There are still places left in the world where the Internet is spotty at best, and a magazine for people who spend their days in those spaces. Nope, not survivalists — sailors. Sailing mag Cruising World’s audience comes from the same population as its writers. Its pages are filled with first-person accounts of sailing trips from writers who often file from the tiny, remote islands where they’ve anchored.
And editor in chief Mark Pillsbury will take the stories any way he can get them, from SailMail, which uses radio or satellite to transmit email, to traditional USPS deliveries.
“People can write stuff on the back of a napkin, and we’ll take a look at it,” said Pillsbury. “
However you send your pitches or submissions, make sure these elements are in place:
“We’re all sailors and we all love reading good stories,” said Pillsbury. “There’s no real recipe, but when you read a really good sailing story you know it. There’s a surprise there, there’s a challenge there.”
Writers are required to submit high-resolution photos with their fully written submissions. In addition to SailMail submissions, the mag receives CDs of work via good-old snail mail.
For more, including editors’ contact info, read: How To Pitch: Cruising World
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