Contribute

Thank you for your interest in writing or donating photography to the Mountaineer magazine! It is because of generous contributors like yourself that this magazine is made possible.

CONTRIBUTING TO MOUNTAINEER MAGAZINe

If you're interested in contributing to the Mountaineer magazine with either stories or photography, please contact Kristina Ciari at kristinac@mountaineers.org

Magazine Vision

VOICE

The Mountaineer magazine has a friendly, open feel with a voice that is not too technical: a simple, elegant but easy to read style (with a sense of humor). When we feature someone, we introduce them with their first and last name and then defer to their first name for the rest of the article, to make it more informal and inviting. 

VISION

The vision of the magazine is to create a sense of community and inspiration while highlighting our programs offered and encouraging people to get involved and get outside. In addition, the magazine provides a platform for members of the outdoor community to share their stories and connect with one another.

PERSONAL STORY

Each article has to include a personal story - which is easier than it sounds. Even technical issues can start off with the author's experience using new technology or their experience on technical terrain before offering "how-to" or details. Of course, the best is a story with a beginning, middle, and end that draws the reader to read the whole way through.

MISSION

The magazine is a tool to use to carry out our mission of helping people enrich lives and communities by helping people explore, conserve, learn about, and enjoy the lands and waters of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. 

Contributors

Mountaineer is a quarterly magazine written by and for Mountaineers members to connect our community to the outdoors and one another. Generally, our contributors are members of The Mountaineers, or at least directly connected to The Mountaineers community in some way to give you an authentic voice with our readers. Stories/guides/how to’s need to emanate first from the Pacific Northwest, but can have a broader reach (for example, one of our climb leaders recently went on a trip to the Karakoram and related it to the skills she learned with The Mountaineers).
We are most interested in personal stories of transformational experiences in the outdoors; guides to local outdoor opportunities; how to pieces; and stories from trips taken with The Mountaineers. 

Pitches should present a clear thesis and should reflect familiarity with the magazine's content and tone. They need to be well-written and free of typos. To submit a pitch, please email kristinac@mountaineers.org with the following information:

  • Article Summary: In 3-5 sentences, what topic do you hope to explore in your article? How is it relevant to The Mountaineers, and how will it benefit our community? DOes it directly tie into our mission, or one of our strategic priorities?
  • Estimated word count (detailed below) 
  • Sample paragraph or two, to help us become familiar with your personal style
  • Confirmation of high-resolution photography. Magazines are printed in high-resolution, and you will need to confirm that you can provide photos to accompany the piece.

WORD COUNTS

1pg = 500-600 words + 1 high-res photo
2pgs = 1,200-1,600 words + 2-3 high res photos
3pgs = 1,600-2,200 words + 3-4 high res photos
4pgs = 2,200 - 2,600 + 4-6 high res photos
 
As a nonprofit and volunteer-led organization, all content is contributed on a volunteer basis. We do not reprint articles which have already been published in our magazine, however please visit our blog submission guidelines for opportunities to have your sotry featured online. 

PHOTOGRAPHERS

CONTENT 

Select images that show proper safety equipment when applicable - such as helmets on climbs and backcountry skiing and life vests for sea kayaking. No photos of dogs in national parks (or where illegal) and dogs on hikes must be on a leash. Do not use images that poorly reflect the organization (use discrimination).

PERMISSION

Use images that The Mountaineers has been given permission to use from the photographer and those in the photo itself who are facing the camera and recognizable – no images “just found on the web.” Credit all photographers with the credit requested by photographer (likely their name or photography business name).


DEADLINES FOR SUBMISSION

This is a reminder for current contributors. If you are a new contributor, please get in touch with content manager Kristina Ciari. Often articles are pre-arranged several issues ahead. For current contributors: please contact Kristina if you would like to make a later submission than listed below - it can often be accommodated, but keep in mind, the magazine goes to the printer by the 15th of the month prior to release and time is needed for layout design, editing and proofing:

  • Winter: October 1
  • Spring: January 1
  • Summer: April 1
  • Fall: July 1 

2018 Editorial Calendar

note: The information for the Go Guide section of the magazine will be pulled on the dates in bold. 

SPRING

March/April/May 
Sea Kayaking, Naturalists, Sailing, Kitsap Forest Theater, Climbing
Content deadlines: January 1st, Jan. 15, latest (with permission): Jan. 30
To the printer: February 15
Delivered: March 1

SUMMER

June/July/August 
Climbing, Hiking, Stewardship
Content deadlines: April 1st, April 15, latest (with permission): April. 30
To the printer: May 15
Delivered: June 1

FALL

September/October/November 
Backpacking, Skiing, Snowshoeing, Mountain Rescues
Content deadlines: July 1st, July 15, latest (with permission): July. 31
To the printer: August 15
Delivered: September 1

WINTER

December/January/February
Photography, Glacier Travel, Skiing, Climbing
Content deadlines: October 1st, Oct. 15, latest (with permission): Oct. 31
To the printer: November 15
Delivered: December 1

CONTRIBUTOR POLICY: 
MOUNTAINEER MAGAZINE IS A PUBLICATION OF THE MOUNTAINEERS AND IS DISTRIBUTED four TIMES PER YEAR. CONTRIBUTORS ARE NOT PAID FOR THEIR CONTENT AND DONATE IT ON A VOLUNTARY BASIS. ONCE PERMISSION FOR USE OF A STORY, IDEA, OR IMAGE HAS BEEN GRANTED, IT CANNOT BE REVOKED. CONTENT OF THE MAGAZINE IS OVERSEEN BY THE Communications Director, the Communications team, AND THE MOUNTAINEERS’ LEADERSHIP TEAM. THE MOUNTAINEERS HAS FINAL RIGHTS TO REVISIONS. PROOFS ARE SHARED FOR FACT-CHECKING ONLY. EVEN IF WE EXPRESS AN INTEREST IN AN ESSAY, WE CANNOT GUARANTEE PUBLICATION. EVEN WHEN AN ARTICLE IS SELECTED FOR AN ISSUE, IT MAY BE PULLED AT THE LAST MINUTE DUE TO space considerations.