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Cruising World Guidelines For Writers And Photographers

April 13, 2017
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Interested in writing for Cruising World? Here’s what you need to know. Cruising World Editors

Submission Guidelines

Cruising World welcomes author inquiries and unsolicited manuscripts at all times. Please send article submissions as electronic versions in Text or Word Document form to [email protected]. One or two high-res images may also be sent as attachments via email. For any larger collection of high resolution photography, the preferred delivery methods include WeTransfer, Dropbox and Google Drive (other methods are acceptable as well; check with an editor). If submitting multiple images for an article, the article can be sent along with the photos. Good sketches are also acceptable. 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 to 2,500 words. Submissions for non-feature articles (technical stories and general interest stories) should not exceed 1,200 to 1,500 words. Short news or general interest stories should not exceed 500-600 words. If in doubt as to what category your submission falls into, please query first. If we like your proposal we’ll offer guidelines for making it fit within our editorial requirements. Queries should be sent to [email protected]

“Log style” articles and poetry are generally unacceptable.

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Due to the volume of submissions we receive, we 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 longer non-feature stories. Fees for feature articles vary, starting from $800-$1,000, based on length, photography etc. We normally buy First World Rights with exclusivity for six months from date of publication. We pay upon acceptance.

Please include your name and email address with all submissions. Also number and identify each photo and include basic information on a brief caption sheet. If your manuscript involves a voyage, include a photocopy of a map or chart with the places you visited and your route clearly marked on it. And include an author bio note with sailing history and identify the people and type of boat in the story.

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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 a reasonable time after we receive your manuscript, after the editors have had a chance to review your contribution, we will either accept it or otherwise notify you. Dates of publication remain tentative. Often, it takes one year or longer for a piece to reach publication.

When submitting, be sure that you use a consistent permanent (not transient) address in all correspondence with Cruising World.

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Send any questions you might have to [email protected].

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, their adventures and their sailboats, and that 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.

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You can find our Photographers Style Guide here or download the guide in PDF format here.

When submitting digital images:

  1. RAW files are preferred formatting, however high-res JPG and TIFF images are also acceptable
  2. Images may be submitted using WeTransfer, Dropbox or Google Drive (other methods may also acceptable, check with [email protected].
  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. If the photos you submit are not your own, be sure to include photographer and contact information.
  9. Do not email more than one or two images as attached. If you have questions, Query first by e-mailing [email protected].
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