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Contributor's Guide

The New York State Conservationist is a non-profit magazine published six times per year by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The magazine carries no advertising. It has a paid circulation of approximately 70,000.

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Conservationist does not pay market rates, but provides a modest honorarium for published contributions. Note: This does not generally apply to unsolicited images from the public which are used in the Letters or Briefly sections, or on Conservationist's Facebook page.

Articles of 1,500 words or more (maximum length 2,000 words) $100
Articles of fewer than 1,500 words $50
Cover photos / original art work $50 - $100
Photography (color or black & white) $25 - $50

After publication, the contributor will be sent a payment form along with copies of the published magazine. All slides, photographs and related materials will be returned upon publication. Within approximately eight weeks of receipt of the completed and signed form(s), a check will be mailed.

Employees of DEC and other New York State agencies are NOT eligible to receive honoraria for a submission of materials to their areas of professional expertise of responsibility. However, they may be eligible for honorariums if the submissions are accompanied by a letter from a supervisor attesting to the non-job related status of the work.

Address submissions, query letters, and requests for information to:

625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-4502
Telephone: 518-402-8047
Fax: 518-402-8050

All reasonable precautions will be taken to safeguard submissions, but Conservationist assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged submissions. If return is requested, the submission must be accompanied by a stamped, self-addressed envelope.

PLEASE NOTE: We strongly discourage submission of unsolicited manuscripts and suggest that the contributor first submit a query letter outlining the subject matter of the proposed article.

As an official publication of DEC, Conservationist reflects and interprets the missions and goals of DEC and New York State. Typical topics include fishing, hunting, natural history, nature viewing, and all forms of outdoor recreation. Other topics will be considered if they relate to the natural, environmental, cultural, or historical resources of New York State. Conservationist is not a scientific journal. It is intended for a lay audience. However, our readers rely on this magazine for scientific accuracy; please be sure of your facts.

IMPORTANT: Submissions that do not adhere to the following guidelines will not be considered.

1. Manuscripts: Can either be submitted via e-mail at, or mailed to: Conservationist, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4502. Hard copies MUST be typed and should also be sent in digital format along with a paper copy. Do not use any special text formatting, page numbering, bolding, etc. Manuscripts should be accompanied by images (see below) whenever possible; alternatively, authors may suggest likely sources for relevant graphics. Note: Conservationist does not accept poetry.

2. Photographs/slides: Photos can either be submitted via e-mail at, or mailed to: Conservationist, NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4502. In order for consideration for inclusion in Conservationist, images must be high resolution. Digital photos should be sent as camera Raw, TIF, or uncompressed jpeg files (at least 300 dpi) with a minimum size of 5" by 7". High-quality 35 mm slides and prints are also welcome. For each image, please be sure to provide captions, subject identification, and the name of the photographer. (Please organize photos and captions carefully.) In addition, model releases are required for all identifiable people, and are available upon request.

3. Artwork: accepted in its original form or as high-quality transparencies.

4. Required information: All contributors must submit a two-sentence biography with their materials for our files. Example: John Doe is an account manager for Dusty Stocks, Inc. He enjoys hunting and fishing with his sons near their residence in Suffolk County. Please provide your e-mail, phone, and mailing address.

5. Rights: Conservationist retains all rights to accepted submissions unless some other mutually satisfactory arrangement is made in advance with the editor. The magazine reserves the right to reproduce or reprint, with proper credit, its articles and features in other publications, on television, websites, and other media.

6. On hold: Because of our publication schedule and backlog of submissions, we cannot guarantee when or if an accepted submission will be published. All submissions will remain on file for an indefinite period unless the contributor requests return.

Have any questions? Please contact us at (518) 402-8047 or email

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