Travel Writer Guidelines for GoNOMAD.com

Become a Travel Writer For  GoNOMAD!

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.

writingTIP! Read the stories we have up on the website 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 are NOT LOOKING for guest posts. We aren’t interested in short ‘listicle’ articles.  Contact us if you are looking for a way to promote your blog, website, or travel business.

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.

TIP! Subscribe to GoNOMAD’s monthly newsletter  (see bottom of this page) 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.

GoNOMAD CURRENTLY ACCEPTS FREELANCE ARTICLES FOR OUR FEATURES DEPARTMENTS

FEATURE ARTICLES

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.

Want to Get Published Even Faster?

We are looking for interesting new features in 2017 about the following destinations:

Europe: Macedonia, Belarus, Monaco, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, other lesser covered countries and interesting and different parts of Ireland, Germany, France, Spain, and UK.

United States: We need stories about: Texas, Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, West Virginia, Ohio, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, Indiana, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, Kansas and Washington DC.

Caribbean Trinidad, St Maarten, Aruba, BVI, other islands

Africa Algeria, South Africa, Angola, Burundi, Chad, Ivory Coast, Mauritania, Liberia, Lesotho, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gambia, Eritrea, Togo, South Sudan, Zimbabwe

Asia Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Bahrain, Azerbaijan

Australia, Tasmania, other cities.

Women’s travel, Family Travel, Bike touring

Festivals and Happenings around the world with destination information too.

Some place we’ve never heard of, that you have discovered!

Stories should be anywhere from 1000 to 1500 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.·
  • 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.

SUBMISSION PROCEDURES

Queries

For features, send the complete story with a one-page or shorter 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, lots of photos, detailed photo captions, a headshot of yourself and a one-sentence bio to accompany your story. You can also paste the text of your story in the email.

Please send us the MSWord file, lots of photos, detailed photo captions, a headshot of yourself and a one-sentence bio to accompany your story. You can also paste the text of your story in the email.

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. Queries must include your name, address, phone/fax and e-mail. Response time for queries is 2-3 weeks.  But very often you might hear from our editor that day!

Unsolicited Articles

GoNOMAD.com 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.

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.

Photographs are Very Important

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.  Don’t submit a story without photos, they are essential.

We prefer to have the photos submitted in the form of a link to an online photo gallery, try Google photo albums, that’s a preferred method of sending the photos. Put in captions and include your headshot in the gallery. We can also accept Dropbox but we need to have the captions included with the photos. TIP!  Make the file names of the images the subjects of the photos.

TIP! The reason we turn down many submissions is that 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 the 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.

Include a  one-sentence bio of yourself with your submission, including where you’re from, your occupation and your passions.

Contact

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

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

RIGHTS

GoNOMAD purchases First Worldwide Electronic Rights. GoNOMAD retains the right to archive and reprint all articles and guides for four years after initial publication. We will occasionally purchase reprint rights for material that has not appeared previously in another publication or website catering to our audience. Simultaneous submissions should be clearly noted.

PAYMENT

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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