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Writer’s Guidelines

We are looking for stories that anticipate environmental concerns before they become pressing problems, stories that scan the horizon for the next big issue. Whenever possible, we seek to tell the stories of individuals and communities who are successfully defending and restoring the Earth. On-the-ground reports from outside North America are especially welcomed.

We pay writers 20 cents/word for shorter dispatches (1,200-1,500 words) and for longer investigative features (2,500-3,000 words).

We prefer that writers query us before submitting a story. Please describe why you believe the story is newsworthy, specific angles you will investigate, and whom you will interview. The more details you can provide, the better.

Queries may be sent to the Journal editor.

Or by mail to:

Earth Island Journal
2150 Allston Way, Suite 460
Berkeley, California, 94704

We cannot guarantee to run unsolicited submissions. Decisions about what material to publish are at the sole discretion of the editors. The Journal does not respond to unsolicited queries or manuscripts unless material is considered for publication. We are unable to return submissions.

Note: The Journal does not publish poetry or fiction.

To see examples of the types of stories we publish, send $5.00 for a back issue of the magazine to: Earth Island Journal, 2150 Allston Way, Suite 460, Berkeley, California, 94704. Some articles are also available in our archives.


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