Gray’s Sporting Journal

Gray’s Sporting Journal accepts competent, vividly-written prose and premium photography on topics ranging from hunting to outdoor travel. Because GSJ readers are 90 percent bird hunters and 85 percent fly-fishers, editorial features on either of these subjects are encouraged. The publication features three special issues each year: The Fly Fishing, Bird Hunting, and Big Game (elk, deer bear, tarpon, marlin, etc.), issues, and they are always looking for well-written stories dealing with these themes. Other subjects include: waterfowl, turkeys, small game, unusual quarry (feral hogs, etc.) foreign adventures, and “yarns” (tall or true tales). Gray’s does not consider previously published material and the publication does pay for both stories and photos. Features should be at least 1,500 words, yarns are 750 to 1,500 words, and travel articles are 2,500 to 3,000 words. Travel or “Expeditions” pieces should be accompanied by photographs. Poetry is also accepted if under 3,000 words. Stories are bought based on complete manuscripts, not queries. Gray’s pays from $600 to $1,250 for features, based on quality, not length; yarns average $300; poems, $100. Payment for individual photographs ranges from $50 to $300. The publication is well-known for stunning photographic essays, which run 4 to 8 pages, and payment ranges from $1,100 to $1,500. Only digital photographs are accepted. For Expeditions pieces, payment is $850 to $1,000 plus $75 per picture published. All payment is made upon publication. The magazine buys one-time North American serial rights for print and online publication. For more information, go to or submit work to and state “gray’s manuscript” in the subject line.

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