The first article met Wilderness’s ‘Wild Trips’ brief.
- Stories should be between 500 words and 750 words in length.
- Story style for Wild Trips is less about the narrative and more about the description – tell the story of the trip, route, etc., but add some colour to this by telling our readers about your particular experience of the track.
- Mention interesting facts about the area: local history, etc. Try to give readers the desire to try the trip.
- Always write in the past tense.
Off the beaten track
The second article met Wilderness’s ‘Off the Beaten Track’ (OTBT) brief.
- Off the Beaten Track stories are not easy to write – you need to craft a good yarn that will keep readers engaged for several pages. Photos must also be of a higher standard than those submitted for Wild Trips.
- OTBT stories are between four and six pages long. How long they run depends largely on the quality of photos.
- Stories in this section should be about a trip into the wilderness of several days' duration (at least three) and the wilderness area travelled should be off the beaten track – somewhere new, somewhere different, somewhere strange.
- Stories in this section should not exceed 1800 words.
- Story construction is crucial. You must grab the reader's attention immediately, so give thought to how to start the story and then to how it should follow from there.