Writers/Photographers Guidelines

The Boundary Waters Journal (BWJ) is a full color 100 page quarterly magazine featuring articles about wilderness recreation, nature and conservation within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW), Quetico Provincial Park and Superior National Forest.

BWJ publishes in-depth articles that help readers enjoy their trips to canoe country. Articles must be informative, entertaining and inspiring. Subjects include detailed wilderness canoe trip journals, fishing how/where to, camping advice, hiking trips, wildlife profiles, history, natural resource issues, fiction, wilderness essays, hunting, winter camping/activities and interesting area people.

Most BWJ articles are unsolicited freelance submissions. Manuscripts are generally reviewed/responded to within 30 days. Please submit stories electronically via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as a Microsoft Word document, or another format readable by Word. Submissions may also be saved on a thumb drive and mailed to our Ely office. Upon acceptance author must sign, return and abide by the terms of the BWJ Writer’s Agreement. BWJ will pay $200-$500 for feature length articles (2,000-5,000 words). Payment is made within 30 days of publication. Payments for photos are made separately. See below.

BWJ strives to publish the highest quality color photography of our coverage area. We prefer bright, colorful shots of something happening within the canoe country setting. We rarely publish pure scenics, sunsets, etc. Placing a person, canoe, tent, etc. in the photo, fishing, paddling, portaging, camping, etc. is a plus. Take vertical shots when possible, as they can run as full page or half page. Horizontals can only run as half-page or less.

BWJ accepts high resolution digital photos. We cannot use print film, slide duplicates or low resolution digital images. We prefer Digital SLR cameras. Shoot photos on the highest resolution setting of your camera, and saved images must be at least 300 dpi. Submit all digital photos on a thumb drive in .jpeg or .tiff file format. Please do NOT e-mail images. Submit the raw unaltered images. Include a plain paper color proof of each shot and a SASE for return/response.
Payments will be: $50 for half page or less, $100 for full page, $125 for 1 ½ page spread and $150 for cover or two-page spread. Payment is made within 30 days of publication.

Feel free to contact the editor if you have any article/photo questions.
Thank you for your interest in The Boundary Waters Journal.

Stu Osthoff,

9396 Rocky Ledge Road
Ely, MN 55731

S5 Box

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