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Writer’s Guidelines
Equine Journal is a monthly, all-breed/all-discipline publication for horse enthusiasts in the Northeast and surrounding areas. The purpose of our editorial is to educate, entertain, and enable amateurs and professionals alike to stay on top of new developments in the field. Every month, Equine Journal presents feature articles and columns spanning the length and breadth of horse-related activities and interests.

Feature Articles
Equine Journal welcomes freelance submissions and queries from freelance writers. We recommend that you read several current issues of our publication before sending us a query or manuscript. Digital issues can be found HERE, and our current editorial calendar can be found HERE.

Equine Journal prefers people-related, informational, training, or how-to articles, but all ideas are given consideration. We do not accept poetry, fiction, or stories told from a first-person perspective. Feature articles are generally between 1,200 to 1,800 words, and they should be typed and submitted as a Word document. It is always a good idea to query us first and send clips of previous work. Please send submissions and queries, with a detailed outline of what you plan to write about, to editorial@equinejournal.com. Allow at least eight weeks for a reply.

Event Write-ups
News stories should include a synopsis of the competition or event (who, what, where, when, and why), results of major winners if applicable, and photos. For a small, one-day show, 300 words are acceptable for the writer to highlight the action. For a larger show, 500 words are preferred. All submissions should be sent in a Word document.

Please give priority to important details of the competition while avoiding unnecessary filler information and repetition of results. For instance, if there was a close class and riders were called back for a ride-off, provide who they were and what they were asked to perform. If there was a particularly big winner throughout the show, an interview and some background information on that person would be interesting to readers. All queries for news stories can be submitted to editorial@equinejournal.com.

Photographs
Equine Journal accepts high-resolution color photos (minimum 300 dpi, at least 4x6 inches) from amateur and professional photographers to accompany feature articles and news stories. Please check our editorial calendar for a list of features that the magazine runs throughout the year. If you’re sending in photos to accompany a news story and they are taken by a professional photographer, written permission must be obtained from the photographer and sent with the submission.
All photos should be clear, with non-busy backgrounds whenever possible. All photography submissions can be sent to editorial@equinejournal.com or can be mailed to Equine Journal, c/o Kelly Ballou, 83 Leicester Street, North Oxford, MA 01537. U.S. Postal Service submissions should include a self-addressed, stamped envelope, if you would like them returned.

Rights, Deadlines, Payment
Equine Journal buys first North American Serial Rights for feature articles, along with general web rights, and pays upon publishing. The deadline is generally four to five months prior to publication.

Other Helpful Tips…
• Equine Journal follows A.P. style.
• When writing news stories and feature articles, please do not abbreviate words, and be sure to write in full sentences.
• Always read over your article (it is helpful to read to yourself out loud) before submitting it.

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