Kayak Angler Magazine Contributor Guidelines
Kayak Angler Magazine Contributor Guidelines

Kayak Angler Contributor Guidelines

Kayak Angler celebrates the intersection of fishing and paddlesports, with an emphasis on hook-ups and sleigh rides from all manner of paddle- and pedal-powered sporting rides. Our scope encompasses North America and its unique regional fisheries: the Atlantic, the Pacific, the flats of the Gulf and all the vast freshwater in between. The readership ranges from first-timers on up to salt-stained hot sticks—anyone who loves to fish from a chunk of plastic or composite. 

Kayak Angler publishes four issues annually, in February (Spring), May (Summer) August (Fall) and November (Winter). We do most of our editorial scheduling in September for the upcoming year, but we accept submissions at any time. 

We welcome your contributions to Kayak Angler. We’re open to ideas, but flip through one or more of our recent issues first. It’s the best way to understand our format, subject matter and style. Obviously, we cover how to catch fish from a kayak, and that includes the always-interesting topics of fishing boats and rigging. Don’t overlook other aspects of the sport, from compelling personalities and pros, the latest news in conservation and fishing tackle, and accounts of incredible catches or pioneering trips.

We are always in the market for articles that have depth, emotional impact and take-away value for the reader, complemented by striking photos.

The best way to assess our interest in your idea is to send us a brief summary of your idea—a query.

Submitting A Query

We would rather read queries than completed manuscripts. 

Queries should present a clear and specific idea, not merely a general topic, and should reflect familiarity with the magazine’s content and tone. Be specific!

We will rarely consider a story without good photos, and we will occasionally buy a story based on exceptional photos alone. So please come prepared to supply or source professional-quality, high-resolution digital images to accompany your article. Better yet, email us a few low-resolution preview images, or mail us a CD of high-res images that we can keep. See photography guidelines for more details.

Please send queries by email to the address below. We do not accept queries over the phone. We will reply to your query within eight weeks if we are interested in your idea. We will not return unsolicited manuscripts or photos unless you include an SASE or return courier account number.

Writers submitting story ideas should be aware that the editors at Kayak Angler may already have assigned or be working on a similar story.

Before you query, carefully study several issues of Kayak Angler so you can tell us how and where your idea will fit into the magazine.


We are always looking for stories to fill the magazine’s introductory section. Buzzbait includes the following departments:

PROFILE, a look at one of the interesting characters moving and shaking the sport. Often presented in an As Told To format with no authorial voice. 500 words.

TOURNAMENTS, a section exploring the issues, trends and controversies surrounding the vibrant kayak fishing tournament scene. We do not typically cover the results of a particular event, unless they are unusually interesting or newsworthy. The focus should not be time sensitive. 500 words. 

CONSERVATION, a story touching on the environment and how it relates to kayak fishing. May touch on ethics, fisheries politics and access issues. 500 words.


Our other front of book section, Lip Gripper is skills and hardware oriented. 

SKILLS, a how-to focusing on essential paddling know-how such as basic strokes and self-rescue techniques. This is the only regularly scheduled department that reads like a traditional paddlesports story. The rest are fish-forward. 500 words.

RIGGING, covering how to set up a kayak for fishing. Put on your best MacGyver hat and break out the tools. It’s time to go custom. 500 words.

TACKLE, product profiles of the latest and greatest in rods, reels, baits and other fishing equipment. 400 words.

GEAR, more on hardware, but with a how-to or trend element. Recent examples: What’s new with fishing boats; choosing the right rods for kayak fishing. 500 words.

READER TIP, 80 words focusing on an easy product or rigging tweak that will pay big dividends to the reader. 

TACTICS, the heart of the section. Dish the details on how to catch ‘em. Must include a kayak consideration. Don’t rehash a basic boat or bank technique unless you can provide a new kayak-specific wrinkle. 400-500 words.


Our back page narrative essay is the place to wax poetic or regale the readership with a classic fish tale. Evoke a feeling or slap a funny bone. 600 words.


Our feature articles average 1,000-1,500 words in length. The graphic element is key! These highly sought-after spots must include professional-quality photography. 

When pitching a feature, consider if your story could be modified to fit another department of the magazine. Also consider whether you have personality profiles, tips, recipes, news or other short pieces to include as sidebars. Features include: 

Adventure Travel and Destination Features: Adventure writing isn’t about just any trip. It tells about an adventure—that is, an original and exciting experience, an exceptional place or an exceptional experience in a familiar place. Good adventure travel writing grips the reader with the feeling of being there and offers something—exceptional humor, a life lesson, a new outlook or deeper understanding. Likewise, destination-focused pieces go beyond a mere description of a place to inspire, entertain or inform. Destination stories have a fresh angle deepened by background information and interviews with local characters.

How-To Features: Delve deeper into a rigging topic or how to catch a particular kayak fishing friendly species. How-to features are broken up into text boxes and sidebars covering a variety of topics such as background, tips, gear, destinations, top 10 lists, etc.

Theme Features: These features package short stories and sidebars under original themes: gear; destinations; outstanding anglers; tournament tricks;…insert your idea here. 

Text Submission Guidelines

If we accept your query, please submit your completed work according to these guidelines:

• Include your name, article title and word count on the first page of your submission.

• Carefully check all facts and figures and spellings (names of people or products, places, scientific terms) for accuracy and be prepared to provide us with your research material and contact information for all sources.

• Include a concise, 25-word biography to be published at our discretion.

• Please save documents in Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format (RTF) and send as an email attachment—do not paste it into the body of an email message.

• Be sure to include your name, mailing address, telephone number and email address with all submissions.

We will make a reasonable effort to ensure the safe return of slides, negatives and other materials that you loan to us; however, contributors are responsible for ensuring these materials against loss or damage.

Terms And Payment

We expect first North American print rights to your work. Kayak Angler requires that you inform us if your submission, or any portion or concept of your submission, has been previously published or is being considered for publication elsewhere. We also require that you inform us as to any flights, accommodations, meals, etc. that were given to you free of charge as part of a familiarization or press trip.

We pay contributors a pre-negotiated rate of up to $0.20 per word depending on length, content and quality. Payment is within 45 days following the release date of the issue in which the material appears. We buy first North American print rights as well as the right to reproduce the original publication by any means or technology for our promotional purposes including indefinite publication on the Internet as part of our online edition. Details are outlined in our contributor agreement.


Email: Editor@Kayakanglermag.Com
Mail: Ric Burnley, 5405 Legare Ct Virginia Beach, VA 23464 USA
Phone: 1-613-706-0677 x 109


1 (613) 706-0677