Rural Route Contributor Guidelines 2022

Rural Route magazine explores the ongoing story of our community. Established in 2009, it focuses on the things we all love, namely, the people in our community and the things that are important to them. We seek to bring our neighborhoods together by building connections and creating a sense of belonging. To do so, we search out the positive and deeply meaningful stories that reflect the spirit and generosity of our community, alongside do-it-yourself projects, expert insights, and other topics of local interest.

We accept story and photo submissions from anyone in, around, or closely connected to our readership area. We aim to cover a broad cross-section of stories by a variety of writers that interest our rural population. We appreciate every submission and read every story, but we cannot guarantee publication of all submissions.

Send articles, photographs, letters, and story ideas for consideration by e-mail to

Things you need to know

Theme – Each story must follow the theme of that issue (See themes below)
Word Count – Maximum 500 words, occasionally a well-written 1,000-word article is
published if space permits
Photos – Send photos as separate files, include photo credit and caption
Deadline – 20th of the month 2 ½ months before the month of publication
(e.g. Jan. 20 for March/April issue)


Questions? Contact Jennifer at | 519-510-5550 | 4082 Perth Line, Millbank, ON N0K 1L0

Rural Route Themes 2022

Waiting for the Sun – January/February

Sometimes the clouds don’t lift. This issue walks alongside those dealing with chronic conditions and mental health challenges to see what motivates them when there is no sight of spring.
Deadline: December 20

Muddy Boots – March/April

Nature is an escape from the ordinary. This issue encourages you to get lost in the solitude of the forest and connect quietly with nature lovers as they discover local plants, wildlife, birds, and fish.
Deadline: January 20

Writing Contest – May/June

Imagination runs wild in this issue, featuring the winning stories of the annual Rural Route Writing Contest. All stories must use the phrase “Suddenly and without warning…”
Deadline: February 20

Around the Campfire – July/August

Campfires capture the essence of summer. This issue eases into the peaceful relaxation and connection that happens when the fire crackles, the guitar strums, and the deep conversations and shenanigans begin.
Deadline: April 20

Pedal to the Medal – September/October

There are some whose relationship with their car is a little deeper than most. This issue navigates a world of grease, gears, and wheels while cruising the roads with these local car enthusiasts.
Deadline: June 20

9-1-1 – November/December

Emergency service workers are there during our messiest times, holding things together when we’re falling apart. This issue is a thank you to those who courageously step into crises on a regular basis.
Deadline: August 20