BTG Magazine

Publisher: Beyond Words Pty Ltd

Established: 1999

Accepts Email Submissions: Yes

Description: BTG Magazine is an Australian niche travel magazine for backpackers and independant travellers in Australia. BTG presents a savvy, streetwise and contemporary view on backpacking in Australia. TLE - travel, lesiure, and entertainment.

Editor(s): Jason Buchan

Needs: WRITER’S GUIDELINES FOR BTG MAGAZINE. _x000D_

_x000D_ BTG Magazine is a bimonthly publication devoted to backpackers and independent travellers, travelling in Australia. BTG is interested in any article, query, story idea, that covers the following: _x000D_

_x000D_ FEATURES:_x000D_

_x000D_ DESTINATION ARTICLES: Travel pieces that relate to Australian destinations. Trip stories, with emphasis on adventures that readers can duplicate. ‘Daily Log’ format discouraged, in favour of interpreting the trip planning, unusual occurrences, and lessons learned, discoveries not in guidebooks, ect. Budget travel emphasised. _x000D_

_x000D_ OFF-BEAT AND RECREATIONAL TRAVEL: Stories that inform and encourage active living and travel_x000D_

_x000D_ HUMOR: Tongue and Cheek pieces on subjects related to TLE (Travel, Leisure, and Entertainment). The motto here is: Cheeky but not nasty._x000D_

_x000D_ ENTERTAINMENT:_x000D_
  • What’s on around the country (mixing art, culture, and going out and dance/music events. 50 – 70 word bio’s on each). Total words for each issue: 1800_x000D_
  • Movie and CD reviews_x000D_
  • MP3 Player reviews_x000D_
  • INTERVIEWS: Up and coming artists touring Australia, personalities, and backpackers themselves. Interviews in BTG may follow either a narrative format, in which the interviewee’s response are woven into the fabric of an article; or a Q/A format, in which the interviewers questions and the interviewee’s questions answers appear together._x000D_
  • PERSONALITY PROFILES: We are looking for unusual experiences, experienced by travellers. Not necessarily Australian specific. The importance is on extraordinary experiences._x000D_

    _x000D_ STOCK LIST_x000D_

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  • Reviews of what backpackers should have in their backpacks. Ranging from the essentials (sleeping bag, toothbrush) to the luxuries (MP3 Players, electronic equipment that provides entertainment for those long waits at coach terminals, airports ect.) The criteria for the stock list are that it should be: new, useful, practical, and/or entertaining._x000D_

    _x000D_ WORK OPPORTUNITIES FOR TRAVELLERS IN AUSTRALIA_x000D_

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  • What, how, when, where, why for work opportunities in Australia. Stories relating to where you can find work, experience something different, and agency work. _x000D_

    _x000D_ ULTIMATE DESTINATION – FOREIGN FANTASY_x000D_

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  • In each issue BTG will cover an ultimate destination (EG: Antarctica, The Andes). The story is written in the context of the image used in the story. IE: Where the photo was taken, the uniqueness of the place, how to get there, why you would want to, and cost._x000D_ _x000D_

    _x000D_ WHAT WE LOOK FOR IN AN ARTICLE_x000D_

    _x000D_ Content is the most important criterion for us in evaluating a query or story. We want only 2 things: Good writing and original ideas. We want to know if the material will have something useful to amuse, teach, and inspire our readers, and if so whether it will be sufficiently important to them to justify making room for it in an issue of BTG. If the article is about an Australian destination, is the destination suited to backpackers and independent travellers that will excite the reader’s interest? Or is there something else that gives the story an edge to entice our readers? Is the writing clear, expressive, and well organised – or would the piece need a lot of editing?_x000D_ We are looking for practical articles promoting Australia, good times, and great travel experiences. We like human interest stories, inspirational pieces, features on uncovered areas, seasonal material, humorous pieces. _x000D_

    Length: open

    Rights: Beyond Words Pty Ltd has the copywrite to stories, and no material can be reproduced without the permission of the publisher.

    Payment: Our text rates range between $100 and $250 depending on the length and research involved in preparing the article. Most feature stories run approximately 1200 words and the average fee $150. We pay by the word – 10 cents per word._x000D_

    _x000D_ We pay direct into the writers account. What we require is Bank Name, BSB number, Account Number._x000D_ Invoices must include an ABN Number (Australian Tax purposes) or an equilvent number that indicates he or she is registered under a business name.

    Tips: Content is the most important criterion for us in evaluating a query or story. We want only 2 things: Good writing and original ideas. BTG is interested in any article, query, story idea, that covers our requirments as stated in our 'Writers Guidlines'. Write to jbuchan@backpackerstravel.net.au with story ideas and critique (EG: story angle) _x000D_ _x000D_

    How to Submit: Microsoft Word _x000D_ email to: jbuchan@backpackerstravel.net.au

    Response Time: Accepting submissions for the Aug-Sep 2002 issue, Oct-Nov 2002, Dec-Jan ect...

    Address: 87 Glebe Point Road Sydney NSW 2037 Australia

    This listing was last reviewed and/or updated on 2002-07-21