Writer’s Guidelines

In general

Contributions to Traverse are welcome. We’re looking for writers, photographers, artists, and hunters to share real stories and honest reflections on hunting.

We are most interested in work that shares a story no one but its author can tell, questions dominant narratives, and explores individual experiences in the field. We are especially interested in writing that invites conversation, involves struggle (as opposed to portraying a perfect hunt or idea), and explores the intersections between subsistence and livelihood, independence and connection, adventure and responsibility. Work must demonstrate awareness and respect for wildlife.

We are not looking for “how to” pieces or work that strives to portray an impeccable point of view as part of a consensus. If your work includes struggle, honesty, and a fresh perspective that other nature-loving people value, we are likely interested.

Article length and expectations

Depends on each piece. If your story requires few or many words, submit it at its best length. But, if you can tell the story in fewer words, it usually improves a work to be as concise as possible.    

We prefer original, previously-unpublished work. Please let us know if this is not the case when you submit it.

Directions on how to submit

For written submissions, please include a short introduction, summarizing your hunting/ outdoor background, as well as why you believe your piece or idea would be a good fit for Traverse. It can also be useful to note if your story has strong photographic accompaniments or additional notes or sketches from the field that would interest readers.

Writing must be submitted as a Word document to editors@traversejournal.com

What interests us

Traverse is a new journal, with future publishing in progress. Our subjects of interest include a variety of themes and formats that reflect and expand on a meaningful connection to the outdoors through hunting but are not confined to the following themes:

  • pursuit of freedom and adventure
  • exploring wild places and new country
  • balancing livelihood and hunting
  • celebrating food, family and community
  • individual experience of history, heritage, culture, and art
  • recovery, restoration, health, and inner life
  • understanding wildlife and ecology

What to expect after submission

We read every submission, closely consider each one, and will notify you following our review. We will do our best to respond within 4-6 weeks.

If your work is accepted, we will work with you throughout the editorial process.

All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.

Ernest Hemingway

Death steals everything except our stories.

Jim Harrison

I think there’s only one interesting story . . . and that’s the struggle.

Thomas McGuane

Thank you for your interest in Traverse.


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