Writers Guidelines

We are actively seeking new writers for Resonate, especially those eager to write about places they call home.

The article types we seek at Resonate are:

Local Stories

These are first-person stories (“I,” “me,” “we,” etc.) about place-based experiences, cultural traditions, or daily aspects of life told from the perspective of people who identify as “local.” These aren’t chronological or itinerary-focused stories but rather narratives that capture something special about a place. They should have a story arc of some sort, with a theme, lesson, or common thread tying the piece together. Transport us with sensory details into this unique story that can only be told by you – the person who had this experience and knows this place inside and out.

At least one landscape-oriented photo is requested to run with the story. Generally 600-1000 words. Pay is €100.

Read samples of Local Stories here.

Destination Guides

These detailed guides have specific information about a particular place (generally a city or region) written by a local “expert” who knows the place particularly well.

These follow a comprehensive template with several prompts that encourage writers to share their insider tips about a place that only someone who has extensive knowledge about a place would know. This includes information about the best places to visit under several conditions, where and what to eat and drink, where to shop locally and what to buy, how to get around, what to do outside, how to connect with local people, where to get away from crowds, and the best times to visit for certain activities. Links to businesses are requested where available.

At least one landscape-oriented photo is requested to run with the guide. Generally 1500-2000 words. Pay is €100.

Read samples of Destination Guides here.

Travellers’ Tales

These are stories written about a place-based experience by someone who has visited the destination. These are written from a first-person perspective and invite the reader in to observe and “participate” in this uniquely personal story. 

While Resonate is a travel storytelling platform, the purpose of Travellers’ Tales is not to detail where visitors should go or what visitors should or see. This is your story about something specific that happened, someone you met, something you learned, etc. while travelling. These aren’t chronological or itinerary-focused stories but rather first-person narratives that capture something special about a place. They should have a story arc of some sort, with a theme, lesson, or common thread tying the piece together. Transport us with sensory details into this unique story that can only be told by you – the person who had this experience while travelling.

At least one landscape-oriented photo is requested to run with the story. Generally 600-1000 words. Pay is €100.

Read samples of Travellers’ Tales here.

Burning Issues

These articles address specific, critical issues in tourism. They consider the scope of the issue and possible solutions or the current status of addressing the issue. These articles might address an issue related to tourism in a specific destination, or they might address a more general tourism topic (but please avoid generic topics like “sustainability” and “carbon emissions”). It is ideal to bring in the voices of the people involved. While these are occasionally how-to articles, ideally they are not.

They may be written from a first-person perspective if the writer has participated in an activity addressing this issue, but they are more likely to be written in a third-person perspective. Keep in mind that the audience is travellers, so topics must be relevant and accessible to them, evergreen in nature (not tied to a timely news hook), and content should be free of jargon and buzzwords.

Generally 600-1000 words. Pay is €100.

Read samples of Burning Issues articles here.

Game Changers

These articles focus on a person or multiple people who are doing notable work in some way related to tourism. The point of the article is to highlight the person, what they are doing, and why they are a game changer. These might be grounded in a specific place, but that isn’t always the case. The game changer should be actively included in the article, with quotes from this person, giving readers the feeling like they’re standing in a shared space with them.

They may be written from a first-person perspective if the writer is interacting with the game changer, but they are more likely to be written in a third-person perspective.

At least one landscape-oriented photo is requested to run with the story. Generally 600-1000 words. Pay is €100.

Read samples of Game Changers articles here.

Photo Essays

Photo essays may be Local Stories or Travellers’ Tales. These are place-based stories told through a series of original photos. These essays should include 8-12 high-resolution photos, each of which is accompanied by a 50-100 word caption, and 2-4 paragraphs introducing the essay. Together, these photos should tell a cohesive story about an experience, custom, tradition, event, or interaction grounded in a particular place.

When pitching a photo essay, please send several sample photos along with a story pitch.

To Pitch

We are very intentional in the stories we accept. Before pitching, please consider the following:

  • This is a travel storytelling platform, and we only publish stories about places that are meant to be visited. If you are uncomfortable with sharing your story with potential travellers, it is not the right story for Resonate.
  • Stories should not be influenced by external forces. Please disclose any conflicts of interest, including whether your story was in any way compensated or supported with a press trip.
  • Traditional travel writing has encouraged and rewarded parachute journalists sharing stories that weren’t rightly theirs to share. When crafting article pitches, ask yourself the following questions:
    • Is it appropriate for me to write this story? Is this someone else’s story to share?
    • How does this destination and/or community benefit in a holistic way from this story?
    • Are travellers welcome in this community?

We encourage people who don’t consider themselves to be professional writers to reach out. We are open to working with and coaching passionate storytellers from around the world.

Send an article pitch clearly outlining your idea and clarifying what section your article fits in. Do not send completed manuscripts.