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Writer's Guidelines

GoNOMAD prides itself on providing excellent, entertaining, informative and unique travel articles and research about destinations, activities and experiences. No glossy magazine fluff, no standard guidebook descriptions, no promotional hype; just honest, accurate, well-written and detailed articles and destination guides that speak to an educated, curious and well-traveled audience.

TIP! Read the stories we have up on the site, and format your story the same way. We like short paragraphs, subheads between every few paragraphs, and photos with detailed captions.


GoNOMAD is always looking for talented, dedicated travel writers, photographers and researchers to join our team.

We welcome queries and articles from professional travel writers and travelers with a strong writing style and something unique to share with our audience. We pay for articles that are high quality, informative and provide useful guidance for a future traveler.

TIP! If you have a website, add a link to GoNOMAD's writer's guidelines or to a story on GoNOMAD that you like. If you query us and show us a link you've put up, we'll move you to the top of the list.

And the list is long, so bear with us if it takes a while to see your story published.

We also encourage you to be creative: Send us a sound clip (mp3) and a photo to go with it; send us a photo gallery and travelogue about an exciting trip; shoot a two-minute video that we can place next to your story, develop a new theme about our kind of travel. We're open to ideas and can work with you to create a great looking feature story. We can also include your email so that readers can contact you with their feedback, and are happy to include links to personal websites and mention any books or publications you've written for.

Subscribe to GoNOMAD's monthly newsletter (see link at left) to keep up with what we're publishing and so you'll know what we're all about.

Please read these Writers' Guidelines carefully before submitting. If you have any further questions, please e-mail the editor. PLEASE DO NOT CALL WITH QUESTIONS. Really.



Feature articles must cover a unique aspect of the cultural or natural environments of our featured destinations. We want up-to-date destination guides about fascinating places. Start with where you live...if you can write a good guide to your neck of the woods, that is the perfect start. Read the site, pick up the style in which we present our ideas, and follow suit. DETAILS ARE IMPORTANT!

TIP! Specifics are very important. Don't generalize, give us the names, addresses, phone numbers, prices and websites. Give us the details we'll need if we want to go there.

Stories should be anywhere from 800 to 2,000 words long. Try to stay focused on the main theme, but don't hesitate to include interesting asides. The only limitation should be the reader's interest.

Specifically, we are accepting queries and articles that fit within the following departments:

  • Journeys
    A first-person account of a unique journey

  • Destination guides to your favorite region/city.
  • Go Local
    Know of a way to get really close to the local culture or environment of a destination? Tell us about learning, volunteer or other alternative travel opportunities that really engage you with local culture. With sidebar contact.
  • Destinations
    Tell us about a specific destination, including travel details sidebar (lodgings, getting there, tours or activities, restaurants, markets, arts, health and safety, etc.) Follow the format of some of the articles on the site. WE CURRENTLY ARE SEEKING MORE STORIES ABOUT WOMEN"S TRAVEL, FAMILY TRAVEL, and features about great travel experiences. We are not as interested in long descriptions of your trip, but of a highlighted event, place or lodging that would really make some else's trip better had they known about it.

    Below is a description of what we regularly publish:


    Destination Mini-Guides are shorter guides to a specific, singular destination. Essentially, extended bullet-lists, they include the following info with of course, many photos to show and tell what is worth knowing about for the place you are writing about:

    • Destination
    • Why Go?
    • When to Go
    • Getting there and around
    • Best Attraction
    • Best Unusual Attraction
    • Best Activity or Tour
    • Best Alternative
    • Best Lodgings
    • Best Eats
    • Best Shopping (if appropriate)
    • Note (anything else important)

    ยท Sidebar Requirements

    All sidebars must include names of businesses mentioned in the article along with contact information, prices, availability, and amenities. Please include as many relevant web sites as possible.



For features, query first with a one-page email describing the proposed article, dates of trip, writer's background and/or writing experience, which department the article is for, date of delivery and whether or not the article has been published elsewhere. Don't send us a query that is too long. Please send us the MSWord file, low res photos, detailed photo captions, a headshot of yourself and a one-sentence bio to accompany your story.

Tell us about your publications credits, and indicate availability and format of photographs. Queries are accepted by e-mail, fax or mail. NO PHONE CALLS. Query must include your name, address, phone/fax and e-mail and a SASE for return of materials. Response time for queries is 3-5 weeks.

Unsolicited Articles also accepts unsolicited feature article submissions, but read our guidelines carefully! Please submit documents as MSWord or text only attachments with your name, address, phone/fax/email and word count on the first page, and your name on each subsequent page.

Include a cover letter describing the enclosed article, which department the article is for, when your trip took place, how the information was researched, your background and/or writing experience, and whether or not the article has been published elsewhere.

Indicate the availability and format of photographs. Unsolicited articles are accepted by mail or e-mail (attached in .doc or .rtf formats only) ONLY. Enclose SASE for return of mailed submissions. Response time to unsolicited material is 6-8 weeks. DO NOT PHONE FOR STATUS!


Include photos with your submission. If requested, photographs should be sent via e-mail, if possible, in .jpeg or .gif formats. But DO NOT SEND US HUGE FILES, send low res versions of your images. Photographs are also accepted on disk or matte paper prints or slides. Do not send originals.

TIP! The reason we turn down many submissions is because the photos are not compelling, or aren't specific to the article. Photos of buildings are, frankly, boring, and too often writers don't get close enough to the subjects and don't shoot enough shots with people in them. Remember this when you submit!

BE SURE THAT YOU OWN THE RIGHTS TO ANY PHOTOS YOU SUBMIT! GoNOMAD will not be liable for any copyright issues regarding unauthorized use of photographs. It is up to you to make sure that we have permission to reprint any other person's photos. It is best to shoot your own photos and submit only these, or obtain permission from tour operators and tourist boards so that any photos sent to us can be legally used on our site. Please indicate the name of the photographers so that we can put photo credits next to all images.

All photographs must be clearly marked with photographer's name, names of subjects (if possible or applicable), and descriptions of people and places and activities in the photo. In some cases, photographs of people must have subjects' permission for publication. Proof of permission may be required.

Please include SASE for safe return of your photos or slides. Include a headshot and one-sentence bio of yourself with your submission.


Queries and submissions may be sent to us by email or mailed to:

Max Hartshorne, Editor
P.O. Box 4
9 Mountain Rd.
South Deerfield, MA 01373



GoNOMAD purchases First Worldwide Electronic Rights. GoNOMAD retains the right to archive and reprint all articles and guides for four years after initial publication. GoNOMAD has content sharing agreements with several major print-media publishing organizations, so we reserve the right to offer your articles for sale to these outlets. We will of course, pay you for any reuse per our standard reprint rates of between $30-50 per reprint.

We will occasionally purchase reprint rights for material that has not appeared previously in another publication or web site catering to our audience. Simultaneous submissions should be clearly noted.



Payment is made upon publication. GoNOMAD can offer writers links to their personal or business websites and include writer's email addresses so that readers can provide feedback to you. GoNOMAD pays $25 for some features that are sent to us with good photos, captions and the word file. Photos are important and should be included with your submission. We do not pay for book excerpts or reprints, but are happy to review them (1500 words maximum).

Authors who have had articles accepted must email a simple invoice to editor Max Hartshorne with your postal address, phone number and other contact information and a check will be sent to you by mail. If you are overseas, and cannot accept a check in US dollars, we are happy to pay you with Paypal.


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