We are currently accepting submissions from writers & photographers for all locations. Whether this is your first submission or you’re a seasoned veteran, we welcome you. At this time, we accept previously published work as well as original work. 52 Perfect Days represents an opportunity to get your voice and work “out there”. We don’t currently pay for posts, so if you are looking to receive additional exposure for your writing and showcase your travel adventures we’d love to help you build your portfolio! You do not need to have been published before.

What You Get

  • Exposure on an established travel website.
  • All stories will remain the property of the writer who is granting a non-exclusive license for the story to appear on 52Perfectdays.com.
  • Posts will be promoted on a number of our social media outlets.
  • Previously published pieces are acceptable as long as you are the author and own the copyright to the post(s).
  • The story will appear under the author byline and will end with the author’s biography which can and should have links to the author’s website or social accounts.Interested? Here’s what to do!
  1. Email alexa@52perfectdays.com with your story idea and I’ll create a contributor account for you.
  2. Once your login and password are received upload your article of 800+ words and a minimum of 3 photos at 768 pixels wide.
    (* If you want to have your article ‘featured’ on the home page;  A) submit an article that focuses on how to spend a perfect days in a location, B) food round up or  C) tips page. All other articles will be published as reader stories.)

    A. Example of Perfect Day Article: http://52perfectdays.com/articles/swimming-whale-sharks-and-basket-weaving/
    B. Example of Food Round Up: http://52perfectdays.com/articles/manhattan-s-best-cups-tea/
    C. Example of Tips: http://52perfectdays.com/travel-tips/52-reasons-visit-indonesia/

  3. Please name your jpgs such as cityname-countryname-description before uploading. When you upload the photo add the alt tag as a sentence. Save as draft when you are done for me to review. (Do not publish the article).
  4. All links where relevant to businesses mentioned within the article or at the end.
  5. Update your contributor information with a photo a brief biography about yourself.

Writers Guidelines: We are looking for travel writing contributions that focus on one perfect day. Please offer original ideas that would be interesting to locals and visitors. Submissions should offer a full day of activity including where to eat, go, and what to see, etc. Nightlife submission should offer a full evening of ideas. The Food category is the only section we accept submissions that stray from a full day of experiences and can either be submitted as a ’round up’ piece such as where to find the best pizza, tea, chocolate in town or as a full day of culinary delights.

Questions about grammar and such? Read The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition by William Strunk and E. B. White

Keywords

Keywords are the words the reader would use to search for the subject of your article online. Your keywords include words that appear in the title and words within the article that directly relate to the subject. They should appear about once every 80 to 100 words, falling naturally into the copy.

When choosing words, consider how you would search for your article or subject on the Internet. Think of quotes or phrases, not simply the name of something.

For example: An article on “A Perfect Day Surfing on Kauai” should include words like “Kauai,” “surfing,” “surfing lesson” and “beach.”

All articles submitted must be the original work of the submitting author. We prefer e-mail submissions. Please email as a Word document. Be sure to include your name, mailing address, e-mail address and phone number on the cover letter, as well as your name on each numbered page. Include a brief bio (52 words or less) with your submission and the email or website you would like linked to the piece.

We do reserve the right to touch up your work and render it more in line with the overall voice and tone of our website.

 

Creating a Good Article for 52 Perfect Days

Compose your articles in a “conversational” voice. Speak directly to the readers and visitors of 52 Perfect Days in an inclusive tone.

Write in the active voice, using the traditional “subject-verb-object” construction. Avoid passive voice whenever possible. Active voice represents the manner in which people best absorb and relate to information. Passive voice, with its “object-verb-subject” construction, momentarily compels readers to “think backwards,” and this produces weary, lifeless and wordy prose.

Do not include irrelevant information or write rambling sentences to reach article length requirements. Write clean and concise sentences. Eliminate redundant words. Never use more words than you need. Example: Write “you can,” rather than the wordier “you are able to,” write “you can,” rather than “you will be able to.”

Eliminate words that don’t add anything to your piece.

The Associated Press says the number one way to get rid of useless words is to cut out adjectives and adverbs that do little to strengthen the word they are modifying.

Use active, forceful verbs This is a practice that encourages lean prose. See the below examples:

o WRONG: You then can make your way to your next stop just a few blocks away.

o RIGHT: Make your way to your next stop.

Don’t use empty adjectives such as “fun,” “easy,” “great,” “wonderful” and “unique.” Use adjectives that describe specific attributes particular to the subject of your copy. For example, a steak aux poivre isn’t “great” or “unbelievable,” but it may be “satisfying,” “organic” or “tender.” Never use an adjective unless you’re certain it applies.

Display precision with numbers and amounts. Don’t use “a few,” “several” or “some,” when you can indicate an exact number or amount. Never use “a couple” unless you mean “two” and only two. And if you do mean “two,” avoid using “a couple.” Just write “two.”