Submission Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions

We want your photos and stories! Farm & Ranch Living is about farm and ranch folks like you sharing their experiences and memories, and we want to make sharing as easy as possible. At the same time, there are a few things we need to get your story in the pages. To give us all a hand, here’s our Submission Guidelines:

SEND CONTRIBUTIONS TO: Email submissions to editors@farmandranchliving.com, or mail to Farm & Ranch Living, 5400 S. 60th St., Greendale, WI 53129.

TELL US WHERE TO FIND YOU: Include your full contact information—mailing address, daytime phone number and email address if you have one.

SHARE YOUR SNAPSHOTS: If you’re mailing your photo, don’t chance losing your original! Any photo department can make a print or reprint for pocket change.

If you’re emailing, just attach your digital file. It should be your standard .jpg or .jpeg file, and size should be at least 1800x1200 pixels, or a file size of at least 1MB.

SAVE YOUR STAMPS: We love your mail so much, we’re keeping it! Please, send only copies of stories and photographs, and no SASEs.

WHAT YOU’LL GET: If we print your submission, you’ll receive a complimentary advance copy of that issue, plus a thank-you gift. For stories that run a page or more, that gift is a check for $250. Contributors published in "Mailbox" receive a gift certificate for a one-year subscription (which can be used as a subscription extension.) Most other contributors get a hand-forged iron dinner triangle as our token of gratitude for contributing to another great issue of F&RL!

DIARISTS WANTED: Your farm or ranch could be featured in a future issue of Farm & Ranch Living! It starts with you contacting us and telling us a little about your operation. If you are selected, you will be assigned a month to keep a daily journal, and a professional photographer will come out and take pictures at your farm or ranch. When your story is printed, you’ll receive a check for $250 plus 10 advance copies of the issue it appears in to share with family and friends.

AND THE FINE PRINT: By submitting material for publication, you grant Readers Digest Association, LLC, its parent company, subsidiaries, affiliates, partners and licensees use of the material, including your name, hometown and state. We may modify, reproduce and distribute it in any medium and in any manner or appropriate place. We may contact you via phone, email or mail regarding your submission.

Q: I submitted a story or photos a while back, but I haven’t heard anything. Why?

A: We wish we could respond personally, but because we have a very small staff, it’s just not possible. We do read each piece of mail and everything—published or not—contributes toward making Farm & Ranch Living the unique reading experience it is.
We plan our magazine far in advance, so your submission may be held to be considered for the appropriate upcoming season. We do evaluate every submission very carefully. If your submission is being published, we’ll notify you with a complimentary advance copy of that issue.

Q: I have a comment, not a story. How should I send it?

A: Email us at editors@farmandranchliving.com, or mail your comment to Farm & Ranch Living, 5400 S. 60th St., Greendale, WI 53129.

Q: I am a professional photographer and would like to submit photos for publication. How do I do that?

A: Professional photographers wishing to share a photo for the enjoyment of sharing should selectively send photos to editors@farmandranchliving.com as .jpg attachments. File size should be 1-2 MB, and please include information about the photo, such as where and when you took it, names of people or animals in the shot, why the scene caught your eye, a humorous or unusual story behind it, and any other information that would help us write about it.
Professional photographers seeking paid compensation for their photographs should send a link or lightbox of your best photos directly to: photocoordinator@rdamilwaukee.com.

Q: If I send you a story, does that mean I no longer own it?

A: By sending us a story, photo, etc., you simply give us permission to use it. Here is the official policy, in legalese and all:
By submitting material for publication, you grant Readers Digest Association, LLC, its parent company, subsidiaries, affiliates, partners and licensees use of the material, including your name, hometown and state. We may modify, reproduce and distribute it in any medium and in any manner or appropriate place. We may contact you via phone, email or mail regarding your submission.

Q: How do I contact Customer Care? I have a question about my subscription.

A: Click "Customer Care" on the home page of our website, or call 888-858-5417 or email customercare@farmandranchliving.com for inquiries about subscriptions, renewals, to order single issues, provide information changes, make payments or for answers to general questions.

Q: I just sent in my payment. Why am I still getting subscription reminders in the mail?

A: We apologize if you’re getting extra reminders of your subscription expiring. If you have additional questions, please contact Customer Care.

Q: My magazine is late. What should I do?

A: Magazines arrive at different times, and it’s possible that you could receive yours up to two weeks later than a friend. If your magazine is consistently late, it’s usually a post office issue, so check with your local office. If you believe it’s something on our end, please contact Customer Care.

Q: Where can I purchase a single issue, or a back issue?

A: Farm & Ranch Living is not sold on newsstands, but you can purchase single issues while supplies last by calling Customer Care at 888-858-5417.

Q: I would like old magazines for my school, church or community group. Can you help?

A: Unfortunately, we don’t have a large backlog supply of magazines, so we are unable to accommodate these requests.

Q: I’m looking for a story from an old issue of Farm & Ranch Living. Can you help?

A: Some stories can be found on our website, on the Links page. We have a very small staff and are not always able to locate past stories, especially if we do not have the month and year of the issue the story appeared in. To purchase a back issue, please contact Customer Care.

Q: I read an article and would like to contact the author. Could you send me his or her address?

A: Sorry, but in respect to their privacy, we are unable to give out contributors’ addresses.

Q: I am an artist and would like to paint one of the photographs in your magazine. Can I have permission to do so?

A: You are welcome to use photographs that appear in Farm & Ranch Living as models, provided that you are not trying to replicate the image exactly, and that the painting will not be sold for profit. If the work is ever publicly displayed, a placard should accompany it noting the work was "inspired by …" with credit to the photographer and our magazine, indicating where the photograph appeared.

Q: Our club has a free newsletter that goes out to member. Is it OK if we include one of your articles, because it pertains to our hobby?

A: For nonprofit organization and club newsletters, an article may be reproduced exactly as it appears in our magazine, with a notation that "This article is reprinted with permission from Farm & Ranch Living. The original article appeared in the [month and year] issue."