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Content published on our site often goes through several rounds of editing. This process is created to be part of an educational experience to help women produce published content that can help them break into the adventure media industry. Because of this, contributors should enter into the process with the understanding that their work will be edited, and to be open to feedback and edits. In other words, don’t fall in love with your first draft! (Important lesson when contributing to any publication!)
Tip: Before you pitch: Read a few of our published articles to get an idea of our voice, our flow, our style, etc. This is always a good idea with any new publication you intend to write for. (And don’t worry if you haven’t written a pitch before; we’ll help you if you want to learn!)
If, after submitting a guest contribution, you find that you enjoyed working with us and the program, we’d love to bring you on more fully as a regular participant. At this level, you are asked to submit original content at least once a month and may receive story assignments. In addition to the benefits received by guest contributors (above), regular contributors also have a biography on OWA’s site and have access to team prodeals on outdoor clothing and gear for as long as they meet their requirements.
Most publications include a set of guidelines that are specific to their organization that they ask contributors to adhere to when submitting work. Guidelines set expectations upfront, help ease the editing process for both the author and the editorial team, and keep an organization’s style congruent across all content, even when authored by different contributors.
These are OWA’s guidelines:
- All submitted content must be original and not posted elsewhere, before or after being published on OWA’s website, unless prior permission is given from an OWA editor.
- Submissions should demonstrate your best ability (whether written, photographic, or video), and (if relevant) be fact-checked and offer a balanced representation of the topic at hand.
Written pieces are between 500-1200 words in length. Content and story type will ultimately determine word count.
- Paragraph format is as follows:
- single space between paragraphs
- single space between sentences
- no indentation for the first line of a paragraph
Photo guidelines for all submissions:
- photos must be the author’s original photos or work from another photographer used with permission; please provide photo credit
- every photo should be clear (not pixelated), eye-catching, and well-composed; please do not apply HDR or unrealistic processing
- must be at least 1400 pixels wide (or tall, depending on orientation) and a minimum of 72 dpi
- for written pieces, one or more high-quality photos are required. Please let us know if you need help sourcing a photo for your story.
- Photo essays require at least five photos and story-telling captions for each (up to five sentences per photo).
- send photos separately via Dropbox or in a Google Docs folder
Video and film submissions must be a minimum of 1:30 minutes in length.
For all submissions, include:
- four to five sentences about who you are as an outdoor woman
- social media links
- a link to your blog or website
- Head shot
- Please provide a photo that clearly shows your face.
Set yourself up for success before creating your content.
- Think in terms of Twitter: how can you capture attention and get your point across in the least amount of words? When writing, less is always more.
- Think in terms of a magazine: does your piece read like a professional article?
- Look for incomplete sentences, get rid of passive voice, replace adverbs with strong verbs, delete cliches and redundant language, fact check units and measurements, pay close attention to spelling of names and locations, reduce adjectives, and limit your use of exclamation marks for those instances when it is truly needed.
Ready to get started? If you’ve read through everything, we’d love to hear from you. *Note: It makes the whole process a lot easier on both you and our volunteer editorial team if you’ve done your homework by reading through this page!
Send your story ideas to Emily, our Editorial Manager: [email protected]
We look forward to hearing from you.