Black Sheep Newsletter
  A magazine for shepherds and fiber enthusiasts

Black Sheep Newsletter Writers Guide

The Black Sheep Newsletter is always interested in submissions that relate to fiber producing animals, their husbandry and the use of their fibers. Typically we use articles addressing all levels of readership experience, from encouraging the novice to inspiring long time veterans. In general, we do not solicit articles, our readers submit them.

If you have not recently read the Newsletter, it may be useful for you to read a few of the past issues to become familiar with the style and tone of the BSN. Articles should be of original material; new approaches to familiar topics are encouraged. If you include quotes or references to other published sources, please include a bibliography. We prefer articles that are not published elsewhere in other sheep and/or fiber related magazines. If you are simultaneously submitting your ideas to other publishers, please let us know.

Material in the Black Sheep Newsletter may not be reproduced without written permission.

When you have written an article, send us a copy along with any accompanying photographs or sketches. Be sure you keep a copy of everything as well. Please include your address, telephone number and e-mail address (if you have one) in your cover letter. We reserve the right to edit submitted material as necessary, to match the style and fit the space available in the magazine.

Submit articles to: Black Sheep Newsletter, 25455 NW Dixie Mtn RD, Scappoose, OR 97056 or email:

Format: Ideally, your work will be typed on 8½" x 11" inch, white paper. Handwritten submissions are accepted as long as they are legible. If you prepare your article on a computer you may submit it via email or on CD. We work with PC's, use Microsoft Word, PageMaker and Corel Draw. We have conversion programs to read most other word processor files and can easily open RTF files.

Label all diagrams clearly and include captions for diagrams and photos. Also, please include the name of the photographer.

Length of articles: We can use articles, large, small and in between, ranging from 400 words to over 2000 words. Lengthy subjects can be turned into a series.

Photographs and Diagrams: Good visuals make articles more interesting to the reader. Clear, crisp drawings done with black ink on white paper are best. Photographs should also be crisp and of good contrast. Keep in mind that when viewing a color photo of, for example, a sheep against blue sky, the human eye can distinguish the shape. When this same color photograph is printed in black and white on newsprint, the contrast the eye perceives may be lost. A photo copy of your picture can be a good check for contrast. Remember to label photographs but please do not write on the back of them. Post-it™ notes or removable tape work best.

Compensation: The BSN is unable to reimburse writers for their articles except with an exchange advertising or additional copies of the issue in which the article appears.

Thank you for your interest in the Black Sheep Newsletter. We look forward to working with you.

The Black Sheep Newsletter
25455 NW Dixie Mtn RD, Scappoose, OR 97056
503-621-3063 email:

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