If you’re interested in becoming a contributing writer for the magazine please read the information below closely and then fill out the form.
The mission of HipCompass Escapes is to introduce the world to amazing travel bloggers, and help bloggers take their passion from hobby to career. How do we do that?
*We do something that rarely exists anymore in travel writing…..we pay!
*Every story ends in a link to the authors blog, in addition to a profile of the author on the contributors page in the magazine.
Things to consider:
*All writers must be active bloggers, and have their own blog (a profile on Examiner or Huffington Post does not count as a blog, you must have your own blog or be a founding member of a blog)
*Pitches should be geared to an appropriate section of the Magazine
*Please specify whether or not you can provide original high-resolution photography to go with your story
*We discourage the submission of unsolicited manuscripts for feature articles, please send a summary instead
*We do buy all rights to stories
*We do not accept previously published work
*“I am going to China and can write a story about it” is not a pitch, please specify your angle and what would set your story apart from other stories on the same destination
*If you have never written for us before, do not pitch a feature. We only accept features from writers we have worked with before.
Sections of the magazine and what we look for:
*Travel 411: Done in house, so please do not pitch
*Faces of Travel: Q&A style interview with the following people: Founder of travel related non-profit, celebrity with a travel connection, a hotelier.
800 words, pays $50
*Destinations: Destination profile from a specific angle, i.e.: green, traveling with kids, adventure, spa, romance, or traveling solo. We prefer these stories come from a blogger who’s blog is focused on the angle they are pitching. In this section we also have two 24 hours stories, one about a domestic (US) destination and another foreign destination. This story presents a destination via a 24 hour itinerary….what you would do here if you only had 24 hours to explore. We prefer destinations off the beaten path.
800 words + photos, pays $80
*Juxtapositions: Similar to the stories in Destinations, but we pair two stories together that have a connection in either the destination or subject matter. Generally we prefer that each story come from a different author, so if you know someone that has a complimentary story, let us know.
800 words + photos, pays $80 for each story
*Features: Long-form experiential travel story, with an informational sidebar. For these stories we are up for any angle! Please note that excellent photography is required for these pitches to be accepted. (We only accept features from writers we have worked with before.)
2000 words + photos, pays $250