In addition to stories from regular contributors, EthnoTraveler accepts submissions from talented freelance writers and photographers. Writers are encouraged to read to get a sense of the magazine’s content and style.

Accepted Genres

Profiles: In-depth pieces about people of note, people whose lives are a window into a particular trend or cultural phenomenon.

Dispatches: Essays from a particular neighborhood, street, or geographic region that give readers a taste of what life is like there.

Interview: Narrative Q&As with interesting characters.

Personal Essays: Anecdotal pieces about experiences or the process of adjusting to life abroad.

Other genres: (i.e. photo essays, book and film reviews, etc) may be accepted and will be published on a case by case basis.

We do not accept fiction, poetry, or previously published articles.


A query must consist of the following information to be considered:

1. a brief cover letter stating the subject and word length of the proposed article;

2. a detailed outline explaining the information to be presented in the article;

3. a list of sources (including interviews) the author intends to use in preparing the article;

Authors new to EthnoTraveler should send a writing sample with the query. All queries should be sent to submissions(at)


Payment for articles varies and is negotiated with the writer.


By submitting your work, you are granting EthnoTraveler Magazine the copyright on your work.