Call for Submissions by SAIL Magazine: Submit Now!

SAIL Magazine is inviting submissions from writers for publication in their magazine. Submit your pieces now and get published!

About SAIL

SAIL Magazine is the magazine of record on the sailing way of life. Whether it’s cruising, racing, or lifestyle, their editorial mission is to inspire, educate and entertain sailors of every kind and to celebrate the sport in words and images.

Submission Guidelines

SAIL writes, edits and designs for everyone who sails—aboard a one-design boat or an offshore racer, aboard a daysailer on a tiny lake or a cruiser crossing great oceans and great distances. Their how-to and technical articles concentrate on the techniques of sailing, or the many aspects of naval architecture and construction, boat systems, and gear.

Their features emphasize the joy and rewards of the sailing life. Many of their favourite features are simultaneously entertaining, practical and instructive. SAIL’s readers want to know everything about sailing. And they want to see it, too. Some photographs printed in SAIL are there because they illustrate one point clearly; others are there because they contain a universe of beauty. Their writers are encouraged to also be photographers and to think about photography while they think about writing.

  • A popular article length is 1,500-3,000 words, though it takes a strong concept to merit maximum length. Most stories in SAIL are shorter, and very, very short pieces are prized. Developing writers should pay attention to sections at the front of the magazine and be alert to their search for small stories with punch.

  • We only accept material via email. Please add a brief sailing biography. SAIL will not consider articles that have been submitted simultaneously to another publication. Payments vary depending upon the type of article. They pay upon acceptance. Articles that have been published elsewhere are occasionally considered. They usually buy first North American and digital rights. 

  • We strongly suggest that writers query SAIL about specific ideas. Although they cannot make a decision without seeing the article, they can tell you whether or not your idea is appropriate for SAIL. They attempt to read, consider, and reply to your query or article within 60 days. 

  • They look for unique views of sailing. Read recent issues of SAIL to see the sort of articles they publish. Remember that SAIL teaches sailors of all abilities, beginner to expert, how to improve their sailing skills, equip their boats for more effective sailing, and enjoy sailing more. Think constructively; write about how to avoid common problems. Here are hints for different sections of the magazine. 

What to Submit?

  • Features: Select specific actions or events and build your article around them. Focus on a theme or choose a specific aspect of sailing and discuss perhaps a personal attitude or philosophic approach.

  • How-To, Technical Articles: SAIL wants clear and concise articles of 1,000 to 2,000 words written for the intelligent layman. Discuss systems or techniques for navigation, sail trim or seamanship that have worked for you.

  • Sailing Memories: These short essays are reminiscences of the author’s sailing life, including favorite boats, learning experiences, people encountered, places visited. It’s an opportunity to let the writer in you have rein. 

  • Sailing News: They give cruisers “news-you-can-use.” Any change or development that a cruiser might benefit from knowing is news-your-can-use. They give racers news-with-added-value. They cover very little “regatta news” in the magazine.

  • Voice of Experience: If it happened to you and you learned something from it, you are a candidate to write a “Voice of Experience” piece. These stories generally run about 1,800 words and focus on a particular situation, an evolving set of events and the consequences. A sidebar of 250-350 words, included in the total wordcount, presents the lessons learned as “Hindsight”.

  • Photography: Almost all SAIL articles are accompanied by appropriate photography. Sometimes they can acquire images from professionals, but most of the time the appropriate photos are those taken by someone who is participating in the events being described.

How to Submit?

SAIL Magazine 
23A Glendale Street 
Salem, MA 01970
or email at sailmail[at]sailmagazine[dot]com

Click here to read the official guidelines of the Call for Submissions by SAIL Magazine.


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