FAQ

General

Just who do y’all think y’all are?
We’re the National Magazine of Texas. And the National Home Page of Texas. If that’s not enough for you, read more about us here.
 
What is Texas Monthly’s address and phone number?
Our address is:
Texas Monthly
P.O. Box 1569
Austin, TX 78767-1569
 
Our phone number is: (512) 320-6900
Our fax number is: (512) 476-9007
 
How do I submit a letter to the editor?
We welcome letters from our readers, which we publish every month in the magazine in our Roar of the Crowd section. Email your letter to [email protected] or mail your letter to the address above. Letters addressed to Texas Monthly become the property of the magazine, and it owns all rights to their use. Letters may be edited for clarity and length. We will contact you before publishing your letter.
 
What if my question is not answered here?
 

Website 

Is your site free or is there a paywall around your content?
Most of the stories on our site are free, including our archives of outstanding magazine journalism, our blogs, and all of our original web pieces. A partial paywall surrounds the current issue of the magazine. Here’s how it works: Everything in the issue is free except the feature stories, which cycle out from behind the paywall for about a week at a time during the month that the magazine is on newsstands. And of course, if you’re a print subscriber and signed in on the site, you should never see any paywalls anywhere.
 
Can I comment on stories anonymously?
Yes, you can. You may choose any screen name you want, but you do have to at least submit a functional email address in order to leave a comment. Your email address will not be made public. Our commenting system is called Disqus. It facilitates discussions between commenters, and it also enables you to integrate commenting with your Twitter, Facebook, or Google+ accounts. Of course, if you’d rather keep posting anonymously as BigTex43, that’s fine too.  
 
The site doesn’t look right on my browser. What’s wrong?
 
What CMS does your site use?
We used Drupal to build our new site.
 

Editorial

Who is the editor-in-chief of the magazine?
Brian D. Sweany was named editor-in-chief of Texas Monthly July 2014. He took the reins from Jake Silverstein. Prior to Jake the magazine was edited by Evan Smith, who took over the magazine from Gregory Curtis in 2000. Greg had been the editor since 1981, when he succeeded the founding editor, William Broyles. In forty years, Texas Monthly has had only five editors. 
 
And the website?
That would be Andrea Valdez, who took the reins in August 2014. 
 
What percentage of your editorial staff is from Texas?
Eighty percent.
 
My dream is to write for you. Are you hiring?
We’re fortunate to be one of the few remaining magazines to have staff writers. We truly believe this is why we’ve produced some of the best journalism in America for more than forty years, but those positions rarely open. However we’re always scouting for freelance talent, whether for the magazine or for texasmonthly.com. For more details, please email John Broders at [email protected].
 
Also, we consider our internship program to be one of the finest in the state. If you’re a student who can receive credit for an internship, apply here.
 
To whom do I direct my inspired story idea?
 
To whom do I direct media inquiries or requests to have Texas Monthly writers appear on my radio or television program?
 

Dining Guide

Who writes the restaurant reviews?
Reviews are written by resident critics in the cities we list. They are anonymous to ensure that they receive no special treatment. All of their expenses are paid by Texas Monthly. The magazine accepts no advertising or other consideration in exchange for a listing. 

How often do they visit the restaurants?
Restaurants are visited every three to six months; the date at the end of a listing is the month it was most recently updated.

What does the star system mean?
Three stars designate a superlative restaurant; two stars designate an excellent restaurant; and one star designates an extremely good restaurant. Restaurants with no stars are, obviously, still considered worthy of inclusion in the Dining Guide, which is a selective list. 

What does the price scale indicate?
Prices represent a typical meal for one (entrée, side dish, desert, and beverage), not including alcohol, tax, and tip. All listed restaurants accept major credit cards unless otherwise noted.

$ = Less than $12
$$ = $13 to $30
$$$ = $31 to $50
$$$$ = More than $50 
 

Reprints/Rights and Permissions

How can I get reprints of a Texas Monthly article?
 
What about licensing television or movie rights to one of your stories?
Same thing. Email Cathy.
 

Subscription Services

I didn’t receive my magazine/need to renew my subscription/want to order a subscription for my father. Can you help me?
For all of your magazine subscription-related queries, please visit our subscriber services page.
 
How do I subscribe to/manage my newsletters?
We have a beautiful, informative suite of newsletters ranging from weekly political coverage and recipes from the best chefs in Texas to travel deals and event information. Please visit our newsletter subscription page to sign up or to manage your existing newsletters.
 

Advertising

How do I purchase advertising on the site?
 
What if my question was not answered here?
 

What is this sponsor content I see on the site? Is that a story that Texas Monthly created? It sure seems like an ad.
Sponsor content is a new type of advertising on Texas Monthly. Our advertisers have long asked us how they can get more involved, so we decided to create sponsor content stories and invite advertisers and brands to do a little storytelling of their own on our site. We have a dedicated sponsor content editor who works with clients to make sponsor content stories something our readers would want to read and share with their friends. All this said, make no mistake: sponsor content is not editorial content, and the Texas Monthly editorial team is in no way involved in the creation of sponsor content stories. We’ve tried to make this abundantly clear by adding a red “Sponsor Content” banner to all sponsor content tiles and story pages. We’ve also slightly changed the background color on all sponsor content tiles and story pages from white to taupe, and we’ve altered the font on these pages, all in an effort to differentiate it from editorial content. If you’d like to know more about our sponsor content or if you’re interested in finding out how to get involved, please email Caitlyn Perry, our digital marketing manager, at [email protected].