First-person essays are great, but please read our published content on the website to get a sense of how our contributors strike a happy balance between the personal "I" and the larger subject matter at hand. We tend to stray from fiction or poetry, but send us something good and we may reconsider. We do not publish personal essays, experimental lyric essays, or anything that reads like a dissertation. Finished work and query letters are both welcome. If sending only a query, please include clips or writing samples. If you have not written for us previously and are pitching a feature, please send either a full draft or a 300 word write up outlining your article.
We curate the best of the best essays from the outdoor community. No diary entries please. Essays should lean towards journalism. Features vary in format: interviews, reported pieces, and critical essays are welcome, as are roundups and graphically driven formats like timelines, charts, and comics. We welcome emerging and established writers who are interested in blending their outdoor experience with spreading ideas that challenge traditional modes of thinking.
Keep in mind we are looking for features (2,000-2,500 words) or short essays (600-1,500 words).
Artists please submit! Ideally, are looking for visual art pieces that tell a story about the outdoors/outdoor industry through an intersectional feminist lens. Or, we are always looking for art to pair with our essays.
We accept climbing photography, illustrations, infographics, and comics. If you include photography or memorabilia, please ensure that it is 300 dpi, and at least 3.5 "x 5". We cannot guarantee the use of unrequested photographs. Please send us a few samples, or a link to your website!
We want your serene, epic, introspective, loud or quiet climbing videos. We like posting videos by genuine thinkers and big picture people. We also like brainstorming ideas for a short film that hasn’t been made yet, so talk to us about what you’re cooking up.
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