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dig Editorial Guidelines & Theme List

General Information

Following are writers’ guidelines for DIG® . DIG® focuses on archaeology – recent discoveries, techniques used in the field and in the laboratory, archaeologists past and present, innovative ‘dig’ programs for our age audience (8- to 14 year-olds), rethinking of popular theories, and creative activities that entertain as well as inform. Accuracy is essential. Writers are encouraged to study recent back issues for content and style. (Sample issues are available at $6.95 plus $2.00 shipping and handling. Send a 10” x 13” self-addressed envelope. Sample issues will not be sent without prepayment.) All material must relate to the theme of a specific upcoming issue in order to be considered. DIG® purchases all rights to material.


In order for your idea to be considered, a query must accompany each individual idea (however, you can mail them all together) and must include the following: A brief cover letter stating the subject and word length of the proposed article. A detailed one-page outline explaining the information to be presented in the article. An extensive bibliography of materials the author intends to use in preparing the article. A self-addressed, stamped envelope. Authors are urged to use primary resources and up-to-date scholarly resources in their bibliography. Writers new to DIG® should send a writing sample with the query. If you would like to know if your query has been received, please also include a stamped postcard requesting acknowledgement of receipt. In all correspondence, please include your complete address as well as a telephone number where you can be reached. A writer may send as many queries for one issue as he or she wishes, but each query must have a separate cover letter, outline, bibliography, and self-addressed, stamped envelope. All queries must be typed.


Feature Articles: 700-800 words Includes: In-depth nonfiction, plays, and biographies Supplemental Nonfiction: 300-600 words

Includes: Subjects directly and indirectly related to the theme. Editors like little-known information but encourage writers not to overlook the obvious.

Fiction: Up to 800 words

Includes: Authentic historical and biographical fiction, adventure, retold legends, relating to the theme.

The above three pay 20 to 25 cents per printed word.

Activities: Up to 700 words

Includes: Crafts, recipes, woodworking, or any other interesting projects that can be done either by children alone or with adult supervision. Sketches and a description of how the activity relates to the theme should accompany queries.

Puzzles and Games: (Please, no word finds). Crossword and other word puzzles using the vocabulary of the issue’s theme. Mazes and picture puzzles that relate to the theme.

The above three pay on an individual basis.

Photo Guidelines

To be considered for publication, photographs must relate to a specific theme. Writers are encouraged to submit available photos with their query or article. *Please note that fees for non-professional quality photographs are negotiated. Cover fees are set on an individual basis for one-time use, plus promotional use. All cover images are color. Prices set by museums, societies, stock photography houses, etc., are paid or negotiated. Photographs that are promotional in nature (e.g., from tourist agencies, organizations, special events, etc.) are usually submitted at no charge. If you have photographs pertaining to any upcoming theme, please contact the editor by mail or fax, or send them with your query. You may also send images on speculation.

Theme list for 2012-2013
September 2012
Let’s take a Bath (History of Bathing)
(September 2012)
Pyramids at Giza
(October 2012)
Satellite Imagery
(November/December 2012)
Dogs and Their Domestication
(January 2013)
The Colosseum Through Time
(February 2013)
Green Archaeology
(March 2013)
Coming to America (Paleo-Indians)
(April 2013)
Safety Zone (How We Protect Objects From Decay) (May/June 2013)
Dinosaurs’ Earliest Days
(July/August 2013)

Queries may be submitted at any time, but queries sent well in advance of the deadline MAY NOT BE ANSWERED FOR SEVERAL MONTHS. Go-aheads requesting material proposed in queries are usually sent five months prior to publication date. Unused queries will be returned approximately three to four months prior to publication date. Hard copy queries ONLY, no email.

Mail queries to:

Editorial Department
Cobblestone Publishing
Attn: Rosalie Baker
30 Grove Street, Suite C
Peterborough, NH   03458
Mail sample requests to:

Editorial Department
Cobblestone Publishing
Attn: Sample Requests
30 Grove Street, Suite C
Peterborough, NH   03458


Cobblestone Publishing
A Division of Carus Publishing Company

30 Grove St., Ste. C, Peterborough, NH 03458
1-800-821-0115 / 603-924-7209 / FAX 603-924-7380

Updated 8/7/09