The magazine buys nonfiction articles that highlight North Carolina history, personalities, travel, arts and crafts, nature, adventure, culture, and nostalgia. Average article length is about 1,500 words and should be thoroughly researched, original, literary-quality work. Send 1-2 paragraphs on each story query to firstname.lastname@example.org. A resume and writing samples may be requested with first-time queries. Mann Media purchases first North American serial rights. Payment for articles – usually between $350 and $500 per article – is made upon publication. Kill fees may or may not be paid for assigned stories that are not used, at the discretion of the editor. More information is available at www.ourstate.com/magazine/editorial_guidelines.asp.