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*A Note About Being Cool*

At this time, we are not able to pay our contributors monetarily. We’ll do everything we can to make sure you get something out of the deal – links and shout-outs to your company, publicity, whatever we can – but for now we can’t even afford to pay ourselves. If this is not acceptable to you, we completely understand and will announce here when we are able to compensate contributors. We hope you submit at that point!

Photo Guidelines

Okay, right off the bat—we want your photos! We know there are great photos out there and we would love to publish them in our magazine and on our website. Not only aerial shots—we are looking for ground-to-air shots, swoop shots, general DZ fun shots, whatever you would like to see printed in the magazine (within reason of course…;o) But, in order for us to be able to use your photos in print there are a few practical “rules & regulations” that must be followed when sending them to us. For the most part, camera flyers know their way around a photo file but we’d still like you guys and gals to give our guidelines a quick look-see.

The Photo Itself:

Digital photos must be high resolution. This means 300 dpi at the size to be used. How a photo looks on your monitor screen has little bearing on its usability for print. Use this formula if you’re not sure: pixels divided by resolution = printable size. Thus, an image of 1600 by 1200 pixels – each divided by 300 dpi – gives a print size of about 5 by 4 inches. That would be just marginally large enough for most article illustrations, but unusable as a spread, centerfold or cover. We prefer photos as large as your camera can take them, so even with 5- or 8-megapixel cameras, shoot at the highest possible resolution.

Sending Your Photo:
  • Send digital photos as JPEG or TIFF files. Do not place them in a Word document or make a PDF.
  • 10MB files or smaller: e-mail each file individually to
  • Larger than 10MB:
    • Send it via (batches of photos can be zipped and attached in .zip, .sitx or .rar format) or . . .
    • If you have access to an FTP client like Transmit or Fetch, you can e-mail Pierre at for FTP upload details.

Do not send printed digital photos. They do not have the quality necessary for reproduction in the magazine.

Slides and Prints:

For printing purposes those things have gone the way of the dodo and my six pack, but in certain cases we might appreciate some nostalgic shots from the days when film ruled. If that is the case, please send them with a self-addressed padded envelope to Pierre at the address below.

Required Photo Information:

Before we can publish your photo(s), we’ll need the following information from you:

  • Photographer’s name and contact details. If you’re a pro (or aspiring pro) and have a web address and/or email address that you’d like to include in the photo credit, please supply those as well.
  • Photographer’s permission to publish the photo(s).
  • Confirmation that the photographer has obtained explicit permission from all identifiable people in the photo(s) to be identified and for their image(s) to be reproduced.
  • For groups under eight, the name(s) of the people in the photo if they’d like to be identified.
  • Any additional information about the photo that you’d like to add.

PS. If you’re a Photoshop pro, you can also include all that information in the file’s metadata.

Lots of Photos:

If you have a whole bunch of photos that you’d like to submit for publication (which would be awesome!), you can always mail them on CD or DVD to:

Pierre Kotze
Att: Blue Skies Mag
3501 E Glory Ln, #14
Appleton, WI 54913

If we find ones that we’d like to use, we’ll contact you for the details, or you can give us blanket permission to use them.

If you are submitting photos with an article, please follow the same guidelines, but include them with your article to

A Quick Tutorial About Digital Photo Resolution:

Blue Skies!
- Pierre (the one who makes the magazine look purty)

Article Guidelines

Blue Skies Magazine is about the dream of flying, the freedom of our aviation lifestyles and above all, we’re about people. We’re looking for those feelings put into words. Following are some guidelines to help get your words printed in our magazine and on our website.


Before you invest a whole lot of time into your article, check with us first. Send a short (~200 words) summary or first paragraph to Lara at This way we can make sure no one is doubling efforts, that it hasn’t been done before and that it would fit in with a particular issue.


Submissions are due the 1st of the month for the following issue (Jan. 1 for the Feb. issue, for example).

Word Counts

One page is 750-1,000 words. Rough guidelines: an event write-up could be 250-500 words, opinion 500-750 words, full-length feature 1,500 with pictures.


The more pictures you have to illustrate your point, the better. Refer to our photo guidelines above. To include pictures with a story, be sure to reference that story when you, FTP, or e-mail them to us at

Op/Ed & Letters to the Editor

Please send us your opinions! We take our role as an independent magazine seriously; with that comes a responsibility to publish as many sides of as many stories as we can find. We encourage you to sign your opinion pieces and letters with your actual name and contact information, however, we understand that aviation is a small world and some things are better left unsigned. We will leave it to your discretion whether or not to disclose your identity.

We do have some ground rules, however:

  • Wild, unfounded accusations are not worth our time, ink or pixels.
  • If your opinion or letter is obviously directed at a specific individual, group or company – whether explicitly stated or not – we will offer that person, group or company the chance to respond in kind.
Things You Should Know
  • We reserve the right to post submitted material on our website, as well as redistribute the material in its final, laid-out form for reprint requests.
  • We reserve the right to edit material to fit Blue Skies Magazine’s style, for grammar and for clarity and/or for brevity.
  • Anonymous submissions are accepted only if your personal safety and/or professional integrity may be compromised otherwise.
Boogie Articles

Please think twice about a boogie article. This is not to say we will not publish anything to do with boogies; we actually love boogies! Rather, we love what really happens at boogies, not the glossy, thank-the-sponsors, weather-report, sunshine-and-roses versions we’ve been reading about for decades. What made this boogie different than any other? Did something happen at this boogie that was unusual or noteworthy?

Come up with something creative that captures the real feeling of boogie-ing and we’ll publish it.

Final Thoughts

Please don’t take it personally if we cannot use your article for any reason. We still love you. Keep submitting.

Our Official Be Cool Policy

We know there are other magazines out there who also want your great pictures and words. We understand that air sports cost a lot of money, photographing those air sports costs even more and it is nice to get paid from as many places as possible. However, we are trying to put out a cool magazine. It’s not cool to see a picture that you’ve already seen in another magazine or on another website, or to read something twice in different places.We’re asking you to be cool; don’t intentionally send us things that you have already submitted or are going to submit to someone else. Please help us produce a cool, unique magazine and a cool, unique website. Karma will reward you in the end, we promise.