INQUIRIES AND SUGGESTIONS
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For specific suggestions, please send the topic in the subject of the email, and provide a short paragraph of what you are asking or suggesting to email@example.com. Examples include upcoming events, requests from philanthropies, or story ideas.
Shorebread covers all aspects of coastal life on the Eastern Shore. Our primary geographic focus tends to be on the Atlantic coastal areas of Maryland and Delaware, but we will consider story ideas pertaining to the Virginia Coast, Western Shore or inland areas. We publish articles about the people, events, food, history, architecture, lifestyle (and everything in between) of this region.
Do you accept submissions from new writers?
We do accept queries from both emerging and veteran writers.
What types of articles do you accept?
Before submitting, take a scroll through our archives and familiarize yourself with the articles we publish. Consider the tone, and also make sure what you intend to pitch hasn’t already been written. We do not accept queries regarding restaurant or food reviews, music reviews, or critiques of any kind (unless you are already an established voice in those areas) fiction, poetry, or personal essays.
We do accept queries for feature-length articles, profile pieces, and short if-you-go/event-centered pieces. On occasion we publish how-to articles, but they must be unique, engaging, and created step-by-step by the author, not copied from any other source.
We do publish weekly and bi-weekly columns. Although we aren’t actively looking for new columnists, we are always open to suggestions. If you feel you have a perspective that would be appealing to the Shorebread audience, you must be able to prove that you are either a) an expert in your field and are pitching an advice column, or that b) your story/personal life/perspective/writing style is undeniably appealing, and you have an already established audience that backs up this claim.
What are the average lengths for your articles?
Short If-You-Go/Event pieces: 300 – 500 words
Columns: 400 – 800 words
Features: 1,200 – 1,800 words
Profile Pieces: 500 – 1,000 words
We are not bound to these numbers and and will consider shorter/longer pieces as long as they shape and portray the story in the best way possible.
How Do I Submit?
Always query first. If we like your idea, we will ask to see more. But make sure your query isn’t just a topic. Pitch us your story and make sure to outline your angle. Tell us why we need to publish this article as you intend to write it. Show us your voice. If you have been published before, also include links to your personal portfolio, website, or (not more than) three published clips. Email your query to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What Do You Pay Per Article?
Shorebread pays for original, previously unpublished articles. The amount varies and is is based upon the complexity of the article, research, time spent, and author’s experience. Payment is negotiated between the author and the publisher after the work has been accepted by the editors. To be accepted, all works submitted should be free of grammatical or spelling errors, and all facts must be checked. Articles are subject to editorial review and may be edited for content, length, and cohesiveness.
Shorebread reserves the right to change the proposed publish date to suit the editorial calendar. Payment is made within 30 days of publication.
We do accept queries for previously published pieces. However, we do not pay for these articles. If accepted, we will publish the piece and credit the original source.
Share your pictorial and video stories of your coastal experience with us. If we like what we see, we will post them and of course, give you the credit. If we really, really love what we see we may ask you to be a regular contributor. Send to email@example.com, with either “photos” or “video” in the subject.