Submit stories for publication/editorial guidelines

Smoky Mountain Living is published six times a year. The magazine covers the southern Appalachians and celebrates the area’s environmental riches, its people, culture, music, art, crafts and special places. Each issue brings the Appalachians to life.


• Feature story, 1,500-3,500 words, 5-10 photos required – $250-$450
• Non-fiction/personal essay, 1,000-1,500 words, 3-5 photos required – $200
• Departments, 700-850 words, 3-5 photos required – $125
• Mountain Views essay, 700-850 words, writer headshot required – $125

A $75 kill fee will apply in the event of an assigned, but unused feature story that editors choose not to run for reasons other than insufficient quality. Kill fees will not be issued for stories that show a lack of effort and do not meet the magazine’s quality standards. All writers are to submit thoroughly researched and accurate content.

Smoky Mountain Living requests attribution any time an article is reprinted elsewhere that has appeared in our magazine.


• Contracted photos: $25 (interior) to $100 (cover; cover payment includes subscription)
• Reader-submitted photos intended for inclusion in the photo essay are not eligible for payment.

Photos must include cutlines and identifying information of where and when an image was shot. Digital files are strongly preferred and should be submitted via email or CD. File names should include photographer’s last name and indication of the location of the image. Payment for photos includes rights to use photos on company promotional materials and on company website. We do not acknowledge as binding the terms of individual photographers' submittal forms.


Smoky Mountain Living Magazine buys exclusive First North American serial rights until the off-sale date of the issue in which the material is published, as well as exclusive rights to the work for promotional reprint and use.


Payment will be made no later than 90 days after the street date of the magazine. Payment inquiries should be directed to Scott McLeod at Payment schedule subject to change without prior notice, payment subject to negotiation.


• Editorial submissions should be made on CD in .rtf or .doc format accompanied by double-spaced, hard copy of same. Editorial submissions must include related photos.
• Photo submissions (35 mm prints, slides, digital images, and original illustrations) must be accompanied by cut lines, with clear identification of people and subject matter.
• Send submissions to:

Smoky Mountain Living
ATTN: Scott McLeod
P.O. Box 629
Waynesville, NC 28786

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Sample copies of magazine are available. Send $6, a magazine-size SASE, and
a notice of your request to:

Smoky Mountain Living
ATTN: Amanda Singletary
P.O. Box 629
Waynesville, NC 28786