Thanks for your interest in contributing to Zen and the Art of Climbing. If you’re not quite sure what we’re all about, or looking for a brief mission statement, take a look at this: https://zenandtheartofclimbing.com/about/
What we’re looking for:
Articles and photos that focus on outdoor sports with a primary focus on climbing and a secondary focus on hiking and skiing. We’re mostly talking about those latter pursuits as extensions of climbing, so we’re not looking at resort skiing so much as touring and ski mountaineering.
We aim for our content to be of a high standard, so please understand that your work is subject to approval and editing. We believe that everyone has a unique perspective and a voice worth listening to, but not all pieces will fit with our philosophy or editorial direction. Take a look at some of our articles for general style and tone. We’re big fans of irreverence and humour but we also have a commitment to informing and educating our audience.
Your article could fit into one of several main categories:
- These are the most common, and generally take the form of random musings on some esoteric aspect of climbing
- Thoughts, feelings, reflections
- Current events/trends
- 500 – 1500 words
- A long, journalistic style examination of an important subject
- 1500 – 4000 words
- Profiles of climbers, people of interest, organisations
- Interviews, Q&A’s
- 500 – 1000 words
- Climbing hot spots for the moderate climber
- International destinations
- Crag profiles
- Trip Reports (will need to be pretty interesting to be accepted)
- 500 – 1500 words
- How to/Techniques and Tutorials
- Useful technical information aimed at the experienced beginner to advanced moderate climber
- 500-1500 words
- Books, films, gear
- 500 ish words
Try to also send us some quality photographs. There’s only so much we can do with stock and creative commons images.
Some general guidelines
- Nothing political or religious
- No promotion of brands or products outside our charter (ask if unsure)
- Swearing is fine, but no hate language please (i.e. those that disparage a particular race, sexual orientation etc.)
- A sense of humour comes highly recommended
- Use your voice and put your personality into your articles.
- Feel free to share the shit out of your article on FB, Instagram, Myspace, or local community bulletin board.
To pitch or not to pitch?
We don’t require you to send a pitch. That said, it could be a good idea, especially if your article is long. Given that we aim for a high standard of quality, we can’t guarantee that your piece will be accepted, so it might be a good idea to send us some ideas before you put all your effort behind it.
In general, if you’re wondering whether or not a piece will fit here at Zen, just think – how will this article benefit, entertain, inform or educate the everyday climber?
What about the Benjamins?
We would love it if the blog had the smell of an oily rag to run on. Sadly, it doesn’t. All we’re offering is a vehicle to share your work with a wider audience. Here, you’ll enjoy exposure based on the hard work I’ve put into the blog over the last two years, the results of which have been consistent, dedicated readership and publication in several well-known outlets such as Vertical Life, Wild Magazine, Climbing Magazine and Lonely Planet.
If all this sounds pretty kosher, you can shoot your ideas, articles and photos though to my email. It can be found using the button in the top right hand corner of this page.