$300 for Travel Writing

World Nomads, an insurance company that offers travel insurance, regularly publishes high-quality travel writing, videos, and photo essays.

They want the best travel writers to to share their stories — and they’re willing to pay for it.

They pay 50 cents per word for short narratives, and up to $600 for photo essays.

According to their call for submissions:

Whether it’s a written travel essay or photo story, we’re looking for personal, authentic stories about life-changing journeys and experiences.

While sunsets, mountain vistas, and the sound of surf crashing on a white-sand beach are all important aspects of travel, what we want is the story behind the scenery: how that experience affected you. Did you meet locals who changed the way you view the world? What did you learn about yourself through what you saw and did?

Even if you are not a travel writer, I highly recommend reading their submission guidelines for one specific reason: They offer an example of a good pitch.

They want pitches to follow a strict format:

Please submit a title (40 characters max) and a short synopsis (no more than 250 words) explaining the subject of your story, the format, the category it fits within, what makes it emotionally compelling, and why you are the right person to tell it. Also include a little bit about yourself and your professional experience.

It’s easy to miss, but it is very important to make it clear why *you* are the person to tell the story. This gets to the heart of this type of non-fiction writing. A good writer can quickly and convincingly demonstrate why they are uniquely qualified for the job.


To learn more, be sure to carefully study their submission guidelines.


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