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Writer's Guidelines


Dear Writer,

Thank you for your interest in contributing to Latitude 38. Thousands of copies are distributed to California, Washington and Hawaii each month, with digital readership and the ‘Lectronic Latitude blog extending our reach to sailors around the world. Latitude 38’s roots are in Northern California and, after 40 years, its editorial focus remains the world of sailing through the eyes of the California sailor. As such, any article of interest to California sailors may be of interest to us, be it an island in the Pacific a sailor may eventually visit, a classic boat that someone has restored, a lesson learned from a unique experience at sea, or a piece of gear a sailor might not understand. Here are some specifics we like to see in a typical submission:

STYLE — We assume, since you took the time to inquire, that you're familiar with Latitude 38 and our general editorial style. We use 'dockside idiom', and prefer folks to write as if they were conversing with a fellow sailor on the dock. Opinions are encouraged; pontifications are not. We're among friends, you know. Include boat names, boat types and homeports. Also include author's home address, phone number(s) and email contacts.

FORMAT — All queries submissions must be made with the article's text either in the body of the email or in an attached Word or text file. We reserve the right to edit, rewrite and/or excerpt to our heart's content.

LENGTHS — Feature articles normally run 1,500 to 2,500 words. If your feature has to be edited way down, or if only part of it is used, it may end up as a Sightings, a short feature or a Changes in Latitudes. Sightings items typically run between 500 and 750 words. Features typically run from 1,500 to 3,000 words. Changes in Latitudes can run from 100 to 1,000 words or more. 'Lectronic Latitude items should be kept to no more than 500 words. Latitude 38 makes the final determinations regarding editing, placement and fee paid.

PHOTOGRAPHSLatitude is visually driven. We welcome and encourage submissions of interesting, exciting or unusual photos having to do with the sailing lifestyle.

Pertinent photographs must accompany all articles for them to be seriously considered for publication, unless optaining them is not possible. Photos can be as simple as a single shot (breaching whale, wrapped spinnaker, huge smiles) in the case of short features or Changes to a selection of perhaps a dozen shots for longer features. Digital images for publication should be sent to us via email as JPEG or TIFF files, and in medium-to-high resolution (i.e 8"x10" @ 200 pixels per inch or greater). Email them to Our server will accept up to 15 MB per email. All photos should be accompanied by an explanation/caption sheet identifying all boats and people, as well as the name of the photographer or copyright holder.

Include lots of pictures of people. Sailing is about people as much as anything else, so don't send just shots of palm-lined beaches and boats.

SUBMISSION/NOTIFICATION — We encourage you to email your contributions to We will make every effort to let you know within six weeks if we plan to use your material. Sometimes stories will be held for future issues.

PAYMENT — Feature articles currently earn a minimum of $125, higher depending on the materials submitted, and, of course, our interest in the subject. To be considered for publication, submitted articles MUST include pertinent photos of the boat(s) AND people mentioned in the story. Sightings items earn between $50 and $125, depending on how we use them — and, again, should include photos. Payment for Changes in Latitudes submissions varies from a Latitude T-shirt or hat to as much as $75, although most sailors who submit items for Changes are not looking for payment. Photo-only submissions earn up to $25 per photo and occasionally more if the subject is really unusual or well done. Payments are made upon publication. Submissions are also welcome for our 3x/week online blog ‘Lectronic Latitude and can sometimes lead to paid editorial assignments.

We hope you'll think of us when you have an outstanding sailing experience, meet a particularly colorful sailor(s) or want to share important info with the West Coast sailing community. Until then, have fun writing or shooting. And remember, sailing is the only known cure for writer's block!

LATITUDE 38 MEDIA, LLC
15 LOCUST AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941

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