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Contributor Information

Thank you for your interest in contributing to Scuba Diver Australasia, which is published six times a year by Asian Geographic Magazines. Scuba Divers' publishing goals are to find the new, to showcase fresh diving opportunities, to be an advocate for divers. A Scuba Divers' story must capture a place's essence in a way that inspires readers to follow in the writer or photographer's footsteps.a

Writer’s Guidelines

What Types Of Stories Does Scuba Diver Publish?

Each issue of the magazine contains five or more features, roughly balanced between Asia, Australia and foreign subjects. Generally, we are interested in places accessible to most divers, not just the intrepid or wealthy. The types of topics we cover vary widely, from mainstream to specialty diving.

Scuba Diver features are usually narrow in scope; we do not cover whole states or countries. Subjects of particular interest to us, apart from general dive sites, are national and state marine parks, marine animals, and research and exploration projects. Where a destination is concerned, service information is generally given separately at the end of each feature in a section that includes how to get to the destination, things to see and do there, and where to obtain more information. The writer is expected to send along as much service information as possible with the manuscript to help us prepare this section.

We also publish several regular service-oriented departments, with the emphasis on meaty, practical information. Subjects include photography, dive medicine, technical diving, terrestrial destinations, dive equipment, and environmental perspectives. Essays offering reflections on the personal experience round out the department mix.

What Kinds Of Proposals Is Scuba Diver Looking For?

We accept freelance queries for most of our departments. Ideas for features are generated both by Scuba Diver staff and by freelance contributors. We do assign features to writers we have not used but only to those whose published clips demonstrate the highest level of writing skill. We do not accept phone queries from writers, and we discourage the submission of unsolicited manuscripts for feature articles.

How Should An Idea Be Proposed?

If we have to sell readers to consume our magazine, then writers must sell us with more than just notions and place-names, so please do not send us any unfocused wish lists of multiple queries. Restrict each submission to one or two well-developed proposals that have been crafted especially for us. A carefully considered proposal combines support for doing a particular destination with some premise or hook. A good query has a headline that suggests what the story is, a deck that amplifies on that, a strong lead, and not much more than a page that clearly sets out the premise and approach of the piece. The query should represent the writer's style and should answer these questions about the story: Why now, and why in Scuba Diver?

Make sure we have not recently run a piece on the topic you are proposing. Please include your credentials, relevant published clippings and email a selection of low res jpegs.

Prospective contributors doing preliminary research for a story must avoid giving the impression that they are representing the Asian Geographic Magazines or Scuba Diver. They may use the name of the magazine only if they have a definite assignment. When Scuba Diver gives an assignment, the terms are clearly stated in a written contract.

How Long Are Scuba Diver Feature Stories And Departments?

Most Scuba Diver features range from 1,500 to 2,500 words, depending on the subject. Scuba Diver departments generally run from 750 to 1,500 words. Compensation varies depending on the type of feature or department. Payment is made within 60 days of publication.

What Does Scuba Diver Look For In Writing Style?

There are no limitations on style, as long as the writing is lively and interesting, although a sense of discovery should be at the heart of every Scuba Diver story. We want our writers to project a curious and knowing voice that captures the experience of diving-the places and personalities, the insights and idiosyncrasies. Writers who work for us must see subjects or destinations with fresh eyes and real insight. We place a premium on surprise and good storytelling-the compelling anecdote, the colorful character, the lively quote, the telling detail. And we prefer that our readers be allowed to experience a subject or destination directly through the words and actions of people the writer encounters, not just through the writer's narrative.

Beyond being strongly evocative of place, our articles attempt to speak to the soul of diving. Every diver, no matter how seasoned, wonders what awaits at a new destination. This goes beyond weather and accommodations and language and scenics. There's a certain frisson of expectation: How foreign is this destination? What new experience will I have? This is travel as texture-the feel of a place, its essential differentness, its look, its flavor. We seek that texture in every story we publish.