We want your stories. We work with first-time authors and seasoned pros. Our travel content is aimed at experienced travelers, who have read it all and want something new. Don't pitch us Morocco, pitch us a multi-sport excursion with tweens across Morocco. You know?
For our adventure side we're looking at US and Canada destinations and ways to make your favorite sport accessible. If you're a pro-cyclist you already have some ideas about how to get your four-year-old out on the trails with you, but for the rest of us we need some help wrapping our brain around making it accessible. Our parents definitely didn't do multi-day hikes with us nor kayaked around alpine lakes for the weekend, so the more practical (but not dumbed down) information, the better.
We also want essays and think pieces on what it means to be a parent, raise kids and live a fullfilled life -- many of our readers have traveled the world or deep dived into the outdoors and this influences everything. Tie together these themes, share your ah-ha moments, bring in some smart science writing or fascinating interviews and show us what you can only see once we've lived in your shoes.
We ask for pitches, industry lingo for short descriptions of the proposed article, and we commission pieces based on the strength of the idea, the writer's past work and our current editorial needs (pieces about topics we haven't covered yet often have a better chance). We will accept full articles but it's almost never necessary to write for us on spec.
A few times a month we read all the pitches (yes all) and vote on our favorites. If it's not a fit, we'll send you a standard "sorry, not a fit" email.
If it is a fit, we'll contact you with any questions and work out the payment details. Once the piece is commissioned, we typically allow 1-2 weeks for it to be written. Almost all articles will go through two rounds of edits, and we always allow the author to approve or address changes.
But, do you pay?
Yes we pay! Below you can find the rate in each section but generally we offer $1/word for print and between $50-$250 flat for the web. Print submissions are opened quarterly (check back in September). We also send out a monthly call for submissions here: http://tinyletter.com/almostfearless
Please see the individual sections below for guidelines.
Contact our editors at firstname.lastname@example.org (fair warning, we can't tell you via email if your idea is something we might like, all pitches are voted on by the entire editorial team.)
- Anything that shames parents or encourages "competitive parenting"
- Anything that is anti-children, negative, or venting. There are places to vent about being a parent, this isn't that platform.
What we are interested in: unusual parenting choices, the pursuit of joy, homeschooling/unschooling, raising wild or adventurous children, raising race aware and culturally open children, adventures / travel with kids. Talk to us about parental and childhood freedom, adventure, education, cultural understanding, outdoor exploration and raising well-rounded kids.
For guidance check out Raising Rippers at Outside magazine.
Rates are generally $100 for 800-1000 words although we'll increase that if there's signifigant research (interviews, studies, etc). We're especially interested in voices from marginalized communities, so please indicate if that's you.
It's similar to what you'd find on Afar or CN Traveler, but the parent's perspective is centered. So instead of best places to get a drink in London, it's best pubs (with kids). It's like Vice for parents. There should be a slight edge to our writing for this section, we're definitely not doing the traditional family travel content.
$50-$100 depending on length and depth of detail.
Think: TED talk in 800-1000 words, chatty, backed up with science, culturally aware and intersectional. Teen Vogue (2017) for parents.
Pay is between $100-$200 based on depth of research.
We need everything.
How to kayak with kids
How to build a climbing wall in your living room
How to bike-camp for a month with a baby
How to live in a van with six children
How to hike for the first time with a child who is too big to carry
We're just starting out so we're looking for pure coverage. We want smart, sensible advice. No generic stuff though! Don't tell me to hike slow with my toddler, tell me pick a route with a waterfall to play in and to go no further than half a mile the first time, and show me how to tie my sweater into a make-shift baby wrap to get my sleeping 3 year old back to the car.
$100-$150 depending on the depth.
-Minimalism (living small so you can have less of an impact on the planet plus have more cash for travel/gear/free time).
-Budget living (spending less so you can work less and play/explore more)
-Homemade (often more planet-friendly and cheaper)
-Alternative methods of transportation / travel / homes (from biking around the world to living in a van to building your own eco-yurt)
We're looking for profiles (800 words with photos) and service articles (tell us how to do something cool with photos).
Flat rate of $150 per piece.
$50 for single review (400-600 words)
$150 for round-up of best-of for a category (1500 words)
We'd like to hear from all the travel and adventure bloggers who have kids!
What we are looking for: Opinion pieces
and personal essays about the things that moved you on your adventures, the
challenges that you faced and what you learned along the way. We want to hear
from families and parents, but send us any unique and unconventional travel stories
Between 800-1100 words
We will feature your writing and pay you $100 per essay