How to submit a feature to Cycling Plus
Cycling Plus Writers’ Guidelines
Cycling Plus is published by Future Publishing, 30 Monmouth Street, Bath, BA1 2BW. Email proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org
How to submit a feature:
We do have regular expert contributors, but we are always pleased to receive ideas from readers and reliable, passionate new contributors.
Step 1: Follow the template of the magazine this way there’s more chance of your work getting published.
Easy: Not too strenuous, fun and interesting routes on mostly flat ground _” suitable for everyone, including novices and most younger riders comfortable with some on-road riding.
Family: Mainly traffic-free, fairly easy routes with enough to see and do to satisfy youngsters, novices and those just out for a spot of two-wheeled fun.
Medium: Neither pancake flat nor knee crunchingly tough, these rides will give you the opportunity for a decent spin, with plenty of interest and a few possible ride extensions thrown in.
Expert: Test yourself. Not necessarily the longest rides but tough enough for you to feel a real sense of achievement when you’ve finished.
ROUTES TIP: Ask for a template so that you get all the necessary boxout information and contact details during the trip. Also check whether the feature you are proposing has been run in a previous issue.
Classic ride: Written in a different style to the routes above, which are more factual with some colour weaved in, Classic Ride is more descriptive. Can be in the UK or abroad and must be inspirational to our readers.
Travel features First it’s all about the photos, a dramatic picture is the hook that will get people reading your feature. We will not commission anything without seeing the pictures beforehand. Next send some bullet points of the trip of how you would envisage the feature appearing in the magazine, bearing in mind the template of what’s already been published. Our touring features have got to be a starting point for our readers to want to follow in your wheel tracks.
Step 2: Pitch your article before you write it: include a working title and subhead, a description of the story, how you will go about researching it and any layout ideas. Include a short covering letter stating if you have written for any other publications.
Step 3: Pay attention to the seasons, which many of our features are modelled around, but bear in mind we work two months ahead.
Step 4: You must be able to take a good photo and when researching the article ask organisations if they are able to provide photos to use in the magazine.
Digital images on disc must be 300 dpi, and we also accept transparencies or prints with their negatives. Remember to include a stamped addressed envelope for their return.
Notes on style
>All articles must contain only one space between sentences.
>Take pride in accuracy names, contact info, phone numbers and prices are vital.
>Grab the reader from the opening paragraph. Long, involved, or just plain dreary opening paragraphs dissuade readers from reading your article.
>If you wouldn’t say it, don’t write it. Be conversational, but be correct.
>Avoid using a long word if a short one will do.
>Think about how many pages you envisage the article to take up and keep to a word count e.g. 700 single page, 1500-1700 double page and also consider using sidebars.
>Do not be afraid to go into detail if you need to do so.
>Be wary of sounding stuffy, pompous or arrogant _” it will offend the reader.
>Avoid slang or cliches (unless you’re giving a direct quote).
>Try to eliminate jargon.