Submission Guidelines

FEATURE-LENGTH ARTICLES

Passenger Train Journal is a quarterly magazine dedicated to the world of passenger, commuter, and rapid transit trains of yesterday and today. We welcome articles on all aspects of passenger railroading in North America, both contemporary and historic. We do not accept any works of fiction or satire.

Not sure where to begin? Your submitted article should have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Some background information on your subject is always a welcome introduction. Never assume the reader is familiar with your subject, but resist the urge to over-explain. What makes your subject interesting to you? What will make it interesting to an outsider? Not sure if your topic is a good fit? Check out some of our recent issues to get a better idea of what Passenger Train Journal is all about.

Please contact editor Mike Schafer before submitting your story.

NEWS SUBMISSIONS

We welcome your contributions of news photos and stories for both our print edition and our web site. Before you submit a news photo, please contact us. We will ask for a low-resolution version of your news photo, along with an explanation of what makes this event newsworthy. The editors will review and let you know if we want a high-resolution version for inclusion in the magazine. Compensation will be made for materials published in our print edition.

SUBMITTING MANUSCRIPTS

We cannot accept any material that is handwritten or otherwise not provided in an electronic format. We prefer that article text is transmitted to us as a Microsoft Word document via email. Your text should total somewhere between 2,000 and 3,000 words. Photography must accompany your article for consideration (no more than 40). See below for details about submitting photography.

Additional material, such as maps and other artwork should be sent by regular mail. Finished map artwork will be created by the art department, we can work with rough sketches and diagrams. Please include a self-addressed envelope so we can return your materials if desired.

Passenger Train Journal and White River Productions assumes no responsibility for the return of unsolicited photographs or articles. You can mail your materials to:

PASSENGER TRAIN JOURNAL
Attn: Mike Schafer, Editor
P.O. Box 129
Lee, IL 60530

SUBMITTING PHOTOGRAPHS

Passenger Train Journal is produced electronically, and as a result, we prefer to work with digital images for photography. All digital images should be at minimum 300dpi and 3000 pixels across (roughly equivalent to a 10×8 image); and saved as either high-quality JPG or TIFF file.¬† Please contact us for FTP information.

In order to eliminate the risk of losing valuable originals in the mail or other forms of damage, we prefer that you provide us with high-quality scans saved to a CD or DVD instead of original slides or negatives. We cannot use images made from home consumer scanners, nor can we work with duplicate slides. There are a number of professional photo labs around the country that can create high-quality scans of your work inexpensively. We can work with black-and-white prints provided that they are 8×10 or larger. We cannot accept negatives or color prints. Each submitted image must have the photographer’s name and address on the back of all originals.

Passenger Train Journal and White River Productions assumes no responsibility for the return of unsolicited photographs or articles. You can mail your materials to:

PASSENGER TRAIN JOURNAL
Attn: Mike Schafer, Editor
P.O. Box 129
Lee, IL 60530

PTJ PHOTO LINE

Photo Line is a monthly gallery of creative railroad photography featured on the PTJ web site. We’re looking for a themed topic (and “theme” can be interpreted fairly broadly) based on anywhere from eight to ten photos. Each photo should be no smaller than 14 inches (or 1024 pixels) across at 72 dpi (no verticals, please). Brief caption information must accompany each photo. To have your idea considered for the online version of Photo Line, please send and inquiry to the Webmaster.

PTJ EXTRA BOARD

Extra Board is a monthly exploration of the passion for trains from many perspectives featured on the PTJ web site. We’re looking for about 1,500 words accompanied by two or three photos that illustrate your essay. Each photo should be no smaller than 14 inches (or 1024 pixels) across at 72 dpi (no verticals, please). Brief caption information must accompany each photo. To have your idea considered for Extra Board, please send and inquiry to the Webmaster.

RIGHTS AND COMPENSATION

Passenger Train Journal  pays for submissions featured in the print edition after publication. Payment will be processed upon publication of the printed edition. Submissions to the PTJ web site are contributed gratis.

QUESTIONS?

You can contact the staff of Passenger Train Journal if you have any questions about the submission process.