Blue Ridge Country is a bi-monthly, full-color magazine embracing the feel and spirit of the Blue Ridge region – the traditions and recipes, the husbandry and farming, the country stores and bed-and-breakfast inns, the things to visit and learn about. In short, it is everything that will allow and encourage the reader to “take a trip home for the weekend” even if he or she has never lived in the region.
Our territory extends from Western Maryland south through Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley of Virginia down into northern Georgia and Alabama and including all territory within about a half day’s drive of the Blue Ridge Parkway. It includes the mountain regions of Kentucky, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia.
We encourage writers to submit story ideas with sample clips; we rarely publish unsolicited manuscripts.
MAIN PIECES: 750-2,000 WORDS
Everything there is to find out and tell about a great Blue Ridge town, city or locale. The history, the current economic status, the quaint spots and characters, the best places to eat. A profile so complete our readers can make hard decisions on going to spend a weekend or even moving there.
HISTORY AND LEGENDS
From people and events to unexplained occurrences or phenomena, full magazine prints, fascinating tales of past and present. In particular, we are seeking stories from “baby boomer” history – the 1940s to present.
THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY AND THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL
There’s a wealth of wildlife, beauty, history and future plans involving the parkway and the trail and the areas immediately surrounding each. We’ll bring our readers a new piece of America’s favorite scenic highway and favorite footpath in each issue.
Well-researched, objective stories on environmental issues of relevance to the Appalachian mountains.
Anything that is well-researched, well-written and brings us some of the flavor of the region will get strong consideration. We’ll be looking for at-home kinds of things – environmental issues, arts and crafts, natural history and wildlife, and especially pieces that embrace the whole of the region. Plus humor, first-person adventure or discovery and the “bests” of the region.
DEPARTMENTS (100-400 words)
Very much like the main pieces, but in shorter versions; places to see, things to do, recipes to try, great people doing great things, new books, etc. – anything and everything that contributes to the sense of the place. Regular departments include Country Roads (travel/environmental news, book reviews, etc.), Inns & Getaways, Festivals & Events, On the Mountainside (outdoor recreation) and Blue Ridge People. We also are seeking home stories from the region for each issue – log and timberframe, green building, historic restorations, renovations, etc.
We buy exclusive first North America serial rights until the off-sale date of the issue in which material is published, as well as exclusive rights to the work for promotional reprint and web use (writer bio and link(s) included with online publication). We prefer attribution any time an article is reprinted elsewhere that has appeared in our magazine; Blue Ridge Country rarely publishes reprints (the usual exception is book preview excerpts). Please inform us if you are simultaneously submitting the same story to another publication.
We adopt AP style for all magazine content. Stories must include interview material from primary sources only (person-to-person interview or, if necessary, e-interview). We expect accuracy and thorough research in all submissions. We encourage first person writing for outdoor recreation and travel writing.
We fact-check all content before publication but expect all writers to submit thoroughly researched and accurate content that they have confirmed with real people, not websites. With all feature-length manuscripts, we require a list of citations and interviews for reference and final fact-checking.
We pay from $25 (for department shorts and book reviews) up to about $250 for major pieces. Original photos (shot by writer) are paid $50 per photo published. Payment is upon publication.
We use primarily color photographs that can be submitted as slides, high-resolution digital files (.jpgs or .tiffs, 300 dpi at a minimum print size of 5"x7") or high-quality prints. We pay $25 (interior minimum) to $150 (cover maximum) for exclusive first North American serial rights until the off-sale date of the issue in which the material is published, as well as rights to the work for promotional and reprint use. See photographic guidelines for more details.
HOW TO SUBMIT
Sample copies of the magazine are available. Send $3 and a magazine-size SASE.
Send queries and ideas with cover letter, a sample of your work, preferably published, and SASE to:
Blue Ridge Country Magazine
ATTN: Kurt Rheinheimer, Editor
3424 Brambleton Avenue
Roanoke, VA 24018
Or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any further questions, please e-mail Kurt Rheinheimer, email@example.com. You may also call (540) 989-6138.