Editorial Submission Guidelines


On The Water Magazine welcomes story, photo and art contributions. We are interested in articles about freshwater and saltwater fishing throughout the Northeast.


(1500-2500 Words)
We publish a variety of features from instructional “how-to” stories to essays, anecdotes, conservation and more. We are interested in stories that address all aspects of fishing and boating, from design to navigation and electronics. We are also interested in offbeat material, including history and fiction, but such topics require exceptionally entertaining or interesting material and strong writing.

Most of the feature articles we run are from 1,500 to 2,500 words. However, articles should be written to the subject, not to the length.

In The Wake (New York/New Jersey)

(600-1000 Words)
A lighter or reflective look at the fishing lifestyle, including but not limited to humorous observations and stories of years gone by.

Lure of the Month

(800-1200 words)
Profiles on fishing lures, new or old, including the history of the lure and lure maker, how it is made, how it is fished, and stories of personal experiences with the lure.

The Fishing Scene

A stunning photograph capturing the beauty and the culture of fishing in the Northeast.


We reserve the right to edit all stories, although we try to do this with a light hand. The varied voices of our writers give On The Water great strength. In some cases, a story may be returned to the writer for additions, clarification, or a rewrite.

We buy First North American Serial Rights for manuscripts and reserve the right to reprint a story on our website, in our annual Special Edition, or in a show program we may produce.


We encourage letters of inquiry, which should include a general outline of your story suggestion. The outline should be brief, but include enough detail to both get the point of the story across and to clarify what would make the story unique. Please describe photography that will accompany the manuscript, suggest the best time of year to publish it, and provide a date when the manuscript package could be delivered to the editor. While acceptance of a query letter cannot guarantee story acceptance or publication, it will increase the likelihood of publication since it gives us a chance to comment on your suggestion. Finished articles may also be submitted.

Articles for consideration should be submitted electronically by e-mail as an attachment (Word documents preferred) or pasted directly into the body of an e-mail.


Photography or artwork to accompany pieces, with captions and subject identification, is expected and appreciated. Images should be of high quality and clearly show techniques, lures, or topics discussed in the article. Credit must be given to the photographer or artist.

High-resolution digital images are preferred, but prints are accepted. Digital photographs should be submitted via email or through a file-hosting service like Dropbox.


We are also very interested in submissions of photographs for consideration as covers. Cover photos must be exceptional! We like action shots with plenty of color, shot in a vertical format. We purchase First North American Serial Rights, and do not use previously published images.


  • Action shots and colorful clothes on subjects in the photographs make or break the picture.
  • If the photo contains a fish, it should look alive and wet so it shines.
  • If the photograph does not contain action, it should at least be in a fishing-related setting.
  • Be aware of what’s in the background of your photo, as the fishing action should be the focus.
  • Don’t always shoot your subject straight on; take the same shot from multiple angles and distances.
  • For close-up shots of fish, never cut the fish in half or cut off the tail.
  • Use a fill flash if possible (which is very important).
  • Hold the fish properly, not upside down or with a handful of gills.
  • Clean off any blood and hide gaff holes to emphasize the sport, not the kill.
  • Tell the subject to look at the fish or in the direction of the action, not the camera, and SMILE!

Jimmy Fee, Editor
On The Water Magazine
707 Teaticket Highway
East Falmouth, MA 02536
508-548-4705, ex. 228