Submission Guidelines

We want to hear from you! Here’s what you need to know to share your story, photo, question, tip or other submission.

We love hearing from you—in fact, we couldn’t publish this magazine without you! For example:

  • Bird Tales: Just like it sounds, this is where we share your favorite birding experiences.
  • Front Porch: Like the front porch of your house, here’s where we visit and talk business, from your favorite gardening and birding tips and tricks to  reader-created  gardening or birding DIYs. Whether you have a special recipe for suet, or a new way to bring recycling to your garden, here’s where we’ll share it.
  • From Your Backyard: Things are always more casual over the back fence, and likewise, here’s where we kick back, have a laugh with reader’s You Don’t Say funny photos and captions, and talk about your triumphs and not-so-successful moments. And if Birds & Blooms has helped you, here’s a great place for you to tell all about it!
  • Glad You Asked: Plant doctor Melinda Myers and birding experts Kenn and Kimberly Kaufmann answer your most challenging questions.

Not sure where your story and photo fits? No worries! Just make sure you follow the guidelines below, and we’ll take care of the rest.

  1. Use our Submit Your Story form. This guides you to include housekeeping information, such as your contact information.
  2. Send a photo when possible, size should be at least 1200 x 1800 pixels or about 1 MB. Our form accepts files up to 10 MB.
  3. Know that each submission is carefully considered, although we are unable to give personal feedback due to a very small staff, and helps us shape Birds & Blooms into the unique reading experience it is!

Each reader contributor whose story, photo or short item is published receives a Birds & Blooms tote bag, as well as a complimentary copy of the issue your submission appears in.

By submitting material for publication, you grant RDA Enthusiast Brands, LLC, its parent company, subsidiaries, affiliates, partners and licensees use of the material, including your name, hometown and state. We may modify, reproduce and distribute it in any medium and in any manner or appropriate place. We may contact you via phone, email or mail regarding your submission.

Most material is considered on speculation, which means there is no need to send a query first, simply submit your story and we will review it.

We consider ourselves a reader-written magazine and work with very few freelancers. However, we are open to queries and manuscript submissions from professional bird, garden and nature writers, especially submissions that include photos, in which we can negotiate a photo-text package rate. Here are a few areas open to professionals:

Gardening and Birding Features: Stories should be under 1,000 words, including sidebars. We prefer personal experience combined with advice, not a piece with all expert quotes. In addition, we will consider stories about attracting birds, gardening for wildlife, garden trends and birder or gardener profiles.

Travel: Stories should focus on a general topic, as opposed to one specific location.

DIY: Projects need to be fresh and innovative. We’re not going to run plans for a bluebird house or steppingstones unless there’s something unique to the approach. Projects should include a supplies list and step-by-step instructions.

Professional photographers seeking a relationship with our magazine can use our Submit Your Story form to send us a link or lightbox of some of your best work related to birds and gardening. If we are interested, we will contact you.

We look forward to hearing your stories, seeing your photos, and “visiting” with you through future issues.