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Tennessee Wildlife Magazine

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Tennessee Wildlife Magazine is the official publication of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

It is published quarterly and provides our agency an excellent way to communicate with everyone interested in the great Tennessee Outdoors.

Within its pages you'll find interesting stories about all species of wildlife in our state.   Deer hunters will appreciate the stories that include tips on how and where to find white-tails on lands that our agency manages. 

Fisherman will be amazed at the fabulous variety of fishing opportunities featured.  Wildlife watchers will enjoy learning about agency restoration efforts.

If you are already a subscriber, welcome to our site! 

We invite you to enjoy our magazine with a subscription that will deliver a first-class color magazine to your door every quarter. A subscription to Tennessee Wildlife Magazine also makes a great gift!

For just $10 per year, you can't go wrong.  Multiple years are an even better deal. A two-year subscription is $17 and a three year is just $25.

Inside the Fall 2020 Issue

In addition, to the popular yearly TWRA calendar, three other quarterly magazines are also published. The 2020 Fall issue contains the following stories:

Off The Beaten Path – Austin Bornheim

How TWRA officers are coping with the pandemic and interacting with the public

Folklore to the Test  –  Cory Highway, Abigail Blake-Bradshaw, Nick Masto, Jamie Feddersen, Bradley Cohen

Researchers to examine local beliefs of duck movement in West Tennessee

Life of a Reservoir – Mike Jolley

Reservoirs produce some of our largest fish, but what goes into maintaining them?

Going Strong – Austin Bornheim

With 200 episodes recorded, what keeps TWRA’s podcast, WildCast, on the forefront of social media

Building Relationships – David Lowrie

Fishing offers a chance for families to bond in a way that few other sports can

Wildlife Magazine Editorial Guidelines

Tennessee Wildlife Magazine

Thanks for your interest in Tennessee Wildlife magazine! Tennessee Wildlife is published four times a year by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

Our readers appreciate the beauty and drama of wildlife but are primarily interested in what’s happening in Tennessee. Some are hunters and fishermen; others are campers, hikers, birders and nature enthusiasts. For our contributors, the Tennessee angle is all-important. Readers will find beauty, adventure, human interest, an occasional shock, some humor and a little crusading. We strive to be interesting and relevant. We want vital, creative writing that holds the reader’s attention along with dramatic photography and artwork.

While agency personnel write many of our articles, there is still room for excellent, timely free-lance pieces, but it is best to query the editor before writing an article since we often have special educational needs.

We are always looking for well-written fishing and hunting stories about Tennessee and stories which emphasize more than just the harvest. We need stories that include outdoor ethics and nature appreciation themes. We receive queries for too many “me and Joe” type stories and would like to see more articles written from the third person. Articles including fresh material on subjects we have not used recently, and which offer a good variety of photographs, gain our attention first.

The magazine is seasonal in content and contributors should keep that in mind. Most stories are scheduled from six months to a year in advance. All work submitted for an issue must be in our office no later than 90 days prior to publication.

Submissions are kept on file indefinitely if we feel they have potential for use in future issues. If you want your article returned by a certain date, please tell us in a cover letter submitted with your manuscript.

Preparing Your Manuscript

Please submit sample manuscripts or manuscripts you would like to be considered for publication through the link provided below.

Manuscripts must be typed and double spaced. Articles are normally 1,100-1,4000 words. Please number each page at the bottom.

Payment is $.15 per word on publication.

Photography Guidelines

We are primarily interested in photos of wildlife in their natural surroundings and people enjoying outdoor recreational activities such as fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, etc. Pictures should be correctly exposed, sharply focused and effectively composed. Emphasis should be on the subject matter and action. The setting should be as close to the typical Tennessee landscape as possible. Pictures accompanying manuscripts should be done in picture-story style. Photographs should lend a special informative contribution to the events and excitement surrounding the story. Photos accompanying an assigned article should have the necessary information describing the “who, what, when, where, why and hows” taking place in the photo. All photos must list the photographer.

TWRA reserves the right to use all submitted photos in Tennessee Wildlife Magazine, website, social media and other agency documents. Photographer's whose photos are used in the magazine will be compensated

Submitting Your Photographs

We accept digital images in JPEG,  JPG and TIF format.

  • Additionally, we accept black and white glossies—5 x 7 or 8 x 10.
  • We do not accept Polaroid or other “instant” prints.

Payment Rates for Photos

  Color Black & White
1/4 page & under $20.00 $12.50
1/2 page & under $30.00 $20.00
Back cover $50.00  
Front cover $60.00  

Payment Rates for Original Art

1/2 page & under $40
full page & under $75
Full spread $150
Cover $125