The Country Connection
691 Pinecrest Road
Boulter Ontario, K0L 1G0
The Country Connection is Ontario’s magazine of choice for history, heritage, nostalgia, nature, environment, travel and the arts. It is published twice a year: winter/spring and summer/autumn and is mass distributed throughout Ontario and at selected outlets across Canada by Magazines Canada.
As a general interest magazine, our readership includes residents, cottagers, travellers and eco-tourists to Ontario. We look forward to discussing your ideas and receiving your submissions.
We accept articles and stories on a wide range of rural themes with a special emphasis on history, heritage, green travel, environment, ecology, nature, nostalgia, the arts, studio tours, culture, fiction, leisure, etc. We do not accept stories with references to hunting, fishing, animal husbandry or pets (with the exception of critical essays).
We accept only Canadian content by Canadian authors. References to food and recipes must be 100% plant-based (no animal products) and contain only wholesome, natural ingredients. Except for historical references, all measurement units must be in metric. Stories must be original and unpublished.
We are now accepting material for the summer/autumn issue.
Deadline: By April 1. Acceptable stories that do not make the current issue, or arrive late, may be held over to another issue.
We are looking for proposals for "country" stories directly related to the environment, nature, history & heritage, nostalgia, humour, fiction, poetry, photography and original art. Please submit a summary of your proposal, and if available: research sources, interview contacts, and a good lead paragraph. Please indicate whether you will provide photographs or illustrations.
All submissions are on speculation only and publication is not guaranteed. Publication is dependent on the quality of writing, relevance to our philosophy of living in harmony with nature, and space available. Good quality photos or illustrations are essential (see recommendations and warning under Visuals below).
Winter/Spring No.63: January 1, 2012 (Deadline Oct 1)
Summer/Autumn No.64: July 1, 2012 (Deadline April 1)
The preferred story length is from 1,000 to 1,500 words. Stories should not exceed 2000 words, unless approved by the editor in advance.
Visuals: Please include only high quality, visual material for your article. Photographs, sketches, maps, historical documents etc. should be sharp and well lit.
Payment will be made at a rate of 10 cents per word (electronic), or 7 cents per word (handwritten, typed, and computer printout not accompanied by electronic file) within 90 days of publication, for all words published. Original photography or drawings range from $10 to $50, depending on size and use. Payment for short poems is $20. All other visual materials will be negotiated separately.
Query the editor here. Note: Stories can not be attached at this e-mail address link. This is for queries only. Once we review your query, we will send you the e-mail address so that you can send us a complete story file as an attachment. Sorry for the inconvenience. Full submission guidelines here.
For information about Brian Henry's writing workshops and creative writing courses, see here.