2020 Contributor Submission Guidelines

DeSoto Magazine, produced by DeSoto Media, is an upscale lifestyles publication focused on stories about life in Mississippi, Memphis and the Mid-South (primarily Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, and Arkansas). Published 12 times a year with a readership of more than 40,000, 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 from the South, but we do consider new writers who have been carefully vetted. Our editorial calendar is developed in-house by our editorial team with assignments made to our local writers. We do welcome pitches, but we do not accept unsolicited manuscripts.

Submission Process: Please email a complete story pitch outlining your idea, including a prospective source list, to desotoeditor@gmail.com. Please indicate if you are simultaneously submitting an idea to other publications. We accept only unpublished, original stories.

Please review past copies of our magazine at https://issuu.com/desotomagazine to understand our style and content and to see what stories have already been covered.

Please send two-to-three clips of your published work and tell us about yourself. Let us know if you like to write about food, music, books, health, and other topics of interest. We may have an assignment for you related to one of those topics!

Our editorial content consists of both features and department pieces with the general length as follows: Features: 1,000 – 1,200 words; Departments – 750 to 850 words; and Essays (Reflections) 500 words.

DeSoto Magazine follows an editorial calendar* and most of our stories will fit into these themes:

January – Culinary Arts

February – Health & Wellness/Heart Health

March – Green & Gardening

April – Destinations/Travel

May – Art & Architecture

June – Wedding Issue

July – Celebrations

August – Southern Music

Sept. – All about Fall

Oct. – Outdoor Adventures

Nov. – Making a Difference/Charitable Giving

Dec. – Holiday Wishes & More

*The 2020 editorial calendar will change slightly. Please watch our website for new themes.
DeSoto Magazine Style Guide 
We appreciate your work and strive to produce interesting and readable stories. Please follow these stated guidelines to ensure we create the highest quality articles and maintain 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 to edit content and length, and we do request rewrites, if necessary.

: When submitting a final article, please include this template at the top:

Issue Date:

Suggested Title:

Your Final Word Count:


Photography Credits:

In addition to AP style guidelines, we also have specific in-house styles rules. Please consider these style rules when writing:

1) Single space after period.

2) Articles should be single spaced and paragraphs indented, instead of block style formatting.

3) Mid-South — Correct style for DeSoto Magazine

4) Please use present tense for source quotes. “I like ice cream,” he says. (Current AP Style)
5) 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…”

6) For recipes, please write out entire word for measurements. i.e. Tablespoon, tablespoons, teaspoons, pounds, ounces. 
7) Articles should reference two sources and include direct quotes.

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

We work two-to-three months in advance; for example, assignments for our October issue were made on July 15 and were due on August 15. We like to get holiday pitches even further in advance for planning. Dates are subject to change.

January 2020 — Editorial due Nov. 15, 2019

February 2020 — Editorial due Dec. 15, 2019

March 2020 — Editorial due Jan. 15, 2020

April 2020 — Editorial due Feb. 14, 2020

May 2020 — Editorial due March 15
, 2020
June 2020— Editorial due April 15
, 2020
July 2020 — Editorial due May 15
, 2020
August 2020 — Editorial due June 15, 2020

September 2020 – Editorial due July 15
, 2020
October 2020 – Editorial due August 15, 2020

November 2020 – Editorial due Sept. 15, 2020

December 2020 – Editorial due Oct. 15
, 2020
January 2021 — Editorial due Nov.15, 2020

Current rates are $240, Features;
$175, Departments;
$100, Essays and In Good Spirits department.
Currently, we are unable to pay for photography. Payment is made during the month of publication. All invoices are to be sent to Paula Mitchell at paula@desotomag.com. We do reserve the right to hold a story until a later issue at which time payment is made.