Issue 14: Wildlife Conservation and Management in Large Landscapes

Western Confluence magazine, a publication of the Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming, is not currently accepting pitches. The magazine explores complex natural resource challenges and shares sound, interdisciplinary, collaborative solutions.

How it works

To write for the magazine, please email a story pitch describing the angle your piece would take and the reporting approaches you intend to employ to Pitches should be no longer than 500 words and should clarify why the story will matter to Western Confluence readers.

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. We will consider assigning those to a reporter/writer, who may wish to reach out to you as a source for the article.

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.

  • If your pitch is accepted, we’ll meet to discuss your angle and story approach. We’ll also agree on a word count and deadline for the first draft.
  • Write your draft and send it to us on time and near the agreed-upon word count. Be patient, and willing to work through several rounds of edits to make sure the story fits the magazine and is as clear and compelling for readers as it can be.
  • Before publication, you will need to fact check. This includes sending parts (but not all) of the story to your sources to ensure that you have presented the information and their voices accurately, double-checking your numbers and data, or asking an expert to review a paragraph or concept.
  • You are not responsible for all the graphics, illustrations, or photos that will accompany your article, but if you have good ideas for what to include, work with us to get access to those materials. We are always happy to connect with photographers, artists, and graphic designers who might be interested in publishing their work in our magazine.
  • Enjoy seeing your work published and share it widely!

If your contribution to Western Confluence fulfills part of your professional duties, we will not provide compensation for the article. If you are a student, a freelance journalist, or a contributor of another sort, we will pay you $0.75-$1.25/word for the story depending on your writing experience and skill and the complexity of 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.

View the guide: How to Write for Western Confluence

Please direct all questions, pitches, and ideas to