Are you looking to build a resume in adventure writing, photography, videography or film? Hone your story-telling skills by working alongside our editorial team and build your resume with published work that will be shared across Outdoor Women’s Alliance channels. Our goal is to help you broadcast your voice and vision with the community while increasing your experience.
Please note: Our program is currently full, but if you’d still like to participate in our editorial mentorship program, please share your pitch with us. We will be working with new participants in late spring for publication throughout the year. See contact details under “Two Ways to Contribute” (below).
Our Content Vision
The editorial department of Outdoor Women’s Alliance (OWA) helps fulfill the “building skills” portion of our mission. Our editors work with aspiring writers, photographers, and/or videographers to guide them through a process that culminates in the creation of high-quality creative works.
Our subjects cover the gamut of human-powered adventure (note: hunting, fishing, horseback riding, skydiving and ATV use are not in this realm).
Content on Outdoor Women’s Alliance aims to be respectful of women to every age, nationality, and cultural background. Because of this, and because OWA includes the younger generation of outdoor women, our content is free from profanity as well as references to drugs and alcohol.
Participants submit story ideas (don’t draft up the story just yet!) to the editors at OWA. Our editors then work with contributors to refine ideas so they will best appeal to our audience.
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!)
interviews with women who move and shake the outdoor world, as athletes, entrepreneurs, leaders, and visionaries
introspective pieces written through the lens of adventure
environmental, scientific, and/or political pieces that impact or involve outdoor adventure
educational pieces that encourage skill building or knowledge around a specific outdoor activity
photo essays or videos documenting any of the above
Two Ways to Contribute
All program participants start here. Think of this as a test run with the editorial process at OWA to see if you enjoy it. As a guest contributor, we’ll place a link back to your site and/or social accounts in the “About the Author” section below each post, which helps bring more views to your channels. We’ll also promote published articles to our audience through one or more of our social channels (as appropriate), helping contributors grow their own audience.
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.
Please note: Our program is currently full, but if you’d still like to participate in our editorial mentorship program, please share your pitch with us. We will be working with new pieces in late spring for publication throughout the year. Email our editorial team: [email protected]
Once Your Pitch is Accepted
OWA Guidelines: 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 500-800 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
Please provide a photo that clearly shows your face.
Additional Tips for Writers
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.