Freelance Writers’ Guidelines

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We want American Digger to be your magazine, and welcome your article submissions. We’re seeking stories from 1200 to 2500 words in length, and require that you include at least eight (and preferably more) photos with your article submissions. We prefer digital photos if possible, but will accept hard copies. We do not return submitted materials unless accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope with sufficient postage to cover return shipping. IMPORTANT: Though we’re as careful as possible with all submissions, we cannot be held responsible for any lost items. Please don’t send any originals, only copies.

What we look for in stories:

  • True accounts of relic/artifact hunting/collecting, not previously published (including internet publications)
  • Educational / how-to hints and tips
  • Relevant historical information about contextual time periods, specific regions, topics, types of relics, etc.
  • Historical relic or coin recovery narratives from World War II or earlier. As American Digger Magazine, we prefer stories about United States locations, but will consider overseas locations and finds with a United States connection, or if accompanied by information that would allow American diggers to replicate the covered experience.
  • IMPORTANT: We love personal experience articles, but they need to address the needs and interests of our readers. Think not “all about me,” but “how what I’ve done can help you.”

In keeping with our mission to be the leading periodical dealing with the pursuit of American relics, American Digger Magazine takes care to create a publication that is accurate, informative, exciting, enjoyable and comprehensive, with an emphasis on disseminating information about metal detecting and collecting historical artifacts. Your diligence as providers of content should be guided by these goals.

Manuscript Submission Policies & Requirements

Rights – We respect your rights as writers and have established a professional process for working with freelancers. Please download, sign and return our Freelance Agreement with your article submission. Questions or concerns about any content of the Agreement may be directed to the publisher via our Contact Page form.

  • We do not publish previously published work, including online publication of any sort.
  • We will not publish any articles containing material that describes illegal or unethical treasure hunting activities.

MSWord-doc-iconrtf-doc-iconText doc iconFormat – We prefer Microsoft Word files in .doc or .docx format, but will accept article manuscript files in the following other digital formats:

  • .rtf (Rich Text Format)
  • .txt (Text Only)

We prefer that articles be submitted in 12 pt. Times New Roman, single-spaced, with MS Word default margins, and no fancy formatting other than boldface and italics as needed.

IMPORTANT: While we will consider hardcopy text submissions, it may hinder or delay the publishing of your article if not submitted digitally. If you don’t have a computer or image scanner, you can usually access these at your local public library, where reference librarians will help you operate it to produce the digital text and image files our current production process requires.

Initial Inquiry Process

  1. Please make your initial inquiry or pitch for feature articles via our Contact Page form, indicating the topic, your related experience, expertise or other qualifications to write the story; and availability of related photos or illustrations.
  2. All initial inquiries about full articles and photos/captions for our Just Dug section should be made through our Contact form.
  3. We reply to all writer inquiries. If interested, we will reply to your inquiry within two weeks. 
  4. If you have difficulty with email, we will accept initial inquiries via USPS mail, and submission of manuscripts and images on thumb drives, CD or DVD.
  5. We do not return submitted materials, unless accompanied by self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) with sufficient postage. We cannot be held responsible for lost items, so please keep a backup copy.


  • 3 complementary copies
  • Business Card or Classified Ad in the issue in which your article is published

Editorial Content

  • We fact-check our articles for accuracy and veracity. Please include a list of factual references and/or sources for you articles, if applicable.
  • Include a brief (30 words or less) author bio with your submission.

Sampling of Readers’ Topic Requests:
If you’d like to submit a story for our consideration, here’s a list of topics our readers have expressed interest in seeing in future issues, to help you hone in on article pitches we’re most likely to accept and assign:

  • Personal accounts of relic or coin hunts
  • Bottles/privy digging
  • Interviews with prominent diggers and other treasure hunters
  • Gold digging and prospecting
  • Safety in the field and recommendations for safety items to carry when digging
  • Beach/water hunting
  • Club Histories/great finds
  • Reconstructing broken artifacts, including bottles/pots or artillery ground burst shells
  • How to research potential hunt sites
  • Maintenance of detectors
  • Fossils – Finds, hunt recaps, how to find them
  • Military artifacts
  • Getting permission to hunt properties
  • Interesting historical artifact collections – Public (museums, historical societies, attractions) and private
  • Getting kids into digging
  • How to get in shape for digging (appropriate workouts/exercising)
  • Cleaning/preserving/displaying recoveries
  • Tips for Beginners
  • Indian Wars/Americas Old West
  • Native American/Indian artifacts
  • Colonial Military/Civilian relics

Photo Guidelines

  • Minimum of 8 photos to accompany feature article preferred (more is better). For Just Dug submissions, simple front/back/side view images will do.
  • Photos must be original images created by the author or used with written permission. Permission must be documented and turned in with article submission.
  • We accept color or B&W images, but color is preferred.
  • We require high resolution digital images; 300 dpi minimum at 4″ x 5″ or equivalent size. Digital images or digital scans are much preferred. We will accept hardcopy photo prints if they are clear, well-lit and with good color. If you don’t have a digital camera, you can often have them scanned free or for a nominal charge at your local public library, or at a local Staples, FedEx*Kinko’s or similar digital service center.
  • Photos may be emailed with advance notice. You may also submit them on thumb drive, CD or DVD via USPS mail. IMPORTANT: Do not send your only copies! Media will not be returned.
  • We use only pictures that are sharply focused and have good contrast. No scans from Polaroids.
  • Keep backgrounds simple. Avoid red backgrounds, as these tend to visually “bleed” into the subject matter.
  • Make the subject the main focus of the photo. Please zoom in as close as possible for images of finds – fill the frame.
  • Detailed captions, including the names of persons in pictures, locations, and identification of finds are required. Please submit as a separate Word or text document with your story package.

Materials Return Policy

We regret that time constraints and liability issues no longer allow us to return hard copy photos and manuscripts unless accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. We ask that you NEVER send us your original materials, only copies.