You went out on an adventure, and want to share your experience with the rest of GWRRA. What’s the best way to do that? By submitting an article to Wing World magazine, of course! We’re always looking for great stories from our Members, no matter where you’re from or what you did.
The problem is that we get lots of submissions here at the Home Office and sometimes stories get cut for completely fixable reasons. It’s a bummer when that happens because even though we may want to publish the story, it’s just not possible.
That’s what we’re here to fix. We want to help you get your story to us and maximize your chances of getting in the book. How? Let’s find out.
WHAT DO WE NEED?
We’ll take stories from all walks of life, but here’s a list of some of the things we’re looking for:
- Trike stories
- Trips and travelogues
- Older bike stories and features (anything GL1200, GL1100 and GL1000)
- Tips and tricks
We’ll take a story lots of different ways, whether it’s handwritten or typed up. But there are ways to do things that make it easier for the editor(s) on the other end.
By far the most popular way to submit a story is via email. Problems often occur when the person submitting the story turns in a document in a format that we cannot open on our computers. What’s the best format to use? There’s no definitive choice, but here’s a list of what we frequently open:
- .doc or .docx (Microsoft Word)
- .pages (Apple Pages)
- .odt (OpenOffice)
- Online (Google Docs, Dropbox, SkyDrive)
However, there are some file formats that we will not accept, and that’s often because of an inability to open the file on our end. For example, MacWrite, WordPerfect, Corel Write and Microsoft Works are all systems that don’t work for us.
If all else fails, send it in the body of an email. That always works out just fine.
Where to submit your files?
The easiest way is to use our online form, here, but feel free to submit your file(s) to the editor directly by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is no minimum or maximum word count to adhere to; at the end of the day, we want you to tell your story, but there are some logistic issues the longer you go. On average, we publish 500 words per page and those always include an image of some kind, whether it’s user submitted or one we have in stock. The longer the story, the more pages and images are needed for it to work with the design of the publication.
Just to be clear, everyone’s story sees time with the editor or copy staff. No one writes a perfect story and there’s always a tweak or two that can be made. Don’t be offended if your 4,000 word submission becomes 2,500. It just means that
we liked it so much that we spent a lot of time trying to make it work.
What other things do you need for your story to run?
Well, if you’re turning in pictures, we’ve got a few tips
Learn How to Take a Picture for Wing World
To learn how to take a picture and submit it to Wing World magazine visit our guide.