Thank you for your interest in Adventure Cyclist magazine. We're changing our submissions policy in 2018 to accept queries and manuscripts on a rolling basis year-round. However, since our very small staff is primarily focused on producing each Adventure Cyclist, we'll be reviewing them on a roughly quarterly basis. This is a time-consuming process among our many other duties, so please be patient and bear with us.
Please make sure to thoroughly read our submissions information. Note: We only accept submissions through this Submittable portal.
Time Frame: If a story idea is accepted, the typical period of time until publication is approximately 12-18 months from the time of acceptance.
GUIDELINES FOR CONTRIBUTORS
Adventure Cyclist is a bicycle-travel magazine published nine times yearly by Adventure Cycling Association, a nonprofit service organization for bicyclists. Adventure Cyclist is dedicated to publishing stories about bicycle travel and other recreational cycling subjects.
- Feature-length stories. These should be about specific areas and must be accompanied by high-quality photos, both in terms of content, composition, and size.
- The Final Mile. These are essays less about locale than about a singular experience while on a bicycle trip. These run at 1,200-1,500 words and don't require accompanying photos.
What we pay is negotiable, but generally ranges from $.25 to $.50 per word, depending on various factors. We buy first rights and will consider simultaneous submissions as long as we are informed of the other publications considering your manuscript. Your manuscript should be typed with single returns between paragraphs — no indentations — and single-spaced.
Photos: Feature submissions should be accompanied by electronic images (300 dpi is standard) or color transparencies. Special focus and humor pieces do not require photos, but if you have something good, by all means, send it. And remember, we are always looking for stunning verticals to go on the cover. (See more about photos here). When you send us photos through Submittable, you are only allowed to upload 3 files, however, if you create a .zip file from your collection, this will only count as one single file. If you don't know how to create a .zip file, use the links below or simply Google it:
How to Proceed
Since Adventure Cyclist is the only U.S. magazine that regularly publishes bicycle-travel stories, we receive a tremendous amount of interest from many writers and photographers interested in this type of bicycling. Because of this amount of interest, we prefer to receive an inquiry about any story idea before we make any decisions to take the next step. If we like your idea, we can then move forward and make arrangements for the submission of materials.
If you decide to submit materials without an inquiry or an arrangement with the editorial team, the Adventure Cyclist staff does not guarantee that you will receive a response concerning your story nor will we guarantee the return of unsolicited materials.
For further and more detailed information, visit adventurecycling.org/submit
Adventure Cycling Association
150 E Pine St
Missoula, MT 59802
Adventure Cyclist magazine invites you to enter your most stunning photos — highlighting the beauty, adventure, and inspiration of bicycle travel — in our 10th Annual Bicycle Travel Photo Contest.
We're looking for beautiful photography representing the diversity and spirit of bike touring. Your original images in digital format, capturing all aspects of bike travel, are eligible for the competition.
We are especially interested in images that showcase the wide range of bike-touring experiences: Groups of cyclists, road and dirt riding, rural and urban settings, scenery, people, and emotions. For some examples of exceptional submissions, check out the Adventure Cyclist feature (PDF format) on previous winners.
The winning images will be printed in the May 2019 issue of Adventure Cyclist magazine — reaching over 50,000 people worldwide. The image will also be featured on adventurecycling.org, which is visited by more than a million people annually. The first place winner in each category will receive a one-year membership to Adventure Cycling and a $200 gift certificate to the Cyclosource store. Each year we also feature photo contest photos in our annual Adventure Cycling calendar.
Interested in Becoming a Adventure Cycling Guest Blogger? Here's What You Need to Know...
Thank you for your interest in the Adventure Cycling blog. We will review submissions as quickly as possible and keep you updated on our review status. This is a time-consuming process among our many other duties, so please be patient and bear with us.
We only accept submissions through our Submittable portal.
GUIDELINES FOR CONTRIBUTORS
The Adventure Cycling blog covers bicycle-travel news, touring tips and gear, bicycle routes, organizational news, membership highlights, guided tours, and more.
The Adventure Cycling blog generally uses five types of posts from guest bloggers:
- Inspiring posts: An inspiring story about someone achieving something. The main message here is “if he can do it, so can I.” Click here for an example.
- How-to/tutorial posts: This is one of the most popular post types and one that arguably brings the most value to our community. The most important thing to focus on while writing it is to give some specific information on how to do/perform/attain/reach whatever is promised in the title of the post. Videos and images work very well as additional resources for how-to posts. Click here for an example.
- Stories: There’s nothing like a good story of a bicycle trip or bike overnight. Click here for an example.
- Standard list posts: A list post is another popular post type. The basic idea is that you take a topic or a problem and you try to come up with a number of separate solutions to it. List posts are so popular because they are extremely easy to follow. Each point is usually not related to the other ones, which means that even a distracted mind can get a lot of value from the whole post. Click here for an example.
- Photo essay: A set or series of photographs that are intended to tell a story. Please include captions with all photographs.
No length requirements: Posts should simply be high quality and comprehensive. Supporting photos MUST be provided.
- We prefer a well-written and high-quality original article (we all know how Google hates duplicate content).
- We prefer an article that reflects the writing style/tone of the Adventure Cycling blogs.
- Include a short author bio including a maximum of 1 anchor text link to your own website. Remember, Google frowns upon guest blogging as a link building technique.
- To adhere to Google's guidelines for guest blogging, articles that are clearly intended as a link building scheme will be rejected. So please be thoughtful about any links you include in the articles you submit for consideration.
- Include proper attribution of photos, data, quotations, and other third-party content referenced in the article.
- Submissions must meet the Adventure Cycling blogging team's quality standards in order to get published.
- Please avoid being self-promotional in the body of your article. Save that for your author bio.
- The Adventure Cycling blogging team reserves the right to edit and adapt your guest blog content as we see fit, and update it in the future for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
- Adventure Cycling reserves the right to include calls-to-action to Adventure Cycling content, including but not limited to email newsletters, ebooks, and other downloadable content.
Communications Director, Lisa McKinney
Adventure Cycling Association
150 E Pine St
Missoula, MT, 59802
Please consider becoming a Corporate Member of Adventure Cycling Association today. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities with Adventure Cycling Association, contact Brian Bonham, membership & marketing coordinator, at email@example.com, toll-free at 800-755-2453, or directly at 406-532-2768.
Requests made with less than four business days’ notice cannot be guaranteed. The Communications Department reserves the right to reschedule or restrict posts, particularly around key times (e.g. membership drives, USBRS campaign, holiday campaigns), to ensure that posts most relevant to the audience are given priority whilst keeping within acceptable daily post limits and in accordance with our content marketing strategy.
Crowd-sourced bike travel! BikeOvernights.org serves the bike travel community by sharing your short overnight bicycle adventures of one to two nights. Inspire others to travel by bike. Here's how to get started:
This category is for files sent by Adventure Cyclist magazine advertisers only. It is not for story inquiries, submissions, or images. Thanks.
Please share any and all pertinent details through this form, and be sure to tell us which route you're describing and what location. If you have photos you would like to share with us, you'll find a handy tool below to upload those image files.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact the USBRS team at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
Adventure Cycling Association invites you to submit photos and videos of bicycling in parks and public lands during Bike Your Park Day on September 29, 2018.
How to Upload
Upload your photo(s) and/or video(s) in addition to your favorite memories via this Submittable portal in high-resolution (typically 300dpi) along with caption information for each photo file.
By submitting your photo(s) and/or video(s) you are giving Adventure Cycling Association permission to use the content in social media, marketing, promotions and fundraising appeals in print or online formats. The photographer and/or videographer will be credited.
Please contact email@example.com if you have any questions.