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Submission guidelines
for Wyoming Wildlife

Thank you for your interest in submitting articles or photography to Wyoming Wildlife. Please acquaint yourself with these guidelines before contacting us. Following these guidelines increases the likelihood that our team will review and respond to your submissions in a timely manner.

Articles

The best way to know whether an article might be a great fit for Wyoming Wildlife is to read the magazine. As a subscriber, you’ll get a sense of the types of articles we publish and the narrative tone we prefer. (Subscribe today.)

Wyoming Wildlife publishes as many as 55 feature-length articles a year, but receives hundreds of article proposals. As a prospective writer, you’ll have a better chance of getting published in Wyoming Wildlife if you follow the guidelines below.

• Query first. Send a query by email, first. A query is a short description or outline of the article you’d like to write. If we like your query, we’ll follow up with you by email. Due to the volume of queries we receive, it’s not always possible to respond to each one. Rest assured that if you’ve piqued our interest, we will contact you. Please send queries to wyomingwildlife@wyo.gov and include the word “query” in your subject line.

• No unsolicited manuscripts, please. Please do not send unsolicited manuscripts (full articles) by email or mail without querying us first. We cannot acknowledge or return unsolicited manuscripts.

• Show some Wyoming pride. The word “Wyoming” is part of our title, so please send us queries that are Wyoming-specific. We agree that the Mountain States—as a whole—are great, but we’re especially proud to be a Wyoming publication. That means each article query should include why it’s a great fit for Wyoming Wildlife (rather than for our excellent counterparts, Colorado Outdoors and Montana Outdoors).

• Plan ahead. Every issue is planned months in advance. If you’d like to write a time-sensitive or seasonal article, please give us plenty of time to review your query. For example, if you send us a query about fall fishing in September, we’re likely already at work on the December issue. (If we like your query but receive it too late to consider it for the issue for which it’s best suited, it might not run until the following year.)

• Please be patient. We are a small team, so even if we like your query we many not respond immediately. We may be on deadline for the next issue, or we may need some time to determine whether there’s a future issue for which your proposed article might be a fit.

• “What will I get paid for my article?” Payment is negotiated on a case-by-case basis based on a number of factors. Those factors include, but are not limited to, the writer’s expertise on the subject matter, the amount of research or interviewing required, the tightness of the deadline (for articles we assign) and the amount of editing/coaching the editor anticipates a writer will require. If we choose to accept your query, we’ll discuss compensation with you before you agree to write the full article.

• Prepare to be edited. If we accept your query and ask you to submit a full article, please understand that we will edit your article prior to publication. Whenever possible, we will work with you to make sure edits are amenable to you.

Photography

We’re proud to have “Wyoming” in our title, and we’re actively building our roster of Wyoming-based photographers. We work with many types of photographers in a number of different ways, including:

Wildlife photographers: We often find ourselves in need of photographs of specific species in Wyoming places. We work with wildlife photographers in two ways. In most cases, we negotiate reuse rights for existing images. Sometimes we’ll send a wildlife photographer “on assignment” to a specific area to capture images of wildlife. If you’re interested in either opportunity, please send a link to your online portfolio and note where you’re based to wyomingwildlife@wyo.gov (include “photographer” in the subject line).

Documentary photographers: From time to time, we’ll send a photographer “on assignment” for the magazine to capture images of people interacting with wildlife or nature. If you’re interested, send a link to your online portfolio and a note about where you’re based to wyomingwildlife@wyo.gov (include “photographer” in the subject line).

Illustrations

From time to time, there’s a story that’s hard to tell through a photograph. We are actively building our roster of illustrators who are well-acquainted with Wyoming’s history, species and landscapes. You need not be previously published, but our team will review your portfolio for mastery of the artistic medium you work in and evidence of a signature style. If you’re interested, send a link to your online portfolio and a note about the media you work in to wyomingwildlife@wyo.gov (include “illustrator” in the subject line).

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