Canadian Motorcycle Rider

Your Canadian source for all things motorcycle!

Write For Canadian Motorcycle Rider
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Want to see your name in print?

We're very interested in hearing from aspiring authors or those with something to say about motorcycles. We currently accept articles of original content. The subject matter can be anything motorcycle related pretty much. Things like ride reports, trips you've taken, stories about your favorite bike or riding experience, news articles etc. are all fair game.

We're interested in submissions from authors, riders, or enthusiasts from any province or territory of Canada. You needn't live in Canada even - just have something of interest to Canadians.


What do you get?

- Depending on the nature of the content your submission may be posted on the front page for approximately 1 week.
- You get credit within the article for the writing and any photos submitted.
- Links are permanent and you can provide links to your friends, colleagues, or potential employers as an example of your work.
- Articles stay online and accessible for free - no membership is required.
- Bragging rights!



What are we looking for?

Each author brings different strengths, areas of expertise, and stories to share. I'm not looking for one specific type of article. If you have a skill set that lends itself to technical writing, you're a proficient camper and want to share helpful tips, you just bought some new gear and want to offer a review, or if you purchased a new bike and want to share your thoughts, submit!

The only thing we ask when coming up with a subject is that you give it a bit of a Canadian spin and submit a story idea for approval before writing. Canadian Motorcycle Rider is primarily geared toward Canadian riders, so stories of interest to them are what we're looking for.

SUBMISSIONS

We recommend that you e-mail the story as a Word attachment, or in the body of an e-mail.

PHOTOS

Please include photos whenever possible. Photo's you've taken or have permission to use are best. Include captions for each image. A caption identifies the people in the photographs, as well as the location and date, if appropriate. Please save the images in JPG format. Photo's are an important part of the content. The Internet is a graphical medium and photo's help grab and hold people's attention.

The easiest method to submit photo's may be just to paste images into a Word file along with your story and attach it to your email. This way you can place images roughly where you'd like to see them in the article. It would be even easier if you saved the pictures as JPG files, compress them into a ZIP or RAR archive and attach that one file to an email along with your Word document. If you're comfortable with that feel free to do it. If not don't worry about it just put it all in a Word document and we'll take care of it at our end.

STYLE

Choose a tense to tell your story. Continue to use the tense you've chosen throughout the story, or as appropriate. For example, if you start out in past tense by saying, "We took a trip in October," avoid suddenly switching to present tense and saying, "I am having a great time!"

Only one space is necessary between sentences. It is not necessary to bold or use italics in your story.

Please use complete sentences. "Lovely day." is not a complete sentence. "It was a beautiful day." is a complete sentence.

If you choose to write a story about a trip you took, please include information pertinent to readers such as total mileage, total cost, recommended model bike for this sort of riding, recommended route, what you would have done differently, accommodations, etc. Consider your audience when writing – they might want to try the same trip!

Try to avoid using tables to display information. They're manually intensive. Having said that, if it really is the best way to display information put it in and we'll work through it. Note: We're currently researching better techniques to incorporate tables.

Try to avoid words that may only have local meaning unless it adds to the story and you explain what it means. Example: Don't say… the guy was smoking like a tilt. Chances are, not many people will know this is an old Newfoundland saying that refers to the smoke that would billow through the slatted houses fishermen used to smoke their fish in. Say what you want to say in a way that everybody across Canada will understand it. If the colloquialism is an interesting fact that Canadians and others may enjoy and you want to use it, be sure to take the time to explain it.

No swearing - We're not prudes but want the site accessible as possible to a large audience. The content should be something you could just as easily see posted in a magazine or newspaper.

Do not use derogatory or slanderous terms or language. We won't publish "XYZ company builds bikes that are so poorly built they're likely to kill you."

If you refer to prices of anything and have a mixture of US and Canadian dollar values please use currency abbreviations as follows: US$500 C$502. If you use Canadian prices consistently throughout feel free to leave out the C$ abbreviation. It's a Canadian website after all.

Keep paragraphs and sentences short. Be descriptive but try to make your language simple to read. Big blocks of text in lengthy sentences or paragraphs confuse readers and make them lose interest.

Include headings for sections throughout your article to let readers know what's coming up in that section. You many notice that this technique is used in this guide. That's an example of what we'd like to see in submissions to break up the content. A lot of times people will skim content and use the headings as guideposts. Without them your content may not garner the attention it deserves.

A note on plagiarism. Make sure your work is original. No copying and pasting from other sites. You can use quotes from other reputable sources so long as they are indicated in the story. XYZ company officials claims the Widget Master 1000 is "an adventure machine capable of taking you to the far reaches of the globe." That's perfectly fine.

FINAL TOUCHES

Please give your story a brief edit before sending it in, checking that names of people, places and factual information is accurate. Programs like Spellchecker and Grammar check are helpful.

Write a short (50 words or less) blurb about yourself to be included with the story if you wish. You might want to include a picture even. Tell us what you do and where you live. For example, "Laurie Macartney is a retired chemistry teacher. She works as a substitute teacher. She has had her Suzuki DL650 for five years. She's a motorcycle enthusiast and lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia". This gives readers a bit of perspective about you. You can see an example
here.

Article length - Generally speaking something around 1,500 words is a pretty good length for a front page article. If it's a little shorter don't worry about it. If it's a really interesting topic that you can't squeeze into only 1,500 words don't worry about it. We've published articles over 3,000 words that still work nicely.

Lastly – We review all submitted content and may come back with some suggestions, comments, or questions for you. We may sometimes remove bits or make any edits we feel are necessary. We do try to retain as much of the original content whenever possible. Style differences are what add interest for readers.

We try to limit changes to incorrect or awkward wording, misstated facts, omissions, etc. Although we like to think so, we're not infallible either so if you see something wrong with a change we've made please let us know. It's never too late to catch an error. It's preferable to catch them before they go online but if you notice a problem after your article has been posted let us know and we'll correct it as quickly as possible.

Thanks!

Dan M,
Managing Editor/Webmaster