Submission guidelines

Writers:

  • Article ideas must have a specific or implied connection to the concerns and interests of the orchestra field. General interest classical-music subjects may meet our needs, but it's best to consider whether there is a specific orchestral connection in your story before pitching an idea to us.
  • Symphony accepts several features and columns each issue from freelance writers. We welcome new writers who have a clear command of classical music or arts-related subjects.
  • We publish recurring columns on: orchestra history; orchestra repertoire; new American orchestral music; orchestras and technology/Internet; recent books on music; commentary; public advocacy for orchestras. Most are open to freelance writers.
  • We publish features on: classical music trends and developments in the orchestra industry; soloist and conductor profiles; orchestra profiles; festivals, etc. Half to two-thirds of our features are by freelance writers.
  • We rarely accept submitted manuscripts without substantial editing. Written queries presenting ideas that we can shape, with the writer, to match our readers' interests are preferred.
  • We accept reprints and book excerpts/adaptations when they match our readers' interests.
  • Send queries by email or postal mail with writing samples or a summary of published work that relates to Symphony subject matter. (If samples must be returned, send SASE.)
  • Fees are negotiable. Payment upon acceptance; publication approximately 10 weeks after acceptance. Symphony requires first printing; we purchase first-time print and Internet rights.
  • Any requests for reprints are referred to the writer, though articles cannot be reprinted without edits and a line crediting Symphony must run with all subsequent publications.

Send queries to:
Chester Lane, senior editor, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Jennifer Melick, managing editor, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Address for Queries and Submissions:
Symphony
33 West 60th Street, Fifth Floor
New York, NY 10023

Sample issues:
Available upon request from Jennifer Melick, managing editor, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Photographers
At present, we rarely commission photos. Most are provided to us free or at reproduction cost; we occasionally purchase rights to existing photos, particularly for our cover. However, photographers with a classical-music bent may send us samples at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Illustrators and Cartoonists
We occasionally commission original illustrations for our covers or purchase rights to existing cartoons. We encourage artists with a track record in classical-music subject matter to send samples to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .