Contributor’s Guidelines

Entering its 37th year in print, Canoe & Kayak is the world’s largest paddlesports publication with a circulation just shy of 50,000. The vast majority of stories are produced by established freelance writers or the C&K editorial staff, though we are open to new story ideas and contributors.

Canoe & Kayak is published six times a year in March, May, June, July, August and December. We also publish the annual C&K Whitewater and C&K Beginner’s Guide, as well as our biannual trade publication, Paddlesports Business. We also regularly produce original content for, and feed some print content to, canoekayak.com (which receives 130,000 unique page views a month).

We never run unsolicited articles. Your best bet is to e-mail us a short, original, and very succinct query about your idea, the photos available to illustrate it, and your writing background/availability. C&K pays $.50 per published word, on publication.

PLEASE READ THE MAGAZINE BEFORE SENDING A QUERY. Your query should demonstrate that you’re familiar with the magazine, its editorial focus and tone, and its specific sections. If you don’t have experience with canoeing, kayaking or rafting, save your query for a general-interest magazine. C&K is written by and for people who are passionate about paddling. Queries should be tailored to one section of the magazine and sent to the assigning editor for that section:

Associate Editor Dave Shively, dave@canoekayak.com: gear, boat news and trends, industry news/trend stories, and stories for Paddlesports Business, including outfitter/manufacturer/retailer profiles.

Managing Editor Joe Carberry, joe@canoekayak.com: Web videos, personality profiles, shoestring ‘Dirtbag Diary’ adventures, and news, trend and analysis pieces for front-of-the-book stories (250-500 words).

Editor-in-Chief Jeff Moag, jeff@canoekayak.com: Features, photo galleries, Aquaphile Essays from the Field, Unfiltered, and destination-based pieces.

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