Thank you for your interest in Adventure Cyclist magazine. We 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.

Adventure Cyclist generally uses two types of stories from freelancers:


  1. 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.


  1. 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. Note: we do not buy Final Mile essays based on queries, we want to see the full manuscript.



What we pay is negotiable, but generally ranges from $.30 to $.60 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 three 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:

4 Ways to Zip a File on a Mac - wikiHow

4 Ways to Compress Large Files - wikiHow



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

Editor-in-Chief, Carolyne Whelan

magazine@adventurecycling.org

Adventure Cycling Association

150 E Pine St

Missoula, MT 59802



Interested in becoming an Adventure Cycling Tour Leader? Please fill out this questionnaire and upload your Cover Letter and Resume. Our 2022 Leader Selection is complete, but you can still submit information for consideration for our 2023 tours. We will review applications again beginning late summer 2022. You can find the full job description and more information on our website.

Adventure Cyclist magazine invites you to enter your most stunning photos — highlighting the beauty, adventure, and inspiration of bicycle travel — in our 13th Annual Bicycle Travel Photo Contest.

We’re looking for beautiful, high-quality 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 touring, rural and urban settings, scenery, people, and emotions. For some examples of exceptional submissions, check out the 2020 Bicycle Travel Photo Contest winners.

The winning images will be printed in the May 2022 issue of Adventure Cyclist magazine — reaching over 52,000 people worldwide — and featured on adventurecycling.org, which is visited by more than a million people annually. Each year we also feature contest submissions in our Adventure Cycling calendar.

The contest opens July 1, 2021, and closes November 30, 2021, at 11:59pm Mountain Time. Photo entries will be judged based on creativity, quality, originality, responsiveness to the prompt, and overall impact. Photo submissions must have been shot by the photographer after January 1, 2019. You may submit up to 5 photographs per category for a contest total of 25 submissions. In order to be printed in Adventure Cyclist without being stretched or distorted, contestants must be willing to submit, upon request, photographs in .jpeg or .jpg format, at least 4,000 pixels wide, and no smaller than 8 MB. Mobile photographs are exempt from this size requirement, but must be submitted at their highest resolution upon request. 

Categories

The following contest categories are drawn from subjects of special interest to Adventure Cyclist magazine:

Adventure Cycling Route Network: Bicycle travel along the Adventure Cycling Route Network

Epic: Stunning vistas, wild beauty, and show-stopping terrain

People/Portraits: Beautiful, unique portraits and photos of groups or individuals portraying the grit, camaraderie, or emotions inherent in adventure

Around Camp: A glimpse into camp life during a bike tour including tents, camp kitchens, campfires, etc.

Mobile: Any photo taken with a mobile device (phone or tablet)

Prizes

Category Winners: The winner of each category will receive $300, a one-year membership with Adventure Cycling, and a free Adventure Cycling calendar.

Honorable Mention: One honorable mention will be chosen in each category and will receive a one-year membership with Adventure Cycling and a free Adventure Cycling calendar.

Thank you for submitting your photos and videos from the recent event you attended. 

By submitting your photos, you are giving Adventure Cycling Association permission to publish your photos. Please provide the highest quality photos possible and include a name for photo credits. 


This category is for stakeholders involved in the U.S. Bicycle Route System to use for uploading large files such as maps and other resources. 
Have you had a great experience along a U.S. Bicycle Route? We want to hear about it! Whether you're riding a route, helping to designate a route, or managing a business along a route, your stories will help us illustrate the impacts of the U.S. Bicycle Route System and continue to grow and expand the network.

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: usbrsinfo@adventurecycling.org. Thanks!

This category is for files sent by Adventure Cyclist magazine advertisers only. It is not for story inquiries, submissions, or images. Thanks.

Thank you for your interest in Adventure Cyclist Online. We love to share bike travel. We accept pitches and stories on a rolling basis year-round, reviewing submissions quarterly and responding as quickly as we can. It's a time-consuming process, so please bear with us.

Guidelines for Contributors & Freelancers

  • Adventure Cyclist Online only publishes original content from real people doing bicycle travel.
  • Photos make all the difference, so please submit high-quality photography with your submission.

Adventure Cyclist Online generally publishes the following:

Inspiring, Historical, or Amusing Stories related to bicycle travel. Click here for an example.

How-To Articles on ways to plan, navigate, pack, prepare, and handle any obstacle of a bicycle trip. Click here for an example.

Trip Reports: There’s nothing like a good story of a bicycle trip or bike overnight of where you went, what was special about it, and how others can do it too. Click here for an example.

Photo Essays: 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.

Compensation

What we pay is negotiable, but generally ranges from $150-250 per article, with the lower end of the scale representing what we pay first-time writers and the higher end what we pay repeat writers. We buy first rights and will consider simultaneous submissions as long as we are informed of the other publications considering your submission. We do not pay for photography separately.

Not-So-Fine Print

  • We prefer a well-written and high-quality, original article.
  • We prefer an article that reflects the writing style and tone of Adventure Cyclist Online.
  • Include a short author bio including a maximum of 1 anchor text link to your own website.
  • Include proper attribution of photos, data, quotations, and other third-party content referenced in the article.
  • The Adventure Cyclist Online team reserves the right to copy-edit 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 newsletters, campaigns, and downloadable content.

Send Us Your Story or Inquiry

All inquiries, text documents, and images must be sent to us through Submittable. If you don't already have an account with Submittable, you will be prompted to start one. Accounts are free and will allow you to track your submission as it makes its way through our system.

For additional information or questions regarding a pitch, please email the online editor, Jessica, at jzephyrs@adventurecycling.org.

Adventure Cycling Association