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Writer's Guidelines

The Baylor Line magazine is published quarterly by the Baylor Alumni Association and is directly funded by membership in the association. Currently, the BAA mails to members of the BAA. The magazine reports on alumni activities; covers institutional events and priorities, people, and trends; and examines a broad spectrum of cultural issues reflecting the university's wide-ranging discussion of science and the arts, society and its structures, the spiritual and the human. Because a significant percentage of its readers are Baptist, the magazine often addresses topics of interest to a Baptist audience.

The magazine has four sections in which articles written by freelancers are used: "Around the Quad," which covers campus news; "Sports Report"; feature stories; and "Down the Years," the class notes section that contains brief alumni profiles. Stories in departments are often around one thousand words in length, while feature stories are typically three thousand words or more.

Most of the magazine's editorial content is staff-written, but we do welcome queries from freelancers and frequently include their work in the Baylor Line. This is especially true of the "Down the Years" and features sections.

The editors are always looking for fresh story ideas, and they value articles strong in storytelling quality, journalistic technique, and substance. They do not encourage promotional or nostalgia pieces, or essays that are sentimentally religious. Reprints are rarely used. Poetry and fiction are not accepted.

Those interested in writing for the Baylor Line magazine should read the magazine, if not already familiar with it, before sending a story proposal. You may view samples online or request a sample copy by e-mailing the magazine at

For feature stories, the editors require a query letter with clips of published articles. Less experienced writers may be asked to write on speculation. For stories in departments such as "Around the Quad" and "Down the Years," the editors also encourage the submission of a query letter and clips, although you may also submit complete manuscripts. We buy first serial and electronic rights. Payment, which varies by story type and length, is made upon acceptance. All copy is subjected to editing for length and clarity.

For a style guide, the Baylor Line uses the Chicago Manual of Style. "Down the Years" submissions and assigned stories may be e-mailed to in Word format. We also accept articles on CDs. The magazine's postal address is The Baylor Line, One Bear Place #97116, Waco TX 76798-7116.

Photographer's Guidelines

If you would like to submit a photo, you can send us prints, digital files, or low-res scans of your work. If we decide to use a photo, we will ask for the original.

You may e-mail a digital file to us at or mail prints to Todd Copeland, Baylor Line, One Bear Place #97116, Waco TX 76798-7116.

Payments for photos varies based on the size at which the photo is used, whether the photo was solicited by the Line, and whether the photo is part of a story assignment. Photos submitted by alumni that run in the "Down the Years" class notes section are not paid for.

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