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*** Please note – BBC Science Focus Magazine‘s features meetings are held once a month and we are unable to respond to writers before this meeting. We only accept pitches for features (articles between 2 and 8 pages long) and not news stories or other sections of the magazine. ***
If you’re a science writer and you have a feature idea for BBC Focus Magazine, we’d like to hear from you. Please contact email@example.com. To save time, we strongly recommend that you read at least one recent issue of BBC Science Focus before completing the form.
Do not send completed articles – all our published features are written to a specific brief. If we like your idea, we will get in touch to commission you. Due to pressures of time, we can only consider pitches from established journalists and science writers who can demonstrate prior experience of writing for publication.
Subject areas include nature (unusual animals or unusual behaviour), technology (new technology, new techniques, impressive equipment), natural world (stunning natural occurrences, unusual landscapes etc), space imagery (new missions, anniversary images, new space telescope images).
We publish photos that are:
Relevant to the field of science and technology.
Visually arresting to the reader; grabbing their attention, while at the same time leading them to question what the subject matter is, especially if it’s not immediately clear.
Have some kind of news hook OR link into an anniversary. Otherwise, to be non-time sensitive but relatively recent. To fit this criteria, the news/anniversary angle needs to be current/upcoming, and not out of date (e.g. a news image that was issued 3 months before the on sale date of the issue it might appear.)
Please send all illustration submissions to our art editor, Joe Eden, ensuring that the file sizes do not exceed 5MB: firstname.lastname@example.org
PR submissions – technology
BBC Science Focus features new, innovative technology. From 3D printers to virtual reality to mind-controlled headsets, we want to hear about the gadgets that are going to change the way we live. Even if your product is at the prototype stage – if it’s exciting enough, we want to see it. We also run monthly, topical group tests of consumer tech. The products we’ll include will be new to market or be related to the time of year.
If you’ve got an event, TV/radio show or DVD that talks to people interested in science and technology, we want to know about it! The sooner you can provide us with information the better, but for last-minute events and releases, we’re happy to tweet our readers if it’s relevant. If any of the above applies, please email: email@example.com
PR submissions – books
We regularly feature interviews with authors and are always interested in hearing about new popular science books. If you have a book that you think might be suitable for us, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
PR submissions – competitions
BBC Science Focus runs competitions large and small. We’re interested in hearing from you on any product relating to science and technology: gadgets, books and DVD/Blu-ray are our most common prizes. We run several competitions per issue with small-value prizes (eg DVDs). For large value items we are able to consider full-page competitions, given sufficient advance notice (typically 3-4 months). Contact: email@example.com