Thank you for your interest in Hobby Farm Home. We hope you find the following guidelines helpful in preparing any future submissions. Address all correspondence to: Stephanie Staton, Editor, Hobby Farm Home, P.O. Box 12106, Lexington, KY 40580-2106. Enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope with all materials. You may also e-mail your query to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please allow six to eight weeks for a response.
Hobby Farm Home is published six times per year and is targeted toward translating small-farm owners’ passion for farming to the home. Hobby Farm Home focuses on the tasks inside the heart of the farm—the home. This includes such activities as home cooking, kitchen gardening, crafts, home maintenance, home-based businesses, nature activities, outdoor living, pets, etc. HFH targets women, but aims for gender neutrality.
The best way to determine if your idea fits Hobby Farm Home is to look over a sample copy of the magazine, available at newsstands and book stores; by calling 888-738-2665; or by visiting www.shopanimalnetwork.com. Review several issues to get a feel for the material we use and our voice. You can also read archived feature articles at www.hobbyfarmhome.com.
We need informative, in-depth, upbeat articles (about 2,000 to 2,500 words in length) that will help readers better understand and enjoy the rural lifestyle. Topics include: gardening; how-to guides; rural, country and farm events; profiles of successful hobby farmers and home-based entrepreneurs; preserving the harvest; decorating the farmstead; the beauty of nature; the joys of country life, et cetera.
We also need first-person stories about your personal experiences of life in a small-farm home with all the crafting, cooking, decorating, gardening and seasonal adventures it involves for our “Homespun” section. Send your typewritten story of 1,000 words or less, accompanied by several high-quality photographs to Hobby Farm Home, Homespun, at the address or email address above. This column is not paid.
We accept shorter, news-oriented articles (approximately 500 words) for our “In the Air” column. We do not publish fiction.
The best time to send feature article queries is Jan. 1 to April 1. News and trend queries are accepted year-round. Manuscripts should be typed and double spaced with wide margins, either e-mailed or mailed accompanied by a computer disk containing the file. We appreciate manuscripts accompanied by professional-quality color photographs (digital only). Additional guidelines are available for photographers here.
We are always happy to review material on speculation, but the best procedure is to send us a query along with a few writing samples before preparing an article. We do not accept simultaneous submissions and require First North American serial rights. Please specify if your material does not need to be returned. Otherwise, include an appropriately sized self-addressed stamped envelope with each submission.
Articles are paid upon publication. Rates of payment are based on quality and the amount of time we’ve been working together. We pay $300 and higher for feature articles; “In The Air” articles receive $50 to $75 per piece. Accompanying high-quality photographs are paid additionally for any that are used.
We cannot assume responsibility for material submitted, but reasonable care will be taken in the handling of your work.