UKH

UKH Contributor Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in contributing to our site!

UKHillwalking articles cover all aspects of hillwalking, from easy low-level walks to peak bagging, scrambling, winter walking, overseas trekking, multi-day backpacking journeys and non-technical mountaineering. We also cover hill and trail running. New articles are published weekly, from a variety of authors, both professional and amateur.

I would like to write an article for UKHillwalking.com

We welcome proposals for contributions from everyone, although we can't promise to publish everything. Please do not send us unsolicited work - in the first instance it's a pitch that we are after. Please send us:

  • A one-paragraph proposal outlining your idea.
  • A sample paragraph of the proposed article, a draft introduction for example.
  • A brief run-down of any previous writing credentials.
  • Sample photographs to accompany the writing (see below).

What about images?

We can't publish words alone. As a rule we are looking for a words-and-pictures package, with high quality images to go alongside the engaging, thoughtful text. Depending on the length of the article, we may end up publishing 10 or more images, and will generally ask for a larger selection from which to make our choice. Occasionally an author will not have enough suitable photographs, and in that case we may agree to source images elsewhere: please be up-front about this in the pitch! 

  • With the initial pitch please send four of your best sample images.
  • All images should be numbered chronologically, with an accompanying numbered caption sheet. 
  • Jpeg format.

Format

Please send us text in an un-formatted Word document, by email. No images in the text please! Photos can be sent as email attachments, and unless by prior arrangement avoid using file sharing services such as Wetransfer, since these are often time limited.

How/where do I submit my pitch?

Please send all pitches to dan@ukhillwalking.com

What is the timescale?

Due to the high volume of emails we receive, we can't promise to respond to every pitch, but aim to do so within around two months. Please mark in the email title if your pitch is immediately newsworthy or otherwise timely.

Word counts and deadlines?

These are agreed at the time that work is commissioned.

How do I find older Articles?

We like to avoid repetition. Before submitting a proposal, please look at the existing articles on site that touch on the topic you'd like to write about. You can use the search link on this page to find older articles items from a particular month, or use keyword search.

My photo has appeared in a UKHillwalking article

Occasionally we use photos from the site database to illustrate Articles. We do make efforts to contact people for permission first however it isn't always possible before an item/article is made public. If you find a photo of yours being used and don't wish it to be then please contact us and we will remove it.

Article Categories

  1. Features - The main category for most of our articles. These can be written by editorial staff or by third party authors and include a wide range of historical and cultural feature articles, interviews, creative pieces - we're pretty flexible!
  2. In Focus - our long-form digital journalism features are reserved for high quality, in-depth visual stories. Please email dan@ukhillwalking.com outlining your pitch.
  3. Destinations - Articles covering walking and trekking destinations from around the UK and further afield. Most of these articles are written as information guides for people wanting to travel there.
  4. Skills - Articles covering techniques and tips for all aspects of hillwalking, hill running, camping and backpacking. Often our skills pieces are written by qualified guides or instructors, though there is also room for the experienced amateur.
  5. Photography - Advice and feature articles about walking and mountaineering photography.
  6. Opinion - Op-Ed articles, typically on current topics related to the outdoors.
  7. Competitions - Competitions run by UKHillwalking.com
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