Out There is always looking for smart, engaging content. We like stories that make you laugh, cry, and think about the world differently. If you’d like to pitch us a feature or interview, or submit a finished work (be it an essay, a short story, or a poem), email Willow at [INSERT EMAIL ADDRESS HERE]. In your pitch, be sure to mention what your proposed piece is about, and why it’s interesting. Please put “Out There Pitch” in the subject line of the email.
A few considerations:
• Pieces need to have something to do with the outdoors, but should also have a human aspect. This is not just a show about nature; it’s a show about people’s relationship to the world outside our walls. We need emotions and elements of surprise here, not just descriptions of pretty sunsets in the mountains.
• Features should be compelling narratives, with colorful characters and strong storylines. Think movie, not news article. You can focus on an individual’s experience (for example, you could tell the story of a terrible climbing accident, or recount how a blind person learned to ski). Or you can tackle broader questions (eg. “Why are the vast majority of outdoor recreators white?” or “Are smartphones ruining our sense of direction?”). First-person pieces are also welcome (i.e. YOU can be the protagonist in your piece). Features should be between 5 and 30 minutes in length.
• Interviews: Anyone who’s riveting is fair game, from authors to adventurers to scientists to academics.
• Essays should be no longer than 10 minutes, and short stories should be half an hour max. Both should be written “for the ear,” meaning that your language rolls off the tongue and is clear and easy to understand. If you run out of breath, your sentence is too long. If we decide to use your piece, we’ll arrange to record you reading it.
• Poems are welcome. Let’s keep them short though; no Iliad-length epics.