As Florida Wildlife moves forward with a digital format and with a refocused editorial vision, the magazine is seeking new writers, photographers and illustrators. Contributors will receive credit for their work in this award-winning publication.
The magazine accepts submissions with the understanding that the materials submitted can be used in Florida Wildlife and its associated website and the person submitting the materials will receive no monetary payment, but will be given proper credit for those materials. Submitted materials will not be used for anything other than the magazine and its website without express permission.
First-time rights to publish manuscripts and photographs are preferred. Please indicate if submissions are being considered by other publishers.
Submissions are on speculation. Florida Wildlife reserves the right to use all or part of any submission and to edit for content and/or size. Queries will be answered as time permits. Self-addressed return envelopes with sufficient postage should accompany submissions if the material is to be returned to the author.
Digital submissions should be sent via e-mail to: FloridaWildlife@MyFWC.com.
How-to articles with tips and techniques for beginners.
Freshwater and saltwater fishing articles.
Hunting and hunting-related stories.
Articles about outdoor activities such as tracking, diving, boating, hiking, wildlife watching, etc.
Florida Wildlife does accept well-written and exciting stories about Florida fishing, hunting and nature-based recreation. These stories should emphasize the appreciation of the overall outdoor experience and not focus solely on the taking of fish or game. Of particular interest are articles about or of interest to novices of outdoor activities. Stories should also reflect the concern hunters, anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts have about conserving wildlife and the habitat.
Typed manuscripts of up to 500 words may be submitted via e-mail, computer disc or in hard-copy format. The first page should include the writer’s name, address, telephone number and e-mail address.
Poetry and handwritten manuscripts will not be considered for publication.
Manuscripts that include photographs or artwork are more likely to be considered for publication. Include a brief description of the action, person or place being pictured. If the photograph or artwork is not that of the author’s, the photographer’s pertinent information and permission to use the photograph should be included.
Be sure to include who, what, where, when, why and how in your story.
Maintain a tight focus on your subject matter.
Write in the active voice, not the passive voice. An example – Passive: Three suspects were arrested by wildlife officers. Active: Wildlife officers arrested three suspects.
Include sidebar information such as where to get additional information, the best place(s) to participate in the activity, how-to tips, how family members may join in or how they may participate in complimentary activities, recipes, etc.
Avoid anthropomorphism of animals. (Attributing human feelings or thoughts to non-humans)
Florida Wildlife has a long history of showcasing outstanding and award-winning photography and artwork. In order to continue this tradition, only extremely sharp, in-focus and well lit photograph submissions are considered for publication. High-resolution scans rather than film are preferred in order to avoid damage to or loss of original work.
Florida Wildlife strives to show wildlife and nature-based recreation in the most realistic manner possible. To that end, photographs in the magazine are minimally edited. Minor adjustments to brightness, contrast and color balance may be made. The photograph may be cropped, rotated, flipped or type may be added on top of the image.
Magazine staff attempts to ensure photographs in the magazine have not been edited by cloning, removing or adding subject matter. Examples of editing not acceptable include, but are not limited to, erasing or cloning over subjects in the photograph, enlarging portions of the image such as a fish or antlers or adding items to the image such as safety vests or jackets.
Each image submitted, whether digital, transparency or glossy print, should be labeled with the photographer’s name and a number. The number should correspond with a separate caption sheet. The caption sheet should describe the action, place and/or person pictured. Include the name, address, telephone number and e-mail address of the photographer.
We prefer photographs and artwork to be submitted electronically. Digital image sizes should be at least equal to 72dpi at 8.5 x 11.
If e-mailed, larger files should be sent singly and as JPEGs. If submitted via CD, images may be RAW, JPEG, TIFF or EPS.
We will accept 35mm or larger first-generation slides or negatives and quality color prints, preferably 8x10.
Photographs should be taken in Florida or illustrate species living in Florida.
Photographs and artwork should portray hunting, fishing and all other activities conforming to Florida’s legal regulations, safety practices and to ethical and conservation-minded standards.
Soft focus or blurred photographs will not be considered. Nor will images that have been edited in a photo retouching program. Minor adjustments to brightness/contrast/color may be made, but adding/eliminating/cloning items is not acceptable by this publication.
Images obviously photographed outside of Florida, such as those with snow or mountains or with species not known in the state will not be considered.
Photographs of people wearing clothing with profane and/or explict words or images will not be considered, nor will photographs of people smoking or consuming alcohol, unless the photo is not current but illustrates how times have changed.
Editor, Florida Wildlife, 620 S. Meridian St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600
Phone: 850-410-4944 or 850-488-5563
Because the format of Florida Wildlife magazine changed since the 2010 art and photography contests were announced, the 2010 contests were suspended.
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