Contribute to Wilderness

Wilderness welcomes story contributions. If you have a feature story you’d like to pitch, please get in touch with the editor ( If you would like to write a story for one of the magazine’s regular sections, read on.

General information on submitting stories

  • Wilderness pays for all stories published in the magazine.
  • All stories should be submitted as Microsoft Word documents and supplied by email or posted on a CD/DVD. Hard copy of stories will not be accepted.
  • Always include your name, address, email, phone number and IRD number with all submissions. It is best to keep this information on the story document.
  • State which part of the magazine your article is being submitted for – e.g. ‘Wild Trips submissions’, or ‘Off the Beaten Track submissions’, or ‘Diversions submission’ etc.
  • Be familiar with Wilderness before sending in submissions. We require ‘Wild Files’ on many stories, it is essential this information is included in your submission.
  • Do not exceed the maximum length for submissions outlined below.
  • All submissions should include photo reference name, suggested caption and credits. This information should be included at the end of the story.
  • A story submitted to Wilderness Magazine must not have been published elsewhere without our knowledge. Once you have sent the story to Wilderness Magazine for consideration to publish, we would ask you not to approach other magazines that would be seen to be in competition with Wilderness with the same story.

Guidelines for submitting images

  • All photos should come with captions and credits (see ‘Stories’ above)
  • All photos should be hi-res digital images. If you are not sure about the image size, send the largest file you have – do not reduce it in size for easy emailing unless sending thumbnails for the editor to select a range of images from.
  • It is acceptable to use email or file transferring services such as Hightail, WeTransfer, Dropbox and Google Drive.
  • If you do not use email or a file transfer system to send your images, you can use a memory stick. This will not be returned.
  • Print and slide photos are not accepted.
  • CD or DVDs containing images are not accepted.


  • This is the last photo in the magazine – a parting shot – and therefore needs to be of a high standard.
  • The best photo for a hotshot submission is vertical in format, not horizontal.
  • We are particularly interested in photos that show people doing something interesting, or in an interesting place, in the outdoors.
  • If your photo is a digital image, please ensure it can be printed on a page 300mm high and 230mm wide – most modern digital cameras with the settings set to
  • Large Format images will do this easily.
  • All hotshot submissions must be accompanied with a short text detailing where and how you got the photo: include aperture, shutter speed, camera type and ISO.



An enticing column focussing on a New Zealand ‘destination’ that makes readers want to go there – now!

The destination could be a camping spot, a remote valley, a hut, mountain tarn or snowy peak. It can be in a National Park, Forest Park, Conservation Area or a coastal area, accessed by kayak – anywhere in the great outdoors.

The destination needs to be sold – it’s not just a nice walk or great place to pitch your tent. You need to convey the specialness of this place. It also has to be achievable and compelling – let’s go there next weekend!

Tips: The best photos  include a human element: people tramping, a pitched tent, hut; Stunning valley or mountain view and so on – are also compelling.

What readers will want to know

  • What makes the spot so special – is it the solitude, the magnificent views or the ability to fish from a lake, beach or kayak?
  • What’s the trip to the spot like?
  • Wild File detailing Access, Grade, Map (Topo 50 map), Time to reach

Words, photos and payment

  • Aim for between 200 and 300 and (for horizontal format photos); or 100-150wds (vertical photos).
  • Photos should be inspiring and a selection of photos that show tents pitched, stunning valleys, trampers wearing packs, the surrounds, view etc should be sent.
  • Landscape or vertical format photos are OK.
  • Payment for the column is $100

How to set it up:

[head] Insert suggested heading here

[standfirst] Name of camping spot, park or area it is in

e.g. Lake Angelus, Nelson Lakes National Park


Depending on the orientation of the photo – landscape or vertical – write the allotted word limit here.


[Wild File]






Name of file: Suggested caption goes here.


Wild Trip guidelines

  • We are always looking for interesting trips to publish and encourage people to submit stories of their tramping and hiking trips.
  • Stories for this section can be about any kind of tramping trip – from a few hours, a full day through to an overnighter.
  • Stories should be between 500 words and 750 words in length.
  • Story style for Wild Trips is less about the narrative and more about the description – tell the story of the trip, route, etc, but add some colour to this by telling our readers about your particular experience of the track.
  • Mention interesting facts about the area: local history etc. Try to give readers the desire to try the trip.
  • Always write in the past tense.
  • The story must be sufficiently descriptive for our map maker to follow your directions and mark the route you took on our mapping software.
  • A ‘Wild File’ detailing access, maps, times between huts or to complete the trip, grade (hard, medium, easy), where you finish the trip, any other useful information such as key contact details for DoC, landowners etc.
  • Photos should be hi-res digitals. We can accept slides, but prefer not to.
  • Please provide captions for the photos that detail where the photo was taken. Captions should be printed at the bottom of your story in the format described below
  • Stories should be emailed to the editor or posted on CD to The Editor, Wilderness Magazine PO Box 14-109 Panmure, Auckland

Please format the story as follows:

[Head] Suggested heading

[Standfirst]  Name of track/hut/hill/mountain, National park/forest park

Text of story goes here. 500-750 wds

[Wild File]
Map – Topo50 map sheet.
Further information – Only if required – for example to provide contact details to gain access to a area.

Name of photo: Caption goes here
Name of photo1: Caption goes here
Off the Beaten Track

Like Wild Trips, this section of the magazine is about a tramping trip undertaken in New Zealand. However, the trip should be of more than two day’s duration. Off the Beaten Track stories are not easy to write – you need to craft a good yarn that will keep readers engaged for several pages. Photos must be of a high standard.

OTBT stories are between four and six pages long. How long they run, depends largely on the quality of photos.

Stories in this section should be about a trip into the wilderness of several days duration (at least three) and the wilderness area travelled should be off the beaten track – somewhere new, somewhere different, somewhere strange.

Stories in this section should not exceed 2000 words.

Write in the past tense.

Story construction is crucial. You must grab the readers’ attention immediately, so give thought to how to start the story and then to how it should follow from there.

Avoid diary-type descriptions – i.e. Day one started out clear…. Day two we woke to find snow on the ground…. Day three… and so on. Tell your story, don’t simply relate events/happenings.

Include the ‘Wild File’, which should include Map, Grade, Time, Accommodation, Access etc.

Include picture references, captions and credits.

For information on submitting stories to other sections of the magazine, please contact