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This Freelance-friendly Lifestyle Pub Covers More Than Just the South


Garden & Gun, as the name suggests, is not your average magazine. The bi-monthly Southern pub is focused on quality writing, beautiful photography and dynamic design.

The mag covers all aspects of Southern living — art, literature, food, architecture, design, music, gardens, hunting and even wildlife conservation. G&G pay its writers $1 a word and is 80 percent freelance written. If the thought of writing about the South sounds too limiting, deputy editor Dave Mezz explains that there is much more to the mag than that:

“We’re focused on the South, but we are a national magazine,” said Mezz. “We have readership that extends well beyond [this region], both coasts, all over the country and beyond.” Freelancers can [definitely] send a query on topics outside of the spectrum. One example might be a piece on Southern winemakers in California. “They’re not in the South, but they come from the South [and] they bring a certain sort of philosophy with them that’s rooted in their upbringing,” said Mezz.The pub also did a piece on a new fly fishing lodge in Montana. “That wasn’t particularly Southern, but it related to sporting… If it relates to one of our pillars, then even if it’s not in the South, it might be something our readers would be interested in,” explained Mezz.

To learn more about what kind of writing the pub is looking for, read: How To Pitch: Garden & Gun

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