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Editorial Guidelines

We are always in the market for good freelance articles, and invite your queries. Because our magazine is divided into departments according to subject matter, you should direct editorial queries to the departmental editor in your area of interest. The editors are listed at the end of this guide. Since we do not print fiction, please don't submit any fiction articles. Because of the workload of our editors, queries are best handled by a short paragraph and perhaps a photo or drawing, via mail. Before you submit a query, do a little homework. Check with the Guide To Periodic Literature and/or our own website to research previous editorial features. Chances are, we've already published an article similar to the one you are about to propose. Don't waste your time unless you can give us something new that we haven't run before.

Our typical reader is male, about 37 years old, married with a couple of kids, owns his own home and several cars, makes a good salary and probably works in a technically oriented profession. Keep this in mind before proposing articles.

In any article query, you should be specific as to what makes the development new, different, better, interesting or less expensive.

Submission Format

All articles must be submitted to us in a commonly available word processing app like Word or as a pdf. If you submit a hard copy manuscript it must be typewritten, double spaced on one side of the page only. All hard copy manuscripts must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with sufficient return postage in case we do not accept your submission. All how-to articles must be accompanied by well-lit, clear, digital photos or rough artwork that we can use to produce finished art for publication. Photos should be high-res, at least 300 dpi. If we like an idea, we may also ask you to supply additional photos. We pay anywhere from $300 to $1000 and more for features. We pay on acceptance and purchase all rights. If we pay for your submission, we are under no legal obligation to run the piece, but will make our best effort to get it into print. Material is subject to editing for length, style and format. Here is some specific information from each of our areas of editorial interest:

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We do all of our own road testing and conduct our own owner surveys. Please don't query us about submitting driving reports on specific models, or articles about what it's like to own a specific car.

Home Journal

We buy how-to-do-it articles on home improvement, home maintenance, energy-saving techniques, and shop and craft projects. These must be well illustrated with drawings and photos. Finished drawings suitable for publication are not necessary. Rough, but accurate, pencil drawings are adequate for artist's copy. Topnotch photos are a must, shot during construction of the project as well as after construction. Photos should be taken with a background that is not cluttered or distracting from the main action.


We are interested in long and short pieces that cover the latest developments in science, technology, aerospace, industry and discovery. We stress newsworthy items here. An old subject can be interesting if new facts have recently become known. Accuracy is paramount. Check your facts and sources before submitting queries.

As a rule, we are not interested in machines or inventions applicable to a very limited field or industry, ordinary industrial processes, informative material without a news angle as found in textbooks or encyclopedias, or items that deal with accidents or freaks of nature.

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We publish articles on sport aviation, homebuilt/personal aircraft, new commercial aircraft, new combat aircraft, etc. Also, we are interested in restoration projects on older collectible aircraft and other hands-on type articles that involve planes.


Testing of new boats, recreational vehicles or outdoor gear is conducted by our own staff. We publish articles on new equipment in the boating and outdoors areas, as well as articles on how to maintain and/or repair boats, boat engines, camping equipment, motorcycles, recreational vehicles, etc.

We are interested in articles covering new types of outdoor recreational devices, such as paraplanes, balloons, all-terrain vehicles and campers.


We publish articles on new types of equipment in the audio, video, computer, telecommunications, photographic and optical fields, but our staff does most of these. We also publish technique articles, such as how to take good pictures with your cellphone, how to hook up home theater equipment in the home, etc. Check some back issues for specific areas of our coverage.

General Interest Articles

We occasionally publish general interest articles. We look for pieces with a strong science, exploration or adventure emphasis.

Departmental Editors

If your query doesn't fit into any of the departments, send it to the Editor-In-Chief.

Please E-mail all qualified queries to any of the PM editors at [email protected]

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Popular Mechanics Editorial Staff

Ryan D'Agostino

Editor in Chief

Design Director Michael Wilson //Executive Editor Peter Martin // Managing Editor Helene F. Rubinstein // Deputy Managing Editor Aimee E. Bartol

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Articles Editor Jacqueline Detwiler//Senior Editor Roy Berendsohn // Automotive Editor Ezra Dyer // Technology Editor Alexander George // SeniorAssociate Editors Kevin Dupzyk, Matt Goulet // Associate Editor Lara Sorokanich //Assistant to the Editor-In-Chief Katie Macdonald // Copy Chief Robin Tribble // Copy Editor Maude Campbell //Research Director David Cohen // Research Editor Henry Robertson



Art Director Alexis Cook //Associate Art Director Zachary Gilyard



Director of Photography Allyson Torrisi // Assistant Photo Editor Ida Garland



Tom Chiarella, Daniel Dubno, Wylie Dufresne, Kendall Hamilton, Francine Maroukian, Nick Wicks Moreau, David Owen, Joe Pappalardo, Richard Romanski, James Schadewald, Joseph Truini



Digital Imaging Specialist Steve Fusco



Site Director Andrew Moseman

Deputy Editor Eric Limer

DIY Editor Timothy Dahl

Assistant Editor Jay Bennett

Web Video Editor Ryan Mazer



Mobile Editions Editor Tom Losinski



Producer Jeff Zinn

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