DHJ Submission Guidelines

A publication for anyone interested in heavy horses and mules, The Draft Horse Journal features articles on successful bloodlines, history, health care, behavior, training techniques, veterinary advice, heavy horse & mule events (past & present), plus profiles of breeders, exhibitors, trainers, carriage operators, loggers, horse farmers–anyone using draft horses or mules.

The Draft Horse Journal welcomes freelance submissions for practically any of the above mentioned topics. The best preparation for the prospective Draft Horse Journal contributor is familiarity with the magazine. Indeed, for writers interested in learning Draft Horse Journal style and standards, there's no substitute for regularly reading the magazine.

That said, we will consider publishing any worthwhile submission on horse-related topics so writers need not limit themselves to conventional topics or approaches. If a piece is accurate, well organized, relevant and interesting, we will work with a writer to find a place for it within our format.

There are, however, a few guidelines that prospective contributors should keep in mind.

We ask that unsolicited electronic manuscripts be submitted via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . If you prefer, you may submit a hard copy of your typed manuscript to The Draft Horse Journal, P.O. Box 670, Waverly, IA  50677. If you would like your materials returned, a self-addressed, stamped envelope needs to be included with your submission.

Features generally run from 1,600 to 3,000 words, and the amount of payment depends on quality, length and complexity of the story. We do not pay by the word.


DHJ Editorial Submission Deadlines:
  • Spring Annual Broodmare Issue – January 1
  • Summer Annual Horse Sale issue – April 1
  • Autumn Annual Workhorse Issue – July 1
  • Winter Annual Holiday & Stallion Issue – October 1

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