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ABOUT FLY FUSION MAGAZINE

Fly Fusion is designed to be an aid to enhancing the reader’s angling skills rather than a map of how to get to the waters they fish. Our primary focus is educating the reader through instructionally based articles. That said, we encourage authors to think outside the box and come up with articles that both entertain and educate. Creativity is encouraged. We feel one of the best ways to educate is by providing entertaining articles. Please make sure you balance information with properly timed examples and anecdotes etc.
The best way to get a feel for the type of articles we publish is to pick up a copy of Fly Fusion and give it a read.

FEATURE ARTICLES

Feature articles should focus on a very specific topic. The subject should be instructional in nature. Topics can include, but are not limited to, any one of (or combination of) the following broad topics:

  • Fish Species
  • Fly Patterns
  • Tying Techniques/Equipment
  • Casting Techniques
  • Presentation
  • Entomology
  • Equipment
  • Safety

We prefer that you focus on a specific topic and cover it completely. Destination: We do not publish “destination” articles that focus on a specific location, river, lake, lodge etc. We do encourage articles that focus on a type of water or geographical region.
Anecdotes: Avoid writing articles that are strictly narrative but within an article are highly welcome. The function of anecdotes will be to provide a stimulating framework for communicating or “weaving in” the instructional context of the article. If your article depends heavily on the narrative structure, then be sure it is balanced with instructional information. Avoid using excessively long anecdotes.
Brand Reference: Avoid advertising in an article. When referring to brand names and fly-fishing services, please ensure that they work within the context of the sentence or paragraph. All brand, guide, service or lodging references deemed unsuitable will be removed from the article prior to publishing.

FEATURE EDITORIAL

Article should be a minimum of 3,000 words (not to exceed 3,500 words)
A selection of at least 20 photos must be supplied.
Please include a wide variety of images (angles, content, creativity).
Images should directly pertain to the content of the article.
Photo captions are not required at the time of submission but may be requested for individual images.
Please provide any special requests for photo credits at the time of submission. If none are provided author’s name will be used.
Horizontal images must maintain a minimum dimension of 11”(h) x 17”(w) at 300 DPI.
Vertical images must maintain a minimum dimension of 8.5”(w) x 11”(h) at 300 DPI.
When a fly pattern is referenced in an article the flies, and corresponding recipes must be included in the submission.
When providing drawings or diagrams, please ensure they have been professionally rendered.

PRINT PHOTO ESSAY

Photo essays should profile specific topics, species, locations, etc. Photos must be dramatic, vivid, striking, innovative, original and detailed. Photos should tell the story in its entirety.
Requirements are as follows:
A selection of 50 or more photos, which adhere to the photo guidelines listed below.
500 supportive words in short-story format.
Detailed photo captions should be included for each image.
Horizontal images must maintain a minimum dimension of 11”(h) x 17”(w) at 300 DPI.
Vertical images must maintain a minimum dimension of 8.5”(w) x 11”(h) at 300 DPI.
Please include a wide variety of images (angles, content, creativity)
Images should directly pertain to the content of the editorial.
Please provide any special requests for photo credits at the time of submission. If none are 
provided author’s name will be used.
NOTE: All print photo essays will include a promotional photo submission to Fly Fusion MOBI. Photos for the MOBI photo essay will be selected from images submitted for the print issue. Please see MOBI photo essay details listed below.

MOBI PHOTO ESSAYS

MOBI essays should profile specific topics, species, locations, etc. Photos must be dramatic, vivid, striking, innovative, original and detailed. Photos should tell the story in its entirety.
Requirements are as follows:
A selection of 50 or more high res images, which adhere to the photo guidelines listed below.
Detailed photo captions should be included for each image.
Please include a wide variety of images (angles, content, creativity)
Images should work cohesively with a theme.
Please provide any special requests for photo credits at the time of submission. If none are 
provided author’s name will be used.

PHOTOGRAPHY AND DIGITAL IMAGES

Quality images are mandatory for submissions made to Fly Fusion Magazine. Determination of the quality of an image will be based on clarity, angle, content and relevance to the submission it accompanies.
Image quality is the determining factor on whether an article will be published. Please DO NOT send poor quality images or standard ‘Fin and Grin’ shots.
Photo captions: are not required upon submission but may be requested on specific images.
Image Format: Provide a mix of horizontal and vertical images as outlined according to the appropriate submission category.
Delivery of images: Secure FTP site login and password will be provided for each submission. It is preferable that images are delivered digitally by upload to our FTP site. If another method of transfer is to be utilized (ie: dropbox, etc), full login, password and retrieval instructions must be provided at the time of submission.
Image Requirements:
Digital images must be supplied either on disc, by transfer service (e.g. Dropbox) or uploaded to our FTP site.
Images should be submitted in RAW or Jpg format.
Images must be a minimum 300 DPI and:
Horizontal images must maintain a minimum dimension of 11”(h) x 17”(w)
Vertical images must maintain a minimum dimension of 8.5”(w) x 11”(h)
Prints/slides are not accepted.
Only professionally edited images will be accepted. All other images should be submitted in their original format.

QUERIES

If you have a story, or a story idea, please submit a query letter first rather than a completed manuscript. Send an email outlining your article idea. Your outline should be presented in paragraph form and should include include central theme and points to be covered in detail. The topic of your query should take into account instructions included above and should be unique, innovative and narrow in focus.
Due to the high volume of unsolicited queries we receive, we are unable to respond to each on an individual basis. A response will be sent within two weeks of submission if there is interest in your article.
Our editorial calendar is planned on an annual basis and commitments are sent in the month of June. All queried submissions are accepted on speculation.
First time writers must include a brief biography including a list of recently published works and a writing sample. It is preferred that all queries, correspondence, and submissions are emailed tojbird@flyfusionmag.com. Alternatively, queries can be mailed to the following address:
Fly Fusion
Attention: Publisher
PO Box 20029, RPO Tamarack Mall
Cranbrook, BC V1C 6J5

SUBMISSIONS

If your article is confirmed for publication, details of your submission deadline will be provided. Please refer to editorial calendar at the end of this document.
A complete article submission should include the finished article, images as outlined above, photo captions and any applicable diagrams and/or drawings. Article text should be submitted in a current version of Microsoft Word. Your name, address, telephone number and email address should appear in the upper left corner of the first page of the article text.
Proofreading:
Where possible, please use gender-neutral language. Ex. ‘fly angler’ instead of ‘fly fisherman’
Unfortunately, Canadian spelling is somewhat nonstandard in that it includes both American and British conventions. For words where confusion commonly arises, this magazine uses

  • “re” not “er” (ex. theatre rather than theater)
  • ”our” not “or” (ex. colour rather than color)
  • “z” not “s” (ex. magazine rather than magasine)
  • “gue” not “g” (ex. catalogue rather than catalog)
  • When using words that do not fall under these categories, remain consistent throughout your article.

Avoid the use of clichés.
Formatting:
Font style: Calibri
Font size: 10 pt
Line spacing: 1.0
Single space after all punctuation. This includes end punctuation and colons.
Do not use page numbers, headers, or footers
Do not mix fonts and font sizes
Fly Fusion Magazine will consider unsolicited submissions; however a self-addressed stamped envelope must accompany them. Fly Fusion Magazine is not responsible for unsolicited submissions or for the safety of submissions not in our possession.
Discs accompanying manuscripts accepted for publication will only be returned upon request.
Send Completed Package To:
Fly Fusion Magazine
Attention: Managing Editor
PO Box 20029, RPO Tamarack Mall
Cranbrook, BC V1C 6J5

PAYMENT GUIDELINES

Payment is made net 60 days of publication. Pay rate may vary based on the completeness of the submission package and photos as outlined above. The quality, style, creativity and variety of photos included with the submission have a major impact in determining pay rate.
Our pay rate guidelines are as follows:
Feature Articles: $400
Print/Mobi Photo Essay: $700
Mobi Photo Essay: $250
Note: These guidelines are subject to change without notice at the discretion of the Publisher.
We purchase first time North American serial print, electronic, and in-house marketing rights to articles and photos. This includes the right to publish purchased material on any or all sites owned by Bird Marketing Group, including all social media platforms. Purchased material may also be reproduced for use in promotional material such as, but not limited to: television commercials, trade show displays and email campaigns.