Writing Guidelines

Adventure Cyclist is a bicycle travel magazine published nine times yearly by Adventure Cycling Association, a nonprofit service organization for bicyclists. Adventure Cyclist is dedicated to publishing stories about bicycle travel and other recreational cycling subjects.

Types of Articles We Publish

Adventure Cyclist generally uses two types of stories from freelancers:

Feature-length Stories

These should be about specific areas and must be accompanied by high-quality photos, both in terms of content, composition, and size (see photo guidelines).

Tour Account

First Person (word count: 2,000 - 3,500): Share your bicycle trip with our readers. They may decide to take a similar trip or simply to experience it vicariously through your writing. All tour accounts should tell our readers what's unique about the places you traveled through. It is important to relate these unique aspects to cycling. The real substance of the article will be the specific experiences you had as a cyclist. Remember, Adventure Cyclist is about travel by bicycle so don't stray too far from that focus.

Nuts & Bolts (required for features)

Before you let loose with your imaginative angle, make sure you have covered basic travel information such as the time of year to go, special equipment to bring, routes, maps, guide books, accommodations, food, water, transportation, etc. Make sure to include information about what equipment worked best for you and what didn't. Was there equipment you brought along with doubt but it turned out to be indispensable? On the other hand, was there equipment you thought would be a necessity but you found you could do without it?

Sidebars (not required but may be assigned)

If you wish to include a sidebar before discussing it with the editorial team, keep it to 750 words or less. Keep in mind that including a sidebar will eat into the main story word count and/or photo use.

Photos

Tour accounts and profiles must be accompanied by electronic images (300 dpi is standard) or color transparencies. Special focus and humor pieces do not require photos, but if you have something good, by all means, send it. And remember, we are always looking for stunning verticals to go on the cover. (See more about photos here.)

The Final Mile

These are essays less about locale than about a singular experience while on a bicycle trip. These run at 1,200-1,500 words and don't require accompanying photos.

Humor

All of the types of stories we have mentioned thus far can be handled in a humorous way, something we welcome. We also are interested in humorous essays. (Tip: Humor is hard and we've published only a few of these over the years. If you'd like to write a humor piece for Adventure Cyclist, make sure other people laugh when they read it before submitting.)

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