Write For Us

Have a story that you think would make a great Diaries episode? We’re a small crew. Our stories come from friends, from friends of friends, and from you: our community. We have two formats for our episodes: The Shorts, short essays written and read by our listeners, and Features, longer episodes done in an interview/narration format. Please read the guidelines below, and email submissions to editor at ducttapethenbeer dot com.

We look forward to hearing from you!

From now until Thanksgiving 2017, we are accepting submissions for our 2018 batch of Shorts! Send us your stories!

The Shorts Guidelines

  • We look for stories with a conversational/campfire style that explore some bigger question, idea or truth through the lens of the outdoors.
  • Essays need an anecdote and reflection or a series of events that leads to a shift in your perspective.
    • What do you understand now about your character ‘back then’?
    • What’s your take-home of the story?
    • What do you want to say with this piece?
  • If that change in perspective caused you to take some further action, even better.  Do you do anything differently now because of those events? Check your figure-8 three times before you start up a rock-climb? Did you start your own non-profit?
  • No blow-by-blow trip reports. Put another way: Why is a moment or detail important, not to you, your mom or your significant other, but to someone who has never met you? To getting across what you want to say with the story?
  • Stories should “show not tell.” Instead of telling us “the lake was beautiful,” describe the attributes of the lake.
  • We prefer pieces written in the past-tense and in chronological order. We have found this creates a better listening experience.
  • Please minimize the use of dialogue.
  • Ideal length: 1,000-1,600 words in a Word document. We will not accept submissions over 2,500 words.

Examples:

  • The Great White Book” takes a single experience and how it reverberated through his life for many years.
  • The Beginner’s Mind” does a great job of illustrating the anecdote + action+reflection structure we look for.

Feature Story Idea Guidelines

  • We look for a character, a conflict, and an anecdote with some relationship to the outdoors. Ideally, we look for stories that touch on some bigger question, idea or truth.
  • Please send a short synopsis of the story and relevant contact information.
  • While we produce the majority of the episodes (i.e. conduct the interviews, write the episodes and process the audio), we like working with experienced audio producers who bring a unique perspective about the outdoors and their experiences.
  • We don’t do profiles or promotions of people or businesses—unless they fit into a larger narrative. (“If You Build It” is an example of a business profile fitting into a bigger story).