Submission guidelines

Ready for download below are the following important guidelines for writers and photographers:

How to submit a query or propose a story

How to approach us if you have an idea for a story that you believe our readers would enjoy and that you would like to write. (Updated November 2013.)


Who our readers are, what type of articles they enjoy reading, how to prepare and submit an article, and why it’s a good idea to send a query or story proposal before you go to the trouble of finishing a manuscript. (See also “How to submit a query or propose a story,” above. Updated March 2014.)


How you can get pictures published with BirdWatching, digital photography dos and don’ts, field ethics, and how much we pay for photos used in the magazine. (Updated March 2017.)

Your View

The types of material we’re looking to publish in the magazine in “Your View” and how to submit your own stories and photographs. (Updated November 2013.)

Field ethics

We expect photographers and writers to follow the Principles of Ethical Field Practices published by the North American Nature Photography Association and the Principles of Birding Ethics published by the American Birding Association.

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