If you are considering pitching an article or photographic essay idea to WtLF magazine, please first look through the features, dialogues and photographic essays on the website to get a feel for our house style and what we are looking for. Also take a look at the About section of the website.
Each issue of the print magazine is divided into three themed sections, containing a combination of written features, Q&As and photographic features, and the back of the magazine contains shorter dialogues. Please see below for details of upcoming magazines.
Written features are between 1400 and 3000 words in length. They tend to be well-researched, drawing on numerous sources, and written in the third person. Occasionally we will run pieces in the first person where the writer is an expert or has a particular perspective on a subject. Q&As are a similar length to written features and include an introduction.
Photographic features are based on a series of images and include an introduction of 500-800 words.
Dialogues are shorter, first person takes on a subject, and tend to be either 550 or 800 words in length. These can be illustrative, practical, thoughtful, exploratory, or poetic. As with features, we look for the writer to have an expertise or a particular perspective to bring to these pieces.
We enjoy working with artists and illustrators from around the world. If you’d like us to consider your portfolio please email us with a link and short paragraph about you.
Beyond the print pages of the magazine the website offers up space for audio and video. If you have a work or project you'd like us to consider then please email us with a link and short paragraph about it.
From time to time we have other opportunities and ways to get involved. Please sign up to our newsletter and follow our social media for details of these.
The overriding direction of the magazine is to explore humankind’s connection with nature. We look for contemporary global stories to be told as locally as possible, and to be as inclusive as possible. It’s also important to remember that this magazine may be read anywhere in the world. We hope that every feature and dialogue will allow space for the reader to consider how the text might reflect on them and the way we live our lives – constructive, honest and accurate writing.
Please do not send completed articles or essays, but rather email an outline of 300 words or less stating your idea, what makes it interesting, why it matters now, what perspective or reporting you will bring to it, what theme (see upcoming themes below) of the magazine you see it fitting with, and the article style you have in mind (feature, photographic essay or dialogue). Please also include examples of previous work.
Please don’t send large files via email. If you have images that you want us to view then please send a private website or cloud link.
WtLF requests first serial rights for all pieces (with the exception of photography and poetry). We also seek a licence to republish all content from our print magazine online in perpetuity. If your work has been previously published then please include details.
To submit your idea, please email: [email protected]
While we endeavour to reply to every submission, we do receive a lot and it's not always possible to provide a detailed response.
WtLF is a quarterly magazine, and we are a small team, so if you don’t hear back immediately, please be patient.
Issue #9, January 2022: Collaboration / Community / Consciousness
Issue #10, April 2022: Culture / Diversity / Ancestry
Issue #11, July 2022: Regeneration / Exploration / Inclusion
Ideas for the dialogues section of the magazine do not have to be based on one of these themes but all content has to follow the magazine’s overriding theme of exploring humankind’s connection with nature.
We also welcome collaborations with organisations - please get in touch with any suggestions, ideas or questions: [email protected]