2016 Contributor Submission Guidelines
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 We accept only unpublished, original stories.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 email@example.com
Contributors are paid within 60 days of publication. All invoices and billing inquiries should be addressed to:
Paula Mitchell Associate Publisher & Advertising Director firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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