Epicure & Culture is always looking for contributions from freelance food, culture and travel writers. Before pitching, please read over our past articles to make sure your idea is in line with our demographics. Also, please pitch a clear idea stating exactly what you want to write about it, the point you want to make or message you want to convey and how you plan to do it. Additionally, include links to published work and your blog/website if you have one, and state if you have access to high-resolution photos. Both original and unpublished works will be considered.
*Note: We do not accept pitches from companies and PR representatives. If you are a company or PR rep, please visit our Advertising page.
Contributors whose pitches are accepted will receive a link back to their website, social media promotion of the article and the potential to be featured on one of one syndication partners, The Daily Meal, We Blog the World and Tripheros. Potential article topics include but are not limited to:
This can be about a travel encounter, exploration of an epicurious region, a weekend spent in an eco-friendly accommodation with a delicious food and wine program or a journey that led to inner exploration.
These are guides telling travelers how to do a particular thing, for example, how to take stellar food photos, how to properly taste teas, how to drink coffee like an Italian, how to act like a wine connoisseur when you don’t know what Shiraz is, etc.
We do accept city guides as long as they have a clear focus. Simply stating “36 Hours In Paris” or “10 Things To Do In Buenos Aires” isn’t clear enough. Have a focus on what type of traveler would read the guide and go from there. For example “36 Hours In Paris For The Art-Enthusiast” or “The Tango-Lover’s Guide To Buenos Aires.”
Cultural Guides (Narrative)
These guides should take one particular occurrence of a culture and go in depth on how to understand it. For example, a guide on how to properly greet people in Spain would work, as long as you had a narrative to back up your experience learning this. These stories are especially good if there is a conflict of some kind, i.e., you made a faux pas during the greeting and then were corrected.
For this section, detailed recipes and photographs of the dish are required. There also must be a story to go along with the dish, whether it be a personal narrative of living with a family in Italy and helping your house mother cook it or how the recipe has been handed down for generations since your family came from Germany. If you don’t have a narrative to go along with the recipe and photo, you may also explain in detail the significance of the dish and its ingredients to the culture of origin and occasions it is prepared on.
A selection of beautiful photographs pertaining to one focus, for example, wildlife in South Africa, a particular eco-lodge in Australia or a degustation and wine pairing event from a sustainable restaurant in New York.
If you hear about a news story pertaining to a restaurant opening, sustainable hotel opening, eco-friendly invention or trend, etc., feel free to write something up on it.
We’re not against roundups, however, they must have a clear focus. While 5 Things To Do In Cuzco will not get accepted, 5 Ways To Enjoy Chocolate In Cuzco probably would. Please try to stay away from overdone angles, i.e., 5 Inca Sites Near Cuzco, and aim for something more under-the-radar.
Please click here to submit your story. We will contact you if there are any issues or if edits are needed. If all is okay, your post will be published within a month of submission, most likely within two weeks if possible. Please include a bio with your email in the submission. We will take out the email before the piece is published, but need this to contact you if edits are needed.