Writing is the magazine’s heart, and we pride ourselves on running the best climbing articles in the world. We work with both professionals and first-time writers, as long as they have an authentic and compelling story to tell. We’re very open on subject and style as long as your story is previously unpublished and has something to do with climbing. Climbing’s feature stories, the premium writing in the magazine, generally run 1500 to 3500 words and have a strong photographic component. We occasionally run particularly powerful prose by itself, without photos, often with an illustration. Climbing also runs shorter, department pieces about standard-setting climbs, access issues, relevant political events, new faces on the scene, equipment, as well as helpful tips on climbing harder, safer, smarter, or with greater enjoyment. To submit, e-mail your story queries to Pay is variable, but averages about 30 cents per word.
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Photography is Climbing’s lifeblood. We pride ourselves on running the best, most exciting, and most experimental climbing photography in the world. We are always looking for crisp, beautiful imagery that inspires and awes. We also love the weird and the wild, both in climbing and photography (black & white, cross processing, high grain, or any other creative approach.) Climbing Magazine operates under a 100 percent digital workflow. We now only accept negatives and slides after a pre-arranged agreement. Photos for print consideration must be submitted digitally via online gallery, CDR, or FTP. Lo-res files may also be submitted via e-mail to Please be sure to include a text file with caption information in your e-mail. For images submitted via CD-R or FTP, please include the following: hi-res files (300 dpi JPEG preferred, with metadata on the route, route difficulty, climber, date of photo, and any other relevant information entered accordingly), companion low-res files for easy viewing, and a text file with caption information. Pay is variable, but full pages typically run about $300.
Material on CD-R should be sent to: Climbing Magazine, Attn. Photo Editor, 2291 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, CO 80302.
Materials will not be returned unless you include a stamped self-addressed envelope. Do not send original slides or film unless previously agreed upon by the photo editor. Please e-mail to obtain FTP login information, and alert the editor via e-mail once you have uploaded your files.
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