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Pet Markets

by Moira Allen

Following is a list of some of the major pet markets that are open to freelance contributions. This is by no means a complete list, and information on editors, payment rates etc. changes rapidly.

Bow-Tie Publications (formerly Fancy Publications)
Probably the largest publisher of pet magazines in the country, offering a variety of monthly, bimonthly and annual publications. Payment ranges from $150 to $500, sometimes higher with quality photos, depending on the publication. Payment is on publication, and authors have complained about recent contracts. The main address for all publications is:

P.O. Box 6050
Mission Viejo, CA 92690
Many (but not all) of these publications can be found on the Animal Network website: http://www.animalnetwork.com. As the editors of these publications change frequently, I am no longer attempting to keep up with who edits what. Check the masthead or the website, or call the company to find out who the current editor is for a particular magazine.

Monthly/Bimonthly Publications:

  • Aquarium Fish
  • Aquarium Frontiers
  • Bird Talk
  • Cat Fancy
  • Dog Fancy
  • Dog World
  • Dogs for Kids
  • Ferrets
  • Horse Illustrated
  • Pet Product News (a trade magazine for pet suppliers)
  • Rabbits
  • Reptiles
  • Veterinary Practice News
  • WildBird
  • Young Rider

Annuals:

  • Aquarium USA
  • Birds USA
  • Cats USA
  • Cats (formerly Cats Magazine)
  • Critters USA
  • Dogs USA
  • Ferrets USA
  • Kittens USA
  • Koi World
  • Marine Fish and Reef USA
  • Ponds USA
  • Puppies USA
  • Rabbits USA
  • Natural Cat
  • Natural Dog
  • "Popular Pets" series - breed-specific annuals for popular dog and cat breeds

AKC Gazette/Pure-Bred Dogs
Arliss Paddock, Managing Editor
51 Madison Ave.
New York, NY 10010
(212) 696-8295
The publication of the American Kennel Club; focuses on purebred dogs, breeding and showing, health, behavior, etc. Pays $300-$500, on acceptance for FNASR. Also produces Family Dog Magazine.
http://www.akc.org/pubs/
Gazette Editorial: gazette@akc.org
Family Dog Editorial: familydog@akc.org

Animal Fair
Wendy Diamond, Editor
Animal Fair Media, Inc.
545 8th Avenue, Ste. #401
New York, NY 10018
(212) 629-0392
editor@animalfair.com
http://www.animalfair.com
All types of pets; focuses on trendy, upscale, Hollywood and Manhattan types of topics. Quarterly; pays 50/word for first print and reprint rights

Animal Wellness Magazine
Dana Cox, Editor-in-Chief
419 Gerorge St. N.
Peterborough, ON K9H 3R4
Canada
http://animalwellnessmagazine.com/p/awsubmit.htm
Uses articles from 500-1500 words.

The Bark
Claudia Kawczynska, Editor
2810 Eighth St.
Berkeley, CA 94710
editor@thebark.com
http://www.thebark.com/content/submission-guidelines
Payment varies; pays on publication; 6-8 month RT

Cat Fanciers Online Almanac/CFA Yearbook/CatTalk
http://www.cfainc.org/pubs/publications.html
(There is no indication that these publications accept or pay for freelance contributions.)

CatWatch
Elizabeth Vecsi, Editor
800 Connecticut Ave
Norwalk, CT 06854
CatWatch 800-424-7887
evcornell@rcn.com
http://www.catwatchnewsletter.com/
Payment: Around $300; focuses on medical issues

Chronicle of the Horse
Beth Rasin, Assistant Editor
P.O. Box 46
Middleburg, VA 20118
(540) 687-6341; fax (540) 687-3937
bethr@chronofhorse.com
http://www.chronofhorse.com/writers-guidelines
Pays $150-$250, extra for photos; query first.

Dogs in Canada
http://www.dogsincanada.com/
Now a completely online publication with no writers' guidelines.

Dogs Today (UK)
Beverly Cuddy, Editor/Publisher
The Dog House
4 Bonseys Lane
Chobham, Surrey, GU24 8JJ
UK
01276 858880, fax 01276 858860 (from the US, dial 011-44 and drop the first "0".)
enquiries@dogstodaymagazine.co.uk
http://www.dogstodaymagazine.co.uk/

DogWatch
Elizabeth Vecsi, Editor
800 Connecticut Ave
Norwalk, CT 06854
800-829-5574
dogwatcheditor@hotmail.com
http://www.dogwatchnewsletter.com/
Payment: Unknown; focuses on medical issues

FidoFriendly
PO Box 160
Marsing, ID 83639
1 (800) 896-0976
http://www.fidofriendly.com
A magazine about dog-friendly travel destinations and accommodations.

The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care
Stephanie L. Church
Editor-in-Chief
PO Box 919003
Lexington, KY 40591-9003
schurch@TheHorse.com
http://www.thehorse.com/pages/freelance
Monthly; geared toward equine health care; payment varies.

Just Labs
Jill La Cross, Editor - jillianlacross@villagepress.com
http://www.justlabsmagazine.com/webguidelines
"Feature stories (600-1000 words) for our website should focus on these major topics: breeding/genetics; puppy issues; Labs as service dogs; caring, feeding, and health; history; legal issues; photo essays of Labs being Labs." Pays 10 cents/word. Online only.

Nashville Paw
info@nashvillepaw.com
http://www.nashvillepaw.com/contact_us/submission_guidelines
Magazine for dog lovers in Nashville. Query first. Pays 10 cents/word for print, 5 cents/word for online-only use.

Pet Age
Karen Long MacLeod, Editor-in-Chief
PETAGE/H.H. Backer Associates Inc.
18 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 1100
Chicago, Illinois 60603
Tel (312) 578-1818; Fax (312) 578-1819
klmacleod@hhbacker.com
http://www.petage.com/
Trade magazine for pet stores and pet product suppliers.

The Pet Directory (Australia)
Kim Cooney, Editor & Publisher
59-65 Tintenbar Road
RUSHFORTH NSW 2460
AUSTRALIA
Phone: (02) 6642 7277
info@petdirectory.com.au
http://www.petdirectory.com.au/
The Pet Directory prefer short articles on animal care across dogs, cats, birds, aquarium fish, guinea pigs, rabbits, rats and mice, ferrets, rare breeds of fowl and keeping of fowl, reptiles (must be Australian only as we can't import), horses and ponies, pet careers, wildlife (again Australian). We pay from free to .20c per word depending on quality of article and research. Quotes from industry leaders in Australia would enrich the article and we would pay more per word.

Trends
American Animal Hospital Association
AAHA Press Acquisitions Editor
12575 W. Bayaud Ave.
Lakewood, CO 80228
submissions@aahanet.org
http://www.aahanet.org/publications/trendsmagazine.aspx
Guidelines: https://www.aahanet.org/Authors/Default.aspx
For veterinarians. AAHA also publishes PetsMatter, which veterinarians can post on their websites for clients. This publication appears to be written primarily by veterinarians.

Whole Dog Journal
Nancy Kerns, Editor
1655 Robinson Street
Oroville, CA 95965
http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/contact/

The World of Professional Pet Sitting
Ellen Price, Editor
201 E. King St.
King, NC 27021
(336) 983-9222, Fax: (336) 983-5266
ellen@petsit.com
http://www.petsit.com/content134.html
Pays up to $300 for features; good to work with. Available only to members of Pet Sitters International. Also publishes Pet Owner's World, which members can distribute to their clients.

Your Cat Magazine (UK)
Sue Parslow, Editor - sue@yourcat.co.uk
BPG Stamford Ltd,
1-6 Buckminster Yard, Main Street,
Buckminster, Grantham, Lincs, NG33 5SA
UK
(0)1476 859820 (from the US, dial 011-44 and drop the first "0".)
http://www.yourcat.co.uk/

Your Dog Magazine (UK)
Sarah Wright, Editor - editoral@yourdog.co.uk
BPG Stamford Ltd,
1-6 Buckminster Yard, Main Street,
Buckminster, Grantham, Lincs, NG33 5SA
UK
(0)1476 859830 (from the US, dial 011-44 and drop the first "0".)
http://www.yourdog.co.uk/

Your Horse (UK)
Media House
Peterborough Business Park
Lynch Wood, Peterborough PE2 6EA, UK
01733 468000 (from the US, dial 011-44 and drop the first "0".)
getinvolved@yourhorse.co.uk http://www.yourhorse.co.uk/

More Cat Publications:

This page at Fanciers.com lists a number of cat magazines, including an extensive list of breed-club publications. The page is outdated and many of the publications no longer exist, but it's a good place to start hunting down lesser known and non-US publications: http://fanciers.com/other-faqs/mag-list.html.

Related Articles:

How to Write for Pet Magazines, by Moira Allen
http://www.writing-world.com/freelance/pets.shtml

Writing for Pet Magazines: An Interview with Moira Allen, by Kelly Milner
http://www.writing-world.com/freelance/pets2.shtml

Copyright © 2010 Moira Allen
Last updated November 2012

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Moira Allen is the editor of Writing-World.com, and has written nearly 400 articles, serving as a columnist and regular contributor for such publications as The Writer, Entrepreneur, Writer's Digest, and Byline. An award-winning writer, Allen is the author of eight books, including Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer, The Writer's Guide to Queries, Pitches and Proposals, and Writing to Win: The Colossal Guide to Writing Contests. In addition to Writing-World.com, Allen hosts Mostly-Victorian.com, a growing archive of articles from Victorian periodicals, and The Pet Loss Support Page, a resource for grieving pet owners. She lives in Maryland with her husband and the obligatory writer's cat. She can be contacted at editors "at" writing-world.com.

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