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Publisher: steve wilson

Established: 2002

Accepts Email Submissions: Yes

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Description: At Motionsickness we're interested in the impact of international travel on regional cultures and environments; stories of discomfort; criticism of travel media; interviews with unknown travelers; and profiles of people in the travel industry.

Editor(s): steve wilson


Guidelines URL: Click here for writer's guidelines information.

Address: 4117 SE Division St.

Box 417
Portland, OR 97202


Rights: One time North American rights.

Needs: Our theme is simple: we think that there is more to travel than the instant gratification of western tourists. We don't want articles on destinations, budget travel, or regional specialties like food and music. We want articles that address the effect tourism has on a region, the change in economy, environment, language, morals, etc. We want to address travel as seen from the standpoint of immigrants, bus drivers, and guest house employees. We want cultural reportage about the world of travel and tourism. We accept nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and artwork.

Essays and Articles:

We're interested in articles about the effect of tourism on a person, place, or thing. This could be a thoughtful piece on the way different modes of transport affect one's perception of a place. It could be a profile of a Thai sex worker whose clients are primarily European businessmen. It could be a look at the changes that took place in the Yucatan when development first began. We think the big impacts from so many people traveling are environmental, cultural, and economic. You'll be pretty safe working within one of those themes. Please try to see all sides. Change is hard to accept, but we don't want whining about how great things used to be before tourists. We want reporting on how things are now. The good and bad. Give us an idea of how local people feel about the changes. Are they upset by the loss of land or happy about their new prosperity? Or both? 500-5000 words.


We want nonfiction travel narratives outside of the stereotypical "I went here and saw this and then went there and saw that and understood how it all connected" type of story perfected by Paul Theroux. We want stories of bad trips, humorous looks at disaster, narratives that experiment with form and style, and accounts of the travels of people from other cultures. (For example, the narrative of a Guatemalan man attempting to cross Mexico and enter the U.S. for work.) We would also like narratives on unusual and unselfish trips, such as a trekker putting on puppet shows for the members of Nepali villages. 1000-5000 words.


We don't want interviews with anybody we've heard of before. We do want interviews with travelers and interviews with the people who work for travelers. They should focus on the impact that travel and tourism has had on their lives, both positive and negative. These can be formatted in Q and A or monologue style. 500-2000 words.


We would like to see some travel fiction. We're quite open to different styles and genres, but lean towards the satirical and the literary. 500-3000 words.

Book Reviews:

Reviews of books should address the issues of travel and tourism. Anthropological, sociological, or environmental texts dealing with the effects of the modern tourist industry. No travel guidebooks. No travel narratives unless extremely unusual. 250-500 words.

Media Criticism:

Deconstruct some ads. Read through a year's worth of Travel and Leisure and tell us what you've found. How are tourists shown in ads and photos? How are the locals shown? How many articles mention glowing reviews of hotels that advertise in the magazine? What do the magazine's editors say about that? What words crop up continuously in a TV travel show? What are the underlying themes that travel media is feeding us? 500-1000 words.

Length: open

Art/Photo Needs: No photos. Black and white drawings only.

Payment: We pay 10 cents a word and two contributor's copies.

How to Submit: Send queries or complete manuscrips to 4417 SE Division St., Box 417, Portland, OR 97202-1646. We accept email queries: Please paste your query into the body of the email. No attachments!

Response Time: Less than a month.

Tips for Writers: This is not a typical travel magazine. We do not publish destination articles at all. The only first-person narratives we publish are those with something unusual to offer creatively, and/or are stories of bad trips. We're trying to provide some balance in media coverage of travel, so if it fits into other travel magazines it's probably not for us.

Sample Copies/Subscription Information: Send $4 for our upcoming premiere issue, or twelve dollars for a year's subscription, to:
Motionsickness Magazine, 4117 SE Division St., Box 417, Portland, OR 97202-1646

This listing was lated updated on Mar-10-2002.

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