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 as far as you know has not been recently covered in BBC Wildlife Magazine, please email a short summary to the features editor Ben Hoare.

Before you submit your idea, read BBC Wildlife and get to know our format and type of content. We have regular strands such as Talking Point that have a different purpose to the general species-based features. Be aware that we only commission one-off features, never a monthly series.

Take plenty of time over your pitch - a hastily written email isn't good enough; simply naming a species and asking if we want something written about it will be ignored. We don't need an essay, but we do need a clear idea of what you are proposing.

 

Ask yourself:

  • How would your idea fit into BBC Wildlife?
  • What would its purpose and angle be?
  • Why should we publish it now?
  • Are there images to support your story?

 

Two of the most important things we look for are passion for the subject and your personal experience of it or what you have gleaned from interviewing experts. 

Every article has to be as interesting, informative, factually accurate, authoritative and readable as possible. Support your pitch with a brief synopsis of the proposed subject and how you will angle the piece, and any boxouts you think will be informative. DO NOT submit already written articles; they are invariably the wrong length and not in our style. 

Great images are very important to this magazine. So you need to establish if your subject has been well photographed - images of obscure animals are often difficult to come by and we cannot publish a story without them. If you are interviewing people we will need images of them, too, particularly doing their work in the field, so you need to know that they will be agreeable to appearing in the magazine. We will source the images ourselves, but a steer on where they might be found is always useful.

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, even if there's a different angle to it. 

We try to acknowledge every pitch we receive but due to the large number of ideas sent to us there may be a delay in replying. Sorry! Also, we cannot give feedback if a pitch has not been accepted, although we may give a brief reason if your overall approach is good but it so happens that we already have something similar in the pipeline. 

If you are commissioned, you will receive a detailed brief on what we'd like you to write, taking your pitch as the basis, a word count, a deadline and a fee.

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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 wildlifemagazine@immediate.co.uk

Please note, due to the large amount of correspondence received daily, we are not always able to acknowledge receipt of unsolicited pitches. If you do not hear from us within two weeks, you should assume that your idea has been unsuccessful.  

 

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 - 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, if applicable.

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

It's essential to have a photograph to illustrate your story, although they don't have to be amazing quality, but they must be real.

Before you write your Tale, e-mail wildlifemagazine@immediate.co.uk a 20-30 word summary of what happened.

Please note, due to the large amount of correspondence received daily, we are not always able to acknowledge receipt of unsolicited pitches. If you do not hear from us within a month, you should assume that your idea has been unsuccessful.    

 

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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