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  • Added on: December 6th, 2005
The Independent, UK seems to have a massive travel section. They're looking for freelance contributions and they pay! Viking

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I am looking for adventure travel, west coast stories. We are a new magazine based in portland launching this march. Take a look at the site, look through the media kit to get an idea of what we are about. Yes we are paying. Looking for summer and fall content on the west coast right now.
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The good people at Lonely Planet have organised a competition where the winner gets to go to China and write for LP... Click here


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  • Added on: February 13th, 2006
Don't forget to just pitch the travel sections of regular US newspapers. They actually pay and you build your name recognition, which can lead you to bigger publications. It doesn't hurt to have a small article with your byline associated with a newspaper that people have actually heard of.


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Here's one for the ladies:

An essay collection by women writers on traveling solo

Edited by Faith Conlon, Ingrid Emerick, and Christina Henry de Tessan

We are seeking original, personal stories by women on the experience of traveling alone – the highs, the lows, and everything in between – in all corners of the globe.

Go Your Own Way is intended as a companion volume to our popular collection of travel essays, A Woman Alone, published in 2001. The success of that book proved our original hunch, that women are eager to find their experiences reflected in the pages of travel books. Women of all generations are traveling more freely and independently than ever before, but our personal stories are just beginning to be told. We hope that Go Your Own Way will inspire and intrigue readers to head out on their own adventures, from river rafting in Nigeria to café hopping in Buenos Aires.

We are looking for essays that evoke a rich sense of place and present a strong narrative arc. Traveling alone as a woman can be thrilling and liberating, it can also be challenging and occasionally terrifying (if only momentarily). We are interested in stories that might reveal an insight, provide a glimpse into another culture, offer advice – in short, writing that informs, intrigues, and inspires. Humor is welcome, of course – the recounting of travel disasters survived and surmounted is a perennial favorite.

Like our previous book, we wish to include stories that span the world. While we will not rule out essays that explore travel in the United States, we are primarily interested – and want to encourage – the experience of global travel, especially in our post-9/11 world.

· Finding your groove: How you travel differently on your own.
· Travel in a post-9/11 world: What new issues arise today that didn’t five years ago?
· Issues specific to traveling alone as a woman: overcoming fear and others’ expectations.
· An incident that was harder or easier solo than you expected it to be.
· Leaving the family behind (don’t touch that cell phone!).
· Cross-cultural experiences that you may not have had if you hadn’t been alone.
· The particular joys and freedoms that come with solo travel.
· Visiting the same place alone/with someone else: How you interact differently with the people in a given place.
· Lessons learned: first-time solo vs. experienced solo.
· Travel misadventures and lessons learned.

EDITORS: Faith Conlon was previously publisher of Seal Press and is now a freelance writer and editor. She is the co-editor of two previous books of travel essays, Gifts of the Wild: A Woman’s Book of Adventure and A Woman Alone: Travel Tales from Around the Globe. Her most recent book is I Wanna Be Sedated: 30 Writers on Parenting Teenagers, which she co-edited with Gail Hudson. Ingrid Emerick is a former senior editor of Seal Press and the co-editor of two published books of travel essays, Gifts of the Wild: A Woman’s Book of Adventure and A Woman Alone: Travel Tales from Around the Globe, where her essay on traveling solo in Ireland appears. She is currently working as a freelance editor. Christina Henry de Tessan is currently senior editor of Pulse Guides’ Night+Day series. She is the author of City Walks Paris, City Walks San Francisco, and City Walks Chicago, editor of Expat: Women’s True Tales of Life Abroad, and co-editor of A Woman Alone: Travel Tales from Around the Globe.

PUBLISHER: Seal Press, an imprint of Avalon Publishing Group, Inc.

DEADLINE: May 15, 2006

LENGTH: 1,500-4,000 words

FORMAT: Essays must be typed, double-spaced, and paginated. Please include your address, phone number, email address, and a short bio on the last page. Essays will not be returned.

SUBMITTING: Electronic submissions are preferred. Send essay electronically as a Word or Rich Text Format file (with .doc or .rtf extension) to Put “GO YOUR OWN WAY” in the subject line. If email is not possible, mail the essay to Go Your Own Way Editors, 1000 N. Northlake Way, Suite G, Seattle, WA 98103. Please direct any inquiries to

PAYMENT: $150 plus two books

REPLY: Please allow until September 1 for a response.
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Wend magazine is looking for stories.
Want to write for us? If you Wend, here’s the way:

1.) Wend is namely interested in first person accounts of adventure travel in the Pacific Northwest region. This includes Northern California, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.
2.) We are also interested in well researched historical accounts of adventurers past. Stories of environmental interest will also be considered. You will be fact checked. Wend maintains a high standard for journalistic ethics and accuracy.
3.) Be warned that you will be edited. We’re obsessive about maintaining a cohesive tone, one that emanates the spirit, politics, and demeanor of our region in a progressive way.
4.) Make sure that you have access to photos to accompany your story or access to relevant photographers that we may contact. Occasionally we can supply photos but for the most part, no photos, no deal. Photo guidelines will be given upon acceptance.

Now that you got it:

1.) Send us two clips of your work, relevant to the story you’re proposing.
2.) Send us a resume, or summary of your experience.
3.) Send us a one-page query (story proposal) summarizing the scope of your story, estimated word count, which department you deem it appropriate for, and an explanation of why you’re qualified to write it.

We’re looking for freelancers for the following departments:

Exit- Outdoor related news on adventure lifestyle or design. Approximately 500 words.
Current- Features new trends in outdoor sports or fringe sports gaining a following. 1000-2000 words.
Road Trip- Accounts of life changing, meditative and humorous road trips all about getting there being half the fun and the exploration upon arrival. 2500 words.
Wanderlust- Feature length accounts of mind boggling journeys, histories, etc. written as a first person narrative. Third person is allowed for certain historical and environmental pieces, but we might suggest the writer demonstrate his/her relevance to the story itself. All the components of a ‘good story’ including character development, tension, problem solving, crisis, Sasquatch attacks, etc. should drip for your manuscript. Please do not bore us. 2500+ words.

Rates: All departments pay 20 cents a word, with a small bonus for photos. Payment will be made 30 days after publication. Rate reflects submissions that require a normal amount of editing. If your story requires a lot of work, we’ll pay less. No kill fee.

All proposals can be sent to:
No phone calls, please.


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  • Added on: July 17th, 2006
2006 NATJA Awards Competition now open!

For Immediate Release:
Press Contact:
Hillary Dunn
(310) 836-8712

El Segundo, CA -- The 2006 North American Travel Journalists
Association (NATJA) Awards Competition is now open! Four grand prizes
and 39 first prizes from exciting destinations all over the U.S. and
beyond will be awarded. The competition brought in over 550 entries
last year and expect even more this year.

There are 21 writer/author categories, four photography categories,
four CVB/destination categories and seven editorial categories. Three
writer/author and 1 photographer grand prizes will be awarded to
entries that the judges deem best overall. Grand prizes include a one-
week stay for two at the Avila Beach Hotel in Curacao, a seven-night
stay at any Club Med in North America, seven nights at the Laughing
Waters Guest Ranch in Montana and lastly, a seven-night prize from
Sierra Madre Express.

First prizes typically include three-night stays for two people. All
prizes are valid during calendar year 2007 and many have hidden
extras, such as breakfasts, dinners, spa treatments, or extra nights.

Certificates, worthy of framing, will be awarded to each winner and
runner-up in all 24 categories. While the trip prizes do not apply to
the CVBs or publications, a grand prize will be awarded to best
overall for both. The grand prize will include one free registration
to the 2007 NATJA Conference & Marketplace.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS OCTOBER 1, 2006. Winners will be announced
in December and prizes distributed after the first of the New Year.
There are no restrictions on the number of entries. To guarantee an
impartial process, judges are journalists or journalism faculty
members with no vested interest in NATJA other than enjoying good
travel journalism.

Entry forms can be found at Entry fees are
discounted for NATJA members. Please contact NATJA if you have any
questions or would like more information.

The North American Travel Journalists Association is the premier
professional association of writers, photographers, and editors
dedicated to redefining professional development for the travel
industry. For more information on the organization or how to join,
please visit


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Ahweh Cafe posts one (and only one) travel narrative a day.

We don’t pay but will link to what ever site you want us to and hopefully Ahweh Café will generate some hits for you.


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  • Added on: October 10th, 2006
Pology Magazine

Unpaid, but good exposure. Nice e-magazine.
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  • Added on: October 13th, 2006
BootsnAll is looking for a couple writers to write about travel, adventure and outdoor gear for

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  • Added on: November 24th, 2006
Ode Magazine is looking for foreign correspondents.

Here is the actual statement from the November 2006 magazine:

Ode is expanding its internaitonal network of correspondents. Can you help put us in contact with experienced journalists in Rome Cairo, Dakar, Shanghai, Rio, Sydney, Bangalore or Tokyo to name but a few breeding grounds for social change? If they are fluent in a local language and either English or Dutch, we'd like a word with them.
The Editorial Staff

Ode magazine is fantastic, by the way. They are like a beacon of hope in a cesspool of media clamoring.

This is their mission statement:
Our Mission: We are an independent international journal without strings to the world of commerce and power. We believe in progress, ongoing opportunities and the creativity of humankind. We contribute to progress by publishing stories about the people and ideas that are making a difference. We address society's problems, too, because they represents opportunities for positive change. We publish the stories that bridge the gap between thinking and doing, between rage and hope, and the painful gap between the rich and the poor. By doing so we build peace and sustatinability. This is the news we promise to deliver. We offer our readers the chance to link up with an international network of inspiration and cooperation, strengthing the forces devoted to respect, justice and equality. In doing so we hope to invite them to make their own contribution to a more just and sustainable world.

Kinda cool, huh? Check them out at

Good luck to all!!
"That would have been predictable. This way it's poetry." -- Joey the Lips, The Commitments


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  • Added on: December 15th, 2006
Wend Magagine is growing and we are looking for writers. Our distribution is now national and so is our content.
Take a look at to get a feeling of our content, and read our writers guidelines.
We are looking for first person adventure travel stories, about 70% North America and 30% the rest of the globe.


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  • Added on: December 15th, 2006
I can't seem to find the writer's guidelines on the site... am I missing them?
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  • Added on: December 28th, 2006
Here is a little classified in the back of Poets & Writers Magazine that kinda fits us:

"Colere, a journal celebrating cultural exploration, welcomes thought provoking fiction, poetry, essays, and artwork. Please limit submissions to 8 poems or 20 pages on experiences abroad or at home. Submissions (deadline: Jan.15) or subcriptions ($5 annually) to Colere Coe College, 1220 1st Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402"

"That would have been predictable. This way it's poetry." -- Joey the Lips, The Commitments


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