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 imagery, please contact the Publications Manager or call 206-521-6013. Below is the editorial calendar and general guidelines. 

Writers

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 story.

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  - and then the article can go into "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 enriching lives and communities by helping people explore, conserve, learn about and enjoy the lands and waters of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. 

WORD COUNTS

1pg = 500-600 words + 1 high-res photo
2pgs = 1,400-1,700 words + 2-3 high res photos
3pgs = 1,700-2,400 words + 3-4 high res photos
4pgs = 2,400 - 2,800 + 4-6 high res photos
 
note: if you are a writer and need assistance with photographs, contact  Publications Manager, Suzanne Gerber: .

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 the magazine editor, Suzanne. Often articles are pre-arranged several issues ahead. For current contributors: please contact Suzanne 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 

2017 Editorial Calendar

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

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

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

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 MAGAZINE ADVISORY BOARD, THE MOUNTAINEERS’ PUBLICATION MANAGER, 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 LACK OF SPACE.