Can I contribute to Boneshaker?

Boneshaker’s always been a collaborative project. So whether you like to write, take photographs, illustrate or have other ideas for getting involved, please get in touch. If you have a specific idea for a piece, email over a quick pitch explaining your idea in a paragraph or two, telling us why it’s new/interesting/important and saying where you’d go, who you’d speak to and what your angle on the story would be. It’s also useful to have an idea of timeframes – when you could deliver the finished piece (if everything goes ahead) and whether the content relates to a date-specific event.

Please bear in mind that Boneshaker is read all over the world, and as such, all articles need to be applicable regardless of their geography. Also, all issues of Boneshaker are undated, and we try to ensure none of the content will ‘go out of date – we want the magazines to be kept and treasured, not discarded because it’s all last year’s news. If you are submitting photography, please remember that all images need to be a minimum of 300dpi resolution and preferably more where possible. If you’re submitting a written piece, then an idea about what kind of pictures might go with it is helpful. If these are to be your own photos, again they’d need to be at high resolution.

We’re delighted with the level of interest we’ve had from potential contributors all over the world – but we’ve a limited number of pages to fill and lots of people who’d like to help fill them – so sadly we can’t use everything we’re sent.

Can you pay me for my contribution?

Boneshaker is a not-for-profit passion project and as such we are unable to pay people for their submissions. We understand how much that sucks for those depending on their creative output for an income – the gang of us that puts Boneshaker together do so in our spare time, at evenings and weekends, through rushed lunchbreak-meetings, fitting it around our ‘real lives’ and paid work. All we can offer is the nebulous benefit of ‘exposure’, the satisfaction of seeing your work in print and the knowledge that it is being enjoyed all over the world. Boneshaker exists to promote and advocate for cycling and to inspire more people to ride more often. That goal has always been enough for us to keep doing it as a passion project. If you share that passion, you’ll understand.

Do you accept advertising?

Not in the traditional sense. And we don’t do sucky advertorial either. Instead, we form partnerships with people we like in a more considered way – with a primary partner who supports each issue, and a selected Directory of other brands/products. We design and write these pages ourselves, in the hope that our readers will find them interesting and helpful, and in keeping with the aesthetic and tone of the rest of the publication. If you think your product/brand might fit, please do get in touch. We are also happy to share events and projects and review appropriate products through our website and other social media.

What are the specifications of the magazine?

Full-colour, perfect-binding, 240mm x 170mm, Foil-blocked covers, FSC Challenger Offset matt paper stock, printed using vegetable inks. Issues are typically 100+ pages.

Do you have any information that will help me promote the magazine on my blog/website?

Do get in touch and we’ll send you a media pack. Please do link back to whenever appropriate. Thanks.

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