Friday, July 20, 2012

Daytripping magazine pays for your stories of travel in southern Ontario

Kincardine lighthouse, a great stop
 a day trip in Southwest Ontario
2684 Lakeshore Road
P.O. Box 430
Brights Grove, Ontario

Daytripping is a travel guide to Southwest Ontario that’s published six times a year and pays contributors $25 or $50 per article, depending on length. Here’s what Mark Moran, the publisher, has to say about Daytripper:

Since our very first issue in March of 1995, Daytripping has made a lot of friends, and they've made the ‘Biggest Little Paper in Canada’ what it is today with their stories, paintings, memories, photos, recipes, advice and constructive criticism. We've always said that it is your paper to build, and our success is a tribute to those that have taken the opportunity to make it their own.

Articles, Poems & Recipes
Our paper comes out every other month, five times a year (March-April, May-June, July-August, Sept-Oct & Nov-Feb) Although we’ll never promise that an article will run in a specific issue, if you are sending an article that you want to be considered for any issue in particular, it needs to reach us by the first of the month before an issue (for example by February 1st if it is meant to be for the March-April issue).

Most interesting to us (and our readers) are articles about traveling and discovering ‘small town’ Southern Ontario.  Mention of shops, events and towns that advertise in Daytripper (as opposed to non-advertisers) is preferable in this type of article because we try to promote our paying customers any way we can.  We are also interested in seasonal, humorous, family-oriented, and old-fashioned stories.  We try to stay away from politics and religion. Poetry is accepted but only published occasionally.

The easiest length for us to work with is about 500-600 words, but that is flexible.  We pay $25 or $50, depending on length. If you already have articles on hand, please send them anytime.  If we like an article but don't use it right away, we keep it in our library and usually make use of it within a year or two.  We don’t generally let people know whether or not we’ll be using an item, but if you need to know, feel free to ask (give us at least a couple of weeks to be sure we’ve had time to read the submissions).  There's no need to wait until one item is published before sending more – for any specific issue it’s hard to know when one article may be more appropriate than another, either because of topic or length – so we like to have plenty to choose from.  Feel free to send photos (digital preferred) to go along with any article.

I prefer receiving articles by e-mail, but sending by mail or fax is acceptable.  When submitting articles, please always include your full name, address & phone number.  If e-mailing, I prefer articles to be included in the body of the e-mail or attached as a Word file and to have a clear space between paragraphs. If you are sending multiple items and/or plan to send more items in the future, please try to keep track of what you’ve sent. We do keep track ourselves but it’s helpful if we don’t receive duplicates.

We also publish recipes and there's a winner in each issue.

Photo Contest
Then there's our ongoing Photo Contest, where people submit photos that in some way contain a cover of Daytripping. The paper has been photographed on mountaintops and on the ocean floor, with a Prime Minister and many newlyweds. Each photo we print wins $25 for the charity of your choice and is entered into the annual contest where you can win great prizes. If you don't have an actual copy of the paper (since this is a website!) we'll accept a printed copy of our homepage as well.

We look forward to reading your work. Email:

See Brian Henry's schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Kingston, Peterborough, Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Georgetown, Milton, Oakville, Burlington, St. Catharines, Hamilton, Dundas, Kitchener, Guelph, London, Woodstock, Orangeville, Newmarket, Barrie, Gravenhurst, Sudbury, Muskoka, Peel, Halton, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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