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Prospective writers, photographers, and illustrators are encouraged to pitch ideas to the editorial team at Up Here magazine. A list of the upcoming themed issues is available in our Media Kit, but we also encourage pitches outside of those themes.

When pitching, writers should be familiar with Up Here magazine—the various departments and our style. Our Front of Book contains a Seen and Noted department, which are essentially first-hand accounts of Northern experiences in 500 to 800 words. This is also where we reserve space for the Icebreaker, a profile of a Northerner making a meaningful or interesting contribution to their hometown or the North. (This generally involves a portrait photo and a 150-300 word story.) In 2019, we have introduced new departments, which include stories about prominent Northern families (Dynasties); recipes (Food & Drink); historical keepsakes, treasures or ephemera that tell a story about a place and time; a dedicated How-To section; and a look at what items you can find interesting Northerners carrying.

Keep lead times in mind when pitching features and featurettes. Longer pieces are planned far in advance and each issue is produced two months before its publication date, so keep this in mind if your story is time- or season-sensitive.

Note: If you have pitched a similar story to another publication, please make that known in the pitch.

Each month we also publish a column that shows off the colourful side of living in the North and a Last Word, recollecting unique and truly Northern moments and (often) struggles.

Lastly, photo submissions for our Arctic Moment or suggestions for photo essays are welcome. 

Queries for should be sent to submissions(at)uphere.ca.

Examples of articles that worked well:

Seen and Noted: Tapper’s last stand

Icebreaker: The craziest few hours of my life

Last Word: How fasting made me furious, Naked and afraid


You can also contact us by mail at:
Up Here magazine
Suite 102, 4510 50 Ave.,
Yellowknife, NT, Canada
X1A 1B9