For this week’s market spotlight, we look at Sports Afield, a bimonthly hunting adventure magazine.
Established in 1887, Sports Afield is a bimonthly hunting adventure magazine. It’s especially devoted to people with a passion for big game hunting in North America and Africa.
The editors say, “Our focus is on adventure hunts for species such as sheep, elk, caribou, moose, trophy whitetails and mule deer, bears, African plains game, and dangerous species such as Cape buffalo, lion, and leopard. Coverage of fine guns, optics, clothing, and equipment is an essential part of the magazine. To a more limited extent, we also feature stories on upland hunting and big-game hunts outside North America and Africa.”
This is a paying market, and they pay on publication.
What They’re Looking For
Sports Afield does accept a few freelance features of up to 2,500 words, mostly “big-game hunting destination pieces and exciting, well-written hunting adventure stories.” They don’t tend to publish how-to pieces, but they do also accept some shorter pieces (500-1,000 words) on conservation-related topics and stories of world record animals.
The editors say, “If you have not written for us before, sending a completed manuscript is best. Queries should clearly explain what you’d like to write about, show the editor why the subject is relevant, and why you’re qualified to write the piece. Whether sending a completed manuscript or a query, please tell us what kind of photo support you can provide.”
How to Submit
Potential writers can submit their work by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Writers can submit their query or completed manuscript as a Word attachment or in the body of the email.
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