Capper's Farmer Guidelines for Writers

Capper's Farmer is a nationally distributed quarterly magazine with a circulation of approximately 50,500 through subscriptions and newsstand distribution. Capper's Farmer celebrates rural lifestyle and old-fashioned know-how, with emphasis on the domestic aspects of country living, such as from-scratch cooking, crafting, gardening and preserving, nostalgia, and other homestead pursuits.

DO NOT try to write for Capper's Farmer if you know nothing about rural life, gardening, or urban farming. We intend to be an authoritative, and sometimes playful, voice for rural lifestyle farmers and country or small-town dwellers, and we require our writers to be informed about that way of life.

NO unsolicited manuscripts will be accepted; authors must query first. We only accept e-mail queries, which must include “Query” and the subject of your query in the subject line. Include your full name, address, and phone number. If a query is accepted, you will be contacted regarding the article assignment. Send queries to Traci Smith, at tsmith@cappersfarmer.com.

Articles are assigned; no editorial calendar is published. We do not accept poetry or fiction. An excellent way to have a first article published in Capper's Farmer is to become a member of the Capper's Farmer blogging team. Contact Allison Evans via e-mail, aevans@motherearthnews.com.

Capper's Farmer purchases shared rights, which grants the publisher the right to publish or republish the work in any form, in any country, at any time. The author agrees not to publish the work in any other media for a period ending one year after the date of the issue in which the work initially appears. After this period, the author retains the right to republish the work in any form, in any country, at any time, as well.

Feature Articles

Capper's Farmer publishes feature-length articles on topics of interest to those living in rural areas, on farms or ranches, or those interested in the rural lifestyle. Articles will be from 800 to 1,500 words, and good-quality photographs accompanying manuscripts are considered. Low-resolution images should be sent for review.

Samples of Feature Articles:

Unique Garden Plants – Interesting, and beautiful, plants for the yard and garden that live up to their common names.
Edible Wild Plants – A guide for adding flavor and nutrition to meals with the addition of edible weeds and other wild edibles.
DIY Recipe Scrapbook – Turn favorite family recipes into a keepsake recipe book.
Harvest Time Memories – Memories of harvest time in the wheat fields brings back good memories of growing up on a farm.

Payment: Payment is negotiated on an individual basis; rates vary depending on experience and expertise. Two contributor's copies are included with payment. A contract will be sent for the author to sign and return. Payment is made upon publication.

Submission: Upon article/photo acceptance and agreement of payment, a deadline for getting the article and any photos to us will be given.

Email materials to Traci Smith, tsmith@cappersfarmer.com, with "Requested Material" listed in the subject line. The article should be sent as an attached Word document that includes your full name, mailing address, and phone number, as well as photo caption and credit information. Photos should be jpegs, at least 300 dpi resolution, and should be attached to the email, one photo per email.

Or, if preferred, materials can be sent through the U.S. Postal Service to Capper's Farmer Magazine, Attn: Traci Smith, 1503 S.W. 42nd St., Topeka, KS 66609. Include your full name, mailing address, telephone number, and email address. If submitting photos, include an appropriately sized SASE for their return. Capper's Farmer assumes no responsibility for any material lost or damaged.

Departments

Memory Lane – Nostalgic photographs based on a new theme each issue. Past themes include barns, wooden bridges, silos, windmills, vehicles, and old cookstoves.

Submission: Email photos to Ilene Reid, ireid@cappersfarmer.com, with "Memory Lane" in the subject line. Photos should be jpegs, at least 300 dpi resolution, and should be attached to the email, one photo per email. Include photo caption information, as well as your full name, mailing address, and phone number. Or, if preferred, photos can be sent through the U.S. Postal Service to Capper's Farmer Magazine, Memory Lane Dept., 1503 S.W. 42nd St., Topeka, KS 66609. Include your full name, mailing address, telephone number, and email address. Also include an appropriately sized SASE for the return of your photos. Capper's Farmer assumes no responsibility for any material lost or damaged.

Payment: We pay $25 per photo published, plus two contributor's copies. No contract will be sent. Payment is made upon publication.

Heart of the Home – Heartwarming, nostalgic stories on a new topic each issue (a callout for stories is listed in each issue; no editorial calendar is published). Previous topics include childhood summer activities, first job, favorite modern technology, and hometown heritage. Good-quality accompanying photographs are considered.

Payment: We pay $25 per story published (with or without photos), plus two contributor's copies. No contract will be sent. Payment is made upon publication.

Submission: Email materials to Traci Smith, tsmith@cappersfarmer.com, with "Heart of the Home" and the theme listed in the subject line. Include your full name, mailing address, and phone number. If sending photos, also include photo caption information. Photos should be jpegs, at least 300 dpi resolution, and should be attached to the email, one photo per email.

Or, if preferred, materials can be sent through the U.S. Postal Service to Capper's Farmer Magazine, Heart of the Home, 1503 S.W. 42nd St., Topeka, KS 66609. Include your full name, mailing address, telephone number, and email address. If submitting photos, include caption information, as well as an appropriately sized SASE for their return. Capper's Farmer assumes no responsibility for any material lost or damaged.

Sample Copies

A sample copy is available upon written request. Please send $6 to Capper's Farmer Editorial, Attn: Editorial Assistant, 1503 S.W. 42nd St., Topeka, KS 66609.

Capper's Farmer History

The history of Capper's Farmer dates back to 1893, when Arthur Capper purchased his first publication. Eventually, he was owner and publisher of The Topeka Daily Capital, The Kansas City Kansan, Capper's Weekly, Capper's Farmer, and Household.

Capper's Weekly, named after Arthur Capper, was a weekly publication until 1977, when biweekly publication began. Ten years later, its name was shortened to CAPPER's. In August 2005, the newspaper-style publication went monthly. Four years later, in July 2009, CAPPER's made the switch to a bimonthly glossy magazine, and in 2014, the last issue of CAPPER's was published.

In 1960, the last issue of Capper's Farmer was published. Five decades later, in 2012, Capper's Farmer was relaunched as a quarterly publication. The magazine is now owned by Ogden Publications, and is sold by subscription and on newsstands.

Despite the many changes through the years, Capper's Farmer's philosophy hasn't changed. We continue to strive to be America's favorite rural lifestyle publication and to brighten our readers' lives.

Capper's Farmer
1503 S.W. 42nd St.
Topeka, KS  66609
(785) 274-4300

Fax: (785) 274-4305

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