Submissions

We always love to receive great stories and pictures

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Article submissions

Being a local magazine, we are always happy to receive stories from those living in the area. This said however, having published the magazine since 1997 we have featured many of the famous stories already. Before contacting us with your transcript, we suggest that you familiarise yourself with the magazine, so that you are pitching an idea that is relevant to what we do. This will also give you an overview of some of the things that have already been featured.

Once you have familiarised yourself with the magazine, and have a story you wish to share with our, some, 40,000 monthly readership, then in the first instance please contact our editorial department via email cathy@fourshires.co.uk or copy@fourshires.co.uk.  We ask that you attach either the story or your idea to your initial email. We ask that all stories are accompanied by no fewer than 4 high resolution (3mb or more), original pictures (no google images please) and also include a head and shoulders picture of yourself, along with a 100 word biography about who you are and where you are from.

As you can imagine we have a lot of submissions and interest in writing for the magazine. We can’t promise that we will publish everything we receive, but we do however, promise that we will read through everything sent and get back to you as soon as we can.  As we have a finite budget for editorial, we also don’t promise that we can pay you for your story. Most of the stories featured in the magazine are unpaid for. This said however, we will always add contact details, web addresses etc. (if applicable) to the bottom of any article published. We will never publish your article without clearing it with you first.

A few pointers when putting together an article for Four Shires Magazine

  • Please write your copy in the third person
  • A normal article length for that featured in the magazine is no more than 1,000 words (anything longer then this and it is likely that we won’t have the space to accommodate your story.)
  • It is best to avoid articles on local businesses as the Four Shires editorial team like to deal with these themselves
  • Our magazine reaches a radius of 30 miles from Banbury, Oxfordshire – stories outside of this area may be considered but are less likely to be used.

Enjoying the Moment by Alan SheersPhotographic submissions

Being a feature lead publication, we love great pictures and are always happy to display those by local readers. Whether you are a professional or an enthusiastic amateur, we ask you to please contact us via email with a link to your pictures. Within the email we ask you to supply a 150 word biography about yourself as a photographer, along with a head and shoulders picture of yourself. If we feel your images would make a fantastic spread within the magazine then we will contact you for further details.

Regarding photographing for the magazine, we do have a bank of freelance photographers who we occasionally call upon to cover local events within the Four Shires. If you wish for the chance to be included within our freelance bank then please send a link to your website to copy@fourshires.co.uk. The editor will then contact you once he has had a chance to look at your work.