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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 kevin@statehoodmedia.com. 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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