Birdsong Article Submission Guidelines
Thank you for your interest in submitting articles for our publication! Our guidelines are below.
Essays are the longest pieces we publish. Submissions should be between 1,000 – 2,500 words. Essays can take a personal tone but should fulfill the essay requirements of using exposition and narrative in a way to explain and/or describe your topic of choice. Topics should fall into one of the following categories:
- sustainability (methods, philosophy, concepts, breakthroughs, new discoveries, etc.)
- the natural world
Articles feature newsworthy items that fall into the above categories. These submissions are more journalistic in nature and should be between 500 – 1,500 words.
Journal entries are more informal than either essays or articles. Journal entries focus on a personal experience in one of the above categories. We will look at both journal entries that feature Robin Hills Farm as well as journal entries from elsewhere as long as the content reflects one of the above categories.
Profiles are the shortest pieces we publish and should be under 500 words. Profile pieces should feature one of the following:
- a single native or invasive plant species in Michigan
- a single wildlife or livestock species found in Michigan
- a vegetable (fruit, herb, etc.) that can be cultivated (or simply wild!) for human use
Submit as many recipes and types of recipes as you wish. If a recipe has a human interest story behind it, please share it! Recipes should be written in “cookbook format”, with listed ingredients and detailed instructions.
Please email completed manuscripts to our Education Director for a chance to be featured in our next issue of Birdsong. Send manuscripts as attachments in either .doc or .docx format (If you would prefer to send your manuscript as another form, contact us before submitting). Expect 1-3 months for a response. We publish two Birdsong magazines annually.