Animals and Wildlife Magazines provide novel and entertaining information for readers around the world. As they deal with the glowing, ever-changing aspects of nature, there’s always a lot to write about – and from several different angles. This type of publication (more than most) can bring a writer a great deal of satisfaction and success.
One point of note, writers in this arena have to be qualified – or have experience – in their field. Consequently, breaking into these magazines may take some time. The payback is all the more satisfying, though. Here is our list of Animals and Wildlife magazines.
Note: Make sure to check out our ultimate list of magazines that pay writers — it features significantly more magazines that pay writers, across various niches.
Here 14 animal and wildlife magazines that will pay you well to write for them:
Coral & Amazonas Magazine publishes content related to marine aquarium and fresh-water aquarium. They encourage prospective freelancers to pitch their ideas to the magazine to get a commissioned article. Payment is between $100 and $500 per article, and is made within 4 weeks of the issue being published.
Please note that there’s a specific editorial style used by this publication. Do familiarize yourself with this before querying. Images are also welcome.
Pay: 15 cents per word
Aquarium Fish International covers a variety of both fresh and saltwater topics. They prefer writers who have some sort of expertise within these topics. They like writers to pitch ideas to the magazine before writing.
Payment is generally 15 cents per word, and is made upon publication. There are extensive editorial guidelines on their website, so please be familiar with these before making contact.
Bird Watchers Digest is a long-running publication, which provides informative and engaging content for bird watchers by bird watchers. They like articles to be between 500 and 2,500 words in length.
Please query in the first instance, instead of sending a full article. Payment will be negotiated upon pitching the magazine. They list their editorial timetable on their site, so this should be studied before pitching.
4. Cats USA
Cats USA is a definitive, informative pedigree kitten and cat buyer’s guide – and owners guide. They work only on a query-basis, and do not accept unsolicited articles. They expect copies to be between 1,800 and 2,400 words in length.
Payment is negotiated upon pitching the magazine, and made within one month of issue sale.
5. Just Labs
Just Labs is devoted to a wide array of topics related to the Labrador Retriever. They work on a query basis only, and like writers to pitch their ideas to the editor. Payment is negotiated upon pitching the magazine.
Just Labs will provide more detailed guidelines upon request, so do visit their page for more information.
6. Kittens USA
Kittens USA is a clear, informative kitten buyer’s guide and owner’s manual. This publication does not accept unsolicited articles. They invite prospective freelancers to pitch their ideas before writing, and expect articles to be between 1,000 and 2,300 words in length.
Payment is negotiated upon pitching the magazine.
Nashville Paw is a widely-distributed magazine, dedicated to celebrating the pet lifestyle. This publication has been supporting animal rescue and welfare since 2006 in Middle Tennessee. They work with an editorial calendar, so content must be submitted before the deadline.
Nashville Paw encourages writers to pitch the magazine before writing. Payment is negotiated upon pitching.
Reptiles Magazine is marketed to reptile and amphibian hobbyist at all levels of experience. Each published piece is focused on the captive care, husbandry and breeding of reptiles and amphibians. This publication works on query-basis only, so they don’t accept unsolicited articles.
Payment is $350 (for articles with no images) and $500 (for longer articles with images). Payment is made upon publication. Please do study their extensive writers’ guidelines published on their website.
The Bark covers a wide array of topics related to dogs, life with dogs, and the relationship between the two parties. They accept unsolicited submissions and queries based on a few conditions found on their submission guidelines page.
Payment is negotiated upon pitching the magazine and made upon publication. They also have web-only publication, so please be aware of this when querying.
American Falconry publishes material related to the American Falcon. They expect potential writers to send ideas to the magazine before writing, and like articles over 5,000 words in length to be written in series form.
Payment is negotiated individually and made upon publication. Please note that American Falconry also accepts photographs.
Deer & Deer Hunting publishes content on deer and deer hunting, with strict emphasis on the white-tailed deer. They invite freelancers to submit articles between 200 and 2,000 words in length – depending on the department.
They pay up to $600 for features, and payment is made within 45 days of acceptance. The editorial guideline is very specific, so please be familiar with this before writing anything.
12. Bugle Magazine
Pay: 20 cents per word
Bugle Magazine works hard to educate members on habitat conservation, natural history and wildlife management. Their call for submissions is for articles between 1,500 and 4,500 words in length.
Bugle Magazine invites freelancers to query instead of sending a full article. They generally pay 20 cents per word – upon publication.
13. WCT Magazine
WCT Magazine is dedicated to serving wildlife control operators actively involved in the wildlife damage-control field. They invite submissions between 500 and 1,500 words in length. This publication expects you to pitch your ideas to the magazine before writing.
They pay up to $200 for full length articles upon publication. Photographs are also welcome, but do study their site for more detailed information.
Wildlife in North Carolina is a widely-read publication, educating its members on the conservation and sustainability of the State’s fish and wildlife resources. This magazine encourages prospective freelancers to query with an idea before writing the article.
They pay up to $400 for full-length articles.
Pay: 15 cents per word
Tennessee Wildlife Magazine publishes content which educates its audience on wildlife happenings and its environs. They work with an editorial calendar so articles should be written months ahead of the publishing dates.
Payment is 15 cents per word. Please note that a large portion of their material is written by agency writers, so freelancers need to be totally familiar with their voice before querying.