Submission Guidelines

Feature Length Articles

Railroad Model Craftsman is in need of a steady supply of articles and photos, and we want your input. The largest portion of pages in our magazines are devoted to articles. These can range from a short paragraph essay on a particular subject to full-length multi-page articles. They can cover prototype, modeling, or railroad experiences. We do not accept any works of fiction or satire.

We always welcome detailed articles describing efforts to model locomotives, rolling stock, structures, scenery and model railroad-related accessories along with photo tours of finished layouts. We are also happy to publish well-written and researched prototype information. Feature stories must be accompanied by photography (color slide, black and white print, or digital file) with complete captions. The more you include, the better selection we have!

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? If the subject excites you, it is likely to inspire your fellow modelers, so write you ideas as if you were telling your modeling buddies about it. Not sure if your topic is a good fit? Check out some of our recent issues to get a better idea of what Railroad Model Craftsman is all about. If in doubt about a particular subject you have in mind, send us an email and we will discuss it — we are always open for fresh ideas!

Writing about your home layout, or another model railroad? Fill out this handy RMC Layout Spec Sheet.

Please contact editor Stephen Priest before submitting your story.

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. Your text should total somewhere between 2,000 and 3,000 words. Photography must accompany your article for consideration. See below for details about submitting photography.

Additional material, such as assembly drawings, maps, and other artwork should be sent by regular mail. Finished artwork will be created by the art department; we can work with rough sketches and diagrams.

Railroad Model Craftsman and White River Productions assume no responsibility for the return of unsolicited photographs or articles. We will gladly return your materials as long as they are clearly marked with your name and address and return postage is included. You can mail your materials to:

Railroad Model Craftsman

Attn: Stephen Priest, Editor
6324 N. Chatham Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64151

Submitting Photographs

Railroad Model Craftsman is produced electronically, and as a result, we prefer to work with digital images for photography. We prefer to work with NEF, RAW, and TIFF files. When shooting photos for your article, always shoot at the highest, uncompressed resolution. You can burn your images to a CD or DVD, or upload them to our FTP server.  Please contact us for FTP upload information.

We can work with 35mm color slides and 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. Submitted material should be sharply focused, well-exposed, and feature eye-catching content to accompany the articles submitted to the magazine.

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. You may choose to mail us your originals so we can make scans in-house.

Railroad Model Craftsman and White River Productions assume no responsibility for the return of unsolicited photographs or articles. We will gladly return your materials as long as they are clearly marked with your name and address and return postage is included. You can mail your materials to:

Railroad Model Craftsman

Attn: Stephen Priest, Editor
6324 N. Chatham Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64151

RMC Extra Board

Extra Board is featured on the Railroad Model Craftsman web site to supplement information featured in the print publication and to showcase brief articles we think will be of value to the readers that doesn’t fit into the print edition. Each JPG 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 article idea considered for Extra Board, please send and inquiry to the Webmaster.

RMC New Product Reviews

Our staff is always excited to learn about great new products of interest to the model railroaders, including trains, structures, kits, details, books, videos, and more. Please contact associate editor Tony Cook to have your product considered for review and/or inclusion into our New Products pages within the magazine.

Rights and Compensation

Railroad Model Craftsman pays for submissions featured in the print edition after publication. Payment will be processed upon publication of the printed edition. Rates of pay are determined by White River Publications. We cannot process your payment until we have your signed release form on file. Download the RMC ReleaseForm

Submissions to the Railroad Model Craftsman web site are contributed gratis.

Questions?

You can contact the staff of Railroad Model Craftsman if you have any questions about the submission process.