There are many animal-related publications that accept articles from freelance writers. It is important to research each magazine that you plan to query thoroughly. Pay particular attention to the style, tone, and length of the articles that have been published in previous editions. Also be sure to take note of any submission guidelines or requirements that the editor has mentioned.
Keep in mind that some publications ask for queries only and do not want a finished piece until specifically requested. Take particular care when writing a query letter; this is the editor’s first look at your writing skills, and you want them to have a positive impression. You have to get past this first screening to have a chance at submitting your piece for consideration.
Here is a sampling of magazines (both in print and online) that accept submissions for publication. Links provided will take you directly to the submission guidelines for each publication if possible. Please be advised that there are many additional markets in addition to those listed below!
Animal Wellness magazine covers topics in natural pet care and holistic health. Feature articles on holistic healing (500 to 1,500 words) are accepted. Writers can expect a response within 4 weeks; simultaneous submissions are not accepted. Payment is for one-time publication and can vary based on the article.
Chronicle of the Horse
The Chronicle of the Horse is a weekly publication both in print and online. News stories (1,500 words) pay $165 to $220 per piece. Feature articles (1,500 to 2,500 words) pay $150 to $250 per piece. Photos may also be submitted in print or digital format, and the photographer receives $30 to $50 for each published image.
Horse Illustrated accepts feature articles (2,000 words or less) on horse management, training, and riding. The magazine prefers to view finished articles and does not accept simultaneous submissions. Writers should accept a response (if SASE is included for return of materials) within 8 to 12 weeks. Payment is based on the article’s quality, not the length, and articles that include high-quality photos are eligible to receive top dollar.
LIFE+DOG magazine is a lifestyle pet magazine that accepts feature articles on individuals making a difference in their community, celebrities who own pets, pet art, pet health, travel services, and much more. Submissions are reviewed on a case by case basis and must be sent via email. Compensation varies.
Nashville Paw is a print and online publication for pet owners. Writers must submit a query letter and published writing clips for review (expect an 8-week turnaround). Issues include cover feature articles (2,000 to 2,700 words), mini feature articles (800 words), and department pieces (400 to 700 words). Payment varies.
Pet Sitter’s World
Pet Sitter’s World is a magazine for pet sitters that accepts feature articles (750 to 2,500 words) on pet care, business-related areas, education, and humane interest stories. Three-segment serials (3,000 to 5,000 words total) will also be considered. Photographs increase chances of publication and higher compensation. Articles are currently compensated at a rate of $50 to $300 per piece.
Reptiles magazine accepts feature articles (2,000 to 2,500 words) on reptile husbandry, breeding, field work, health, tips, and trends. Feature articles with photos earn $500 on average, while shorter pieces or those without photos earn about $350. An additional 500-word sidebar for online use may also be requested. Reptiles purchases first time rights and does not accept simultaneous submissions. Writers are advised to query first before submitting any finished pieces; response time on a query is generally a few weeks.
The Horse does not accept unsolicited materials, so writers are advised to send a resume and clips (writing samples) before submitting any articles. Articles range from 250-word news items to 1,800-word features. Payment varies based on article length.