CONTRIBUTING TO EOS MAGAZINE
TIPS AND ADVICE FOR SUCCESS
EOS magazine, like many other publications, relies on contributors. Although we have in-house technical writers, we use articles from outside our team in each issue. We also publish a lot of contributed images.
We spoke to Robert Scott, a former Editor of Practical Photography and now Consultant Editor to EOS magazine, for his tips on standing out and making a successful contribution.
• Study the magazine
"This might seem obvious advice, but we often receive material from people who have clearly never seen a copy of EOS magazine."
EOS magazine is only available by subscription. If you've never seen a copy of the magazine, you can take a look at a previous issue via the EOS magazine digital library, or order a back issue from EOS magazine shop. There’s a dedicated EOS magazine app, too, for iOS, Android and Kindle – the first seven days are free, so you can download and research thoroughly at no cost.
• Keep it exclusively EOS
"The name of the magazine should be a giveaway, but we are only interested in Canon EOS content. Don’t include images shot with other makes of camera, or even Canon PowerShot or IXUS cameras."
• Where's the story?
"It's not enough to send a few photographs shot with an EOS camera – we need to know the story behind the images. In fact,we would rather hear the story first. Do not attach images to an email – include a link to your website or an image hosting site such as flickr."
• Know your stuff
"You will see from the magazine that we publish a lot of technique articles – mostly how to use the many features of EOS cameras. Our in-house writers are, as you would expect, well versed in this area. We are looking for contributors with specialist knowledge. Send an email with an outline of your idea – keep it short and succinct. We will let you know if we are interested."
• Follow the formula
"EOS magazine has its own picture library, currently with over 21,000 images. If you think that you keep seeing images from a small number of photographers, you are right. These are the people who have worked out what we need – images that can be used to illustrate techniques, often as before-and-after or with-and-without comparison shots."
• Be patient
"Do not submit a few images to our picture library and expect to see them published immediately. The more good images you send, the more likely we are to use some of them. Just three photographers account for over 6000 images in the library – nearly a third of the total. They have worked out what we need – and they regularly send horizontal and vertical images of the same subject to help with our layouts. This is ideal, as it gives you a beter chance of being published, and us greater flexibility with design."
So do your research, plan your shots and make sure you keep it EOS.
• Any questions?
If you have any queries about submitting work to EOS magazine, written or pictorial, just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.