2016 Contributor Submission Guidelines

2016 Contributor Submission Guidelines and Style Guide

Contributor Submission Guidelines

DeSoto Magazine, produced by DeSoto Media, is an upscale lifestyles publication focused on stories about life in Mississippi, Memphis and the Southeast. Published 12 times/ year with a readership of more than 30,000, DeSoto Magazine celebrates the best of life in our region and is packed with original stories, essays and photography. We create a diverse editorial content with regular features about people, cuisine, history, southern culture, human interest, travel, gardening, health and the arts. DeSoto Media is always looking for fresh ideas and stories for publication. We work regularly with freelance contributors and welcome new writers. Our editorial is often developed in-house with assignments made to writers. However, we do welcome pitches. Our content focuses on the Southeast in general, more heavily in Mississippi, Tennessee, Louisiana and Arkansas.
Submission Process
Please email us a complete story pitch outlining your idea, including a perspective source list, to karen@desotomag.com
If you are a new writer, please send us 2-3 clips of your published work
Please indicate if you are simultaneously submitting. We accept only unpublished, original stories. Simultaneous submissions are welcome as long as the idea/story has not been sold or published to another outlet, especially locally. Please review past copies of our magazine at www.desotomagazine.com to understand our style and content.
Our editorial consists of both features and department pieces with the general length as follows:
Features – 1,000 – 1,200 words
Essays – 500 to 600 words
Departments – 750 to 800 words
Currently, Desoto Magazine does not purchase photography from contributors.
Invoices and Payment
DeSoto Magazine pays .15/word. Payment is made on the final, edited word count. Invoices for payment should be sent directly to Paula Mitchell at paula@desotomag.com
Contributors are paid within 60 days of publication. All invoices and billing inquiries should be addressed to:
Paula Mitchell
Associate Publisher & Advertising Director
paula@desotomag.com
DeSoto Media
2375 Memphis Street
Suite 205
Hernando, MS 38632
Phone: 662.429.4617
Fax: 662.449.5813

DeSoto Magazine Style Guide – 2016

We appreciate your work and hope to produce the best pieces possible for Desoto. With that in mind, please follow these stated guidelines to ensure we create the highest quality articles and the most efficient production process possible. We follow the Associated Press Stylebook (www.apstylebook.com) with custom in-house formatting. Writers should have a good working knowledge of AP style and fact check each piece. We reserve the right edit content, length, fact check and request rewrites if necessary.
Format
When submitting a final article, please follow these formatting guidelines at the top of the page:
 Article Description/Department – (i.e. Cuisine, feature etc)
 Title
 Word Count
 Name of Writer
 Photography Credits

DeSoto Magazine follows AP style guidelines for all editorial. Additionally, we follow specific in-house styles rules. Please consider these style guides when writing.

1) Single space after period.

2) We indent paragraphs instead of using block style formatting.

2) Mid-South — Correct Spelling

3) Please use past tense for source quotes. “I like ice cream,” he said.

4) When referencing URLs, place at the end of the article, not in the body. Please be as simple as possible using “www.xxxx”. We simply reference the site, omitting “For more information…”

5) For recipes, please write out entire word for measurements. i.e. Tablespoon, tablespoons, teaspoons, pounds, ounces. 
If a recipe calls for a can of mushroom soup you include the ounces, like this: 
1 can (18 ounces) of mushroom soup 
Use specific language when listing steps/directions for recipe

6) Articles should reference two sources at least.

7) Sidebars are welcome. This is a great place to capture detailed info for readers, like addresses, URLs, websites, phones or create lists.

May – Editorial due  April 11

June – Editorial due  May 11 

July – Editorial due  June 11 

August – Editorial due  July 11 

September – Editorial due  Aug 11 

October – Editorial due  Sept 12

November – Editorial due  Oct 11

December – Editorial due  Nov 11

January – Editorial due Dec 12