Send all story ideas and inquiries to:
P.O. Box 586
Boise, ID 83701-0586
Fax: (208) 336-3098
YES! We actively solicit submissions. We want stories that haven’t been published elsewhere, great stories just waiting to be told.
Share your Idaho with the rest of us. We are always looking for informative, entertaining writing and great photography about Idaho topics. Rather than objective, open-ended reporting, we look for a narrative: a nonfiction story with a definite beginning and end, at least some of which is told in first person. Dig into your memories, bring out your boxes of old photos, brush up on the stories you heard yesterday and the ones you heard as a child. Tell us about your background, your family, your experiences. Sometimes we’ll consider a familiar topic if it is presented from a unique slant. We consider submissions on all topics except religion and politics. We also consider true humorous pieces, but they must be from Idaho, about Idahoans, they must be true stories, and you must name names. On rare occasions we may allow a name to be withheld, but the story must be submitted with the names in order to be considered. We do NOT accept jokes, poetry, or fiction (except for our annual fiction contest).
After a story has been approved for publication, we MUST have the following items in-house before the story will be scheduled for publication:
1. The completed story
2. Accompanying story photos (please do NOT embed digital images in a document; attach them as separate jpg files)
3. Cutlines for all photos (descriptions of the photos)
4. Photo credits (name of the photographer and/or institution furnishing the photographs)
5. Author’s photo and 50± word bio
Column Word Limit
100 to 1,000 words
Feature Article Word Limit
Fictional works and creative nonfiction may be submitted to our annual Fiction Writing Contest, deadline Jan. 31. Be sure all such works are clearly marked as fiction. They should not have been previously published. Science fiction is not eligible for this contest.
IDAHO magazine buys one-time rights to articles, which may include both print and electronic versions. This does not require the written exchange of copyright from freelancers to the magazine. When we are asked for permission to reprint articles, the requests will be forwarded to the author. We reserve the right to edit and rewrite to comply with our style or space requirements.
We accept proposals and unsolicited manuscripts. Accepting a manuscript does not guarantee publication. If you want materials returned, include a self-addressed return envelope with appropriate postage. We prefer electronic submissions, and prefer that they be sent in Microsoft Word, if possible. Hard copies must be typed. Do not send an original or sole copy. We are not responsible for unsolicited manuscripts or photos.
Some of our best stories come from photographers’ submissions. IDAHO magazine considers photographs that accompany stories submitted for publication. Each issue, the best and most appropriate image submitted is chosen for the cover.
All photos should include a description of the subject matter (names, dates, locations, activities) for captions. They should have the photographer(s) name attached to each photo. If the photo is being loaned by an organization or individual, please list the names so proper credit can be given. Either print or digital copies are acceptable.
• All digital images must be at least 300 dpi and 8″ x 10″
• Prints must be a minimum of 4″ x 6″
• We accept high resolution JPG, TIFF or EPS images
These are some of the topics we cover:
cities & towns
Idaho crafts & trades
wildlife and flora
things to do
. . . and more!
Get into IDAHO magazine’s Calendar of Events!
There’s no such thing as having your information to us too early.
1. Your event MUST take place in Idaho. Ad space is available for events taking place in any other state.
2. Any event open to the public for a reasonable cost is eligible for a listing on the calendar. We define a “reasonable cost” as something a family could afford to attend with their children. Admission costs need to be under $10 for adults, $5 for children, and things that are free for kids are even better.
3. More costly events may be considered if they are community projects or fundraisers. Write to Ruby Tanner with inquiries if your event is more costly, but you think it might qualify.
4. Send ONE-LINE CALENDAR LISTINGS to:
Calendar Submission Deadlines
All event details, contact information and photos are due on or before the fifteenth of the month, two issues prior to publication. Event publication is first-come, first-served. Publication is not guaranteed, because of space limitations.