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Contributor Guidelines

Cabin Life mostly uses articles by freelance writers working on assignment. We are interested in working with qualified writers with expertise in the following areas:
  • Home building, design or maintenance
  • Home projects
  • Lakeshore and environmental issues
  • Outdoor entertaining
  • Legal & financial issues
  • Outdoor activities
  • Real estate

Queries: Have a story idea? Send us an e-mail. (We can respond more quickly to e-mail than snailmail.) Query should outline the scope of the story as well as resources to be used. And while you're at it, try to give us a flavor of your writing style. Please, no phone calls. We prefer seeing a query rather than a finished manuscript because we are looking for a specific style and approach to stories. Sorry, but we cannot be responsible for unsolicited manuscripts or photos.

The Market: Our readers love their vacation homes, whether it's a rustic cabin in the woods or a showcase timberframe lodge on the lake. And those who are just dreaming use Cabin Life to plan their future retreat. Your own cabin experience will help immensely in writing about the unique culture and experiences encountered at this home away from home.

Writing Style: We want professionally written stories that are witty, informative and smart! Stories should be infused with authority, not full of quotes from sources and surveys. We’re looking for a writing style that comes from first-hand experience, thorough research and personal knowledge of a topic.

Topics: From very practical to very imaginative, and dealing with the whole range of cabin culture, from home improvement, maintenance and finance to entertaining and dining as well as recreation and boating. If you've been there, you know what we're talking about.

Deadlines: We work approximately 6 months ahead of publication schedule, which means we need queries at least 8 months before publication date. It’s best to contact us a year in advance for seasonal material.

Length: 400-800 words for departments. 1,000-3,000 word for feature articles. Up to 700 words for a one-page story.

Photo Guidelines: Digital photos must be hi-resolution: 4x5.5 @ 300 dpi for quarter page; 8x5.5 @ 300 dpi for half page; 8.5x11 @ 300 dpi for a full page. We work with jpg and tiff files. Slides, transparencies and prints also are acceptable.

Contract and Payment: Pay varies depending on the article, the writer and the amount of research involved. Payment is made upon acceptance of final edits. All work submitted must be original property of the writer and should not have appeared in another publication. Cabin Life contracts for all rights.

Contacting Us: Send writing samples to Editor, Cabin Life magazine, Kalmbach Publishing Co., 21027 Crossroads Circle, P.O. Box 1612, Waukesha, WI 53186, or e-mail to editor@cabinlife.com.



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