should be around 1,000-2,000 words and MUST contain pictures
that relate to the article. We like to publish a picture of the
author as well.
Before you send anything, please refer
to our Terms
of Acceptance and Copyright and the requirement specified
on the Contributors page.
What to include
Our brand of travel writing is not the same as magazine travel writing
that concentrates on things like naming the best restaurant, bar or hotel,
or of telling you the price of a cup of coffee, a beer or cab fare. We
need something that is more enduring. We are looking for travelogues that
give personal impressions of a place and its people, travel guides that
tell tourists what is worth visiting at a particular destination, or accounts
of adventure or themed holidays... plus information on what websites can
help them find out more about the places you describe. The aim is always
to help readers judge whether they would like to pay your destination
Strive to achieve a sensible balance between useful information and timelessness!
(For example, see the following article about Seville.)
Do not to be too specific with your information where this may become
out-of-date. (The family run hotel or bar that was so great in 2006 may
be completely different today!)
If your article is about a safari or cooking vacation, for example, it
would be a good idea to include a link to a web site that can provide
further details so others can follow your example - or perhaps of a great
web site that provides more information about the region you visited.
Don't include these links within the article, put them instead under the
separate heading of 'COMPLEMENTARY WEBSITES' (see template below). We
will decide how or whether to include them.
Show hyperlinks in the following format:
"see 'London Tourist Information [www.londonpagesonline.com]', mentioned
in Para 5."
You are encouraged to include references to specific buildings of interest
such as churches, monasteries, chapels, gardens, theme parks, famous and
well established hotels of note, but do not include references to less
enduring commercial establishments or details of things that will change:
such as actual admission fees. The aim is for your article to endure the
passage of time as well as possible without becoming inaccurate.
Do NOT include:
Information that will become out-of-date
In-text links (if you see them they are because we decided to add
Articles slanted towards advertising;
use your free ad for this and keep the article independent of your
business or website or it will not be accepted - these are NOT advertorials
Anything that might be judged to include: profanity, hate, violence,
racial or religious intolerance, reference to illicit drugs or their
association, pornography, adult or mature information, explicit sexual
references, or anything promoting illegal activities or infringes
the legal rights of others
The use of inappropriate words inserted as keywords to falsely deceive
search engines to improve the rankings of your page
References to specific hotels, bars and other similar establishments
that may change entirely from one year to the next.
Also, please do not feature locations listed on the EXCLUDE
LIST shown in the left-hand panel of this page.
All articles should ideally include relevant photographs. They should
preferably be 72-75 dpi in jpg format, but we accept most other formats
and higher resolutions. Our preferred final size is just slightly larger
than 450 x 300 pixels, allowing us to crop it to this size and remove
any unwanted border edging or perhaps rotate slightly if the picture is
askew (eg 460 x 310 would be ideal). We require this size in order to
include one of your pictures in our gallery
display — which pulls in readers from your picture
alone! The large size is used for our 'click-enlarge' facility and we
create thumbnail pictures for the article from this.
We invite you to include up to a maximum
of 5 photographs within the body of your email so they are seen as soon
as we open it; we may not publish all of these. (It is
better to reduce the size of a large picture to the above indicated maximum
dimension - say with PaintShopPro - than to reduce file size
by compression techniques which might affect picture quality. Don't worry
if you don't have the means to reduce a picture or cannot understand this.)
If you have other suitable pictures it might be worth mentioning in case
we consider ones you sent unsuitable. We may or may not use your pictures,
depending upon their quality and suitability, so ensure the text makes
sense without the pictures!
Do remember you must have taken the pictures
yourself to ensure you own their copyright, or you should have the written
permission of the copyright owner to use them on this website and tell
us which pictures are involved.
If you do not have the facilities for converting your conventional photographs
to digital format for attachment to your submission email, why not approach
your local photographic dealer or film processing shop? They, or a PC-wiz
friend, may be able to scan the prints into a digital format for you.
If you ask, you can normally order a CD of your images when putting in
a conventional film for processing and that will produce them in a suitable
digital format for email attachment.
Include Picture Markers
in the Article Text
[mypicture1.jpg - this is an example of how to
mark a picture within a paragraph with its caption]
Include picture markers within square brackets at the start of the paragraph
to which they best relate, together with the picture filename and a proposed
caption — as shown at the start of this paragraph. (If
you use any iStockphotos in your article — see panel below
— then show the iStockphoto page URL in your Picture Marker.)
We need this information to know what the picture is and to which portion
of the text it relates; you may know but we might not!
Ideas for Travelogues
We are looking for articles that major on travel information but which
include your personal impressions and experience of the places you visit.
So try to creatively weave in a little of this to make your article come
alive. Check out existing Travellers'
Tales articles to get the general idea.
Be aware of what has already been published. We are likely to consider
new destinations on a much higher priority than repeated ones. If you
can cover a major city, important tourist destination, unusual or exotic
location, so much the better - and all the more interesting for our readers.
Here are a few ideas to get your mind working on how you might complement
the basic travel information and add a personal touch (without any lengthy
Enlightening conversations with locals or regular visitors
Humorous things that went wrong
Beautiful places not to be missed - and the impression they made
on you - preferably illustrated
Great trips you would recommend
Adventure holidays: the ups and the downs (eg mountain trekking)
Themed holidays: your failures and successes (eg cooking in France)
Nightmare experiences: with some good bits as well, please
Holiday romances (Keep it short - and clean!)
Unusual and exotic destinations
The drama of Nature experienced first-hand
Misunderstandings and repercussions
Disastrous companions (real, but with fictional names, please!)
Important or interesting cities, popular tourist destinations and new
places to discover are what we are looking for. But don't submit a place
Read articles which won previous
Synergise FreeStyle competitions for an example
of the quality we are seeking.
The following aspects might just tip the scales towards the acceptance
of your article for publication (as opposed to losing you critical MERIT
The text meets the brief, is well written and maintains its viewpoint
(eg 1st- or 3rd-person); if your article is a travelogue then it should
be in 1st-person
Existing layouts have been considered to minimize the need for editing;
when we copy it from your email or attached text file, it should not
prove necessary to reformat to remove unwanted line breaks or email
formatting chevrons (paste article text from text editor into body
of email or attach it as an 'rtf' file to an email that contains everything
NEVER use manual line breaks, mid-paragraph;
they all have to be removed to get back to 'joined-up writing'!
If you are given the opportunity to check a Draft version of your
article, it is not professional to use this as an opportunity to hone
the writing: you should have done that before the original submission
Interesting, clear and relevant pictures have been included and are
easy to see and access
Added interest is introduced by the inclusion of a colourful character
One or two travel destination websites have been suggested as suitable
complements to the article
Any companions mentioned are labelled rather than included in a mysterious
The ideal article will have inherent authority about it — as
if written by a travel professional!
Submission Template Layout
Submit as many articles as you like via separate emails. Your article
may be rejected without consideration if you do not use the template -
or you may be asked ro resubmit it in the template format.
More than one article accepted gives you an Author Page - with the opportunity
to promote yourself as a Feature Writer - if you contribute more
than one Feature. Your article text may be within the body of the email
or in an attached file saves in the '.rft' format from a word processor
such as Microsoft Word.
If you paste the article within the body of an
email from another source, please ensure this is free of formatting that
prevents it being copied and pasted again without problems. (To test this,
highlight it and then paste it into a simple text editor. IF there are
line returns or interspersed characters within the middle of your paragraphs
it is not acceptable. For example, if the text is copied from an earlier
email it may contain unwanted '> >' symbols at the start of lines,
all of which would have to be edited-out manually.)
Please ensure the attached article only contains
the article text. Because it is time-consuming to access and download
text attachments, please do not duplicate any of your pictures within
the article attachment (they should be in the body of the parent email);
ensure all the rest of the template material is within the body of the
email for easy reference. Thank you!
SUBJECT: Article Submission:
<Title of Article>
to 5 picture files, preferably including head-and-shoulders of self
- and the rtf file, if this is your chosen format for body text,
else include the article within the body text>
Please copy-and-paste the following layout into your submission
email OR attached Microsoft Word rtf file and then edit
it bearing in mind that:
Text shown between <angled brackets> below indicates
where you should insert your own information.
below indicates where you should copy the indicated text into
your submission text to confirm your understanding
EMAIL BODY or WORD
TITLE OF ARTICLE:
<Insert the suggested title of your article - but we may change
it. Also include this title within the title
of your email.>
<Enter your true name : age : sex - for Synergise reference purposes>
<Enter your occupation - so Synergise get to know you better>
WRITER'S NAME FOR PUBLICATION:
<Insert your name (or pseudonym) as you wish it to appear in
<Enter ONE of the following options regarding originality:>
This is an original article
and has not been previously published in any form or medium. I will
not publish this article elsewhere without the prior agreement of
This article has already been published
elsewhere but I own full copyright at the time of submission
and wish to retain full copyright.
<Insert details of previous publication(s) of the article here.>
I understand that no payment is made
for my submissions.
EMAIL ADDRESS :
<Enter a long-term, reliable email address;
receiving any payment due might depend on this! It's even better
if you can ALSO give us an alternative email address for use in
emergency. This information will not be disclosed.>
<Enter your full postal address. This is not for publication
but is needed if we have trouble contacting you via your email address.
It also helps to know what country you live in.>
<Insert CONTINENT > Country > 1st-place,
NUMBER OF WORDS:
<Insert the number of words. (Temporarily pasting the body text
into Microsoft Word allows you very simply get a precise count.)>
<Indicate: "No personal picture" or, PREFERABLY, "Author
picture supplied". We like to add the personal touch by showing
who the author is and most authors are happy with this - but this
is your option.>
<Suggest one or more websites that provide good tourist
information about the same destination as your article or which
complement the subject matter of your article. This is not essential
but it is a great help. Only include sites that have extensive English
text coverage. DO NOT include links within the text itself.>
AND GENERAL INDEMNITY:
I confirm that at the time of submission I own the entire text
of this article or have sufficient rights and authority to grant
Synergise unconditional use of the article.
I confirm this article
does not violate the copyright of anyone or contravene any non-disclosure
or other agreement signed and does not contain information I know
to be libelous, misleading, incorrect or in violation of any laws,
regulations or rights. I agree to hold harmless Synergise from any
claims or disputes regarding the content of this article whosoever
shall hold the copyright. I agree that the limit of liability of
Synergise shall be the removal of this article from the Synergise
website and that they cannot be held responsible for its continued
presence in this or amended form on any other website.
I understand that if
Synergise find it necessary to perform significant editing in order
for this article to reach an acceptable publication standard then
the new work may become the copyright of Synergise if they so decide
although I will remain as the published author.
I own full copyright
of my pictures submitted now or later for use with
this article except as detailed below. I authorize Synergise to
use my pictures on their web pages in any locations or manner they
wish providing they are not for resale. If any of my pictures show
an individual clearly enough for them to be identified then I confirm
that I have that person's permission to publish their photograph
and take full responsibility for same.
<ADD THE FOLLOWING IF APPROPRIATE:>
The following pictures are copyrighted by
the indicated person or persons and I have written permission for
Synergise to use them indefinitely on their website without charge
and can provide this evidence if requested:
<Provide a detailed list>
<List the most important of your recent publications - excluding
Synergise - or simply enter 'NONE'>
MY BOOK TO BE ADVERTISED (authors
<Leave this section out if not appropriate, or
provide link details to an online sales page selling a single book
that is by you as author or joint author.>
MY SITE, BLOG, OR BUSINESS TO BE ADVERTISED:
<Leave this section out if not appropriate, or
provide a draft of your text advertisement.>
I FOUND SYNERGISE:
<Insert how you found our website (eg, Writers' News Ad | search
engine | Google Ad>
<Include the body article text. Any picture markers should be
in the format: [FIG # : name_of_picture_file.jpg : Caption of picture].
Do not make specific reference to your pictures from the published
text; it should be possible to read the text as if it were a text-only
version. (If your article is syndicated, that is what it is likely
<Insert your pictures directly into the body
of your email in the same order as shown within the body text by
your Picture Markers. (If the text is also within the body of the
email then insert the pictures after this text.) The maximum is
5 - but we may use less. We prefer you to include a head-and-shoulders
picture of yourself as your final picture. Feature Articles MUST
For general queries please use the General
Contact Form or our 'Normal Email Address' given in
the 'Site Information' panel of our Home
No communications can be undertaken regarding submissions other
than by email to the correct address.
Paste the above template text into
the body of your email or attached Microsoft Word (rtf-saved)
document, then write or paste your article into the appropriate
section of the template. Then complete the rest of the
template end email your submission to the address given below (noting
that a single 'underscore' rather than a 'hyphen' character is used
after the name 'synergise'). The email title must be in the form:
Article Submission:' followed by your article title (eg 'Article
Submission: Dancing in Denver').
Article Submission Address. Please
ONLY USE the dedicated email address given to the right for article
submissions. These may include up to 5 pictures and should preferably
include a head-and-shoulders picture of yourself.