Rural Route Contributor Guidelines 2020

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 submissions of stories and photographs from anyone in or closely connected to our readership area. We aim to cover a broad cross-section of stories by a variety of writers that would 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
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)

Sections to Consider

Recipe of the Month: send us your favourite family recipe along with a photo
Photo of the Month: send us a photo and caption of something unique along your rural route or something that captures ordinary life from a different perspective
Business: local business trends and business news stories
Creative spotlight: spotlight on local creativity including books, art, craftsmanship
Do It Yourself: do it yourself tips and tricks from a local expert in that field
Expert Advice: insight on a specific issue from a local expert in that field
Memory Lane: personal stories and memories
Profile: a noteworthy person, accompanied by a strong, compelling image
Other possibilities: Community, Fiction, Environment, Humour, Arts, Explore, Educate, etc.


If you have any further questions, contact the editor at: | 519-510-5550 | 4082 Perth Line, Millbank, ON N0K 1L0

Rural Route Themes 2019

Walk through the entrepreneurial experience with some of our local business owners. From
small beginnings to international ventures, this issue explores what it takes to start your own
business—then survive and thrive.

Family Ties
Starting a family changes your life forever. This issue offers experience, insights, and humour on
the family experience from diapers to grandparenting. It also includes our kids writing contest
and humourous stories about the children in our lives.

Connecting Through Adversity
Buried in struggle, we find beauty. This is also true during the current COVID-19 crisis. This
issue highlights the positive community connections, innovations, and adaptations that have take
place in our community since the crisis began.

Inside the Locket
Peek into lifelong friendships and the depth of marital and family bonds. This issue explores the
light-hearted fun and adventure as well as the deep dive it takes to keep the most treasured
relationships in our lives thriving.

Diversity of Education
Homeschooling, online classes, one or two room school houses, large multi-purpose buildings.
Education has taken many forms in the past century and the options only seem to be expanding.
In this issue we explore the historical roots and ever-changing ways we formally learn.

Trip of a Lifetime
Why do we travel? The reasons are as diverse as the travellers themselves. In this issue we tag
along in the backpacks of local travelers to see the world through their eyes as they pursue
their bucket lists.