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We are currently accepting submissions from writers & photographers. Whether this is your first submission or you’re a seasoned veteran, we welcome you. At this time, we accept previously published work as well as original work. 52 Perfect Days represents an opportunity to get your voice and work “out there”.

Writers Guidelines: We are looking for travel writing contributions that focus on one perfect day in U.S. cities or towns or their immediate outskirts as well as Baja Mexico. Please offer original ideas that would be interesting to locals and visitors. Submissions should offer a full day of activity including where to eat, go, and what to see, etc. Nightlife submission should offer a full evening of ideas. The Food category is the only section we accept submissions that stray from a full day of experiences and can either be submitted as a ’round up’ piece such as where to find the best pizza, tea, chocolate in town or as a full day of culinary delights.

Think of the submission as a roadmap for one day or evening in this particular town or city. Submissions should range between 600-800 words and fall into one of the following categories:

Family Friendly, Food (covers both food and drink), Outdoors (Nature/outdoors/walking tours), Culture (art/intellectual/cultural/literary), Nightlife, Luxury(includes spa), Around Town and Outskirts.

Cities we need writers for:

Boston, Boulder, Denver, Chicago, Kauai, Idaho Panhandle, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Oahu, Oregon Coast, Orlando, Palm Springs, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa as well as Baja Mexico.

We will also be adding the following cities in the near future and are looking for writers to submit queries and articles for Oahu, Maui, Montana and Southern Oregon.

Creating a Good Article for 52 Perfect Days

Compose your articles in a “conversational” voice. Speak directly to the readers and visitors of 52 Perfect Days in an inclusive tone.

Write in the active voice, using the traditional “subject-verb-object” construction. Avoid passive voice whenever possible. Active voice represents the manner in which people best absorb and relate to information. Passive voice, with its “object-verb-subject” construction, momentarily compels readers to “think backwards,” and this produces weary, lifeless and wordy prose.

o ACTIVE VOICE: The concierge booked our reservations.

o PASSIVE VOICE: The reservations were booked by concierge.

o ACTIVE VOICE: I surfed the wave.

o PASSIVE VOICE: The wave was surfed by me.

Do not include irrelevant information or write rambling sentences to reach article length requirements. Write clean and concise sentences. Eliminate redundant words. Never use more words than you need. Example: Write “you can,” rather than the wordier “you are able to,” write “you can,” rather than “you will be able to.”

Eliminate words that don’t add anything to your piece.

The Associated Press says the number one way to get rid of useless words is to cut out adjectives and adverbs that do little to strengthen the word they are modifying.

Use active, forceful verbs This is a practice that encourages lean prose. See the below examples:

o WRONG: You then can make your way to your next stop just a few blocks away.

o RIGHT: Make your way to your next stop.

Don’t use empty adjectives such as “fun,” “easy,” “great,” “wonderful” and “unique.” Use adjectives that describe specific attributes particular to the subject of your copy. For example, a steak aux poivre isn’t “great” or “unbelievable,” but it may be “satisfying,” “organic” or “tender.” Never use an adjective unless you’re certain it applies.

Display precision with numbers and amounts. Don’t use “a few,” “several” or “some,” when you can indicate an exact number or amount. Never use “a couple” unless you mean “two” and only two. And if you do mean “two,” avoid using “a couple.” Just write “two.”

Humor can be used sparingly to add personality to the article but should never be tangential.

Avoid dating your copy whenever possible. Your goal is to compose, within reason, evergreen copy that will read just as fresh five years from now as it does today. For example, if a place has been open for 10 years, write “since 1999″ (as opposed to writing “It opened 10 years ago.” Avoid words like “new” and “hot.”

However, include facts that may date the article when they represent vital information that enhances the value of your article. When you must present facts that may date the article, reference when the fact was current. See below examples:

Sidebar

All submissions should include a side bar that includes website, phone number and address for all pertinent references in the submission.

Keywords

Keywords are the words the reader would use to search for the subject of your article online. Your keywords include words that appear in the title and words within the article that directly relate to the subject. They should appear about once every 80 to 100 words, falling naturally into the copy.

When choosing words, consider how you would search for your article or subject on the Internet. Think of quotes or phrases, not simply the name of something.

For example: An article on “A Perfect Day Surfing on Kauai” should include words like “Kauai,” “surfing,” “surfing lesson” and “beach.”

All articles submitted must be the original work of the submitting author. We prefer e-mail submissions. Please email as a Word document as well as pasted into the body of an e-mail to the editor or upload content after registering as a contributor. Be sure to include your name, mailing address, e-mail address and phone number on the cover letter, as well as your name on each numbered page. Include a brief bio (52 words or less) with your submission and the email or website you would like linked to the piece.

We do reserve the right to touch up your work and render it more in line with the overall voice and tone of our website.

Writers Submitting Photography: We welcome quality photos. We accept photos via email saved in gif or jpeg formats. They must be attached with your article. Please submit RGB images as jpegs and be at least 525 pixels wide, at 72 dpi. Large photo files that require long download times will not be accepted. Only web quality photos are accepted. We prefer landscape shots rather than portrait.

52 Perfect Days Checklist for Writers:

1. Submit a final draft piece of 600-800 words. We are a source of information above all, so please include a sidebar listing phone number and address of all locations mentioned in the article.

2. We strongly encourage writers to submit photographs with their submission. We prefer horizontal images rather than vertical. All photos need to be at least 525 pixels wide.

3. Include a photo of yourself for our contributors page.

4. Include a brief biography about yourself.

5. Fill out our contributors form, where you can provide us with your Google Adsense code.

6. To stay up to date on our editorial calendar, receive topic ideas and calls for content, sign up for our Writer’s List

7. For tips and further guidelines check our Writers Tips page.

8. Click here to view our latest Writer’s Newsletter.

9.Read The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition by William Strunk and E. B. White

Compensation: We offer revenue sharing via Google Adsense. To
register to monetize your articles please fill out the contributor
form. With each accepted submission we also offer a byline, will run a
short bio with your contact info and place your information in our
contributors section.

After you add your AdSense ID to your profile, you are done! The google
text ads (which may appear next to your story on the right-side or
underneath story or within text) will no longer generate revenue for us
but will generate revenue for you.

If you do not have an AdSense account Sign up for AdSense

Photographers: We also accept stand alone photograph submissions for U.S. cities and towns. We welcome quality photos. We accept photos via email saved in jpeg format. Please submit RGB images as jpegs at least 600 pixels wide, at 72 dpi. Large photo files that require long download times will not be accepted. Only web quality photos are accepted.

We prefer e-mail submissions. So, forward photographs here with your finished articles. Be sure to include your name, mailing address, e-mail address and phone number on the cover letter.

 
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