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Writer’s Guidelines

TEXAS GARDENER is interested in articles containing practical, how-to information on gardening in Texas. Our readers want to know specific information on how to make gardening succeed in Texas’ unique growing conditions. All articles must reflect this slant.

Our bimonthly magazine reaches more than 25,000 home gardeners and covers vegetable and fruit production, flowers and ornamentals, landscape and trees, technique and features on gardeners, all from an organic, earth-friendly perspective.

We will accept both technical and feature articles. Technical articles should explain how to do some aspect of gardening (like graft pecans or plant bulbs) in a clear, easy-to-follow manner, and must be accurate. All technical articles should refer to experts in the field. Accompanying artwork such as photographs, illustrations or diagrams are essential.

Feature articles, including interviews or profiles of Texas gardeners, new gardening techniques or photo features should relate specifically to Texas. We will not publish general gardening essays. Personality profiles may be on hobby gardeners or professional horticulturists who are doing something unique.

In-depth articles should run 8 to 10 double-spaced typed pages (approximately 1400 to 1750 words) though we encourage shorter, concise articles that run 4 to 6 typed pages (700 to 1050 words). All articles are reviewed on speculation. Writers should submit a query and outline of a proposed article first, unless they wish to send a manuscript they have already completed. In addition to paper copies, we accept articles by e-mail or on PC disks written in Microsoft Word for Windows or Word Perfect 5.0. Writers should include a list of areas of expertise and a writing sample or copy of published work.

Please contact us with questions.

Rights are negotiable. We pay $25 for “Between Neighbors” and $50 to $200 for feature articles. Payment is made upon publication and includes two copies of the issue in which the author’s article appears. We respond to queries within 6 weeks. Please — no duplicate submissions.

We prefer high-quality, high-resolution digital images saved as TIFFs or JPEGs that are clear and in sharp focus, but will consider high quality slides and photographic prints.