Submitting ideas to BBC Countryfile Magazine

Our guidelines on how to submit your feature and story ideas to BBC Countryfile Magazine.

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If you have an idea for a story that is interesting, entertaining and never previously covered by Countryfile Magazine, email your ideas to features editor Joe Pontin, or write to Joe at the address below.


Before your send in your idea, take time to familiarise yourself with the tone and content of the magazine. Bear in mind the following questions

1. Where would your article fit within Countryfile Magazine? Is it a travel feature, a think piece, etc.
2. What is its unique angle – why should we publish it? Why would it appeal to readers? How would we sell the story on the magazine cover: what is the 'sell' in less than 10 words?
3. Why are you qualified to write on this subject? Do you have any experience or specialist knowledge of the subject you wish to write about? What writing experience do you have?
4. How would you illustrate your article (photos etc)?

Please do not send a complete manuscript if we have not asked you to – we prefer to commission features so that they fit our tone, style and wordcounts and do not have time to rewrite or edit unsolicited articles.

Please bear in mind that we receive a huge volume of submissions and cannot always reply quickly. But we will do our best to let you know whether we can publish your idea or not.


Do tell us if the article has ever appeared elsewhere, or if you plan to submit your idea to other publications.


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