From Zambia to the Amazon, this Publication Covers It
By Jackie Flynn in Delray Beach, FL
International Living publishes pieces on travel, real estate, health care, lifestyle, and culture. The editorial coverage has an exclusively overseas focus — which means all coverage is of destinations outside of the good ol’ US of A.
You don’t have to live abroad to write for International Living, but you do have to travel. The travel articles they publish are first-hand accounts. If you’ve taken a trip and discovered some unknown international gems… anything from cities to restaurants, hotels or B&B’s, festivals, golf courses or unusual sporting events, where to buy bargain goods, get any form of good value, etc. they’d like to know about them.
If you’d like to write for IL, your first step is to read their writer’s guidelines at http://internationalliving.com/about-il/write-for-il/. You can send in your submission on spec. They don’t need a query letter. And they will contact you if they’re interested in your article. They’ll also let you know if they’re not interested.
As well as looking for full-length articles for the monthly print newsletter, they also accept shorter pieces for the daily online postcards (250 to 600 words). You should read some past postcards in the archives at their website (http://www.internationalliving.com) to give you an idea of the style of writing and the types of postcards and articles they publish.
They pay on publication from $25 to $70 for online postcards and $150 to $350 for full-length articles (which should be no longer than 2,500 words). Your payment is determined on the length of the article after it has been edited by IL. They purchase all rights to the pieces they publish.
To submit a postcard on spec, contact Len Galvin, postcards editor at: email@example.com. Full-length articles go to Eoin Bassett at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send your submissions either in the body of an e-mail or as an MS word document (.doc) attachment.
Please don’t send photos with your spec assignment. Simply let the editor know you have photos available. If your article is accepted for publication, then you’ll be asked to submit them as .jpegs.
[Editor’s Note: Learn more about opportunities to profit from your travels (and even from your own home) in our free online newsletter The Right Way to Travel.]