Thanks for your interest in submitting to Global Hobo. These submission guidelines have been written to give freelancers an idea of what we’re looking for.
We like fresh meat. New story pitches excite us way more than a catalogue of what you’ve written previously. If you want to be published, the best thing to do is read these guidelines and have a crack at sending us a piece straight off the bat.
Our ethos is a collage of youth, frugality, liberation, social commentary and cultural relativism. We provide a space for writers to share original views on destinations, experiences and social trends. Our aim is to open our readers’ minds to fresh perspectives, show them new parts of the world and, often, have a good laugh at ourselves and each other.
Generally, we want submissions in the form of feature articles, first-person yarns or reviews.
What we publish
A good feature article will go beyond your own personal travel experiences and seek to explain (and sometimes critique) a significant event, a travel trend or a newsy-type issue. They generally require research and time and preparation. It might an exposé on animal cruelty in Thailand, a guide to hitchhiking or a well-researched rant about trust-fund travellers. Styles that tend to be most popular are quippy odes and diatribes, clever listicles and how-to guides. Word count should be no less than 600 words but no more than 1200.
A sub-category of our features section is the hot take. Hot takes are essentially feature articles or editorials that provide a commentary on a current affair that is in some way relevant to our audience (think travel, youth, university). They tend to be highly proximate, so need to run within days (if not hours) of the issue or news story they are responding to. As such, if you are submitting a hot take, make sure you let us know what it is in your email’s subject line so we are quick to check it out.
Yarns are stories, almost invariably in first-person, about something you did, observed or experienced somewhere on your travels. A good yarn will relate that experience in a way that’s funny, poignant, interesting, and hopefully meaningful. Again, aim for between 600 – 1200 words.
Our reviews are short and sweet (usually no more than 200 words) and written in third or second person. We’re looking for a punchy, informative snapshot with a bit of personality to boot. For some examples, check out Naked For Satan in Melbourne, Lake Aoki in Hakuba, Japan or Camperdown Park in Sydney.
Show us your travel pics! We’re equally interested in beautiful landscapes, gritty travel hacks and dank memes. Just hashtag #globalhobo and we’ll repost our faves.
At the moment, we pay $30 for every yarn and feature that we publish. We know, it’s low. But at this point, we’d prefer to remain largely independent and retain a sense of integrity than to pander to big brands and corporate entities. While it’s true that you might occasionally see an ad on our site, we’re striving to self-fund by running our own writing workshops, selling merch and throwing events. Life is better this way.
Getting a response
We try to respond to every single submission. Having said that, we have a fairly small editorial team so sometimes it takes a while to get back to everyone who submits. Give us two weeks, then, if you haven’t heard back, feel free to give us polite nudge about your piece.
Things to Keep in Mind
- We don’t publish fiction, poetry, drawings or cartoons.
- We don’t republish content from blogs or other sites.
- Place is a huge part of any travel story, so if it’s a narrative you’re writing, make sure your submission gives the reader a strong sense of where the story occurs within the first few paragraphs.
- If you’re going to introduce the reader to your travel companion or someone you met along the way, make sure that character adds some purpose/detail/meaning to the story. Otherwise, leave them out.
- There is no one culture that does things the “right” way. Do your best to avoid applying western values as a filter when you experience the world, and don’t let ethnocentrism or cultural insensitivity come through in your writing.
- Nobody likes a travel snob.
- Take real consideration into the underlying argument, meaning or theme in your story. If you’re not sure, we probably aren’t either.
- Finally, have a good look at the content on our site. The best way to know what we’re looking for is to regularly read what we publish.
How to Submit
Send your piece in a MS word document with any relevant photos attached to firstname.lastname@example.org.