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Q: What are your Writer's Guidelines?
A: Writers are encouraged to submit queries on article ideas. These should be no more than a page, and should include a summary of the idea, including the angle you will hang the story on, and a sense of what makes this piece different from all others on the same or a similar subject. Many queries are turned down because we have no idea what the writer is getting at. Be sure that your letter is absolutely clear. We've found that if you can't sum up the point of the article in a sentence or two, the article doesn't have a point.
Pieces that depend on writing style, such as humor, mood, and nostalgia or essays often can't be queried and may be submitted in manuscript form. The same is true of short tips. All submissions to FIELD & STREAM are on an on-spec basis.
Before submitting anything, however, we encourage you to study, not simply read, the magazine. Many pieces are rejected because they do not fit the tone or style of the magazine, or fail to match the subject of the article with the overall subject matter of FIELD & STREAM. Above all, study the magazine before submitting anything.
FIELD & STREAM does not pay by the word. Payment ranges from $100 to as much as several thousand dollars, depending on the quality of the work, the experience of the author, and the difficulty of obtaining the story.
All queries and completed manuscripts submitted to FIELD & STREAM must be typed and double spaced. The magazine also accepts 3.5-inch disks or submissions by e-mail (email@example.com), but does not accept fax submissions. Address all material to The Editor, Sid Evans, FIELD & STREAM, 2 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016, and include a stamped, self-addressed envelope.
FIELD & STREAM needs an accurate word count for every submission. Estimates based on the old system of 250 words per page have proven inaccurate. Please make your word counts accurate and include them at the top of the first page of every submission.
Q: What are your Photo Guidelines?
A: Field & Stream has earned a reputation as the premier showcase for the sporting photographer's work. Photo submissions are welcomed, but we strongly urge you to drop us a query letter or contact us by telephone call before sending a submission.
Editorial photo needs:
All work should adhere to professional standards; sharp focus, accurate color, intelligent composition, etc. Although showing the steps involved in hunting and fishing is essential, we are constantly on the lookout for photos that go beyond the obvious and bring the viewer into the action. We encourage you to think Ã¬journalisticÃ®--to find the narrative in what you see. In other words, try to tell a story. Instead of focusing only on the kill or catch, photograph what preceeded the moment and what followed--the small details as well as the vistas. Watch for opportunities to inject humor, whimsy, irony, frustration, joy... The passion for the sport.
Avoid overt product endorsements on caps, boats, etc. whenever possible. Also, take into consideration what your subject is wearing (perhaps that bright white shirt should be replaced by another of a color that contrasts more effectively with the white of the boatÃs deck).
Above all, your work must be accurate. F&S readers know their stuff. They will call you on the smallest detail if it is wrong.
Hmmmm, it seems as if that email address is no longer valid. Any ideas on a current delivery method?
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