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Contributor's Guidelines

Genesee Country is a quarterly, regional magazine covering the Finger Lakes and Western New York. We are always looking for freelance writers, photographers, illustrators and story ideas.

All material submitted must pertain to the Genesee Country
The region encompasses 17 counties: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates.

We publish local history, personality and town profiles, B&Bs, day trips, Genesee Country vignettes & opinion in our regular departments. We need ideas for day trips for our Destinations department and interesting people (men and women) for Just Folks. Day trips should be family oriented, which means entertaining for children. Destinations writers should take good photographs/slides. We'd like to print good fiction (1600 max.) and humor (make us laugh!)

We do not accept unsolicited manuscripts
Query in writing (one page) with clips to: Attention GC Editor. Include phone number in all correspondence. Responds in 4 weeks if SASE is included; sample copy $4; We want freelancers who can write a good lead, organize well, and make it exciting! We like writers who are also good photographers.

We buy first North American print rights and online rightspursuant to our freelance contract. If the material is printed electronically, the author will receive full online credit, his/her e-mail address listing on the web page and a hotlink to a personal web page if applicable; pays 10 cents per published word upon publication. In the event that Genesee Country, for whatever reason, chooses to not use assigned material, a 25% kill fee will be paid (25% of agreed upon fee).

We prefer to receive submission of assigned articles by e-mail or on 3.5-inch floppy disks, using Macintosh format. Please label disk with your name, the title of your article AND the format you used; e.g., Hunter Thompson, Genesee Valley Canal, MacWrite II. Please send a hard copy for each assigned story submitted.
Writers may attach assigned stories to e-mail in plain text format to: if you have any questions about how to do that call first.

If submitting by disk, we can translate text files from the following formats:


MS Works WP PC
MS Works WP Windows
Professional Write
Word PC
Word Windows 1.0
Word Windows 2.0
WordPerfect 4.2
WordPerfect 5.0
WordPerfect 5.1
WordPerfect Windows
Wordstar 5.5, 6, 7


MacWrite II
MS Works WP Mac 2.0
MS Works WP Mac 3.0
Word 3.0
Word 4.0
Word 5.0, 5.1
Word for MS-DOS
WordPerfect Mac 1.0
WordPerfect Mac 2.0
WordPerfect Mac 2.1
WriteNow Mac

If it's not on this list, we can't translate it.

We often have need for nature and historic photos/slides. We need seasonal color photos for our covers depicting spring, summer, autumn and winter. We can use B&W and color prints and 35 mm slides. digital cameras generally do not produce high enough quality images, but call if you want to try. Query us with photo essay ideas. We are not responsible for unlabeled slides or prints. Please write your name ON EACH slide/photograph submitted and identify the content. This also proves valuable in determining photo credit. We pay photographers $20 per photo/slide used inside; $50 for a cover shot.

Deadline for assigned stories are approximately:
·March1 for Spring issue (Home & Garden)
·May1 for Summer issue (Fiction)
·July 1 for Autumn issue
·Oct.1 for Holiday issue
You will be notified if there is a change in deadline when the assignment is made.

Calendar information/photos must be received by:

· Jan 15 for events happening in April, May and early June (Spring issue)
· April 15 for events happening in late June, July, August, and early September (Summer issue)
· July 1 for events happening in late September, October and early November (Autumn issue)
· Sept. 15 for events happening in Nov., Dec., Jan., Feb. and early March. (Winter issue).
These are deadlines. The sooner you submit a comprehensive press release (who, what, when, where, why and how), the better are your chances of being included in the calendar.

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