Rural Route Contributor Guidelines 2019

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 month’s magazine (pages 3-4)
Word Count – Maximum 500 words, query editor in advance if the story will be longer
Photos – Send photos as separate files and include a cut line for each photo
Deadline – 20th of the month 1 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

Lifelong Companions
Pets bring laughter, joy, and frustration in a way few other things can. This issue celebrates
some of the unique roles our pets fill, from support animals to farm friends. It embraces the
many ways our furry, feathered, and scaled friends impact our lives.

It Starts with a Seed
One small seed can have a big impact. Its yield could land on your plate or on the other side of
the world. In this issue, we look at the impact of the seeds sown around us, particularly in the
farming community. Seeds planted in the ground are also seeds of hope, change, and

Embracing the Challenge
Many among us live with physical limitations. In this issue we experience the challenges and
triumphs of those who live with these daily challenges. We also learn how we can be a positive
and supportive community for them.

Dining Out
Even those who love to cook enjoy eating someone else’s food. Join us as we explore the local
food scene, or try the recipes and create your own fine dining experience.

The Rural Route is 10 years old! This issue celebrates our 10-year anniversary, but more
importantly, it celebrates you. Our community.