Contribute

Thank you for your interest in contributing to JRNY Travel Magazine. Please note that we are not currently commissioning. But if you have an idea that you would like us to consider for future issues, we will keep it on file. Before sending in a pitch, please ensure that you read our pitch guidelines below.

Pitches should be emailed to: submissions@jrnymag.com

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JRNY Pitching Guidelines

Thanks for your interest in pitching to JRNY – please read through this document before doing so as it will help acquaint you with the magazine and our commissioning process. Note that this will be updated as and when details such as rates change.

About the magazine

JRNY Travel Magazine is a high-quality print magazine aimed at a global audience. We launched in June 2021, during the pandemic, to provide an opportunity for travel writers and photographers to still have their work published. We currently publish three issues a year, sold via our website and in numerous independent and chain stores around the world, including WHSmith and Barnes & Noble. 

The majority of our readers are British but we also have readers in North America, western Europe and Australia. Most of our readers are 45+ and are well travelled, so are looking for inspiration for their next trip.

What we publish

At the heart of JRNY are two things: immersive storytelling and beautiful photography. (The latter does mean that at times we have to turn down an amazing story because we can’t get good enough photography, but we work our hardest to try and avoid this.) 

JRNY is entirely made up of articles (1,000–2,000 words; usually nine in total) and photo essays; we have no ongoing series or columns.

Our articles are written in first person, in present or past tense (though present is generally more immersive). 

You can read some of our previous articles here

Our stories usually tend to fall into one of these categories (of course, if they can tick more than one that’s even better):

  • Educational: These are stories where the reader learns something from the article. Whether about the destination, the culture, food, wildlife or even the experience, we want the reader to feel like they have extended their knowledge through reading it.
  • Surprising: Our readers are well travelled so we need to inspire them about well-known destinations in a new way; these stories tend to cover well-known or popular destinations in a new or interesting way.
  • Aspirational: We all have those bucket-list destinations and experiences that we want to do in our lifetime. Whether it’s a remote, little heard of island or an incredible experience, these are those “wow” factor travel experiences.

What we’re particularly interested in:

  • Stories about lesser-known places and new takes on more familiar ones
  • Inquisitive, open-minded journalism
  • Sustainable and ethical travel
  • Achievable (it must be somewhere that readers can get to/book tickets to)
  • Diverse voices

What we do not publish

  • Listicles
  • Round-ups
  • News-based content
  • One-off events 
  • Reviews of any kind (hotels, restaurants, products etc)
  • Spas or wellness retreats
  • Sports tourism (including golf resorts)
  • Family travel
  • Opinion pieces or interviews
  • Long trips (usually no more than 3 weeks)
  • Cruises (unless small scale and preferably sustainable)
  • Seasonally focused pieces 
  • Extreme adventure trips 
  • Stories about current conflict zones or countries/regions the UK government advises against travel to (check the FCO website if you’re unsure)

Article length

Most of our articles are 2,000 words, but in every issue we publish a couple that are 1,000 or 1,500 words. Length will depend on space and/or the destination. Every article includes a 225-word “Need to know” fact box, details of which are provided upon commissioning. 

Rates

We currently pay £150/225/300 for 1,000/1,500/2,000 words

Payment is made once your article has been edited and passed on to our design team, and is usually processed within 14 days but may take up to 30 days during busy periods. 

When we publish

We currently publish three issues a year: February, June and November. 

When and how we commission

With only three issues a year, we receive far more pitches than we could ever hope to commission, and we often fill up for future issues far in advance of print. We mostly commission from a mix of pitch calls and through working closely with PRs and tourist boards to set up trips – sometimes we might have a journalist in mind for this, while at other times we will take recommendations from the PR or approach people we haven’t yet worked with. We also occasionally commission unsolicited pitches.

Generally speaking, commissioning takes place five to six months before publication. However, often by this point we are just filling the final gaps – it’s common for us to commission well before this, particularly if we love a pitch that we didn’t have space for at the time, or because we’ve arranged for a writer to attend a press trip for us.

We have a contributor mailing list whereby we send out pitch calls for specific stories as and when required. You can add your name to our mailing list using the form at the top of this page.

Press trips

We’re happy for pitches to be based around a press trip you have taken or will be taking, providing that you will not be writing for another UK travel magazine based on that press trip. 

If you’re already writing for another (non-travel magazine) outlet on that trip, the story you write for us would have to be entirely different, both in content and angle. If you are already commissioned elsewhere for the same trip, please flag this in your pitch along with the expected date of publication of your article for the other outlet.

How to pitch

Please keep pitches to around 250 words and include the following:

  • A potential headline
  • A short overview of the story
  • Details on how/when you will research it
  • When you could submit by
  • If you have photos taken with a DSLR or Mirrorless camera (please note that this isn’t a deal breaker but will be useful for us to know)

Pitches should be addressed to Emma Gibbs and sent to submissions@jrnymag.com. Please put “PITCH” and the destination plus potential headline in the subject line of your email.

We do keep all pitches on file and may refer to them in the future.

Example pitches

Here’s a couple of examples of good pitches:

A Life Less Ordinary (South Australia)

South Australia isn’t where you’ll find iconic bridges. It’s not home to the world’s largest barrier reef. Nor is it where internationally loved TV shows are made. South Australia is where you can’t help but immerse in the real Aussie way of life – a way of life is based on sustainability, community and family. Consisting of mostly farming, fishing and mining industries, with a small but wonderful tourism sector, this is the state that thrives on normality. It isn’t pompous or flashy. Breweries operate out of tin sheds on the side of the road and pop-up distilleries house street food vans during the summer months. Saturday nights are spent at the local ‘footy’ or cricket club, listening to stories of community sporting heroes. Kangaroos are a common sight, hopping through the wheat fields to escape the intense sunshine. From the vibrant green vineyards surrounding Adelaide and the fishing villages of the Yorke Peninsula, to the wild bushland and vast stretches of gold-sand beaches of the Eyre Peninsula – this is the Australia that Australians love to visit. It’s the place where travellers and hosts can become ‘mates’ over a beer without the disguise of brochure tourism. I’m fortunate enough to call South Australia my third home; it’s where my husband was born, and my in-laws still live. As a result, I’ve been able to explore the region deeply over many years. This piece will share the roots of Australia’s lesser-visited state, and through interviews with local producers – a winemaker from the Adelaide Hills, a farmer from the remote Eyre Peninsula and a local tour operator – we will get to know how sustainable living is at the core of its success.

In Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park, pumas are taking centre stage

‘Patagonia is redefining our idea of what national parks could be,’ says Obama, in Netflix’s 2022 documentary series, Our Great National Parks. He’s talking about The Route of the Parks, 17 national parks that curl southwards to the very tip of the South American continent, but he could be focussing on just one: Torres del Paine. 

Careful conservation efforts here have seen this protected area become home to the highest concentrations of pumas in the world, a burgeoning industry in puma tracking tours and even profound benefits to the wider ecosystem of the region. While visitors still flock to the region for its dramatic Patagonian scenery of light-granite spires and colossal, glacier-fed lakes, pumas are becoming one of the most sought-after sights. 

This first-person narrative feature would explore Torres del Paine National Park through a puma tracking tour that I joined, with these wild cats believed to be found in their highest concentration on Earth here and whose presence, according to this groundbreaking study, helps support up to 485 other species. The national park is a success story when it comes to the conservation of pumas, a change from the years past when visitors’ careless use of camp stoves led to fires destroying some 17,000 hectares of fragile woodlands and the deaths of thousands of animals. I would speak to key players involved in conservation efforts in Torres del Paine, such as Pia Vergara, executive director of the not-for-profit Cerro Guido Conservation Foundation, as well as ranchers who’ve moved from killing pumas to protect their flocks to becoming pioneers in protecting these big cats. 

I visited Chile with the Adventure Travel Trade Association and local operator Chile Nativo last September and also have images from the trip that could support the story.

Photography

At JRNY we pride ourselves on great travel photography. We are always happy to see photos submitted by writers, however, these will need to be of the highest standard to be considered. Please note it’s unlikely that we will accept photos taken with a smartphone. Our rates for photos used in the magazine vary depending on the size of the image. If we decide to use your photos we will notify you at the design stage with our current rates. 

Responses

We know how frustrating and demoralising it is to send a pitch and get no response. However, only a couple of members of the team work full-time on the magazine, so we unfortunately have limited time to spend on emails. Do feel free to chase up your pitches, but we can’t guarantee a response. 

About us

Our small team is headed up by Kav Dadfar and Jordan Banks, our founding editors, both of whom are professional photographers. Editor-in-Chief is Emma Gibbs, who works with Kav to commission all written magazine content. Kav also works alongside Head of Digital, Si Willmore, to commission the digital narratives on our website. Our small team is completed by Jo Dovey (art direction and design), Diana Jarvis (picture editor) and Sophie Stoneham (Commercial Manager).