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Freelance Guidelines

PHOTOGRAPHER'S GUIDELINES
 

Outdoor Oklahoma is a nonprofit, educational, noncommercial publication. We accept no advertising. Production and distribution costs not covered by subscription fees are borne by Oklahoma sportsmen and sportswomen through hunting and fishing fees.

High-quality freelance photographs may be accepted for publication in Outdoor Oklahoma magazine. We will review photos of any subject normally covered in this publication, particularly wildlife and activities related to hunting, fishing, wildlife watching and outdoor recreation. We generally keep submissions on file if we foresee a use within the next 10 to 12 issues.

Digital images submitted by email or on disk are preferred. Submissions should be accompanied by a cover letter including contact information, whether or not compensation is sought or whether byline credit is the goal, and description of photos, including the location taken and names and hometowns of human subjects if possible. Printed thumbnails depicting images included on submitted disks are helpful. Photos should be in sharp focus, and images should be at least 300 dpi (dots per inch). The canvas size should be about 8 inches by 11 inches.

We normally seek one-time print publication rights. Individual images may appear multiple times in a single issue (such as inside the issue as well as on the cover or Table of Contents page), and compensation will be provided for the instance of greatest value. A digital version of the magazine issue containing the image may also appear on our website and in the magazine archive of back issues. A digital image may also appear on Wildlife Department social media for the purpose of promoting upcoming issues of the magazine, education, and promotion of outdoor recreation. Photos remain the property of the photographer. Unless other arrangements are made, commissioned artwork becomes the property of the Wildlife Department. Payment for paintings and other full-color art is made at the same rate as photographs.

Payment is made upon publication at the following rates:

  • Front-cover photos or artwork – up to $350
  • Inside two-page full-bleed photos – up to $300 
  • Inside full-page photos (3,160 sq. picas or larger) – up to $250 
  • Inside half-page photos (1,580 sq. picas or larger) – up to $150
  • All other color photos – up to $100
  • Drawings, black-and-white photos (1/2 page or larger) – up to $125 
  • All other drawings, black-and-white photos – up to $75


 
WRITER'S GUIDELINES

Outdoor Oklahoma is a nonprofit, educational, noncommercial publication. We accept no advertising. Production and distribution costs not covered by subscription fees are borne by Oklahoma sportsmen and sportswomen through hunting and fishing fees.

Freelance articles are used occasionally in Outdoor Oklahoma magazine. We welcome queries and speculative submissions, but we assume no responsibility for unsolicited materials. Submissions should be accompanied by a cover letter, contact information, and whether or not compensation is sought or whether byline credit is the goal. We reserve the right to edit submissions accepted/selected for publication.

Payment for first-time publication rights is made within the following ranges:

  • Feature-length articles (over 1,500 words) – $300-450
  • Shorter articles (500-1,500 words) – $125-250
  • Sidebars and "Off the Beaten Path" articles – up to $50
  • Second-time publication rights are paid at one-half the above rates. 
  • Payment for images and graphics that accompany freelance articles – $15-75 each

Internet Rights: Unless otherwise specified, photos, art and manuscripts used in Outdoor Oklahoma magazine may be used on the Wildlife Department's official Web site — wildlifedepartment.com — for the purposes of education and promotion of outdoor recreation or wildlife conservation and education. Any photographer or writer who specifically desires that the Wildlife Department should not use their work to promote or educate about the outdoors should contact one of the editors listed below. All other uses, printed or electronic, remain protected and subject to further compensation.
 
Send photograph and article submissions by e-mail or mail to: 
Don P. Brown, Associate Editor; 
Kelly Adams, Managing Editor;
Micah Holmes, Managing Editor, or 
Nels Rodefeld, Editor -
P.O. Box 53465
Oklahoma City, OK 73152