Thank You For Your Interest In Being A Chasing Zest Contributor
It means a lot to us that you are interested in writing for Chasing Zest. Although we are currently only small, we have big plans for the future. This is an exciting time and we can’t wait for you to join us on this journey!
So, first let us tell you a little bit about ourselves, and then we’ll explain what exactly it is that we are looking for.
About Chasing Zest
Chasing Zest launched on 15th June 2017, with the aim to encourage readers to embrace (and maintain) an active, outdoor lifestyle. We are based in the United Arab Emirates and a significant proportion of our readers will be people who reside here, but we anticipate that we will also appeal to those who travel both to and from the UAE.
Chasing Zest covers a range of topics, including, but not limited to:
Deserts & Mountains: camping, hiking and off-road driving
Water-based activities: kite surfing, SUPing, surfing, kayaking and diving
Fitness: such as running, swimming, cycling and yoga
Food: nutritious and wholesome meals to support an active person’s needs
Wellness: overcoming obstacles and the positive impact of the outdoors on wellbeing
Experts & Inspiration
Ensuring that our readers are given accurate advice from qualified experts is important to us. We will, therefore, be working with people such as nutritionists, psychologists, life coaches and personal trainers in order to deliver relevant and safe advice to our audience.
Moreover, one of the main facets of Chasing Zest will be interviews with inspirational people who have stepped out of their comfort zones. It may be the woman who had never camped before but now goes regularly, or it could be somebody who is competing at a high level in triathlons later in life; no achievement is too small or too great. We want to include everybody of all abilities and walks of life in order to encourage others to take up new challenges and hobbies.
With so many people in the UAE being frequent travelers, particularly in the summer months, the site will have an ‘active travel’ section that will be a large part of our focus during the off-season.
We want to cover marathons abroad, yoga retreats, triathlons in your home town…even your favourite outdoor places to just walk and have some quality time to yourself. Our readers, being mainly expats in the UAE, will be from a vast number of places all around the globe…and it could be just round the corner from you!
Local and international sporting events and competitions will be covered by Chasing Zest team members and our contributors.
Who And What Are We Looking For?
We need people like YOU who have a passion for the outdoors and want to share it with our audience. You never know what impact your submissions could have on our readers – it could, essentially, lead them towards the start of a journey that may be life changing. As we cannot experience every single adventure, activity and trip that’s out there ourselves (much as we’d like to!), your role in communicating all of these wonderful possibilities to our readers will be very important.
We therefore welcome a range of submissions based loosely on the categories above. If you are not sure about an idea you have, please ask us. We will confirm whether it is a good fit for Chasing Zest.
As we are based in the Middle East, please do bear in mind the cultural sensitivities of the region. There should be limited references to alcohol, no profanities and no images displaying nudity.
Travel articles should be in the realm of ‘active travel’. Therefore, an article about “Secret Hikes In Yosemite National Park” has a good chance of being accepted, whereas “Barcelona’s Top Shopping Centres” will be politely declined.
☆ Articles must be a minimum of 400 words. Longer, ‘essay style’ features are welcome as long as there are plenty of accompanying images.
☆ We prefer original content that has not been published elsewhere. You are of course welcome to share your article once it is published!
☆ Images should be a minimum of 740px wide. They should be high quality (i.e. not blurry or pixelated) and relevant to the story.
☆ Copy should be submitted in a Word Document, clearly titled with the name of your article and the name of the author.
☆ Images should ideally be sent by DropBox or WeTransfer. If you are unfamiliar with these file sharing sites, please ask. We will happily let you know how it works.
☆ If you want your images in a specific order, or if they refer to a particular part of the text, please make this clear.
☆ We will edit and put together your features in accordance with the Chasing Zest voice and style, but will do our best to ensure that your own individual voice remains.
☆ Chasing Zest will aim to publish your feature no later than 4-6 weeks after submission. In most instances and particularly in time-sensitive cases, it will be earlier than this. We will let you know within 48 hours by email when your submission goes live.
What Can We Do For You?
All Chasing Zest contributors are entitled to a bio at the end of their article. This will tell our readers all about you and direct them to your own website and social media accounts, if applicable. A headshot will be required for this.
Contributors will also receive a ‘Featured On’ badge to place on their own sites and link back to their article.
We will announce your article on our social media channels. It will also be placed in contention for our end of year awards. Contributors may occasionally be invited to conduct product reviews and will be automatically invited to any events held by us throughout the year.
If Chasing Zest excites you as much as it does us, and you are keen to be either a contributing writer or an expert, please do get in touch by email at either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
We look forward to hearing from you, and don’t forget to follow us on social media!