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Submission Guidelines

Call for Pitches

Western Confluence magazine seeks story ideas for our issue on road ecology in the West. The next issue of Western Confluence will help readers understand the ecological challenges that trails, two-tracks, roads, highways, interstates, railroads, and other transportation infrastructure pose to our landscapes and new approaches for addressing and mitigating those challenges.

Roadways alter the ecologies of the places they cross—they displace vegetation, create avenues for exotic species to enter new areas, fragment wildlife habitat, bring noise and other disturbance, kill animals, change hydrology, and more. The emerging field of road ecology is helping us better understand these impacts, with direct management implications.

What is new research into road ecology teaching us about how roadways affect our region? And how are managers applying that new understanding in creative ways to mitigate roads’ negative impacts? We seek stories that will inform and surprise readers, illuminate new ideas and solutions, and celebrate the scientists, engineers, conservationists, managers, and others behind those innovative approaches.

How to pitch

Email pitches to editor@westernconfluence.org. If you are a journalist or writer, please describe the angle your story might take and the reporting and storytelling approaches you plan to employ. We also welcome story concepts from scientists, researchers, managers, policy makers, and other engaged citizens including tips, names of contacts, links to scholarly papers, or other leads that we can develop into a story and assign to a reporter. Pitches should be no longer than 500 words and should clarify why the story will matter to Western Confluence readers.

To be considered for the upcoming road ecology issue, pitches and story ideas are due by 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 1, 2020.

Western Confluence editors and advisors will discuss and answer all pitches. For those we’d like to pursue, an editor will work with the writer to hone the approach to the story. All Western Confluence articles go through several rounds of editing to bring them in line with our style. Writers should expect an extensive revision process.