Last updated on December 7th, 2020
Write for us!
Do you want to write for JourneyWoman?
Thanks for your interest in submitting your travel material to JourneyWoman. Our mandate is to inspire females to travel safely and well and to connect women travellers worldwide. Each article we publish should reflect at least one aspect of that mandate, whether it’s on our website or in our monthly magazine.
Our editorial staff (and full-time writers) include Carolyn Ray, our CEO + Publisher (Right), and Amanda Burgess, our Editor (Left). You can read more about us on the Our Story page of this website.
We are both accredited members of the highly respected travel writing professional association called the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and Carolyn is a member of the Travel Media Association of Canada (TMAC).
We receive hundreds of inquiries and prioritize those coming from our community over generic emails. If you don’t hear from us, that’s because we’re a small team and doing our best to keep up!
Does JourneyWoman accept articles?
Yes! We love to hear from our community. Ideas for articles are generated both by the JourneyWoman staff and our Community. Articles should be well-developed and focused, with a message and practical advice for women travellers.
We ask that anyone who wants to submit an article be part of our community. That means you’re on our mailing list, part of our JourneyWoman Travel Group on Facebook, or follow us on our social channels. As a community member, you actively participate by providing tips, feedback and comments on this website and on social media. We are a large community, but have a very close relationship with our members.
NOTE: JourneyWoman will not publish sponsored articles that have been paid for or are in any way subsidized by an airline, hotel, tourist board or other organization with an interest, direct or indirect, in the subject of an article. We do not accept advertising-style articles from agencies.
At this time, we do not compensate writers for articles, but we hope to in the future.
Do you have a female-centered travel experience you’d like to share? Women travellers as well as travel writers often gift us with select stories they would like to see published at the site. Please address your inquiry to Carolyn Ray, Publisher at firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s always a good idea to review our website first, review our editorial calendar, and send an inquiry before you start writing a piece.
We may not respond to each individual submission. If your article is chosen for publication you will be notified by e-mail.
If this is your first time writing a travel piece, take a look at some of the travel writing tips sprinkled around our site. You may be a wonderful writer, but writing for travel takes some practice. It’s all about storytelling, and bringing the reader into your experience. What are the smells, sights and sounds of your trip? What did you seek? What did you learn? What you can teach others from your experience?
- Please send articles in a word document, not a PDF.
- At the top of the document, please write your name, word count, the date and proposed title of the article. We prefer articles that are less than 500 words but will consider longer articles.
- Each article should be written in the PRESENT tense, with active voice.
- If your article is about a destination, it should include an ‘If you go’ sidebar. This should list the places or tours mentioned in your article, and include website links to those places.
- If facts are included in the article, a link to the source must be provided.
- Articles should be written from a woman’s point of view and should contain information of particular interest to the female traveller. However, we will definitely accept articles from men if they are appropriate to our mandate.
- JourneyWoman never publishes advertorial — stories created by PR firms or tourist boards. We also do not accept pitches from content marketing companies.
- Priority will be given to articles that include helpful travel tips and humorous stories about experiences off the beaten trail — it’s not always enough to tell a good travel story, readers should learn about a new hotel, restaurant, culturally correct clothing information, etc.
- We welcome articles that fit into the following categories:
- Love Stories With a Travel Twist
- Travelling with Children and Mother/Daughter fun!
- Single Mom’s Travel
- An excerpt from a travel book you’ve written (no fiction)
- Business Travel
- Major Cities — Tips on hotels, restaurants, things to do, etc.
- Outdoor Adventures
- Personal Travel Stories
- Travel 101 – “How to…”
- Spa stories
- The Older Adventuress
- Top Ten Lists (Best Snack Food to Pack in Your Backpack, Best Cities to Shop In, Best Single-friendly Restaurants in New York, etc.)
- Your articles must be original. However, they can be female-friendly versions of something you’ve already written. If this is the case, note where and when the original article was published.
- We welcome high resolution, original photographs once we have accepted your submission. Do not send photographs when you send in your article.
- When you submit your article, state that you have read these guidelines.
- Send 2-3 lines of bio that can be used to introduce your story, and your social media handles.
- Before you begin writing, we suggest that you read at least two articles posted on our website. There is a particular light-hearted spirit and female-centered content that we’re looking for.
Original Non-Infringing Works
Authors represent that the articles, artwork and photos they submit are original and/or created by the author and do not infringe upon any intellectual property or other rights of a third party. Photographs for which an author has obtained permission to use should be submitted with the appropriate photo credit and proof of permission.
Previously Published Articles
JourneyWoman generally does not publish articles that have appeared in other publications. The editor must be notified of prior publication as well as any other places an article might appear. In addition, if you share our link in another publication we ask that you let us know.
All articles are subject to review by the JourneyWoman Editorial Team and must comply with the established Editorial Review Policy.
JourneyWoman is not legally responsible or otherwise liable for the contents of any published articles.
JourneyWoman editorial content is fact-checked to ensure that all information is up-to-date and correct. We expect that guest writers will have fact-checked their work prior to submission. This process is repeated by our editor, publisher, and eagle-eyed production staff prior to publication.
We take the trust our readers place in us seriously, and maintain that trust through a strong, clear and straightforward approach to acknowledging and correcting mistakes. All significant factual errors are corrected as relevant in stories, graphics, headlines, captions, photographs and other elements that appear across our platforms (website, newsletter and social media). We aim for consistency and transparency through a process that lets us publish corrections as quickly as possible.
Plagiarism and Data Integrity
Plagiarism in all its forms is unacceptable and unethical. JourneyWoman considers all forms of plagiarism and copyright infringement a serious offence. Sources must be inserted appropriately and citations must be correctly associated with a corresponding reference list. In cases of plagiarism, inappropriate data processing, disputed authorship, or duplicate publication, JourneyWoman reserves the right to retract the published article and if necessary, take legal action. If due to honest error a small part of an article proves to be misleading, we will consider issuing a correction.
JourneyWoman is a member of, and subscribes to the principles of, the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW).
Your article and photos belong to you…
Your article and photos belong to you and you can publish it wherever you please AFTER it appears on JourneyWoman.com. All we ask is that you mention us as the original source.
If your story is chosen for publication, you agree that we have the right to share it (under your name) in our newsletter, on social media, or other columns we write/edit or in travel books we publish. We may also use the photographs in our materials but will give the credit to you.