10 iPad and iPhone Markets for Travel Writing
It’s hard to ignore Apple these days. While millions flock to online media, traditional print publishers are barely taking advantage of these markets when it comes to magazine distribution. Here is a list of 10 markets that publish travel writing on the iPad and iPhone. Some have been created solely for digital distribution; others are print magazines moving to new media outlets.
iPad and iPhone only markets
An emerging magazine with a focus on excellent design. ONB look for longer travel pieces around 4000 words. Great for those stories that need a bit more space in the telling. Photographs with stories are highly valued. The Editor writes:
“NO guides, how-to’s, where to’s, what’s hot, hotel reviews, top-ten beach lists, best places to go, recommendations or anything involving a cruise ship unless a murder took place and you solved it. Please.”
TRVL is setting standards in iPad magazines with impeccable photography and design. Each issue is focussed on a particular destination. The first step is to send in a in a less than 1500-word-story to [email protected]
Originally created as a digital magazine, WildJunket has now branched out into print, with many different sections to contribute to. It is available through Zinio and Magzter. Nellie Huang is the editor.
WildJunket stories are generally first-person narratives of epic journeys, outdoor adventures and deep cultural experience – written in a lively tone and a strong human touch…With a focus on independent and sustainable travel, we cover far-flung destinations and experiential journeys instead of family vacations and city breaks.
You must have photographs.
A relatively new publication out of Malaysia from the website 12fly, which focuses on asian travel destinations. The editor appears to be Jesse Kenji… No contact details are available but you could try him on facebook.
Guide Gecko offer royalties in exchange for writing content for guide apps. I haven’t written for them personally and feel they need to improve their design before it can become competitive with other, cheaper guide apps or more established companies like Lonely Planet. I’d be interested to hear from people who have contributed to them.
Print magazines with ipad or iphone apps
Most of the following magazines replicate their print content digitally using magazine readers such as Magzter, Zinio and Issuu. However there is potential for these markets to open wide up with print budgets being cut back.
Travel + Leisure
Travel + Leisure is one of the BIG Travel magazines. Don’t expect to get in easily. Travel + Leisure is run by American Express Publishing. Contact the department editors individually, as you would in print.
The print edition of the magazine is available as an interactive app. Editors can be contacted through the site, although there are no submission guidelines.
Going Places – Malaysia Airlines
The Going Places inflight magazine has also transferred into digital. There are very few submission details available online but the editor is Vivian Chong. Another website suggested this was her email ([email protected]), but that was in 2009.
Another heavy hitter in the print travel magazines, Wanderlust is unlikely to accept submissions from first time writers unless you’ve spoken with the Dalai Lama, discovered Atlantis or dated Richard Branson. Digital is the same as print version.
Since BBC have taken over Lonely Planet they have cut down on print budgets and focussed on digital publishing. LP is very open to the community and asks for submissions of photography, hotel reviews and mini guides.
There is a huge opening in the market for people to create their own iPad magazines. Is it a lot of work? Yes. Can it be done? Completely. It’s not necessary to have programming experience, however design skills would be essential. There are many companies now offering to convert PDF or Indesign files to iPad for a reasonable cost, and it’s cheaper and more accessible than print media. It’s certainly got me thinking about new markets for travel magazines. The field is wide open and yours to take!