“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”- Marcel Proust
Shatter the Looking Glass accepts queries and submissions in email format.
We accept articles, photo essays, video clips, blog posts and ethical travel tips.
We look for global context, critical analysis, and fresh reflections about the world and how we conduct ourselves within it.
We accept stories about ethical travel, voluntourism, NGO’s, local communities, cultural relativity, human rights, journies, travel mishaps and mysteries and a host of other topics.
We do not accept city and country reviews that follow the guidebook format.
Don’t just tell us… show us, what is special about the place, how can a visitor best discover it and understand the happenings around them?
Give our readers context, setting, and understanding of the place, time and your subjectivity within it.
Example of what story NOT to pitch:
I worked at an orphange in Cambodia. I was there for a week and it changed my life, because I know I impacted the children forever.
Example of an acceptable pitch:
While working as a short term volunteer at an orphanage in Cambodia there were some implications I had to consider. First, I had to understand my place of privilege, and determine how I could make an impact, if at all, in such a short amount of time.
In Bangladesh, finding the cutest shoes before you start travelling is about as hard to find as Mr.Right. I would go with gladiator sandals, and a cute pair of jean cutoff shorts to match.
Wandering the markets of Dhaka, one realizes that shoemaking in this city is a mix of old and new. Sneakers from export processing zones are tossed upon rusty tables in pyramids. Next to the towering pile of rubber, a shoemaker sits on on a small stool, tailoring leather, a tradition that has been in his family for eight generations.
Give us the backstory behind the observation.
Get down on the ground… in the field…. on the road.
Talk to people, learn the realities of communities, leave the judgment at the airport, understand the cultural nuances and…
Shatter the Looking Glass.
Personal accounts, vignettes, travel advice, scholarly articles are all welcome.
If you wish to contribute or pitch an idea, send your submission to shatterthelookingglass [at] gmail.com
Be sure to include up to three photos relating to your article, a picture of yourself, and a short biography.