1859 Writers’ Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in 1859 Oregon’s Magazine, the magazine about how Oregonians live, work and play. 1859 is a high-quality, regional magazine published monthly by Statehood Media. Articles are written primarily by freelance writers.

In an intelligent and beautiful format, 1859 explores the landscapes,the personalities, the movers and shakers, the history and the architecture that is the jewel of the Pacific Northwest.

For Oregonians, 1859 is an exploration of the state’s rich history, its incredible destinations and colorful personalities. Departments like “Food & Home,” “Ventures” and “Local Habit” will resonate with residents of Oregon. Departments like “Trip Planner” and “Adventures” are visual and editorial pollen that attracts the travel bee.

Before pitching ideas for stories, please look over the past copies of 1859 or visit our website at 1859magazine.com. We look for writers with a strong knowledge of their subject and a love of Oregon.

To query, send a brief letter explaining your story idea, include several current clips (please do not send originals) and a paragraph or two outlining your credentials to [email protected] Please include your contact information with your query, including a physical address and an email address.

Submissions and Assignments

We work four to twelve months in advance and copy deadlines are generally two months prior to publication dates.

Payment varies from $0.30/word to $0.50/word. We pay on publication. 1859 Oregon’s Magazine buys all rights, although there can be some exceptions.

Send the article as a single-spaced Word Document. Be sure there is only one space after sentences. Before desktop publishing, typists were taught two spaces after a period. Please include all necessary information such as any sidebars, author’s bio and headshot, byline, contact information and a thoughtful title. Please provide contact numbers for people interviewed or paraphrased for the article. All fact-checking will be done by the writer in advance of submission. We accept final work only, not drafts. Be sure your facts are correct and, above all, that names/places are spelled correctly.Quotes always spice up an article and lend credibility to the subject. Do not write in first person unless cleared in advance with the editor. Use more than one source for your articles. We do not follow AP Style for numbers. Use numerals for ages, dimensions, distances and for numbers more than ninety-nine. It’s nineteenth century, not 19th century. Fifteen miles to Baker City and twenty years until the centennial. At that time, Sandra will be 30 and nearly six feet tall. Again, a single space after periods.

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  2. says: Tom Barr

    I wasn't aware of your magazine until this morning when I saw your listing on Writer's Weekly. From the samples I saw on your website it's obvious you have an excellent publication and one that should help boost Oregon tourism and local travel. I hope your Writer's Weekly listing will generate additional readers and writers. I grew up in Grants Pass and lived and worked on the Oregon Coast while in college and lived in Portland for a number of years where I worked for a tour operator and wrote extensively on Oregon. I've also written a couple of books on Oregon, one of which was Scenic Driving Oregon originally published by Falcon Press and reissued by Globe Pequot as Scenic Routes and Byways Oregon. I'm currently researching and writing a book on the National Monuments. Best of luck for your continued growth and success.
    Tom Barr

  3. says: Geoffrey Taylor

    Thank you for reminding me that I need a Website. Found 1859 by happy accident, although I live in Independence and have been an Oregonian since 1957. Still, better late than never.

    May I request a sample copy? May I also send you my writing C.V, after the holidays? Writing about Oregon is an obsession with me, and here you are, a publication covering my favorite state. I wouldn't move to another for the governorship of Hawaii, and am delighted to find 1859 is proud of the land under our feet. Me, too.

    As stated, my stories go back more than half a century, and as an amateur historian, I've found Oregon to be a gold mine of lost secrets, arcana galore for persistent writers. I'd like to pitch some ideas that might be suitable, and scan some clips. My two books and unanimously kind reviews of same can be found at Amazon.com, Tools of the Trade and Tools of the Earth (Chronicle Books both.)

    I appreciate the clarity, precision and professionalism of your guidelines, and hope we can work together to explain the vastness of Oregon.

    Best regards,

    Geoff Taylor
    875 James St.
    Independence OR 97351