Submission Guidelines for Defenders Magazine

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Defenders magazine is published quarterly for the membership of Defenders of Wildlife, a national nonprofit organization devoted to wildlife conservation. Defenders has a circulation of about 350,000. Content reflects the organization’s dedication to endangered species, public lands, habitat preservation, biodiversity conservation, the international wildlife trade and related subjects.

Issues contain a mix of full-length features as well as shorter departments focusing on North American wildlife. We emphasize current threats to wild species and habitat, worthwhile action to save wildlife and informed discussions of government programs and policies. Please familiarize yourself with the scope of Defenders of Wildlife’s work prior to submitting a query. You may browse our website or request a back copy of the magazine by sending a SASE to the address below.

Process for Article Submissions

Query first! Include a brief description of your background, qualifications and how your ideas relate to the mission and work of Defenders of Wildlife. Most of our articles are assigned following a query. Please include two or three previously published general interest articles.

We do not accept fiction or poetry and rarely use essays. We do not accept previously published work submitted either by author or publisher. Proposals and manuscripts submitted simultaneously to other publications are not acceptable.

Length and Format

Department stories run from 500-800 words, features from 1,200-2,000 words.

We do not want encyclopedia extracts or scientific manuscripts. Content is directed to a general audience but we seek to maintain a high literary, reportorial and graphic standard. Scientific and grammatical accuracy is essential so please carefully edit all submissions.

For time and paper’s sake, we prefer email correspondence. For written correspondence, please include a SASE. We accept no responsibility for unsolicited submissions.

Contact and Submission Information

Submissions Editor
Defenders Magazine
1130 17th St, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Phone: (202) 682-9400
Fax: (202) 682-1331
mageditor@defenders.org

Process for Photo Submissions

Defenders accepts submissions of photographs of endangered wildlife and habitat. Submissions should be emailed to photobuyer@defenders.org. Attachments must be low resolution jpegs totaling no more than 1 MB in size per e-mail. A link to a viewing platform may also be submitted. Please provide detailed information on the subject matter of the photographs when submitting. Defenders accepts no responsibility for unsolicited photos or artwork; materials sent via mail or other delivery services will be returned only if accompanied by proper postage.

Contact and Submission Information

Photo Buyer
Defenders Magazine
1130 17th St, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Phone: (202) 682-9400
Fax: (202) 682-1331
Email: photobuyer@defenders.org