submit articles and photos to NZ Rod&Rifle
You may send us a query or a completed article. Please read below first so you get the best chance of being published. Queries should clearly explain what you’d like to write about.
Please understand that we receive a large number of freelance submissions every week. Allow four to six weeks for us to review your article or query; we plan issues only a few times a year, and we sometimes hold new queries and submissions until the next planning session.
We will get back to you with an answer whether we decide to use the piece or not.
All submissions, even if we encourage you to send them, are reviewed “on speculation.” If your work is accepted for publication, you will be sent a contract for service form. Payment is made around the 20th of the month of publication, and is generally $100 per published page not including advertisement space.
Advice for Aspiring Writers
Supply in a word document the following:
- Your name
- File names and Captions for your photos (supply one photo per 300-400 words)
- Your main story: 2000minimum – 3000 words max
- Write in a word or similar programme. (NOTE: .pages and PDF files are NOT accepted as we cannot extract the text reliably.)
- DO NOT insert photos/images in the word file.
- Also don’t “layout” your article in word. No formatting is required.
- Get to the point. First plan your story in bullet points, think about the way things happened and what will excite the reader and only then write the actual article. (Introduction, paragraphs of what happened, conclusion)
- Write in past tense. Avoid writing in the present tense. Some writers seem to think it makes them sound literary. Most of the time, it doesn’t. But whatever tense you choose, don’t change it in the middle of your story.
- Read it after you have finished and correct grammar and spelling.
- Give it to someone else to read and get them to correct anything that doesn’t flow well
- If it is over 3000 words, cut it back. We cannot accept articles over 3000 words. We do not cut out large parts of articles; that is for the writer to do, to make sure it still conveys the correct meaning.
- Make sure you have read the photography section below and make sure you send the right amount of good photos – with captions with your story. (The captions need to be put at the beginning of your article, and sent with your article).
- Photography support is extremely important.
- Make sure your phone or camera is set on its highest quality.
- Have the sun behind the camera, lighting up your subject
- Only send 1 photo per 300-400 words. Choose the best – most relevant photos you have. Such as action shots of hunters glassing and tramping, photos of the camp and terrain, and a “trophy shot.”
- Submit clear captions for each photograph. Captions should include the following elements: names of people depicted, location, date, activity, and relevance to the story subject. This is to be included in the word document your story is on.
- Photos of hunters posing with their trophies should be tasteful, respectful (please don’t sit on the animal), and show the animal to best advantage. We accept digital photos only, and they must have a resolution (300 dpi at the final magazine size). We accept JPG, TIF, EPS, and RAW images.
Generally good trophy animals
- These need to be taken in portrait and include a border area around the subject which allows us to fit our title and all the blurb we need to put on a cover. The border can be the sky and the landscape, but make sure the subject is centre and a good amount of border is on all 4 sides.
- MAKE SURE your subject is lit up from the front. Take the photo with the light source behind the camera. Don’t take a photo with the sun behind the subject, this will mean it will not be up to cover standard as the subject will be dark.
- Make sure the whole animal is in the photo. Don’t cut off it’s antlers or nose etc.
- Make sure your camera is in the highest setting.