HRJ Editorial Submission Guidelines

House Rabbit Journal
Editorial Submission Guidelines

House Rabbit Journal has been producing professional-quality veterinary, educational, and creative articles, contributed from readers, since 1988. We accept inspiring or informative articles and thoughtful essays that help educate and entertain readers about rabbits and support House Rabbit Society’s philosophy. Please have a look through our archive to see the types of stories we publish. We would love to feature your original contribution! Below are the guidelines for submitting articles.

We take great pride in originality and do not reprint previously published articles, including blog posts. Once your article is published in print, it will also become available on our website. HRJ authors and photographers are not paid.

Submission Deadlines

February 1 – Spring/Summer

August 15 – Fall/Winter

Authors will receive a response from our editorial team within about one month of the deadline.

Suggested Subjects

  • Rabbit medicine (subject to veterinary review)
  • New ideas in rabbit rescue/rabbit sheltering
  • Discussion of rescue efforts and lessons learned
  • Review of rabbit-related or veterinary books or articles written in the last 3 years (and not previously reviewed in HRJ)
  • Review of rabbit topics covered at veterinary or professional conferences
  • Discussion of rabbit activism initiatives
  • Rabbit care and behavior topics
  • Rabbit-related how-to articles
  • Rabbit-related topics with an educational message

Word Count and Formatting

Articles usually vary in length between 600 and 1200 words, depending on the topic and format. We accept digital submissions as attachments to email only. Our editing team works in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) and will review your piece with you using the Track Changes function. If you do not have access to Microsoft Word but would still like to submit an article, please contact our editing team at [email protected]. Our style guide is The Chicago Manual of Style. If you have special formatting needs for your piece or have questions about the editing process, please contact us.

Authors are expected to obtain permissions for any copyrighted material used prior to submission, including graphics, quotes, and tables.

Please include your name as you would like it credited, your relationship to House Rabbit Society, the title of your piece, and your email address at the top of your submission.


You are encouraged to send photographs or original artwork to accompany your article, along with suggested captions. You may also submit stand-alone photographs or artwork, which we will pair with an article or feature in an upcoming issue. Images or artwork must be created by you, or, you must have permission to share them. It is also recommended to have a model release for any people in your photos. Photos must be sent in digital form at the largest size available as email attachments. Please note that photographs that are out of focus, low in contrast, or very small may not be usable. Artwork and illustrations must be scanned and sent via email. Please include the name of the artist or photographer when submitting graphics and artwork so that we may give credit. If you have questions about submitting graphics, contact [email protected].

Letters to the Editor

If you have feedback, suggestions, or feature ideas for us, you may submit it via email. Please include your name, city, and state, and country. Letters that are chosen for print may be edited for clarity.

Where to Send

All submissions must come via email to [email protected]. We look forward to receiving your House Rabbit Journal submissions!

December 2018