How to contribute stories to BBC Wildlife

 

For information on how to submit stories and photos to BBC Wildlife Magazine, please click on the links below:

 

Write to BBC Wildlife

 

How to submit a feature

 

How to submit news and Tales from the Bush stories

 

 

LETTERS: Write to us about the magazine

BBC Wildlife welcomes letters on any subjects raised in the magazine, your opinions on environmental issues and your wildlife observations.

 

We really want to hear from you, but are afraid that due to the large amount of correspondence we received, we are not able to acknowledge them or reply personally.

Please note:

  • keep your letters short - no more than 250 words long – so that we can fit them all in
  • they will be edited for publication
  • we welcome images submitted to accompany letters, but please bear in mind that no fee will be paid for images submitted with a letter.

Please post your letters to: Wildlife LettersBBC Wildlife Magazine, 2nd Floor, Tower House, Fairfax Street, Bristol, BS1 3BN or email them to wildlifeletters@immediate.co.uk

 

Q&A: Our experts answer your wildlife queries

BBC Wildlife welcomes questions on all matters relating to wildlife and the countryside, in the UK and abroad.

Due to the large amount of questions received, we're afraid that we are not able to acknowledge receipt or reply to them personally. However, the most interesting questions will be answered by our experts in the magazine.

Do bear in mind that as we work so far in advance, seasonal questions are often kept on file until the following year, so don’t be disappointed if it’s not printed immediately.

We're afraid that we must reserve the right to edit submitted questions.

We welcome images submitted to accompany questions, but no fee will be paid for images submitted with a letter.

Please post your questions to: Q&ABBC Wildlife Magazine, 2nd Floor, Tower House, Fairfax Street, Bristol, BS1 3BN or email them to wildquestions@immediate.co.uk

 

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HOW TO SUBMIT FEATURE IDEAS

If you have an idea for a story that is original, thought-provoking and never previously covered in BBC Wildlife Magazine, please email a short summary to the features editor Ben Hoare.

Before you submit your idea, read BBC Wildlife in print and online, and get to know our format and type of content. There is nothing worse than reading a suggestion from someone who hasn't bothered to see what we do.

Take plenty of time over your pitch - a hastily written email isn't good enough. BBC Wildlife is a prestigious magazine read by 340,000 people worldwide every month, so it is well worth the extra effort.

 

Then ask yourself:

  • How would your idea fit into BBC Wildlife?
  • What would its purpose and angle be?
  • Why should we publish it?
  • Why should we publish it now?
  • Why are you qualified to write on the subject?
  • Do you have images to support your story?

 

Two of the most important things we look for are passion for the subject and your own personal experience. It often helps if you write in the first person singular. Imagine telling the same story to a friend.

Remember, we want every article to be as interesting, informative, authoritative and readable as possible.

And don't forget that we are a highly illustrated magazine - sensational images are essential. So please let us know if you have pictures to support your story, or can give advice about where they can be found. We may be able to source them ourselves, but this may influence how quickly your article can be published.

Finally, you MUST let us know if you have submitted – or intend to submit – another article on this subject to any other publication, in print or online. We usually ask for first-European rights.

Bear in mind that due to the large number of feature ideas sent to us, we can’t always acknowledge receipt of them or deal with your queries on the phone. Sorry!

 

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HOW TO SUBMIT NEWS STORIES:

We are always interested in receiving ideas for news stories from freelance writers, but we do have a large number of professional journalists on our books who fulfill most of our needs.

If you wish to submit a news idea, please read the relevant sections of BBC Wildlife to make sure your submission conforms to our house style, tone and format.

Please email a brief (100–150 words) outline of your news ideas, explaining why you are the person to write the story, to environment editor James Fair.

Please note, due to the large number of correspondence received daily, James is not able to acknowledge receipt of unsolicited pitches. If you do not hear from him, you should assume that your idea has been unsuccessful on this occasion.  

 

HOW TO WRITE A TALE FROM THE BUSH:

A tale should be a funny, light-hearted or dramatic story, usually about an encounter with a wild animal.

It's a light, easy read at the back of the magazine - so it's not an opportunity to bang the drum for a conservation issue or explain complicated scientific ideas.

It should be written in the first person, but try to include details of and quotes from other people you were with.

In general, we're looking for more than just an encounter with a rare or charismatic species - it's got to be genuinely unusual or remarkable.

It really helps if you've got photographs to illustrate your story, and they don't have to be amazing quality.

Before you write your Tale, e-mail James Fair a 20-30 word summary of what happened.

Please note, due to the large number of correspondence received daily, James is not able to acknowledge receipt of unsolicited pitches. If you do not hear from him, you should assume that your idea has been unsuccessful on this occasion.    

 

Make us laugh or make us cry with your Tale from the Bush

 

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We hope that this helps you to get your stories published in BBC Wildlife.

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