A collaboration between two writers and experienced travelers culminated at the beginning of this month with the debut of digital site Cultures & Cuisines. Described in its Twitter profile as the place where “food anthropology meets travel,” the vibrant site already offers some surprises. One writer describes traveling through the Sahara during the Muslim holiday of Ramadan. In another story, the author tells the story of the now all-but-extinct kamishibai men and their puppet theaters, to which schoolchildren could gain entry with the purchase of snacks the men sold.
Founders Christine Gilbert and Julie Schwietert Collazo are currently publishing two long-form articles a week but will soon be looking to expand this to five a month, almost all of which will come from freelancers. Just make sure the story you’re pitching is one that’s close to your heart, Collazo advises.
“More than anything, I want to know the person knows the place. You really have to convince me that you have a relationship with it, that you love that place or that you feel conflicted about it enough that you want to engage with it in a meaningful way.” Since the magazine is starting off publishing just two stories a week, Collazo expects to have time to help nurture new talent. And the platform is wide open: there are no sections and no rules on word count (a feature can run up to 800 words or more than 3,000).
For more, read: How To Pitch: Cultures & Cuisines
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