How to Make a Magazine Submission

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After Photography Monthly Magazine featured my work in their March issue, Digital Camera Magazine have just published one of my images in their April issue (above) . Following this recent exposure I thought I would take the opportunity to tell you how to go about getting your work published in magazines.


I’m by no means an expert on making a magazine submission. There are other folk out there that you will probably learn a heck more from about making a sub than me, but I will tell you how I personally went about it, what I have learnt from doing it, and how I would do it differently next time.


So why do you want to make a submission in the first place? Having you images published on the internet is great, but its just not as satisfying as seeing your work in print. It also can give you a level of exposure you just don’t get on the web. Firstly you have to be confident that your work is strong enough to be on the pages of a magazine. If its not, then you are probably wasting your time. If you browse through a mag and think ‘my work is as good as that’ then go for it.


Go down to your local newsagent and have a look through all the photo mags available to get an idea of the quality of work that is featured. Depending on where you are with your photography, you may be better aiming for one of the more amateur level magazines first rather than heading straight for the pro mags. Unless you are shooting top level stuff, these guys probably won’t look at it. Editors get dozens and dozens of submissions every month- if your submission doesn’t stand out from the rest they won’t look at it twice.


The first thing to do is to select some magazines’ you would like to submit work to. It’s very important to read the submission requirements carefully. You should be able to find these in the magazine or on their website. Submission requirements will vary from mag to mag and you need to ensure you provide exactly what is asked for to make it as easy as possible for the editor to publish your work. Even if your work stands out a mile, if your files are not the right size, you haven’t provided your capture data etc, they have to chase you up and they might just not bother and go with someone else instead. If you can try to credit everyone that was involved in the shoot, especially if it was a collaboration project- It’s nice to see your name in print, and it’s nice to give a shout out to your team!


After you have emailed or posted your submission give it some time. Don’t expect to hear back the next day, just because you sent your work by email. A magazine will probably tell you how long they will take before getting back to you. However once that period is up by all means chase it up; show them you are keen!


If you are selected to be published, congrats to you man. Well done you. You may then be asked to submit additional info, hi res version of the images they want to print etc. Then all you gotta do is wait for the issue to hit the shelves. If you don’t get selected, just keep on trying. Perhaps you need to push your work just a little more, but don’t give up. It’s worth the struggle.