Horse Illustrated Writer’s Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in HORSE ILLUSTRATED. We hope you find the following guidelines helpful in preparing any future submissions.

Magazine Focus:
HORSE ILLUSTRATED is directed to hands-on horse owners and riders of English
and western disciplines. The magazine promotes responsible horse ownership,
from providing tips to owners on better horse care and training, to alerting
horse lovers about pertinent issues in the equine community. We direct our
articles to the adult audience.

Suggested Articles:
The best way to decide what type of article to submit is to look over a sample
copy of the magazine, which is available nationwide at newsstands, tack stores
or book stores. Look over more than one issue, if possible.

We need informative, in-depth, upbeat articles
(limited to 2,000 words) that will help readers better care for and enjoy their
horses. They may be about such topics as training (for both horse and rider),
management or horse-related activities.

What NOT to Send:

  • Fiction
  • Tributes to deceased horses
  • Poetry
  • Book reviews
  • Please do not send breed profiles; this monthly feature is always assigned
  • Series, columns and multi-part articles are assigned only to our established writers

How to Submit: Address all correspondence to:

Elizabeth Moyer, Editor

HORSE ILLUSTRATED receives dozens of unsolicited manuscripts and queries every week. The magazine accepts only a small fraction of what is submitted. Due to the high volume of unsolicited work, we cannot review or respond to any material sent to us by fax, or mailed material that isn’t accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope.

should be double-spaced with 1-inch margins. If your article is accepted, we’ll
also need an electronic copy of the text as a Word document. If your manuscript is accepted, you will be contacted and asked to
send it to us via email.

Many great story ideas cannot be considered if we
will be unable to find images to illustrate them. If specific photos will be
essential to your manuscript, please indicate what photos are available to
accompany your piece. It’s a huge plus if you can include professional-quality
high-resolution digital images with these types of articles. Additional
guidelines are available for photographers upon request or at

Reviewing Material:

We prefer to review completed manuscripts on speculation. However,
if you would like to query us before preparing an article, you must include a
detailed outline of what the proposed article will cover, including any expert
resources and sample paragraphs, as well as clips that demonstrate your writing
style. We do not accept simultaneous submissions but may accept reprint
material from noncompetitive publications. We require first North American
serial rights in the equine industry.

We cannot assume responsibility for material submitted, but reasonable care will be taken in the handling of your work.

Payment: Articles are paid upon
publication. Rates of payment are based on quality, not length. Articles accompanied by high-quality photographs earn the highest rates.

For new (and new to HI) writers:
The majority of our core articles are assigned in
advance to our regular writers. However, we are always looking to expand our
“stable” of talented freelance equestrian journalists. The best way to get your
foot in the door is to query with a completed manuscript demonstrating your
writing ability, and just as important, an understanding of our tone and
audience, and subject matter appropriate to our magazine. Once we have worked
successfully with a writer on a manuscript or two, we will feel comfortable
entertaining queries or assigning articles.

Because we have limited space to accept and publish
queries, it can take up to a year to establish this type of relationship. We
always appreciate your patience and professionalism throughout this process.

Rev. Oct 2012

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