Melanin Travel provides valuable information for travellers all over the world from the African diaspora. We are always accepting voluntary submissions from talented people. The main categories for consideration are tips & tricks, destination, experience, food, music & arts, and reviews.
Currently, we’re really keen on receiving submissions on being black while travelling, insights into other cultures through food or music, and reviews. Written pieces, high-quality photography projects, or video content, we love them all.
If you have written or visual work that you’d like us to consider for Melanin Travel, please send a proposal to Nasir at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Send us a short proposal and include the following:
– Who you are
– The format of your submission
– The article title of your idea, along with a 150-300 word outline. Lead with the hook to grasp our interest
– Links to previous work, if applicable
– Whether you can provide high-quality images to complement your work
We also accept finished articles, but they must not be published anywhere on the web. Send us an email with the above information, excluding the hook.
The subject heading for your proposal should include the theme and destination of your idea, e.g. “Submission: Being black in Australia – My experience in Sydney”
Interesting topics that spark debate; guides to hook our readers up; advice; fun lists; an authoritative writing style; articles in dual languages (e.g. French and English); writers who are familiar with Melanin Travel’s style and audience.
Boring narratives (we don’t need to know what you did from the moment you got out of bed); articles that lack structure; reinventing the wheel; not meeting deadlines; articles that have not been proofread (you must edit your piece to the best of your ability before sending it to the editor); articles that are only written for American readers without specifying (Melanin Travel is a British website with a global focus, so keep that in mind! If the article is for a specific segment of the diaspora, make it clear).
Have a look through the Melanin Travel website. Topics that have been covered once likely don’t need to be covered again, unless you can jazz it up!
Take a look through the comments sections on our Instagram. Our lovely readers often write queries there. If you can build an impressive pitch through one of their queries, then we’re sold.
Keep an eye on this page. The submissions we are keen on will change as needed. However, if you have an idea that is burning to be pitched, still send it through!
And while we’d love to answer your email in seconds, it is not always possible. Please wait a week before following up with us, but we’ll make sure to give you a final decision. If we decide not to go ahead with the proposal, we welcome you to send a different proposal.
Looking forward to your email!