At Travel Post Monthly, we’re looking for sound travel advice that saves readers time, money, and trouble when they travel. We also publish short, engaging stories about destinations the world over — those, too, with a practical bent. In other words, our feature articles don’t just tell a reader what makes a place unique, they also include the how-to information he or she needs to follow in a writer’s footsteps.
We’re looking for articles in the following styles:
- How-To — Useful advice for saving readers time, money, or trouble when they travel. Think of these as tips you’d pass along to a friend. 50-300 words.
- Destinations — Stories about towns, cities, states, regions, or even nations. Keep your story angle relatively narrow. Instead of offering a piece about “Colorado,” we’d prefer something like “a great family ski resort in Colorado.” that also offers outdoor recreation at great rates in the off season.” 100-800 words.
- Humor — Often first-person stories, articles in this department tend to be more “essay-like” than those we publish elsewhere. But don’t think that’s an invitation to ramble on and offer up no practical guidance. Use humor to illuminate a destination… but make sure your reader comes away knowing something about the place, and not just about you. 100-600 words.
- Dining — Our readers are always interested in great places to eat — particularly ones they wouldn’t typically find as a tourist. If you know a great local culinary treasure anywhere in the world — anything from a neighborhood pizza joint to a new, upscale restaurant, let us know. 100-600 words.
- Road Trip — Articles about hotels, resorts, B&Bs, campgrounds, and more. This department is all about interesting routes to travel and great places to stay the night. Articles can focus on just one place or could include a short round-up. 100-800 words.
- Theater & Performance Venues — This is a spot for more timely bits and pieces. If you have an article about a festival or special event that’s time-sensitive, direct it here. 50-300 words.
- Hot Spots — Notice a trend? The next hot Chicago neighborhood, perhaps. Or maybe you’ve found the perfect shoe shop… in Mexico. Or identified the next Parisian fashion trend… and a great shop in Baltimore bringing the goods stateside. This department is the place to send stories about quirky or hot finds the world over. 50-300 words.
How to Submit an Article
We accept only full manuscripts, so you needn’t send a query before you submit an article for consideration.
Please send your article as an attached Word (.doc) file. Do not include colors or extra formatting in your article. Send it single-spaced in 12pt font with one space between paragraphs… no need to indent.
Include in the body of your email a short note introducing your story and yourself (and let us know if you’re an ITWPA member).
Also include your name as you wish it to appear in your by-line along with your email address. That way editors will be able to contact you directly should they be interested in publishing your piece.
Photos are a major plus. If you have photos, you may send up to five along with your article as attachments. Please reduce them to 300 pixels wide before you send, and let us know if you have more to choose from. Photos should be retitled to better describe the photo. For example, instead of DSC_0019.JPG, call it ‘queen_victoria_hotel.jpg’. Please use underscores, and no spaces when you re-title.
Priority Given to ITWPA Members
Please be aware that we give priority to stories submitted by ITWPA members. But we are happy to receive submissions from other travel writers as well.
Details about Rights
Travel Post Monthly functions not only as a stand-alone travel publication, but also as a vehicle to profile and promote the work of ITWPA members. We send it to a list of editors looking for travel content for their own publications. When they find a story or photo they’d like to publish, they are instructed to contact the author (you) directly to negotiate rights and fees.
Travel Post Monthly does not — at this time — pay contributors. But we work hard to get your work in front of editors who do.
Contributors maintain all rights to articles published in Travel Post Monthly. We will keep past issues archived on our searchable website so that editors looking for material about a particular destination, for example, can find yours.
But say you’ve sold an article — and the editor has purchased the archive rights or even worldwide rights — just let us know and we’ll take your piece down.
On the other hand, say you’ve sold a piece that appears here — but only relinquished one-time rights. We’re happy to keep it in the Travel Post Monthly archive for editors to find a second time. And if one contacts you, you can simply tell them what rights are available.