Become A Contributor
Teton Gravity Research is kicking off its summer call for
submissions. This call coincides with TGR’s soft launch of bike and surf
content, as well as its increased focus on snowboarding.
Consequently, we’re seeking out compelling stories in biking,
surfing, snowboarding, and skiing. We’re interested in stories that
resonate with the TGR community of core adventurers—stories that abandon
the common in search of the extraordinary.
A Call For Pitches
We are especially interested in your original ideas—be they for
features, stories, columns, photo essays, or video projects. For each
idea, please craft a well-developed pitch.
We’re also looking for contributions to TGR’s forthcoming columns, which include:
- Local's Guide - feature-length guides provide an
overview of everything from the best bars to insights on where to find
pow or fluid singletrack. We’re interested in iconic destinations (like
Fruita and Santa Cruz), as well as spots that are flying under the radar
(like Rossland, British Columbia and Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania).
- The Dirtbag’s Guide to Getting Shit Done - The
Dirtbag’s Guide provides a range of insights that help readers save
money while living the dream. Example topics include urban camping,
thrift store scores, living in your car, and trail fixes for broken
- High Fives - Our High Fives column revolves around
brief interviews—especially ones that are timely and relevant. These
five question interviews showcase a single trip, project, or theme.
Examples include interviewing Jeremy Jones on his recent filming with
profiling a product engineer on how 3-D printers are impacting R&D,
and checking in with the founders of the Bear Tooth Summer Session.
- Trend Talk - Research-driven, the Trend Talk column
draws on insights from industry insiders to examine emerging product
trends. Rather than a celebration of the latest fad, this column aims to
examine why certain products and ideas are gaining momentum and how
they stand to impact skiers, riders, surfers, or bikers. Example topics
include new developments in board shapes, the rise of pow surfers,
advancements in tech-driven touring bindings, and the growing crop of
hardtail bikes that feature geometry informed by their downhill
counterparts. These columns provide the perfect canvas for embracing
your inner gear nerd.
What to Include in Your Pitch
Whether pitching new ideas for columns, series, and features, or
topics for our current column line-up, please fully develop each pitch.
Your pitch needs to address several key questions:
- Why is this story of interest to the TGR community? Why are
you especially equipped to write it and why is now the appropriate time
to tell it?
- If you’re pitching a topic that has already received
significant attention—such as summer shredding in South America—how will
you approach it with a fresh perspective?
- What resources can you provide that complement the project (such as photos, videos, original art, etc.)?
- If relevant, what athletes, filmers, or photographers will be part of the project you propose?
Please submit your pitches in a Word document—not in the body of
an email. In addition to your pitches, please include a brief bio,
information on where you are based out of and where you will be
traveling this year, and links to your portfolio or examples of your
Where to Send Your Pitch
Please email the Word document that contains your pitches to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will be accepting submissions until Wednesday, June 5th, 2013.
After a two-week review process, the editorial team will follow-up with
you regarding the status of your submissions. Please note that we will
also have a second call for ski and snowboard pitches at the start of
August. Don’t use this second window as an excuse for
procrastination—the sooner you submit your ideas, the sooner we can get
back to you and begin moving forward.
If you have any questions regarding the submissions process, please hit up Managing Editor Mike Sudmeier at email@example.com.
Thanks in advance for your submissions. We’re stoked to dive into
your pitches and collaborate with you in bringing these ideas to life.