2006, 08:29 PM
Natural health in animals

04-04-2006, 07:45 PM
Guidelines: http://www.iluvcats.com/writguidfori.html

04-17-2006, 06:47 PM
Posted by veinglory:

A cat fiction market i found
there aren;t many of these so I thought I would share

www.wildsidepress.com/magazines.htm (http://www.wildsidepress.com/magazines.htm)


Thanks, Em!

04-29-2006, 11:08 PM
Main website: http://www.nature.org/

Magazine: http://www.nature.org/magazine/spring2006/

Couldn't find writer's guidelines, but there's contact info onsite. A very cool site to visit.

05-03-2006, 01:48 AM
Love Appaloosas? Here's the magazine for you: Appaloosa Journal (http://www.appaloosajournal.com/magazine/magazine.html)

Guidelines, index of stories for the last several years, and information about the magazine are all found here. (http://www.appaloosajournal.com/magazine/magazine.html)

05-17-2006, 08:53 PM
Okay, here's something you rarely see: this publication accepts handwritten manuscripts!

This is a specialized market, so check out the detailed writer's/photographer's guidelines here. (http://www.americanfalconry.com/writersguidelines.html)

Website: American Falconry (http://www.americanfalconry.com/index.html)

05-19-2006, 03:24 AM
Detailed writer's guidelines here: Ferrets Magazine (http://www.ferretsmagazine.com/FERRETS/detail.aspx?aid=12858&sts=all&gobtn=&cid=3908)

05-19-2006, 03:56 AM
Game & Fish Magazine (http://www.gameandfishmag.com/)

Beagles Unlimited (http://www.beaglesunlimited.net/)
Not sure if this is a paying market or not; e-mail to find out.

A page full of hunting magazine links (http://www.beaglesunlimited.net/rabbithunting_beaglingmagazines.htm)
Be sure to request writer's guidelines before submitting any stories

07-05-2006, 10:56 PM
Guidelines: http://www.npca.org/magazine/writers_guidelines.html

You can also view archived issues online. This is a great U.S. nature publication.

07-05-2006, 10:58 PM
Writer's/Photographer's Guidelines: http://www.usdf.org/Connection/ContributorsGuidelines.asp

There is also a link to their editorial calendar.

07-08-2006, 10:06 AM
This thread rules.

07-18-2006, 10:50 PM
Now I gotta get writing lol :Hug2:

08-01-2006, 11:36 PM
Writer's guidelines and detailed information here. (http://www.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/about_writers.html)

Photographer's guidelines also available.

08-02-2006, 12:51 AM
National Geographic Traveler writer's guidelines (http://www.nationalgeographic.com/traveler/writer-guidelines.html)

08-02-2006, 12:59 AM
"Sierra is a bimonthly national magazine publishing writing, photography, and art about the natural world." View writer's guidelines here. (http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/guidelines/writers.asp#Features)

08-02-2006, 01:06 AM
From the magazine's online guidelines: "blue explores the exciting and diverse world of our blue planet. blue articles cover subjects ranging from travel to adventure activities; from the environment to culture and style."

Writer's guidelines. (http://www.bluemagazine.com/main.cfm?chid=7&inc=writers#edit)

08-02-2006, 01:27 AM
Another market for nature-type pieces. Guidelines for Cabin Life are here. (http://www.cabinlife.com/info/writer.html)

08-12-2006, 07:47 PM
Here are three markets thoughtfully contributed to the database by oarsman. Thanks, oarsman! :)

"E" , The Environmental Magazine
bimonthly magazine for people concerned about the environment
Writer's guidelines:
Photographer's guidelines:

Wildlife Conservation Magazine
http://www.wildlifeconservation.org/...ce/wcm-contact (http://www.wildlifeconservation.org/wcm-home/wcm-customer_service/wcm-contact)

Bee Culture -- The Magazine of American Beekeeping

08-17-2006, 12:43 AM
Writer's guidelines (http://www.cnf.ca/magazine/nc_writer.html)

Photographer's guidelines (http://www.cnf.ca/magazine/nc_photo.html)

09-15-2006, 12:02 AM
Publishes two versions--Canadian and the United States. Looks for queries on nature, gardening, folklore, food, and many, many more topics. Check out the website for details.

The Old Farmer's Almanac writer's guidelines here. (http://www.almanac.com/guidelines/)

09-15-2006, 12:05 AM
Looks for Bible-based nature articles.

Writer and photographer guidelines here. (http://www.creationillustrated.com/article.php?id=8&PHPSESSID=786eaff66fb8de94fb71214df3d41c9e)

09-15-2006, 12:11 AM
Accepts article proposals via their web submission form. General writer's guidelines here. (http://www.smithsonianmag.com/contact-us/submission-guidelines.php)

Click here to view their Nature and Wildlife articles. (http://www.smithsonianmag.com/issues/nature-and-wildlife.php)

09-15-2006, 12:14 AM
Writer's guidelines and departments. (http://www.wistrails.com/Wistrails/WriteGuide.html)

09-15-2006, 12:22 AM
Hopscotch for Girls Magazine guidelines (http://www.funforkidzmagazines.com/hs_guidelines.html)

Boys Quest Magazine guidelines (http://www.funforkidzmagazines.com/bq_guidelines.html)

Fun for Kidz guidelines (http://www.funforkidzmagazines.com/ffk_guidelines.html)

Visit this page for all these mag guidelines, plus a link to the current open theme list (PDF file). (http://www.funforkidzmagazines.com/writers.html)

09-15-2006, 12:25 AM
Writer's guidelines for The Country Connection. (http://www.pinecone.on.ca/MAGAZINE/writers.html)

09-15-2006, 06:37 PM
Here are links to three gardening magazines, contributed to our database by oarsman. Thanks, oarsman! :)

Garden Design

Canadian Gardening

Green Prints

09-17-2006, 10:20 PM
Birds and Blooms


10-05-2006, 09:03 PM
Dog Sport Magazine
Dog Sport Magazine (http://www.dogsportmagazine.com/submit_story.html) - training dogs in agility, obedience, flyball, herding, disc dog, etc.

U.S. Regional Dog Magazines
Naples Dog Magazine - guidelines (http://www.naplesdog.com/ND_writersguide.pdf) - Naples, Florida
City Dog Magazine (http://www.citydogmagazine.com/html/about.html) - Seattle & Pacific Northwest
Atlanta Dog Life (http://www.atlantadoglife.com/about/index.htm) - New magazine in Atlanta (not sure if they accept submissions)
The New York Dog (http://www.thenydog.com/content/editorials)
The Hollywood Dog (http://www.thehollywooddog.com/content/editorials)

10-08-2006, 09:13 PM
Submit to zen, Womblin, Kaff, or Minerva, depending on genre. Mainstream, literary, and such goes to zen or Womblin. High Fant and S&S goes to Minerva, Kaff takes childrens/YA. If in doubt, just send to our edtiors@ address as a .rtf attachment with subject line in all caps STORY TITLE BY AUTHOR, ANIMAL STORY

10-14-2006, 09:47 PM
Guidelines: Nature Photographers Online Magazine (http://www.naturephotographers.net/subguide.html). Looks like you have to be a member of the Nature Photographers Network (http://www.naturephotographers.net/members.html)to submit.

Whether or not you choose to join the network, this is an awesome site and could provide some ideas to nature photographers/writers. Note: they offer a free 30-day trial membership.

It's well worth a look if writing about/photographing nature is your bag.

10-14-2006, 09:51 PM
Sharing Nature Foundation (http://www.sharingnature.com/index.htm)

Sharing Nature articles (http://www.sharingnature.com/journal/articles.html)

Lovely site; you can get some great story starters/ideas here.

10-14-2006, 10:10 PM
The Butterfly WebSite. (http://butterflywebsite.com/)

Awesome site. I've written several pieces about butterflies and and found some great info here.

10-17-2006, 01:11 AM
Okay, folks, I tripped over this while looking for something else. All I know about it is what's posted on the site. It's a story blog and they say they pay $200.00 if they publish your story (and they do take animal stories/true, nonfiction) but it also goes on to say that amount is 'only a guideline.' Usual caveats apply--check it out carefully before submitting. You can contact them (http://www.commonties.com/contact.php) to ask questions if you'd like. Here's the link:

Searching for Common Ties (http://www.commonties.com/blog/submit-a-story/)

If anyone tries this out, please post and fill us in!

10-23-2006, 06:24 PM
Desert Dog editorial guidelines. (http://www.desertdogtucson.com/write.html)

10-23-2006, 06:30 PM
The Cat Fancier's Association, Inc. (http://www.cfainc.org/pubs/publications.html)

The Cat Fancier's Almanac (http://www.cfainc.org/pubs/publications.html#almanac): For serious breeders and exhibitors of pedigreed cats.

The Cat Fancier's Association online magazine: Fanc-E-News (http://www.cfainc.org/ezine/index.html)

10-23-2006, 06:36 PM
Little Big Cat (http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.php?action=home)

Cat behavior, health, mind-body consulting.

10-23-2006, 06:55 PM
Some markets, lots of links to info about various types of pets; cute site. Nice general-info resource for pet writers. Be sure to turn the sound up on your speakers before visiting these sites! Some of them have brief animal-sound clips.

PetStation (http://www.petstation.com/)

CatStation cat pubs (http://www.petstation.com/catpubs.html)

PetStation pet bird pubs (http://www.petstation.com/birdpubs.html#TOP)

DogStation links (http://www.petstation.com/dogs.html#TOP)

AquariumStation galleries (http://www.petstation.com/fish.html#TOP)

HerpStation galleries (http://www.petstation.com/herps.html#TOP)

HorseStation publication links (http://www.petstation.com/horspubs.html#TOP)

12-28-2006, 01:24 AM
The magazine is already listed in this thread, but I thought I'd post a link to their online resource guide. You'll find contact info and website addresses plus a whole lot more. Here's a sample of what you'll see: animal communicators, holistic healthcare, Reiki therapy, and natural product manufacturers.

Animal Wellness Magazine Wellness Resource Guide (http://www.animalwellnessmagazine.com/r/wrg/wellnessresourceguide.php)

Great article ideas!

01-18-2007, 04:13 AM
Here are the writer's guidelines for The Magazine for the International Sled Dog Racing Association (http://www.isdra.org/Magazine/writers_guide.htm).

01-25-2007, 03:04 AM
Florida Wildlife Magazine writer's and photographer's guidelines. (http://floridawildlifemagazine.com/submit.htm)

01-25-2007, 03:08 AM
Vancouver Pet Magazine/PetsMobility (http://www.petsmo.com/news/writersguide.asp)

Read the guidelines carefully before submitting; some departments do not pay.

01-25-2007, 03:10 AM
In case anyone missed the discussion below, here is a link to The Bark's (http://www.thebark.com/us/submissions.html)writer's guidelines.

01-25-2007, 03:15 AM
Veterinary Medicine (http://www.vetmedpub.com/vetmed/static/staticHtml.jsp?id=134319)

01-25-2007, 03:20 AM
House Pet Magazine (http://housepetmagazine.com)

Good resource for basic dog info; writer's guidelines are available by request via the onsite form, but this market does not pay.

02-02-2007, 07:23 PM
The Magazine Dedicated to How Dogs Think, Feel and Learn! (http://www.off-lead.com/writers.html)

Includes writer's and photographer's guidelines.

02-05-2007, 10:28 PM
Tennessee Wildlife (http://www.state.tn.us/twra/magguide.html)

Also buys photos; guidelines above.

02-05-2007, 10:32 PM
Focus is on flyfishing. American Angler (http://www.flyfishingmagazines.com/guidelines_aa.shtml)guidelines.

02-05-2007, 10:35 PM
Gray's Sporting Journal (http://www.grayssportingjournal.com/contact/editorial.shtml)

Note: this market accepts both nonfiction and fiction (not pet-related; study the guidelines and magazine to see what they're looking for). Pays well.

03-23-2007, 05:50 PM
Hi all,

We've got a new pup, and today I was desperately scouring the Internet to find good resources on dog-training.

I found this site quite useful. Just thought would share:


Hopefully, I will have lots of ideas for articles in a few days!

03-23-2007, 09:13 PM
Thanks, SG! :)

04-15-2007, 03:01 AM
Puppies USA

Guidelines: http://www.dogchannel.com/dog-magazines/puppiesusa/puppies-usa-writer-guidelines.aspx

Anthony Ravenscroft
05-01-2007, 07:03 AM
I cannot recommend I Love Cats because they make it sound like it's a work-for-hire arrangement, & I'm leery of getting sued for sounding too much like myself!!

Don't forget magazines "siderial" to the animals themselves. I know folks who've sold animal-related nonfiction to AARP, in-flight magazines, & newspaper op/ed pages.

Some exemplars that you might want to check into:

Grit Magazine, "America's Rural Lifestyle Magazine for 125 Years." So folksy it almost hurts... yet I've been reading it for almost 40 years (my great-grandma used to buy it at the candy store that's almost as old as Grit, & still sells it). Their word-rate is quite good.
homepage (http://www.grit.com/)
guidelines (http://www.grit.com/guidelines.html)

Boys Life. Say what you will of the Scouts, this is the magazine that helped make Robert Heinlein a moderately wealthy man in the 1950s, & even now pays about $1/word for nonfic & half that for fiction -- not quite Playboy, but ten times what you'll get from most magazines. It's at about fifth-hand, so grain of salt: rumour is that BL would like to consider someone who can do a monthly animal-/pet-related column for a year or more. Certainly couldn't hurt to show your stuff.
guidelines in HTML (
or PDF (http://www.boyslife.org/about/contributors/writers.pdf)

(Could someone take all the great info in this thread & FAQ them...?)

05-29-2007, 04:36 AM
Another possible expert resource (although I couldn't locate a newsroom):


05-30-2007, 05:37 PM
The World of Professional Pet Sitting


06-25-2007, 08:18 PM
Pets Quarterly (http://www.capmagazines.ca/petsquarterly/submissions.html)

Tails Pet Magazines

10-26-2007, 07:36 PM
Bird Talk Magazine (http://www.birdchannel.com/bird-magazines/bird-talk/default.aspx)

These guidelines are onsite, but I have a hard time accessing them. In case you have the same problem, here they are:

BIRD TALK is directed to the general population of parrot, canary and finch owners and written for the adult audience. We suggest that you read past issues of the magazine to acquaint yourself with the types of material we use.

We publish informative articles on the care of birds; photo essays on historical and current events dealing with birds; how-to articles; and human-interest stories. Sidebars to accompany articles are a plus. We do not publish fiction, or stories in which a bird speaks as if it were human. We rarely run stories concerning native wild birds. We use a species article in each issue, but these are assigned to experts in the species or to experienced writers who are familiar with our species profile requirements. Most medical articles are assigned to veterinarians.

The ideal manuscript is an 800- to 2,000-word article accompanied by high-quality color slides or professional illustrations. BIRD TALK follows Associated Press (AP) editorial style. We especially encourage well-written, thoroughly researched articles in the following areas: health, nutrition, care (general tips and how-to articles), grooming and training. Humor, if well done, is also acceptable. Tributes to birds that have died or to beloved family pets are discouraged as we have an abundance of this type of material.

BIRD TALK does not accept unsolicited manuscripts; we work from a query basis only. Please send a query letter detailing the story or article idea. Please do not call with queries; we can't judge writing ability over the phone. Due to the volume of queries we receive, a response may take eight to 10 weeks. Multiple queries will not be considered. We cannot respond to queries that are not accompanied by self-addressed, stamped envelopes (faxed queries and those sent by email cannot be answered). If we request to view your manuscript on speculation, please submit it on disk (Microsoft Word, text only) along with a clean hard copy that is typewritten, double-spaced and has wide margins. For authors without personal computer word processing capabilities, high quality typewritten pages (suitable for scanning) are acceptable. We cannot be responsible for unsolicited materials. Send queries to BIRD TALK, Queries, P.O. Box 6050, Mission Viejo, CA 92690.

Our usual rate of payment is 7 to 10 cents per edited word; we do pay more for manuscripts accompanied by high-quality photographs. Payment is made in the latter part of the cover month in which the article appears (i.e., if your piece was in the November issue, you would be paid in the latter part of November.) We buy First North American Serial Rights on exclusive basis; the non-exclusive right to use the article in electronic media; and the nonexclusive right to use the article, as well as your name, image and biographical data, in advertising and promotion. We are entitled to make use of the article for the duration of the copyright and throughout the world.

We cannot assume responsibility for material submitted, but we assure you that reasonable care will be taken in the handling of your work.

Please include an appropriately sized (and stamped), self-addressed envelope with each submission. Otherwise we cannot return your materials.

1. Do not get your information from the Internet. You can use web sites to locate people in order to get information, however, information on the Internet cannot be verified as to the origin and content.

2. When writing an article, try to interview more than one source. Quotes help keep a story from being boring and lend credibility.

3. Tone: BIRD TALK wants one of two approaches to an article:
a. Authoritative and informal
b. Journalistic and informal

Informal does not mean casual. Informal means a friendly tone with words our readers commonly use, no slang or profanity.

Do not use a judgmental tone. A judgmental tone is when the writer is telling the reader that the writer’s way is the only correct way and implies that the reader is a child and not an adult participant. Don’t use words like you should, you must. For example:

WRONG: You should feed your bird every day.
RIGHT: Feed your bird every day.

Authoritative means that you are the authority and are telling the reader the best way to do something from your expertise. Do not use a judgmental tone when using this approach. Our readers should never be treated as children.

A journalistic approach means that the writer is a detached, impartial giver of information. The story is balanced, it shows all sides of the issue and does not make any judgments. Readers respond well to this type of approach. It allows them to make up their own minds based upon all the facts.

4. All writers must provide a reference list for any book, magazine or web site that was used in the course of putting together an article or column. A web site would only be used as a reference if the writer got a phone number or address for someone off of it. It then should still be included.

5. No words in an article or column should be in any way similar to what was found in a reference material, even paraphrasing is unacceptable. The place the bird has come from or a physical description of the bird should have a reference cited unless the information comes from the writer’s personal experience and knowledge.

6. Writers should edit all articles prior to submission. Extraneous words should removed. Examples:
A. You should
B. It is important to
C. In order
D. In summary
E. As I previously mentioned

7. Don’t misuse since and because. Since is time.

8. Don’t repeat information. Don’t sum up at the end of the story.

9. The writer should end the story or column with the one point he or she wants the reader to remember about the article. Ending on a nice quote is good if there were interviews in the article.

10. The lead sentence should be captivating and draw the reader into the article. Any news articles must have the most current and important information in the first two sentences. Never begin a news item with something that has already happened, but the current consequence of what has happened.


01-05-2008, 03:55 AM
The Front Porch Syndicate is out of business. Details near the end of this thread. (http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=11018)

03-17-2008, 04:00 AM
San Francisco Bay area dog publication: www.fetchthepaper.com (http://www.fetchthepaper.com)

Writer's Guidelines (http://www.fetchthepaper.com/write.aspx)

03-28-2008, 06:33 PM
... has three pet-related titles (http://www.chickensoup.com/form.asp?cid=possible_books) in the list of possible upcoming titles.

06-23-2008, 08:33 PM
Online publication; guidelines here. (http://www.mushing.com/magazine/editorial.php)

06-23-2008, 08:36 PM
Lovely publication that should interest the nature writer. Guidelines here. (http://www.ogdenpubs.com/writers/hcp.html)

08-29-2008, 07:39 PM
Contact info here. (http://www.tailsinc.com/site/epage/55350_551.htm)

05-25-2009, 03:59 AM


Caveat: I couldn't find a pay rate here--may not be a paying market. Be sure to check that out before submitting.

I thought I'd chime in on Birds and Blooms, a market listed way on the first page. They were actually my first paid article, and I've also worked with a photo editor on one of their sister publications, Country Woman (got paid for that one too).

For Birds and Blooms, I had gotten my nerve up and written a letter in response to a feature they published on gardening for the disabled. I didn't even know enough to write a proper query, I just described what I had done in my garden and mentioned that I could write it up in an article, and I enclosed a photo. I am a subscriber, and was surprised to see an excerpt from my letter in the next issue, along with the photo. I hadn't heard anything from them by that point, and at first I was confused---and then my check arrived, and I felt much better! Apparently the packet returning my materials and the check crossed in the mail.

I queried them with another article on the gardens at Empire Mine State Historic Park (I sold the article elsewhere and it's now my writing sample on my website) and got the go ahead to write it on spec, but they ultimately decided it wasn't quite garden-y enough for their publication. But professional dealings the whole time. They seem like an approachable market for beginners, since they are interested in tips from readers and their style is more informal.

I have since noticed that in the magazine itself, they say that they send you a "gift" as compensation for your photo or story. Their listing in Writer's Market is more geared to professionals, though, and I suspect it depends on how you approach them. If you make it clear which rights you are interested in selling, I think that would set the tone.

06-12-2009, 07:22 PM
Thanks so much for sharing your experiences, Angelica! This should be very helpful to anyone interesting to submitting to this market. :)

08-26-2009, 05:31 AM
Online web source of daily pet news and articles. Submissions:


05-23-2010, 01:45 AM
Guidelines for both article and photography submissions here (http://www.bbcwildlifemagazine.com/contact.asp).

There are some excellent photography "masterclasses" on BBC Wildlife's website here (http://www.bbcwildlifemagazine.com/masterclasses.asp) that can help improve your nature photography skills.