Do you have a story about Silver State heritage, history, people, places, or an only-in-Nevada experience? If so, we want you to write for us! Nevada Magazine & Visitor Guide is looking for freelance writers to help us inspire and inform readers about the wonders of our state. Below, you’ll find details on how to turn your ideas into published stories.
QUERIES: In order for us to consider your story, please submit a detailed query or outline with specific story elements, see sample below. Direct queries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
STORIES: After your story query is approved by the editorial team, the next step is to submit your story. Most stories range from 500 to 1,500 words. Please note that new writers may be asked to submit a writing sample at this stage. Submissions should include a suggested title, subhead, and preferred byline. Your name, address, phone number(s), and e-mail address should be at the top of the story. See sample below.
Nevada Magazine & Visitor Guide is produced only four times a year, which means that stories can take time to develop. Please be patient. A sample copy of the magazine is available by request. The editors reserve the right to edit all material.
PAYMENT: Stories are accepted on speculation. Payment is on publication and varies with article length and quality. We prefer to establish a flat rate of $250 or less with writers if possible. For Web stories published on nevadamagazine.com, we pay a flat rate of $150 unless otherwise negotiated. Nevada Magazine & Visitor Guide does not pay expenses (travel costs, etc.). It is important to note that payment is made by direct deposit and could take up to a month after publication to get processed.
For printed stories, the magazine buys first North American rights, as well as the right to publish, distribute, archive, and otherwise use the material in whole or in part in print, electronic, or any other media, and for promotional purposes related to Nevada Magazine’s publications and services.
DEVELOPING STORY IDEAS: Stories in Nevada Magazine & Visitor Guide are written from personal experience and research. What we offer our readers is an authoritative, authentic look at the state. You do not have to live here, but doing a story based solely on web research is rarely enough to get a query accepted. When developing your ideas, please consider Nevada Magazine & Visitor Guide structure and format. The magazine’s format includes the following:
Any interesting Nevada story that rises to the level of a feature story. These are longer and more in-depth than stories that appear in other departments.
Features destination stories for Nevada’s larger cities, such as Elko, Tonopah, Fallon, Reno, Las Vegas, etc. These stories explore notable landmarks, places, special events, new offerings, or favorite discoveries within the community.
This section is about destination stories for Nevada’s rural towns and regions. Along with road trip and travel tales, these stories also talk about how and where to enjoy the beautiful Nevada landscape.
Usually stories centered on food and drink, such as new or interesting restaurants, wine stores, or coffee houses, or chef spotlights. Including a recipe is a nice touch.
Celebrating the Silver State’s heritage and past by focusing on events, people, and places.
PHOTOS: Nevada Magazine & Visitor Guide prefers digital photos but will accept transparencies and prints. Please send photo queries to Art Director Kippy Spilker at email@example.com. Visit nevadamagazine.com/photographer to see our photography guidelines.
To receive the magazine’s bimonthly Photo Alert, which lists photo needs, sign up here, or e-mail Art Director Kippy Spilker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Excecutive Editor: Megg Mueller
Mail: Nevada Magazine, 401 N. Carson St., Carson City, NV 89701