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Outside publishes stories about adventure sports, gear, travel, fitness, health, culture, and the environment. We’re always on the lookout for reporting, essays, service pieces, and media reviews focused on the outdoor world. Rates typically start at 50 cents per word for online stories and go up from there, depending on the complexity of the reporting and your experience as a writer. Our policy is to send checks within 30 days of an assignment being completed.
The first step is to make sure you’re sending your idea to the right place. Is it a feature-length essay or a quick news hit? A gear review or a travel story? Below this intro, we’ve written specific guidelines for all the sections of our magazine and website, along with the best email addresses for your initial outreach.
Once you’ve determined the best place to direct your story idea, send us a pitch that describes why your story is a fit for Outside, why you’re the writer to do it, how you’ll report it, and why the story is relevant now. If other publications have written about this topic before, tell us why your angle is unique. It’s also helpful (although not necessary) to include a suggested headline and subhead that sum up your story. If you’re new to writing for Outside, send us a few clips in the style of the piece you’re pitching. Finally, because outdoor adventure writing has historically highlighted predominantly white male voices and subjects, we are interested in women, BIPOC, LGBT+, and other diverse voices and subjects.
If you haven’t heard back in a few weeks or if your story is particularly urgent, it’s fine to send a follow-up email. We regret that we can’t respond to all pitches, but we’ll contact you if we think your story could be a fit for Outside. Please don’t call us about pitches or send us unsolicited drafts.
Here are further instructions on how to pitch or submit an idea to Outside’s specific channels and departments.