Writer and Photographer Guidelines

Writer's Guidelines

Northern Woodlands’ audience consists of conservation-minded people with an interest in all aspects of the forests of the Northeast. Our articles and columns range in scope, and may include subjects such as woodlot management, wildlife species, scat, chainsaw maintenance, woodworking, and reflections on natural landscapes. We like to surprise our readers with stories they won't find anywhere else. We are not a trade magazine for the forest products industry or an advocacy magazine for preservationists.

We welcome submissions from writers with varying backgrounds, but all should be familiar with the magazine, its contents, and our audience before pitching.

We are interested in establishing relationships with our writers in an effort to maintain a base of good, reliable contributors. We will work with fledgling writers to hone their skills. While we do accept unsolicited manuscripts, we strongly prefer receiving a pitch first.

How to Write for Northern Woodlands

Step 1: Query

The first step is to submit a query. Send .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) a short .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to introduce yourself and briefly summarize the topic you are interested in covering. Please submit clips (no more than three) if you have them. We will email you back if we’re interested.

Step 2: Pitch

Once you know we’re interested in your topic, email us your pitch. Give us a clear idea of what your story will cover, and why we (and our readers) should care about it. Include an outline that will show us your plan of attack for covering this subject, including how the story will progress from its introduction, and who you’ll interview (if applicable). Let us know if you have photos available to illustrate the story.

Go here for tips on how to query or submit a pitch.

Step 3: Write

Once we have reviewed and accepted your pitch, you’ll write your story. We’ll give you a deadline, word count, and any other necessary parameters.


A good way to break into our magazine is to write a shorter article for "Knots and Bolts" (200-700 words). We cover a wide range of subjects in that section. Feature articles generally run from 1,000 to 3,000 words. When we assign you a story, we will discuss length.

Much of our magazine content is online. If you’re not a subscriber, read the articles on our website to get a sense of our scope and tone.

Please keep in mind that, as a quarterly, we operate on an accelerated clock. We are planning the contents of each issue six months prior to the publication date. Be aware of the seasonal aspect of your material.

Issue   Publication Date   Stories Contracted   Copy Deadline
Spring March 1 November 1 December 1
Summer June 1 February 1 March 1
Autumn September 1 May 1 June 1
Winter December 1 August 1 September 1


We work in Microsoft Word. Please send queries and pitches to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) via .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with the subject "Story submission to Northern Woodlands." For completed manuscripts, send the story as an attachment in Word format and/or pasted into the body of the email. Alternatively, mail it to us on a CD.


Book reviews (400-800 words) $50
A Place In Mind (~800 words) $150
Knots and Bolts (200-700 words) Payment varies.* Average payment is approximately $50.
Poems $25
Features $.10 per word for writers new to the magazine. Payment may increase for established/experienced writers.*

*Please note that these pay rates are based on the writer’s experience, our working relationship with them, and the amount of time we spend editing. We don't mind working with unpublished writers who have a grasp of their material, and we enjoy helping subject matter experts make their prose more appropriate for a general audience. However, the more editorial work we have to do, the less we will be able to pay for it.


If you would like to submit a poem, please be aware that we only have room for short poems, usually around 1/4 page. We only choose four poems per year, and are therefore very selective. We generally use poems that are relevant in theme and imagery for the season in which they appear. Please email your poems to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Photographer's Guidelines

Cover photos need to be vertical and composed in such a way that accommodates our masthead and cover blurbs (2.5 inches is taken up at the top of the cover by our title). We also have a short list of features at the bottom left of the cover, so a non-essential square of the photo will be written over.

Sometimes a masterful photo can be ruined by everything we stick on top of it to make our cover, so keep the layout in mind. Remember that our magazine is as much about the people who live and work in the forest as it is about the birds, animals, and plants in it. We covet shots of people interacting with nature.

The magazine is published on March 1, June 1, September 1, and December 1. Be aware of the seasonal aspect of your material.


Digital photos can be emailed to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), but please keep emails to less than 1 MB each. We can read JPEG, PDF, or TIFF files. If yours is chosen, we will request a higher-resolution image. You may also mail us a CD of your images, but digital files are preferred. In rare cases we’ll work with photographers who shoot slides, but the photographs must be spectacular. We’re not able to review unsolicited slide submissions.

Attn: Cover Photos Northern Woodlands Magazine P.O. Box 270, Lyme, NH 03768

We will hold your photos until publication of the magazine for which they are being considered, unless you ask otherwise. All materials will be returned by certified mail. Northern Woodlands purchases one-time rights to the photos we publish.


Inside: $25-$75 or by the batch

Cover: $150

Often, we need photos to accompany stories inside the magazine. These are usually less than one page in size, and payment depends on the size at which we run your photo. To ask about inside photo needs or deadlines, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) using the form below.