10 Publications for your Travel Writing
I’m writing this as an assignment for MatadorU. I am always looking for places to (hopefully) publish my writing and, although I didn’t come up with anything radically different, it was very useful to find out the details of how to go about approaching new markets.
1. Travelers’ Tales – http://travelerstales.com
Travelers’ Tales has over 100 titles in print and publishes 6-8 books a year, including Best Women’s Travel Writing. Travelers’ Tales also runs the annual Solas Award for travel writing.
Publisher: James O’Reilly
Executive Editor: Larry Habegger
Editor-at-large: Sean O’Reilly
Submissions policy: Travelers’ Tales accepts finished manuscripts for its anthologies and for the Solas Award year-round. Previously published work is OK, as long as you retain the rights. If you wish to enter the Solas competition, you have to pay $10 for each category (with a two category minimum.)
—–Note: I submitted to the next best Women’s Travel Writing and received a message from Sean the next day telling me that they “quite enjoyed” my story and advising me to submit to the Solas Award.
2. World Hum – http://worldhum.com
World hum is part of the Travel Channel network. This site has featured articles from authors both new and renowned, including Pico Iyer. Many articles published originally on World Hum have gone on to be included in The Best American Travel Writing series.
Co-editors-in-chief: Jim Benning and Michael Yessis
Senior editor: Eva Holland
Submissions policy: As of mid-June 2010 submissions were closed, but look likely to re-open.
—–Note: I have submitted here before and received a (very nice) personal rejection note six months later.
3. The Expeditioner – http://theexpeditioner.com
The Expeditioner is a Brooklyn-based online travel magazine featuring articles and videos for the avid traveler.
Editor-in-chief: Matt Stabile
Managing editor: Jon Wick
Submissions policy: The Expeditioner welcomes unsolicited submissions from travel writers at all stages in their career. Articles tend to be first-person narratives in the range of 1,000 to 1,300 words. Send finished manuscripts to matt.stabile @ theexpeditioner.com
—–Note: I submitted a piece to their upcoming anthology. Response pending.
4. Galavanting – http://gogalavanting.com
Galavanting is an online women’s tavel magazine and community. From the site: “We know that not every female is in search of the world’s perfect facial. And that people without trust funds travel too.”
Editor-in-chief: Kim Mance
Submissions policy: Send a pitch or finished manuscript no longer that 1,200 words to submissions @ gogalavanting.com with SUBMISSIONS as the subject. Also provide a short bio and links to previously published writing. If you have not had a response within three weeks, assume your piece has been rejected.
—Note: I have submitted here twice and never received a response.
5. GoNomad http://gonomad.com
From the website: “GoNOMAD.com is a comprehensive resource center, designed to provide independent and alternative travelers with all the information and inspiration they need to plan their travels in the U.S. and abroad.” This website features unusual articles and off-the-beaten-path destinations.
Editor: Max Hartshorne
Submissions policy: Send one page email to editorial @ gonomad.com with pitch, dates of trip, writer’s background, intended department and whether or not it has been published before. Also send a file with headshot, one sentence bio and information on the availability of photographs. GoNomad also accepts unsolicited manuscripts.
6. The Guardian -http://guardian.co.uk
Publishes an 18-20 page travel supplement on Saturdays.
Submissions: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org Does not accept unsolicited manuscripts, but you can contact them with ideas.
7. San Francisco Chronicle -sfgate.com
Publishes a six to eight page travel supplement on Sundays. New freelancers have the best chance with California related pieces.
Editor: Spud Hilton
Submissions: Contact Spud Hilton: email@example.com
Note: I actually had found more detailed submission information, but since lost it. Anyone?
8. Islands – http://islands.com
Published eight times a year and dedicated to travel on worldwide islands.
Features editor: Matthew Miller
Editors-at-large: Dave Herndon and Ty Sawyer
Submissions: New contributors have the best chance with the front-of-the-book Discover section–features are assigned to regular writers. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
9. Budget Travel – http://budgettravel.com
Published 10 times a year. Focuses on budget travel in worldwide destinations.
Editor in Chief: Nina Willdorf
Features editor: Valerie Rains
Submissions: Send published pieces as a sample, your pitch (not a completed article) and a cover letter to email@example.com
10. In The Know Traveler – http://intheknowtraveler.com
In The Know Traveler publishes stories that inspire travel of 450-600 words in length. The pay is low though: $10 per article.
Editor: Devin Galaudet
Submissions: Send completed story, with photographs if you have them, to firstname.lastname@example.org
Some of the publications I have listed are still far, far out of my reach, but certainly half are achievable. I will update if I hear back from any.