Writers’ Guidelines

In addition to the bimonthly issues (January/February, March/April, May/June, July/August, September/October, November/December) of Adirondack Life—describing the history, culture, recreation, wildlife and personalities in the Adirondacks—are two special issues: the Annual Guide to the Great Outdoors, with an emphasis on how-to and where-to articles that offer in-depth information about recreational offerings in the park, and At Home in the Adirondacks, with a focus on the region’s signature style.

Writers should become familiar with the magazine before querying the editor. In its 40-plus years of publishing, Adirondack Life has covered thousands of stories and it’s rare that we revisit a profile, place or issue unless there is significant news to share. For new contributors, the best way to break into the magazine is through departments, which run from 1,000 to 1,800 words. Features run from approximately 1,500 to 3,500 words. We are not interested in poetry, fiction or editorial cartoons.

We prefer queries via email. We do not accept unsolicited manuscripts. Please include samples of previous published work. The magazine’s editorial staff is small and extremely busy, so if you do not hear from us in 30 days after sending a pitch, we recommend following up with an email.

Adirondack Life buys first North American serial print rights and the right to use the work on digital media. Payment is $.30 per published word approximately 30 days after publication. All work submitted must be the original property of the writer and should not have appeared in another publication. Facts in all articles must be verified or substantiated in the text. Writers are encouraged to send a list of sources with contact information to ease the fact-checking process.

Send submissions to Annie Stoltie, editor, at or Adirondack Life, PO Box 410, Jay, NY 12941.