2019 Contributor Submission Guidelines

2019 Writers Guidelines for DeSoto Magazine

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 content is developed in-house by our editorial team with assignments made to 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 desantis.maryann@gmail.com. Please indicate if you are simultaneously submitting an idea to other publications. We accept only unpublished, original stories.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 https://issuu.com/desotomagazine to understand our style and content and to see what stories have already been covered.

If you are a new writer, please send us two-to-three clips of your published work and please tell us about yourself and what topics are of most interest. Let us know if you like to write about food, music, books, health, etc.

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. Please view the current issue to see our departments: www.desotomagazine.com.

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 – Bridal Issue
July – Celebrations
August – Southern Music
Sept. – All about Fall
Oct. – Outdoor Adventures
Nov. – Making a Difference/Charitable Giving
Dec. – Holiday Wishes

DeSoto Magazine Style Guide – 2019
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 include this template at the top of your article:
Issue Date:
Suggested Title:
Your Final Word Count:
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) Articles should be single spaced and paragraphs indented, instead of block style formatting.
2) Mid-South — Correct Spelling
3) Please use present tense for source quotes. “I like ice cream,” he says. (Current AP Style)
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. 
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.

We work two-to-three months in advance; for example, assignments for our August issue were made on May 15 and will be due on June 15. On June 15, we will be making assignments for our September issue. We like to get holiday pitches even further in advance for planning. Dates are subject to change.

January 2019 — Editorial due November 15, 2018
February 2019 — Editorial due December 20,2018
March 2019 — Editorial due January 15, 2019
April 2019 — Editorial due February 14
May 2019 — Editorial due March 15
June 2019 — Editorial due April 15
July 2019 — Editorial due May 15
August 2019 — Editorial due June 15
September 2019 – Editorial due July 15
October 2019 – Editorial due August 15
November 2019 – Editorial due September 15
December 2019 – Editorial due October 15
January 2020 — Editorial due November 15, 2019

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.