Tennessee Wildlife Magazine
Wildlife Magazine Editorial Guidelines
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 writes 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 in 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 the 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.
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. No drone pictures. Please do not harass the wildlife to obtain images.
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. Photographers whose photos are used in the magazine will be compensated
Submitting Your Photographs
We accept digital images in JPEG, and PNG formats.
- Additionally, we accept black and white glossies—5 x 7 or 8 x 10.
- We do not accept Polaroids 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|
Payment Rates for Original Art
|1/2 page & under||$40|
|full page & under||$75|