Blogging is the new black. Add your colour commentary to HighlineOnline.ca by blogging about your field of expertise. Blogging for HighlineOnline.ca is an awesome way to gain valuable experience and exposure: we get an average of 5,000 hits on our website per month, and we’ve got a strong, connected social media following. While this gig is unpaid it often leads to paid work in Highline Magazine and is a rad way to build your portfolio and to share your stories and photos. Ultimately, blogging for us connects you directly with the Highline community.
If you already produce your own blog or website, we are always more than happy to link to it within your blog posts, making writing for HighlineOnline.ca another great way to expand your audience.
- We strongly recommended that you read previous issues of Highline Magazine and the top blog posts at HighlineOnline.ca to get a feel for the style and focus of our content before submitting queries.
- Become acquainted with our online departments (see below).
- The recommended maximum length of a blog post is 400 words. Keep it tight and cut, cut, cut! If you must exceed the maximum in order to tell the story, please request approval from the editor.
- Top five or ten lists are easy to digest and are highly sharable. Consider whether there is a way to incorporate a list into your post while you are crafting it.
- Include external links wherever appropriate; between one and three times per post.
- If appropriate, include a question at the end of your post. Blog posts that end with a good question for the readers will invite more response and comments.
- We discourage our contributors from submitting the same query letter or idea/angle to multiple publications at once. If you are planning to do so, please give us a heads up.
HOW TO APPLY
It’s easy. Just complete the online form which will include:
- A 50-100 word bio.
- Three writing and/or photography samples (these don’t necessarily have to be published works and can be attached as links or as documents.)
- The departments you would like to write for.
- How regularly you would like to contribute (monthly, weekly, one-time, etc.)
- The town/city where you are based.
- Notes about your interests and expertise.
- Your current resume (optional.)
- Query of a story for publication with Highline (Please let us know whether or not your submission has previously been published in another publication, or is scheduled to be.)
Our online editor will be in touch with you to talk about your application and to answer any questions you may have at this point. If your application and query are accepted, we will work together to provide you with a simple contract and our set of style guidelines, and then that’s it. You’re off to the races.
Capture the beauty of the landscape with love, compassion, and mad respect for where we live and play. Provide a single stunner or a series of images that can be made into a slideshow, accompanied by up to 250 words of text describing the story behind the image(s).
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Thinly-veiled love letters that celebrate the wonder of our local flora, fauna and environment. Science-y and fun. Teach our readers something they don’t know about the wild natural world!
Our opportunity to highlight local artists and exhibitions. Usually includes an interview that delves into the artist’s practice, inspiration, and methods. Let’s get inside those creative minds to help inspire our readers to think outside the box!
Juicy tidbits of Rocky Mountain culture. Short and to the point, these posts are less than 100 words. Think “easily digestible” and include images, videos, and any other content that could become super sharable over social media.
A hike, tour or trip that comes Highline-recommend. With this department, we share insider knowledge, getting our crew off-the-beaten-path and in touch with the Rockies’ lesser-known local gems. Include how to get there, quick specs, why you want to go, and what makes this place unique. What aspect of this trip would you probably not find in any other guidebook?
Featuring quirky local characters that tend to fly under the radar. People who go against the grain. Unsung heroes. These are the folks who may not be written up in the history books of the Rockies, but who bring a unique and undeniable energy to our local culture. Think: twins Art and Alf of Two Brothers Taxi, local hard man Lorne Short, everyone’s favourite Crazy Larry, wonder woman Sheena Miller, Rick Guinn (The Guy on a Buffalo), etc.
Are your campfire dinners and lakeside picnic lunches the talk of the trail? Why not share your food and nutrition prowess with your friends? If possible, find a way to include a local or regional ingredient in your easy-to-make recipe. Foods designed for travel in the great outdoors or for warming up by a fire after a cold day in the hills are this section’s bread-and-butter.
We’ve got a template all ready for you to follow: create your Gear Reviewer profile, pick a piece of clothing, equipment, or footwear that you love (or loathe) and then use the simple template to review it. #boom
Pick a mountain culture-themed read and give it a whirl. Ask yourself, why is this book important or interesting to a mountain-culture loving audience, and why would they want to take the time to read it? What really makes it unique and a must-read?