Guide for Authors
Who We Are
WildlandFireFighter, published monthly by the Jems Communications division of Elsevier, was established in 1994 and reaches fire service and forestry professionals across the United States and worldwide. Wildland Firefighter's readership includes active wildland firefighters and managers in fire departments, training academies, fire camps and government agencies. Wildland Firefighter focuses on stories from the fireline, practical information, news, techniques and product reviews to assist wildland firefighters and fire managers.
What Do We Publish?
As the "Voice of the Wildland Firefighter," we publish stories that educate, inform and entertain. We strive to fill each issue of WildlandFireFighter with news items that keep readers informed of the latest local, state and federal happenings; photo-packed features from firelines across the United States and the world; product reviews that put new gear and gadgets through the paces; and how-to articles that teach the latest techniques and safety concepts. Stories can range in length from 200 words for brief news items; 800 to 1,200 words for product reviews, safety tips or other technique-based articles; and 1,000- to 2,200-words for full-length features.
How to Submit Your Story Idea
All story ideas must be submitted with a cover letter that outlines your qualifications and includes your name, full address, phone, fax, Social Security or Federal Tax ID number, and e-mail address. We accept story submissions in one of the following two formats: query letters and manuscripts.
One-page query letter This is a brief outline of the story you intend to write. It should tell us:• What specifically are you going to tell WildlandFireFighter readers?
•Why do WildlandFireFighter readers need to know this?
Manuscripts• What specifically are you going to tell WildlandFireFighter readers? • Why do WildlandFireFighter readers need to know this?
We prefer to discuss content and related issues before you submit a completed manuscript. However, on occasion we accept manuscripts?pending rewrites and other editorial changes. Again, when submitting a manuscript ensure your cover letter includes the following:
We don't read manuscripts unless they are: 1) Typed and double-spaced with 1" margins; 2) Submitted on CD, Zip Disk disk or via e-mail as an unzipped, noncompressed attachment; 3) Created in Microsoft Word or a comparable word-processing program.Tips on Getting Published
• Read back issues of the magazine to learn our style. • Research back issues to ensure we haven't covered your topic within the past three years. • Read and follow the instructions on this page. • Make sure your submission is clear, concise and well-written. • Ask yourself: Is my submission timely? Does it tell readers something they will want to know or need to know? If yes, please proceed with your submission.Note: In general, we don't publish poetry.
How long does it take to review my story idea?Where do I send my story idea?
WildlandFireFighter reviews unsolicited queries/manuscripts as time permits. Editors generally take three months to review manuscripts.
WildlandFireFighter, Editor, 525 B St., Ste, 1900, San Diego, CA 92101. E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What happens if WildlandFireFighter accepts my story idea?Payment (subject to change)
Upon acceptance of your query/manuscript, you will receive an editorial confirmation letter that outlines specifics of the article, length, due dates, and payment. You will be assigned an in-house editor to review and edit your manuscript. Use the assigning editor as a resource for questions about direction, tone, style, etc.
News items: $25-$50. All payments made upon publication. Most assignments to new writers are made on spec. No simultaneous submissions accepted.