We love hearing from our readers! Here’s what you need to know to share your story, photo, question, tip or other submission.
We pay $250 for story submissions that run a page or more. Contributors published in “Mailbox” or “Little Humor” receive a gift certificate for a one-year subscription, or subscription extension, to Country Extra. Most other contributors will receive an authentic hand-forged iron dinner triangle. In our “Just For Fun” section, photos garner a dinner triangle; jokes and short items earn payment of $25.
We are not able to return mail or photos—even if you send an SASE—so please make a copy before you send! Most stores with a photo department can help you scan a photo and create a good quality reprint for very minimal cost. To email photos, attach them as high-resolution JPG files (at least 1800 X 1200 pixels or 1 MB file size). Please provide caption information for your photo. Consider what other Country readers would like to know about your photo, such as names, places and why this photo is special to you.
Emailed stories should be sent either in the body of an email or in an attached .doc, .docx, .rtf or .odt file. Word count is not critical, as our professionals will edit your story to fit the magazine. Generally, a published one-page story runs 400-500 words in length.
All material is considered on speculation, which means there is no need to send a query first, simply submit your story and we will review it. Our staff cannot acknowledge receipt of submissions, but we’ll let you know if they’re published.
By submitting material for publication, you grant Reiman Media Group, LLC, its parent company, subsidiaries, affiliates, partners and licensees use of the material, including your name, hometown and state. We may modify, reproduce and distribute it in any medium and in any manner or appropriate place. We may contact you via phone, email or mail regarding your submission.
Frequently asked questions about Country’s Submission Guidelines:
Q: What’s the best way to share my story or photos with you?
A: The best way to send us your stories, photos, jokes, and letters to the editor is to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your full contact information. Also, photo files need to be jpg files that are 1MB or larger in size.
Another option is to mail your submission to: Country magazine, 1610 North 2nd Street, Suite 102, Milwaukee, WI 53212. Please note that we are unable to return photos or materials, so please send copies.
Q: I submitted a story or photos a while back, but I haven’t heard anything. Why?
A: We get hundreds of pieces of mail each week, and although we wish we could respond personally, it’s just not possible because we have a very small staff. We do read each piece of mail and everything—published or not—contributes toward making Country the unique reading experience it is.
We plan our magazine far in advance, so we often keep material on file for several months. If your submission is seasonal, we may keep it to consider for the appropriate issue next year. We do evaluate every submission very carefully. But unfortunately, there isn’t enough space in the magazine to print and share all of them with our readers.
Q: I have a comment, not a story. How should I send it?
A: Email us at email@example.com, or mail your comment to Country magazine, 1610 North 2nd Street, Suite 102, Milwaukee, WI 53212.
Q: My question was published in “Can You Help Me?” and I want to share the answer with readers. What’s the best way to do that?
A: Please take a moment to tell us not only what your mystery object is, or the answer to your question, but please share a little about your experience. For example, did you learn anything about the object besides what it is? What kind of responses did you receive, about how many, and what were some of the guesses people had? Feel free to share any interesting tidbits as well as to offer thanks to the folks who helped you.
If we share your “Can You Help Me?” answer and experience in the magazine, you’ll receive a hand-forged iron dinner triangle as a thank-you gift.
Q: I am a professional photographer and would like to submit photos for publication. How do I do that?
A: Professional photographers wishing to share a photo for the enjoyment of sharing should selectively send photos in single submissions. File size should be 1-2 MB, and please include information about the photo, such as where and when you took it, why the scene caught your eye, a humorous or unusual story behind it, and any other information that would help us write about it.
Professional photographers seeking paid compensation for their photographs should email a link or lightbox of your best photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.