Self-Reliance magazine does not accept for publication any articles previously published in any media including in print or on any website or blog.
Self-Reliance is a “how to” publication for people who want to become more self-reliant, no matter their situation in life. We specialize in showing people how to build their own home, grow their own food, and depend minimally on others. We also cover related subjects such as health, raising animals, food preservation, country skills, arts and crafts, and recipes. Our readers value their independence above all else. They want to do things for themselves, without help or interference from big government or big business. They are not looking for opinion or entertainment, but for hard facts on how to do things better. We publish articles by people who are doing things. We rarely publish articles by professional writers about what other people are doing. Your subject must be something you have actually done, not just researched.
Do not indent paragraphs or double-space between sentences. Write as much as you need to cover the subject, but don’t “pad” your article. We appreciate concise writing, but we want the whole story. If you are giving directions on building something, supply complete step-by-step instructions. Our readers want to know how to do things, not just that it is possible to do something. Sources of tools, materials, and further information should accompany your article.
Photos, drawings, or diagrams should accompany a manuscript whenever possible. Your article is more likely to be used and will command higher payment if accompanied by high quality illustrations and/or graphics. High quality digital photos and drawings in TIFF, JPG, PNG, or GIF format may be attached to emailed articles. Graphics less than 300 dpi do not reproduce well. When in doubt, send the original, highest-resolution version available. Please do not edit graphics in such a way as to include words on the image.
DO NOT send the only copy of a rare or irreplaceable photo, drawing, manuscript, etc. Accidents happen. Mail gets lost. Have copies made to send us. Better yet, scan them at 300 dpi and send them on disk. Self-Reliance magazine is not and will not be responsible for any loss of or damage to submitted materials.
Payment for articles is dependent upon subject matter, quality of writing, and quality of photographs. Articles are payable upon acceptance.
Submitting / Acceptance / Return of Materials:
No simultaneous submissions. That means, do not submit your article to more than one publisher at a time. You may submit materials via mail or email.
By email (preferred): Send email submissions with the complete text of your article in the body of the email, to articles [at] self-reliance [dot] com. Your subject line should indicate that it is an article submission. If your article deals with a seasonal topic, (such as Harvesting Hay or Starting Seeds), note that fact at the top of the email and in the subject line (as in “Article Submission: Summer/Fall”). Be sure to include your Name and your Mailing Address with Zip/Postal Code.
Email to: articles [at] self-reliance [dot] com
By mail: Please send your article and any photos/graphics on a CD or DVD as well as on paper. Please state what program you used to write the article. Do not embed photos in the document, but include them as separate files using the highest original resolution. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) if you wish to have your material returned, otherwise we will recycle them. If your article deals with a seasonal topic, (such as Harvesting Hay or Starting Seeds), note that fact on the bottom left corner of the envelope and at the top of the manuscript (as in “For late summer/fall” or “Spring article”). Please include your email address.
Attn: Article Editor
PO Box 308
Philomath, OR 97370
DO NOT send the only copy of a rare or irreplaceable photo, drawing, manuscript, etc. Accidents happen. Mail gets lost. Scan photos and artwork at a minimum of 300 dpi and email or send the files on CD. Self-Reliance magazine is not responsible for any loss of or damage to submitted materials.
If we accept your article for publication we will send you a contract via regular US Postal mail. If we do not select your submission for publication and you have not included an SASE, we will let you know via email. Due to the volume of articles we receive, it might be several weeks before we read your manuscript.
To help you plan, these are our next several article deadlines.
For the Spring issue – January 1st
For the Summer issue – April 1st
For the Fall issue – July 1st
For the Winter issue – October 1st
Thank you for your interest.
Sam Duffy, Publisher