This magazine publishes six issues annually—monthly from September to February—and welcomes queries and speculative submissions for researched, original ideas with a strong backcountry hook. The magazine is always looking for Feature ideas, as well as Destination stories for the Route Finding Department. Photo submissions are also encouraged. Contracts generally follow the terms and conditions of the National Writers Union Standard Journalism Contract with a standard payment for manuscripts of 35 cents per word. The magazine buys first North American rights. Send story ideas to Drew Pogge at email@example.com and photo submissions to Simon Peterson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Photographers are paid based upon placement. For photo rates and detailed editorial guidelines, including the format for story and photo submissions, visit www.backcountrymagazine.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=416&Itemid=227.