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 CONTRIBUTORSAdventure Cyclist
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.
generally uses two types of stories from free-lancers:
- 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:
4 Ways to Zip a File on a Mac - wikiHow
4 Ways to Compress Large Files - wikiHow
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
Editor-in-Chief, Alex Strickland
Adventure Cycling Association
150 E Pine St
Missoula, MT 59802