Guidelines for Submissions

kids travel writer

Guidelines for Submissions

kids travel writer

We are a niche publisher interested in the subject of travel. If your submission is not about travel, we will not publish it.

More specifically, we are looking for travel fiction or non-fiction, targeting children and young adults (ages 4-12), written in the form of a short story, children’s book or novel(for short stories, learn more about our quarterly magazine). We also encourage original submissions to our digital publication on

Short Stories

Submit by the 28th of each month for a chance to be featured in our Travel Writer’s Spotlight (New for 2020!)

  • Your submission should be 500-1,000 words.
  • Use a single primary font (we recommend 12 pt. Times New Roman) and subheaders to break up longer text.
  • Send your completed manuscript in Word (.doc) format to, no query letter is needed.
  • Include ‘Travel Writer’s Spotlight’ in your subject line.
  • Images are optional, however, please do not include any copyrighted photos.

We are currently accepting short stories in the following categories:

Strange & Spooky

These stories will introduce our young readers to strange and spooky phenomenon from around the world. Whether it’s in reference to historical legends (like Count Dracula) or natural phenomenon (like quicksand), if it’s weird or bone-chilling, we want to hear about it!

Dream Jar Destinations

Tales of far off places, lands of beauty and adventure—can you write about real destinations in a way that appeals to young kids? There is a serious lack of travel memoirs for young readers. We want writers who can tell their own personal stories in a captivating way to engage readers between the ages of 5-12 years old.

Books Beyond Borders

This series will connect kids to new and interesting travel reads. It can be fiction or non-fiction for kids 5-12, introducing them to some aspect of foreign travel or life on the road. Your submission should include the title of your chosen book, author’s name, and a detailed description.

Bedtime Stories

Our Bedtime Stories inspire kids to dream big. We are seeking talented writers who can create fictional tales that take place around the globe. They will be shared in both text and audio format so even our youngest fans can journey along with us!

Children’s Books

Creative fiction is a wonderful way to ignite the imagination and get kids excited about the world around them. We welcome both print and digital proposals.

  • Send a query letter, along with your completed manuscript in Word (.doc) format to
  • Please specify in your query letter whether your preference is for digital (e-book) or print.
  • Your book may include photos or illustrations, though it is not required.


We work with a very small handful of authors at one time because quality is more important to us than quantity. The benefit is a close working relationship with much of our focus on you and your book. Unlike many larger publishing companies, we support you every step of the way, offering editing services, printing & distribution, and publicity before, during and after launch. We do not ask that you sign over existing copyrights to us, however we do require a license to use, reproduce, publish, translate, distribute, and publicize your submitted work in perpetuity. 

We do charge a nominal reading fee ($3) for these longer submissions. This helps keep our administrative costs down by minimizing the flow of inappropriate submissions. It also shows us you are serious about your work. If you are still interested, click here to begin the submission process.

Our call for submissions is competitive and only a limited number will be accepted in any given year.  Please understand that while we greatly appreciate your submission, we may only respond to those with whom we wish to pursue a partnership. 

Licensing and Copyrights

You, as the author, will retain all copyrights to the submitted images and written works, but must grant us a license to use, reproduce, publish, translate, distribute, and publicize your submission, exclusively.

We will always strive to preserve the integrity of the original manuscript. However, by submitting your work you agree to any and all revisions we deem necessary for the publication of your work.

If you include excerpts from copyrighted works, you must obtain permission from the copyright holder prior to submitting your manuscript. If you cannot grant us these rights do not submit your work.

By submitting your work to Travelnitch you warrant that:

  • you are over the age of 18.*
  • your submission is your own original work and you have the right to make it available to us for all the purposes identified above.
  • you will indemnify us against all legal fees/damages and all associated costs that we may incur as a result of your breach of the above warranty.
  • your submission is not defamatory and does not infringe on any law.

All submissions must adhere to the guidelines above. Failure to comply means your manuscript may not be reviewed.

*Individuals under the age of 18 who wish to submit content must have a parent submit on his/her behalf.