Thank you for your interest in Homestead Living magazine. If you are interested in submitting content or photography to the magazine, it must adhere to the following guidelines.
Editorial Submission Guidelines
We welcome feature article ideas and submissions for our quarterly publication of Homestead Living!
We typically assign feature articles to writers on staff, writers within our existing community, or freelancers. For feature articles, write a brief pitch telling us why the idea is different, newsworthy, and interesting for our readers. Submit your idea with a brief summary or excerpt in a query letter of no more than 1 page. If you have published writing samples, please mention your most relevant writing credits and include 2 or 3 samples of your work.
If selected, you will be asked to submit an article of 1,000-1,600 words, complete with at least three (3) high-resolution images and a high-resolution headshot. Your article should also include a 3-4 sentence personal bio at the conclusion of the piece. There will be deadlines for submission which must be met — failure to do so will mean we cannot publish your work and will be unlikely to do so in the future.
Please read and review past issues of the magazine to make sure we cover the topic you have in mind and to see our story format. You may also research back issues online to make sure we haven’t recently covered the topic you have in mind. All stories must have a connection to homesteading, health, self-sufficiency, or sustainability. Submissions must be exclusive to our publication and are unlikely to be accepted if they are longer than 1,600 words. Please do not submit articles that have been published elsewhere in print or online. We reserve the right to accept or reject a specific query based on quality, appropriateness, and editorial needs.
Photo Submission Guidelines
We welcome your photo submissions. All images should be a high resolution and a minimum 300 dpi. Submit only high-resolution, original photos as JPEGs or TIFFs. (Important note: Increasing the resolution of a previously saved file will not increase the image quality).
If your article is selected for publication, we will also need a high-resolution headshot for display on our website and PDF releases, as well as for the print edition of our magazine.
Please include any required photographer credit. Identify everyone in the photo by name and class year and include the date, place, and any other pertinent details about the photo.
We will not accept photos that have been altered in any way including with Instagram filters or images that have been altered in Photoshop.
By submitting your photo to us, you understand that we may use it in the printed magazine, online, and/or on the Homestead Living social media pages.
Selection, publication, and compensation:
There are many factors that go into our decision to publish or not. A compelling topic or unique approach to a story is important, as well as the quality of writing and depth of thinking. While not essential, the majority of published articles contain practical guidance and helpful information on a certain topic related to homesteading and sustainable living.
While the majority of our writing staff contributes on a voluntary basis, we can and will consider some level of compensation, depending on the nature of your work and the potential for recurring submissions. It should be noted, however, that we cannot guarantee compensation, particularly for submissions that are not selected.
General Editorial Guidance:
We adhere to AP style guidelines. Writing should be in a narrative tone, intelligent but conversational.
Quotes and Sources:
If your submission includes quotes, they must be accurately sourced and the subject of the quote should add to the content and not feel out of place for the submission or the magazine.
If you are citing statistics, facts from third parties, etc., please include a list of your sources along with your submission.