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Strictly Country Magazine’s Material Acceptance Policy

Updated May 26, 2020.

 

For over 27 years, Strictly Country Magazine has accepted all material under the Country Music umbrella.  With the advent of improved technology and an influx of people recording material we have been inundated with submitted material.  This inpouring of material has placed our reviews behind schedule trailing two years.  Therefore, beginning on June 1, 2020, Strictly Country will install the following mandate for accepting material for review.

 

1.  Any musical material (including full album, video, EP. Please see #4. for book review fee) submitted for review will be charged a non-refundable $5.00 USD (United States currency only) review acceptance fee per item.  This non-refundable fee guarantees an honest review based on the material submitted.  This non-refundable fee does not guarantee a positive review due to the monetary compensation.  This non-refundable fee does not guarantee an interview with anyone associated with the material sent.

2.  The non-refundable submitted material fee is waved if one of the following requirements is met:

a.  The editor of Strictly Country Magazine has requested said material.

b.  Strictly Country Magazine has previously worked with said entertainer(s). Please contact the Editor of Strictly Country Magazine prior to sending material to ensure waived fee for material.

3.  Strictly Country Magazine will no longer accept any material relating to Gospel music, Country Gospel, and or material pertaining to Religion or God. We will accept Christmas music.

4.  Strictly Country Magazine will no longer accept any material relating to Tribute albums, albums filled with cover songs, Country Rap albums, and or soundtrack albums.

5.  Any material in the form of written word, i.e. book or autobiography, submitted for review will be charged a non-refundable $20.00 USD fee. This non-refundable fee guarantees an honest review based on the material submitted. This non-refundable fee does not guarantee a positive review due to the monetary compensation.  This non-refundable fee does not guarantee an interview with anyone associated with the material sent.

6.  All material submitted must adhere to the following guidelines:

a.  All material received, with the exceptions listed in #2, must be accompanied with the appropriate non-refundable fee in the form of check and or money order made payable to Strictly Country Magazine. Any material that does not have the non-refundable fee attached will immediately be tossed in the garbage without review.

b.  All material sent must be received in hard form only! No employee of Strictly Country Magazine is allowed to receive any form of material other than hard copy.  No employee of Strictly Country Magazine is allowed to go to any link to download, view or listen to any material.  Several years ago, we received a link to download an album from a major record label; this link contained a virus that destroyed our entire computer system.  Therefore, we enforce this rule to the fullest!

c.  All material received must be accompanied with a list of songs that includes the title of the original song, the original songwriters, and the optional cut-by-cut. Please do not include biographies; we will not waste our time perusing said document.

d.  If you have a specific date that you wish to receive the review by, please include it with the album. Please note that the album / EP must be received no later than two months prior to this date as we are inundated with material seeking reviews.  All material is reviewed in the order received. 

e.  Videos - Strictly Country Magazine will be happy to feature your video on our website. All videos must be received in hard copy format only.  No employee of Strictly Country Magazine is allowed to download any video from any external link.  Please submit video fourteen days prior to release date to ensure proper time for upload to our website.  All videos received must be accompanied with $5.00 non-refundable fee.  This non-refundable fee will be waived if the video upload is wholly exclusive to Strictly Country Magazine.  Please include vital information sheet with the video; including title of song, album title, songwriters and producers.

f.  Books – All books must be received in hard copy format only. No employee of Strictly Country Magazine is allowed to download any file from any external link.  Please submit video thirty days prior to release date to ensure proper time for review.  All books received must be accompanied with $20.00 USD non-refundable fee.  This non-refundable fee is waved if material has been requested by Strictly Country Magazine’s editor.

 

7.  All material reviewed is opened to Strictly Country Magazine’s Spirit Awards including the CD Coaster Award.

 

8.  With no exceptions, all reviews are subject for posting on this website.

 

9.  Strictly Country Magazine reserves the right to postpone a review due to the subject matter of the material sent. For an example a song / album that best fits our Memorial Day Honors Special issue.

 

10.  Strictly Country Magazine reserves the right to change any and all of the above policies without notice.

 

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