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COVID-19 Update

Please do not visit our office at this time. Our staff are working from home to facilitate social distancing.

We do not anticipate interruptions to our services, though there may be slight delays. You can still contact us by phone or email.

We are closely monitoring the rapidly evolving situation to keep our staff and wider community safe, and to do our part to help flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Writers’ Guidelines


We publish feature articles in ON Nature magazine on all aspects of natural history, conservation and the environment in Ontario. We rarely accept articles with a national or an international scope, or book reviews. We do not publish poetry or fiction.

Story topics include articles about plants and animals, wildlife research, parks and wilderness areas, and environmental issues. We run profiles of Ontarians who are involved in conservation, first-person accounts of wilderness adventures, and environmental concerns unique to urban areas.


We’re looking for tightly focused articles that offer an interesting and timely theme, and a fresh outlook. Stories should contain in-depth information presented in a lively and accessible style.

eastern whip-poor-will, the Sing-song of Summer, Summer 2019, ON Nature magazine

Sample Copy

Please be familiar with the magazine before submitting ideas. To obtain a sample copy send a cheque or money order for $9.49 payable to Ontario Nature, with your request for a back issue. This price includes cost of the magazine, postage and handling and taxes. Or you can see the digital versions of magazine for free online.


Our rates compare to trade magazines. Payment is 30-days after acceptance. We generally only pay for feature articles, which are about 1,500 words.


Make queries by emailing the editor, John Hassell, at No calls please.

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Letters to the Editor

We enjoy hearing from ON Nature readers. Please send letters by email to or by mail c/o Editor, and include your full name, address and phone number.

Letters may be edited for length and clarity.

Letters should be 75 words or less and may be published on the website and/or in the printed magazine.

Photo Guidelines

We publish a full range of articles about wildlife, parks, wilderness areas, environment issues and nature-related activities. Most of our articles are procured from freelance writers and illustrated by freelance photographers’ stock images.

For the most part, we consider photos taken only in Ontario and of Ontario species. We prefer photos of species in the wild whenever possible unless the ​photography causes distress to the subjects, in which case we would publish photos of captive species. The magazine is published by Ontario Nature, a conservation organization, so our highest priority is to do no harm to plants, animals and habitat.

We adhere to the principles of ethical photography. We will not knowingly publish any photo obtained by the harassment of wildlife including baiting, flushing or otherwise stressing animals. We will also not knowingly publish photos involved trespassing, or the destructive grooming or pruning of habitat. We ask photographers freelancing with us to always be conscious of the impacts of their activities on animals, and to follow the rules of the places they visit. Photos of people – particularly minors – should have explicit consent when faces are visible.

Photo Submissions

We publish photos from freelance photographers on our list or whom we reach out to directly. For rates, rules and submission methods, please refer to our Photographer’s Guidelines.

To apply to join our list of photographers who receive the photo want list for each issue of the magazine, please send a selection of your work – including a stock list and/or a link to more of your photos online – to Noah Cole at The images should be high resolution (300 dpi). 

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