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Cruising World Guidelines For Writers And Photographers

Cruising World Guidelines


Interested in writing for Cruising World? Here's what you need to know.


Submission Guidelines

Cruising World welcomes author inquiries and unsolicited manuscripts at all times, despite our full editorial calendar. Please send article submissions as electronic versions in Text or Word Document form to editor@cruisingworld.com. High resolution photography should be included with manuscripts via Flash Drive or CD, or shared via WeTransfer (other methods are acceptable as well; check with an editor). Good sketches are also acceptable. We prefer electronic submissions, however printed submissions are also accepted, provided high resolution photographic prints are included, or digital copies are included via flash drive. Artwork or photography in digital form must be in separate files – see our guidelines for digital photography below. We cannot accept manuscripts in PDF or PowerPoint format.

Manuscripts submitted for feature length consideration should be written in the first person and not exceed approximately 2,000 words. Submissions for non-feature (technical articles and general interest) articles should not exceed 1,200 words. For technical articles, please query first. If we like your proposal we'll offer guidelines for making it fit within our editorial requirements.

"Log style" articles are generally unacceptable.

Due to the volume of submissions we receive, are unable to offer critiques of unacceptable material. Payment varies depending on the type of article, ranging from $25 to $200 for short, newsworthy items and $300 to $1,000 for technical and feature articles. We normally buy First World Rights with exclusivity for six months from date of publication. We pay within 90 days of acceptance.

Please include your name and email address with all submissions. On electronic submissions make sure it's on the first page, and for printed submissions please include contact information on each page, slide or sketch. We cannot be responsible for anything that does not bear the sender's name. Please also number and identify each slide and print on a brief caption sheet. If your manuscript involves a cruise, please include a photocopy of a map or chart with the places you visited and your route clearly marked on it. Please enclose an author bio note with sailing history and identify the people and type of boat in the story.

Manuscripts submitted to Cruising World must not be sent to other magazines for consideration during the same time period. Such simultaneous submissions could cause an infringement of copyright laws. If, however, your manuscript has previously been published in part or in whole, let us know. Our rates vary with each individual submission.

Within 12 weeks after we receive your manuscript, after the editors have had a chance to review your contribution, we will either accept it for publication or return it to you. Dates of publication remain tentative. Generally, it takes one year or longer for a piece to reach publication.

Please be sure that you use a consistent permanent (not transient) address in all correspondence with Cruising World. Also, please note your telephone number and e-mail address on your cover letter, and enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope large enough to contain your submission and any accompanying artwork.

For electronic submissions:

Send manuscripts to editor@cruisingworld.com.

For print submissions:

Mail manuscript to:

Cruising World
Tech 2
55 Hammarlund Way Middletown, RI 02842

Photography Guidelines

We are constantly on the lookout for exciting new cover shots and photographic material that we can use in special sections and in promotion pieces. Cruising World is a magazine about people and cruising-this is what we like our covers to say.

Images should represent the cruising lifestyle of exciting sailing and beautiful anchorages as well as on-board images of people enjoying themselves. Concentrate on good composition and avoid cluttered scenes, shadows and silhouetted sunsets. Portraits should be simple, watch out for rigging, masts and backgrounds that are distracting. Try for different perspectives that create powerful angles with strong color. Tropical and exotic locations work well for us.

Photos accompanying articles should be digital images specific to the subject matter of the article. All photographs should be clearly labeled and identified with a caption sheet. Download the CW Photographer's Guide here.

When submitting digital images:

  1. RAW files are preferred formatting, however JPG and TIFF images are also acceptable

  2. Images should be stored on a CD, Flash Drive. Dropbox sharing is also acceptable.

  3. Please submit the largest native file available for all images. 300 DPI is the preferred acceptable resolution.

  4. All files should be named with a brief, easily identifiable description – i.e. Tongawhales2.jpg.

  5. Please include captions for each photo in a separate word document.

  6. Please do not edit image submissions, and submit all available relevant images.

  7. Do not embed images in attached documents.

  8. Please label CD/DVD, or Flash Drive with author, photographer and contact information.

  9. Do not e-mail images as attached files unless requested. If you have questions, Query first by e-mailing editor@cruisingworld.com.


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