Submit your story for the Solas Awards here.
True stories of high adventure and danger around the world, from ice climbing to white water rafting, from war zones to animal encounters, from dangerous border crossings to besting the world's most dangerous predator-man.
Deadline for submissions: OPEN
Est. Release Date: TBA
Please Note: We are no longer accepting book proposals.
In addition to publishing books, we like to promote the best travel writing we can find and do so in our Editors' Choice section and elsewhere on our Web site. By submitting your story to Travelers' Tales, you agree that we may post it on our site as an example of good travel writing. You will not be paid for this use, but you will retain all rights to your material, and as a Travelers' Tales contributor you will be able to purchase any TT books at 50% off. If you do not wish us to post your story, please indicate this clearly at the beginning of your submission. If we select your story for publication in one of our books, we will contact you regarding permission and payment.
Type of Story
We're looking for personal, nonfiction stories and anecdotes-funny, illuminating, adventurous, frightening, or grim. Stories should reflect that unique alchemy that occurs when you enter unfamiliar territory and begin to see the world differently as a result. Stories that have already been published, including book excerpts, are welcome as long as the authors retain the copyright or can obtain permission from the copyright holder to reprint the material.
Whatever it takes without being self-indulgent-anything from a paragraph to fifteen pages. Shorter stories have a better chance of being accepted.
Please include a few sentences about yourself, something quirky and fun in addition to the usual list of accomplishments.
Form of Submission
If sending attachments, they must be in MS Word or RTF format. Please put the book title that you are submitting for in the subject line, and make sure that your name and contact information is in the attachment, not just in your email! Submissions will not be returned.
Regular mail: Send hard copy to:
853 Alma Street
Palo Alto, CA 94301
We are interested in non-exclusive rights, in all languages, throughout the world. Our use of the material does not restrict the authors' rights in any way to have their stories reprinted elsewhere.
Travelers' Tales offers a $100 honorarium for stories of any length. In addition, authors receive a free copy of the book in which their work will appear, and the right to purchase an unlimited number of any Travelers' Tales titles for 50% off the cover price (plus shipping and handling). Other advantages include the opportunity to appear in print with many well-known writers, and the ongoing promotion of your name and work in the literary marketplace, and on our web site. Those whose sidebars we publish will receive a free copy of the book, plus the right to buy all Travelers' Tales books at a 50% discount, but no payment.
In most cases we will do some editing of accepted stories for considerations of style, grammar, or length and may also alter the story title. Due to the large number of submissions received we will only contact you if we decide to include your submission in a Travelers' Tales collection. Sometimes books take as long as a year to be completed following our submissions deadlines. Final decisions are made near the end of the editorial process, and all authors whose stories have been accepted are notified at that time.
Due to the large number of submissions received we will only contact you if we decide to include your submission in a Travelers' Tales collection. Sometimes books take as long as a year to be completed following our submissions deadlines. Final decisions are made near the end of the editorial process, and all authors whose stories have been accepted are notified at that time.