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Dither Me This is a publication that presents current, old, spontaneous, or nonsensical musings for the reader to use as a writing prompt, discuss with a friend, lover, or to simply read and move on. Authors may present questions, creative processes, or thoughtful means to end the week; and while you may still be left staring at the walls, it is not without a new thought mulling the paint into iterative transformation. Thus we send waves into the electronic ether and see what is returned – extending a baton to the world, only a little afraid to let go.

Dither Me This Submission Guidelines:

  • Dither – v. to be undecided, hesitate, waver.
  • Please aim for 600-800 words, with a maximum of 1,000.
  • TOPICS: We are looking for short-and-sweet/food-for-thought essays, letters, poems, and narratives regarding an experience or thought related to nature (even indoor plants), the great outdoors, or the nature of things (science, language) that may have derived from outdoor inspiration. Please browse previous Dither Me This posts for examples.
  • Entries must present open-ended discussion/rhetorical questions or art/writing prompts – imagine yourself giving a presentation on something to an audience.
  • SUBMIT TO: bivytales@gmail.com with DITHER ME THIS in subject line.

If accepted, or if you were solicited by the BivyTales team:

  • Submissions are published on a Wednesday. You will be assigned a publication date and your edits/submissions/other tasks are due the Friday prior.
  • Provide 3-4 photos to go along with your piece, with at least 1 of your pretty face. Photos must be yours unless you have written approval from the photographer, in which case, please provide proper credits.
  • Submit a SHORT author bio (in 3rd person), including links to your website and/or social media.
  • We will work with you to edit if necessary, so please be cooperative, and keep in mind that our mission here at BivyTales is to maintain YOUR voice. Please be prompt with rewrites or edits.

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Community Features are crafted to showcase stories from avid outdoorspersons who truly highlight what it means to be a part of the outdoor community. Authors present musings and introspection regarding adventure tales, interviews, poems, or news highlights. The goal is to gather content and share what the collective feels, eats, dreams. Athletes and enthusiasts alike, we all have stories we tell over a campfire or up on the ledge or down in the river, to friends, strangers, and patient lovers. As advocates for the wild, we are the ones to hear the rocks fall, taste the waters from the bosom of the mountain herself, and know the wildness that stares at you from the eyes of a deer – to then feel it in ourselves, staring back.

Community Features Submission Guidelines:

  • These narratives, essays, interviews, etc. tend to be longer than 700 words, but it all really depends on the content.
  • Topics must relate to the outdoors/nature in some way. Imagine yourself at a bivy site, benighted, or at your favorite campground – what stories are told by fire or star light?
  • SUBMIT TO: bivytales@gmail.com with COMMUNITY FEATURE in subject line.

If accepted, or if you were solicited by the BivyTales team:

  • Please provide an array of photos to go along with your piece, which will also help break up content for the reader, 3 photo minimum. Photos must be yours unless you have written approval from the photographer, in which case, please provide proper credits and any associated links.
  • Write a SHORT author bio (in 3rd person), including links to your website and/or social media.
  • We will work with you to edit if necessary, so please be cooperative, and keep in mind that our mission here at BivyTales is to maintain YOUR voice. Please be prompt with rewrites or edits.

Disclosure: Unfortunately, we currently do not provide compensation for published content. But we hope you are psyched regardless!

 

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