The editors at Sierra Magazine are particularly interested in features related to coal, oil, natural gas and environmental justice that are written and built around human characters.
The editors are also always searching for adventure-travel articles that weave events, discoveries and environmental insights into the narrative. Their focus is showcasing environmental solutions, as opposed to highlighting the ever-growing list of environmental problems.
Excerpt from their website:
“Sierra is a source of information, entertainment, and inspiration for people who care deeply about nature. Our mission is to encourage the Sierra Club’s 500,000-plus members (and other readers) to explore, enjoy, and protect the planet.”
Please do not submit descriptive wildlife articles or general essays about environmentalism.
The magazine features several departments, each of which maintains its own focal point for articles.
Sierra Magazine’s departments include:
– ‘Features‘: The Features department is always seeking strong, well-researched non-fiction storytelling about environmental and conservation issues, nature and trends in green living. Freelance writers hoping to have a feature submission accepted should focus on fresh, new slants on well-established issues. Submissions should be between 500 and 2,000 words. Payment for features starts at 75 cents per word and increases considerably for writers with established credentials.
– ‘Enjoy‘: The Enjoy department is all about providing an upbeat take on green living, including trends, fashion, housing, recreation, lifestyle, transportation, food and other green products.
– ‘Explore‘: The Explore department focuses on tightly-focused descriptions of places that invoke fascinating natural or cultural facts. Submissions should be no more than 300 words.
– ‘Grapple‘: The Grapple department is seeking well-researched investigations of environmental issues of national or international concern. Submissions should be no more than 700 words.
– ‘Act‘: The Act department welcomes submissions of first-person accounts of regular people doing extraordinary things. Submissions should be no more than 150 words.
– ‘Comfort Zone‘: The Comfort Zone focuses on environmentally-responsible design and building practices and focuses on one structure per issue.
The publication purchases first North American rights only and does NOT accept reprints. Payment for all submissions is on acceptance
Payment for new writers is between 75 cents to $1.50 per word, depending on which department your piece is submitted to and commensurate with experience.
Full submission guidelines for Sierra Magazine are available here: http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/guidelines/writers.aspx