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Writer’s Guidelines

Write for realfoodtraveler!

We pride ourselves on providing well-written, insightful, and entertaining travel and food articles, profiles, and reviews for people interested in authentic travel and regional and artisan foods that represent their area.

What do we mean by authentic travel? We feature stories about what makes a region unique – whether it’s nature, architecture, history, festivals, museums, or interesting activities or people, our pieces authentically represent an area. We’re not interested in the latest theme park or man-man water feature (that is, unless it’s Florida or Las Vegas and those things actually represent the area).

What about regional and artisan food? Our readers love great food and our mission is to celebrate terrific foods of different places worldwide. It might be a story about street foods like barbecued fish-on-a stick with lime on a Mexican beach or “bing” crepes in Shanghai. Or it may be about spicy crawfish at a food festival in Louisiana, eating tapas in Spain, or elegant dining in a French bistro. The key is it’s got to be about great food that really represents the area you’re writing about. And it’s got to have information (like addresses or contact information) readers can use.

We publish several different types of food stories – destination pieces that talk about what to do and where to eat in an area, restaurant and eatery reviews, profiles of chefs and other interesting food people (e.g. farmers, cheese makers), recipes, food tours and classes, and food festivals/events. We also review cookbooks and food-related books.

What about photos? You’ll see from our site that we’re all about photos. After all, we eat with our eyes first. Stories should be accompanied by great photos that make readers want to lick their computer screens! If your story doesn’t have photographs, it’s unlikely we’ll be interested.

What length are you looking for? Stories can be short or long, depending on what it takes to tell the story. Generally speaking, aim for shorter stories (we are talking web here) that are highly illustrated with photos.

What do you get out of writing for realfoodtraveler? Good exposure, another clip, fair and respectful treatment and professional editing by our editors, and membership in our family of contributors, including a photo, bio, and links to your web or blog. You also retain all rights to your stories and photographs. We are open to working with new writers.

Are we able to pay you what your work is worth? Unfortunately not at this time. However, as realfoodtraveler.com’s fortunes rise our intention is to pay our loyal contributors fairly. We are working on a compensation program through Google Adsense (as soon as we have that up we’ll let you know).

What’s the best way to pitch a story? Simply email the editor at bobbie@realfoodtraveler.com. You can send a story idea or a finished manuscript. Be sure to let us know about photo availability. (We require at least one high quality, horizontal/landscape photograph with each story for the homepage slideshow feature.)