R.M.Williams OUTBACK Magazine
Essentially, R.M.Williams OUTBACK magazine, with 6 editions a year, about life beyond the city in Australia – anywhere that is remote, different, challenging and non-urban. It is in south-west Tasmania, the far reaches of the Pilbara, and along the Great Divide in New South Wales, just as much as it is in central Australia.
Since 1998 OUTBACK has stayed true to a central task – telling the stories of the bush and focusing on the positives that can be found and shared in that storytelling. This was what drove RM Williams when he set up his first publishing company back in the 1940s. We are proud to continue this legacy, and to chronicle the bush – a place where hardship and sorrow are all too often present, but where joy and inspiration are always to be found somewhere.
This is what we look for when our contributors travel the country. This is what motivates us. We believe that in telling such stories we help to inspire others who might not know of the variety and strength of the people who live beyond the horizon.
The Heart of Australia
When you read OUTBACK we introduce you to some of our most colourful characters, and show you some truly amazing scenery along the way; from broad sweeping plains, to vibrant red deserts and soaring mountain ranges … all surrounded, of course, by crystal blue oceans.
This is OUTBACK magazine, the inspirational read that takes you beyond the city and deep into the heart of Australia. In our pages you’ll discover a world of fascinating people, some hard at work keeping old traditions alive, others fast discovering new ways to breathe vibrancy and life into an ancient land.
Whether it be the forests of Tasmania, the high country of Victoria or the untamed Top End, this is a land full of energy, hope and innovation. Since 1998, OUTBACK magazine has brought the people of the bush together, highlighting in a positive, supportive style of reporting their struggles, successes and triumphs. In that time we’ve become part of their family.
Now we invite you to be part of that special relationship, and come see how you can touch the heart of Australia.
DISTRIBUTION Subscribers, newsagents and R.M.Williams stores & stockists nationally, internationally and downloaded digitally.
COVER PRICE $14.00
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For advertising enquiries or to request a copy of our media kit, please contact National Sales Manager Bronte Smith:
Phone: 0414 383 619
What is OUTBACK?
A bi-monthly magazine that captures the essence of remote Australia and, by showcasing it in a positive way, brings into reality a world that is unknown to many people.
Essentially, OUTBACK is about life beyond the city. It is an accessible, experience-oriented publication. We are more interested in things that people can see, touch and feel for themselves than "looking glass" pieces that can be seen only in print. We're just as interested in people as in places. More often than not we want to see people in their environment.
Where is the OUTBACK?
Anywhere that is remote, different, challenging, non-urban. It is in south-west Tasmania, the High Country of Victoria, along the Great Divide in New South Wales, just as much as it is in Central Australia. It doesn't have to be all red dirt!
Who is OUTBACK, who's in OUTBACK, and who's the target?
OUTBACK is owned by R.M.Williams Publishing.
The subjects we showcase are as diverse as the outback itself. Station owners, jackaroos, stockmen, travel and hospitality operators, pilots, doctors, miners, fishermen - you name the occupation - anyone who has a close involvement with the outback is a potential subject.
They're young, old, male, female, black, white, brindle. We love them all.
Our market is 50/50 city/country, male and female, upmarket and middle market, primarily 30-55 age group; people who identify with R.M.Williams - the man and the products - and what this represents to Australia and Australians.
The outback is the emotional and geographic heart of Australia, but usually receives only cursory coverage in the media. In the new millennium, Australians are examining who they are, what they represent, and what this country to which they belong is all about. Many of the answers lie in the history, heritage and traditions that were forged in outback/remote areas.
In a nutshell, OUTBACK seeks to be recognised as the quintessential Australian magazine; the publication that, if someone asked, Is there a magazine about Australia?, the answer would be "Yes, OUTBACK".
What type of material do we want?
Real stories about real people and real places that strike a chord with readers. We want great experiences, great characters, great accomplishments and just plain great stories.
OUTBACK is NOT an agricultural publication and the only articles with any agricultural bent are about stations. Station stories are all pre-assigned and are about properties with a special significance.
The bulk of our subject matter falls into one of these categories:
- Out There: soft adventure experiences that qualify as being "quintessentially outback" in nature.
- Profiles/People: an insight into bush characters and people with a very strong link to/involvement with the outback. Preferably not well-known identities.
- Stations: properties of real substance, historic interest, or are simply "special".
- Outback Story: in essence our cover story, a major feature about a unique or especially interesting aspect of outback life.
- Dining: great outback dining/food experiences. They must be good!
- Outback Life: aspects of living in the outback that are different to the everyday lives of most people; in effect, a unique insight into how other people live and work.
- Outback Pubs, Towns, Places to Stay or Visit: anything that qualifies as offering a genuine outback environment or experience.
- Outback Tracks: a journey through a remote or especially interesting region of outback Australia, focusing on the people, sights, sounds and the whole experience. Definitely not a technical four-wheel-drive piece.
- Outback Events: largely photographic coverage of different, out-of-the-ordinary outback events. Heavily people-oriented.
- Historical items in a contemporary context: we're interested in linking the past with the present - historical items that have a contemporary twist.
We're open to suggestions and are happy to discuss ideas, although it is imperative that the proposal be submitted in writing first. We do not accept material on spec and will not discuss an idea for which a written outline hasn't previously been sent.
And please, don't expect that a proposal will appear in the next issue! The average length of time it takes for a contribution to be published, from the time of receipt, is six months.
For a detailed guide to OUTBACK sections, email email@example.com
What we don't want
Items about politicians and politics; negative pieces about the state of roads, hospitals or services; old-timers' reminiscences; ocker subjects of the kind you'd expect to see in down-market publications; landscape photos and stories that totally ignore people; technical 4WD treks.
Writing style/copy format
Present tense; no use of first person; casual, relaxed, conversational; magazine not newspaper style (don't tell the story in the first para, run sentences together, build up the interest, use people as the means to the end etc).
Copy should be generated in Microsoft Word and submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos: Digital RAW files (if this is not possible, please supply unedited JPEGs in the highest resolution possible). Please also supply low-resolution JPEGs for positional purposes. Clearly identified captions are essential.
OUTBACK is published at the end of January (Feb/Mar issue), March (Apr/May), May (June/July), July (Aug/Sept), September (Oct/Nov) and November (Dec/Jan) each year.
In most cases (unless specifically pre-arranged) material submitted less than eight weeks before publication will be held over for a subsequent issue.
We do not accept words and photos sent on spec. Items that have not been previously discussed have virtually no chance of being used. In the first instance, fax or email an outline of 50-100 words about the piece, its thrust, photos and the section of the magazine it suits to email@example.com.
Mostly we will assign/commission material, although at times we will ask for words/pics to be sent on the basis of payment on usage.
We will not publish material in the same style and format as has appeared in other publications, and never within six months of appearing elsewhere. Similarly, we require a six-month window before a story or photo in OUTBACK may be published elsewhere.
We pay at the rate of approx. $350/page for words and photos. If different contributors are involved, text payment equates to 40-50 cents a word. We will assign a photographer to an item if we don't (or can't) get suitable photos from the writer or from other sources.
Payment is made for acceptable editorial material after the publication has been completed and sent to the printer (usually the third week of the month that the magazine goes on sale ie. payment in late March for the April/May issue, which will be on sale at the end of March).
If an item is assigned and the material submitted is considered unsuitable, it is the responsibility of the contributor to make amendments before it can be published and payment made.
When we enter into an arrangement for multiple items, which may be used in one or more issues, we may negotiate a one-time package rate (irrespective of when they're used) or make part payments. In these cases we'll enter into a specific arrangement with the contributor(s).
All contributors are expected have their own travel, medical, property and public liability insurance when on assignment for OUTBACK or any of its publications.
OUTBACK retains copyright of all text published in the magazine, digital platforms and associated titles. Copyright of photographs remains with the photographer, unless otherwise agreed. However, OUTBACK reserves the right to use published photos to promote the magazine on OUTBACK and R.M.Williams websites, through social media, on posters and other point-of-sale material, in advertisements and any other context that enhances circulation.
Unless otherwise agreed, photos that are re-published in a subsequent issue attract a rate of half the usual rate of payment.
When OUTBACK agrees to publish text or photos from a contributor, it does so on the explicit understanding that text and photos gathered for OUTBACK's use cannot be published in Australia for at least six months from the date of publication in OUTBACK or associated titles.
In some situations we'll pay or meet travel costs. But these always have to be pre-arranged. Never enter into a contra arrangement for the supply of a vehicle, airline ticket etc without our knowledge and approval.
For editorial enquiries, contact Editor-in-Chief, Mark Muller.
Phone (02) 9028 5400
Patrons: Dr Andrew Forrest AO, Nicola Forrest AO; & Ken Cowley AO (posthumous)
Editor-in-Chief: Mark Muller
Senior Associate Editor: Terri Cowley
Associate Editor: Therese Hall
Associate Editor: Ken Eastwood
Art Director: Peter Pap
Production & Design: Clare Das Neves
National Advertising Manager: Bronte Smith
Advertising Assistant: Lesley Henry
Subscriptions Manager: Andrea Wallace
Subscriptions Assistant: Michelle Higgins
Accountant: Ian Hannaford
Accounts Assistant: Rhonda Traversi