If you could take a real-life “glimpse” into the travel publishing industry and get a publication under your belt at the same time, wouldn’t you jump at the chance?
Bad puns aside, you actually can, and here’s how: The Glimpse Correspondence Program is currently taking applications for its 2012 correspondents program and is open to students, volunteers, teachers, and travelers of all experience levels who are seeking further guidance with their writing and photography (and who already plan to be abroad next year).
At its core, the Glimpse Correspondence Program, powered by Matador and supported by National Geographic, aims to mentor and churn out proficient, industry-savvy travel writers who will be living abroad for at least 10 weeks at a time during the 2012 year. This budding travel writer’s mentor-seeking dream is open to anyone who will be working, volunteering, or studying outside of their home country and who has an interest in narrative travel writing or photography, so if you’re over 18 years old and that might be you (and I am seriously envious if it is), here’s what you’ll get if you’re accepted:
- $600 stipend for travel expenses
- Professional editorial support
- Career training in travel writing and photography
- Publication on Matador and Glimpse.org
From what I’ve read on their website, Glimpse Correspondents work hand-in-hand with professional editors to develop a carefully crafted portfolio of publishable work. Throughout the editorial process, correspondents receive critical feedback on their writing and photography and learn how to develop ideas from initial queries and drafts into compelling, publishable long form pieces.
Honestly, I fell head over heels with this program as soon as I read about it. For one, what writers wouldn’t love a reputed publication to help them walk a story to completion from inception to publication? Who wouldn’t want a National Geographic-supported publication to back their ideas and insights? And, let’s be honest here, who wouldn’t want to get hands-on experience debunking the myths of the editorial process, a process that can seem murky and confusing to anyone on the outside?
If there’s a chance you might be going abroad in 2012, why not get paid and published to do it? To apply, you need to write a statement of purpose, include a portfolio, fill Glimpse in on the details of your upcoming trip and its purpose, and fill out an application (and yes, there is a $25 processing fee). And remember, November 20th, 2011 is the application deadline!
Check out the link here for more information and to read some of the sample stories and photos from previous years: http://glimpse.org/the-correspondents-program/ (I especially like correspondent Klara’s story here).