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We invite rural women from Canada and the US to submit their stories, photos, perspectives and dreams to be considered for publication in Trailblazher. Our general guideline to define 'rural' is that you live in a town/community of 7500 people or less, or of course in the countryside. Please note, if you are just beyond this guideline and know that you would be a great fit for Trailblazher, please email us - we would love to hear from you.

We welcome all women living a rural lifestyle in North America, that includes women in ag, ranchers, homesteaders, western lifestyle, makers, creatives, coaches, professionals, farmers and beyond!

We believe in the power of  storytelling.

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If we choose you to be published in Trailblazher, we currently require that you supply your own professional,  photos to accompany your article.

YOU DO NOT NEED to supply professional photos at the time of application, HOWEVER, supplying a link to professional photos with your application increases your odds of being chosen to be published as it helps us with our deadlines and coordination immensely - it makes your submission 'print ready'! 

about photos

If you are applying to be published, we hope that you understand the quality, style and tone of photography in Trailblazher. We prefer warm tones, journalistic photography depicting real rural life. We require a mixture of landscape and portrait orientation for every article with a minimum of 300 dpi. File formats we except: jpeg.

please submit photos that are seasonally appropriate if you are applying for a specific issue

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by applying to be published in trailblazher magazine, you agree that you are a rural woman in north america, living in a community of 7500 people or less. 

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summer     june | july | aug
Fall            sept | oct | nov
winter       dec | jan | feb

TRAILBLAZHER HITS THE STANDS:

ongoing submissions

current open calls

Here are the ways you can apply.
Only successful applicants will be contacted. 

how it works

1. CURRENT CALLOUT'S - specific segments and themes for upcoming issues
2. ONGOING SUBMISSIONS - recurring segments in every issue
3. SUGGEST A TRAILBLAZHER - a rural woman we should know about

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suggest a trailblazher

Open Call's for Submissions

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Open calls for upcoming issues are posted here. Make sure you’re on the Insiders Club List to get notified of any new opportunities! We welcome returning contributors.

issue 16 - FALL ROUNDUP'S

Submit your wild rag, chili or canned relish recipe to be considered for publication in our Issue 16 Fall edition!

wild rag roundup

chili recipe

canned relish recipe

issue 16
FALL

theme: transition

ON THE STANDS: Sept 1 – Nov 31, 2024

TOPICS OF INTEREST
Harvest season, Thanksgiving, back-to-school, finishing up the garden, fairs, gatherings, field meals, fall fashion, self-care, food preservation, Halloween, Christmas markets, A season of reaping the rewards, replenishing stores, acknowledging abundance, caring for self.

TITLES/ARTICLES WE ARE LOOKING FOR
· Five Ways to Tie a Wild Rag for a Fall Fashion Statement 
· Farm to Table Meals That Will Nourish Your Spirit as Well as Your Body
· Preserving and Drying Your Favourite Fruits, Veggies and Meats
· For the Love of Bread – Sourdough Making for Beginners
· Prize Winning Chili Recipes for Fall Entertaining
· Titles related to the theme TRANSITION

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT IS JUNE 30, 2024 AT 5PM MST


apply for fall

issue 17
WINTER

theme: stillness

ON THE STANDS: Dec 1, 2024 – Feb 31, 2025

TOPICS OF INTEREST
Holiday season, crafting and handmade (knitting, crocheting, felting), party ideas, food from scratch, sourdough bread, stocking stuffers, slowing down, sustainable living. A season of slowing down, taking stock, reflecting, acknowledging growth, envisioning the future. Honouring a slow start to the Year.

TITLES/ARTICLES WE ARE LOOKING FOR
· Easy DIY Winter Nourishing Cream
· Fast and Hearty Soups for Cold Winter Days
· Top Four Online Classes That Will Make You Smarter
· Breathing Techniques That Will Put the Calm Back into Your Life
· Delicious Appetizers That Will Spoil Your Guests
· Titles related to the theme STILLNESS

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT IS SEPT 1st AT 5PM MST


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Ongoing Submissions

These are recurring segments in Trailblazher Magazine and are always open! We welcome returning contributors.

This is the place to pitch your story or idea. Want to share your thoughts or research on fibre, regenerative farming, rural motherhood etc. then submit your idea here. Our Quick Pitch is the place to submit a mini profile as we refer to our growing list when we are looking for future articles, interesting perspectives and unique stories.

Idea Pitches

SUBMIT my response

Rural readers answer a question in 35 words or less. all reader submitted. returning contributors welcome.


Rural Reflections

SUBMIT my response

These Hands of Mine is a 1 page feature with 5-8 photos (landscape and portrait) depicting the roles you play as a rural woman. Your written contribution completes the sentence: 'The Hands of Mine...'. 100 word maximum. You supply professional photos ready to be published. We accept submissions for all seasons. 

These Hands of Mine

SUBMIT my response

Make It is a 4-6 page segment teaching a user-friendly, fun and useful DIY project. A 500-750 word intro/story plus professional photos to accompany each step of the tutorial. Past projects have been: Feed Sack Bag, Egg Collecting Apron etc. 8-10 final photos for publication will be required (mix of horizontal and portrait).

Make It

SUBMIT my response

We gather the thoughts of our rural readers in a long form Q&A. Deep questions with meaningful responses of 2-6 sentences.

Long form Q&A

SUBMIT my response

Suggest a Trailblazher

Do you know a rural woman in North America who would be an incredible fit for Trailblazher magazine? Whether she runs a full-time rural enterprise or a side hustle – tell us about her below.

We require that she lives in a town/community of 7500 people or less, or of course in the countryside. Submit her profile here and tell us why you think our readers would be inspired by her! Thank you! 


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