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Writers’ Guidelines: Be a Globejotter!

Do you have tales to tell? Globejotting.com is looking for guest writers!

We’re seeking the following types of stories:

Travel Tales: Personal adventures – far away or close to home. Stories should teach us something, show a personal transformation, be wildly entertaining, or make a point other than simply, “I went here and it was cool.” (Or worse, “I went here so I am cool.”) Stories should also avoid broad generalizations or sweeping statements about foreign cultures.

Destinations: We especially like stories that zero in on something specific. For example, in Venice, we’re more likely to run an article on the history (or future) of gondolas, an interview with a mask maker, or where to find the best gelato, than an article that simply covers “what to do in Venice.” We consider broader articles if they capture a strong sense of place or offer unique perspectives.

Travel Tips: Helpful suggestions such as how to get a great airline seat, bounce back from mid-trip burn-out, hurdle language barriers, etc.

Humor Columns: Personal anecdotes or commentaries. Humor tales don’t have to be travel-related. (But we do love travel humor!) Columns about timely issues and current events are especially welcome. Because people of all persuasions and beliefs are welcome here, we generally avoid political and religious humor. We also vehemently avoid the use of puns and other groan-inducing items, and will send our army of fanged, pun-hating gerbils to attack you if you send us too many of them.

Writing Advice: In addition to providing great stories, Globejotting’s mission is to help other people tell their own tales. If you’ve got tips for aspiring writers, we’d love to hear them.

Articles should be 500 to 800 words. (Writing and travel tips can be shorter. We will occasionally exceed the 800-word limit, but please keep in mind the attention span of the average Internet user can’t handle things much longer.) Please be succinct; don’t say in 900 words what you could say in 550. All articles will be edited for clarity, tightness, etc.

We favor stories that have not been previously published, and that include photographs. Short video clips are also welcome.

Now, the sad news: We regretfully cannot pay for articles at this time. In a perfect world, Globejotting would rake in quadzillions of dollars each month and could offer hefty sums to our writers. Help us grow, and perhaps that day will come. In the meantime, what’s in it for you? Tingly, goose-bumpy, personal satisfaction; bragging rights to your friends and pets; being part of the super-cool Globejotting team … and we’re happy to include your brief writer’s bio and a link to your blog, Twitter account, etc. If you are a writer looking to get your name out there, Globejotting is a great platform!

(Submissions containing links to products or services with a promotional intent not allowed, nor are affilliate links. If you are interested in partnering with Globejotting.com as a sponsor, please contact us.)

In submitting an article to Globejotting.com, you verify it is your original material. We will be very mean to anyone we catch plagiarizing. (On a softer note, if you heard a joke somewhere else, please don’t use it in your humor tales. We want your original stuff!)

Interested in writing for us but shy about your writing skills? Dave Fox offers fun and informative online writing workshops to help people become master storytellers.

Ready to jump in? Send either the entire story or a query with a short synopsis to submissions@globejotting.com. Please allow three weeks for a reply.

 

[Photo: flickr/ceasedesist]

Published on Thursday, March 29, 2012

One Response to “Writers’ Guidelines: Be a Globejotter!”

  1. May 30, 2016 at 5:09 AM

    Thank you for your tips! I am going to take the online courses and catch up on your past posts. I have waited far too long to travel as much as I’d like, just because of a J-O-B or other “normal” excuses. Thanks for the encouragement!

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