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Writer's Guidelines for Homesteading Magazines


Writing for Homesteading Magazines

Following is a list of submission guidelines for homesteading magazines. There are many magazines that people knowledgeable in the skills involved in homesteading could write for.

These magazines have a fairly specific focus, and anyone wanting to write for them should make themselves familiar with the tone and style of the magazine before making a submission. Many of these magazines have articles that can be read online.

BackHome Guidelines

BackHome Magazine is a magazine for people who want to learn how to do things for themselves. They are looking for people with experience to write articles, preferably in first person. The subjects range from Gardening, home construction and repair, cooking, livestock, crafts, and workshop projects to Outdoor recreation, family activities and vacations, home business, home based and other education and community action. They're looking for articles that will improve the quality of life of the readers. They seldom publish essays or philosophical contemplations.

Base pay is $35 a printed page.

Recent articles include: Tomato Jam, Benign fly control, Build a Loafing Shed and orchard Mason Beehouse.

Grit Magazine

Grit Magazine Guidelines

Grit is a magazine that celebrates the people that live on the land. It celebrates the ingenuity of the generations of self sufficient families. To write for Grit, be sure that you understand the rural lifestyle, gardening or urban farming.

Grit publishes feature-length articles on topics of interest to those living in rural areas, on farms or ranches, or those interested in the rural lifestyle. Articles will be from 800 to 1,500 words. All articles are assigned. No unsolicited manuscripts.

Rates vary depending on experience and expertise. Fees are negotiated on an individual basis. Payment will include two contributor's copies.

Recent articles include: Living off The Land, Finding the Right Chile Pepper for You, and the Worst Invasive Garden Weeds.

Backwoods Home Magazine

Backwoods Home Magazine Guidelines

This magazine is oriented towards people who want to live self reliantly. It's focus is showing people how to build their own home, how to produce their own energy, how to grow their own food produce and how to make a living in a rural setting. They also cover similar subjects including health, raising animals, food preservation, country skills, home schooling, arts and crafts, recipes, and book reviews.

Their readers value independence, and are looking for hard facts as to how to do things, not opinions. Backwoods home magazine is looking for people with actual experience to write articles about what they have done, not researched articles. They rarely print articles about what other people are doing.

Recent articles include LED Lighting, Making your own Firestarter, Saving Seeds, Is That a Good Pig? and Cabbage for Good Health and Great Eating.

Payment is $30-$200

Hobby Farms Home Magazine

Hobby Farm Home Magazine Guidelines

Hobby Farm Home is targeted toward the home of a small farm. Hobby Farm Home's focus is the daily tasks that keep the heart of the farm running. This includes such activities as home cooking, kitchen gardening, crafts, home maintenance, home-based businesses, nature activities, outdoor living and pets. Though Hobby Farm Home targets women, the magazine aims for gender neutrality.

Some of the topics include: gardening; how-to guides; rural, country and farm events; profiles of successful hobby farmers and home-based entrepreneurs; preserving the harvest; decorating the farmstead; the beauty of nature and the joys of country life.

Recent articles include: Fire Safety on the Farm, We all Scream for Ice Cream, Sew Ready and Sweet as Honey.

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Payment: Rates are dependent on quality and how long the writer has been working with them. Feature articles start at $300.

Permaculture Magazine

Permaculture Magazine Guidelines

Permaculture Magazine is looking for articles that inform and inspire people to live in a more self sufficient manner. Topics range from planting a garden to setting up a renewable energy system to learning a craft. They also want ideas involving community groups: projects, organization, conflict resolution etc. The other topics that Permaculture is interested in is articles relating to sustainable living, covering a wide variety of topics such as ecovillages, peak oil and energy decline. They are not looking for ideological arguments to persuade people that sustainable living is the way to go.

Length is 1000-1500 words. Payment for articles is by barter for display advertisements, subscriptions or books.

Recent articles include: Nomadic Permaculture & how to make a roof garden (on a narrowboat), BREAKING NEWS - Public Sector Adopt Sustainable Fish Standards and Foxes on the Farm.

Hobby Farm Magazine

Hobby Farm Magazine Guidelines

This magazine is aimed at small farms, hobby farmers, people who live in, or would like to live in the country. Topics include: livestock breed profiles, how -to articles, rural events, profiles of successful hobby farmers, gardening and cottage industries.

Articles should be 2000-2500 words.

Payment for feature articles starts at $300.

Recent articles include: True Dexter Dexterity, Snuffling for Truffles, Cherished cherry tomatoes and Install Solar collectors.

Urban Farm Magazine

Urban Farm Magazine Guidelines

Urban Farm Magazine's focus is increasing self sufficiency on any size property. Topics include how to projects, small scale gardening, backyard livestock, profiles of urban farmers, recipes, sustainable community efforts, and green living. Feature articles should be 1000-2000 words.

Rates of pay depend on quality and the amount of time the writer has been working with them.

Recent articles include: Putting permaculture in your backyard, Perfect Your Garden Plan, Easy Cold Frames, Save Money and Energy in the Kitchen.

Mother Earth News Magazine

Mother Earth News Guidelines

One of the original self sufficiency magazines. Mother Earth news focuses on self-sufficiency, financial independence and green living. Practicality is very important. Topics they're looking for include: sustainable homesteading, organic gardening, real food, country skills, renewable energy, green transportation, natural health, environmental consciousness, and farming and livestock.

Most feature articles are written by their contributing editors, though some are assigned to freelance writers who have expertise in the field they're writing for. There are opportunities for readers to post in two columns: Country Lore and First Hand Reports. These pay $25 to $100.

Recent articles include: Easy Bread to Bake, Vertical gardening and Fresh Food in Winter.

Small Farm Today

Small Farm Today Magazine Guidelines

Small Farm Today Magazine focuses on small farms, rural living, community and entrepreneurship on the farm. Topics include how-to" articles (how to grow, raise, market, build, etc), as well as articles about small farmers who are experiencing success through diversification, specialty/alternative crops and livestock, and direct marketing. It is very important that the article take the topic all the way from the start to the end and include production costs, budgets and potential profits. Length should be from 800 to 3000 words.

Payment: 3.5 cents per word for each word published for first serial rights and nonexclusive reprint rights.

Recent articles include: Low Cost Cattle Panel Hoop Houses, Breeding Alpacas for Fun and Fiber, Future Risk of Genetic Exploration and Modern Marketing of Colored Mohair

Countryside Journal

Countryside Magazine and Small Stock Journal Guidelines

Their philosophy: It's not a single idea, but many ideas and attitudes, including a reverence for nature and a preference for country life; a desire for maximum personal self-reliance and creative leisure; a concern for family nurture and community cohesion; a belief that the primary reward of work should be well-being rather than money; a certain nostalgia for the supposed simplicities of the past and an anxiety about the technological and bureaucratic complexities of the present and the future; and a taste for the plain and functional.

Countryside reflects and supports the simple life, and calls its practitioners "homesteaders."

This is a non-paying market. Countryside Journal has no guidelines and no paid writers. Subscribers are encouraged to submit articles.

Recent articles include: Removing porcupine quills, A grain drill for small plantings, The Old-Time Scotch Collie: Your grandfather's farm dog comes home and The natural antibiotic: oregano.

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    This is the link to the magazine. There are no guidelines.

From Scratch Magazine Guidelines

This is an online magazine and blog that is dedicated to the homesteading community. Pictures and useful information make the backbone of this publication. Topics include: Gardening and farming, animals and livestock, food and recipes, tools and do-it-yourself projects, sewing and more.

There is no monetary payment. If published you get a link back to your website and a byline credit. Your contact information will also appear on the contributors section of the website.

Heirloom Gardener

Heirloom Gardener Guidelines

Heirloom Gardener is dedicated to those interested in heirloom plants and animals. The magazine features articles in all aspects of heirloom living including growing organically, eating locally, saving your own seed, preserving your harvest and living more self sufficiently. Recent articles include: For the Love of Onions, and Storing the Surplus: Making Your Harvest Last.

Guidelines: Minimum 1000 words, Maximum 2500 words. Articles that are too long will be edited. They are looking for recipes, information about farmers markets, gardening memories and more.

Here are some other places to look for markets.

Have You Had an Article Published?

Have you submitted an article to a country living or self sufficiency magazine? This includes not only magazines listed here, but any magazine that focuses on living in a rural area, or trying to be more self sufficient where ever you live. Was it published? Let us know. I'f you'd like to share where you were published and what your article was about, please feel free to.

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Tony Burton on October 12, 2014:

This was a very nice and concise collection of information about submitting to these magazines. I have had two articles published by Countryside and Small Stock Journal. As you say, they don't have clear guidelines for writers. And although it appears that they now do not pay writers for submitted articles, both of my articles were paid, and each also garnered 6 comp copies. (The pay was minimal, but hey, $50 is $5o!)

michaelhaggen on April 02, 2013:

This is very awesome. i find this very helpful especially for me. Thanks!

anonymous on March 19, 2012:

Hello, thank you for the informative guidelines. We just found Backyard Poultry Magazine. We don't know what their guidelines are. But, looks very interesting.

sousababy on November 19, 2011:

I have never written anything for an agricultural magazine - thanks for providing these wonderful guidelines and resources.

Renaissance Woman from Colorado on June 26, 2011:

Thank you for making it convenient for green lifestyle writers to pursue article submission opportunities. I am getting ready to submit to Mother Earth News. :-) Nicely done!

Jeremy from Tokyo, Japan on June 18, 2011:

This is great info for homesteader/writers. Well curated.

sociopath-free on June 18, 2011:

I'm sure writers in this niche will find your info helpful.

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