Like the Wind is all about stories about running. It’s about why we run, not how to run. We believe in the power of stories to motivate, move and inspire, whether the reader is a seasoned elite runner or a complete beginner.
We are looking for stories from every type of runner, about everything that makes them a runner: stories that capture the epic, the challenging and the emotional aspects of running as well as personal stories that tell the reader something about the writer.
What sorts of things should you write about?
We know that runners are runners all the time, so it can be about anything: a race that went well or was a catastrophe, an amazing view on a training run, the frustration of an injury, the minutiae of a local recovery run or a discovery that changed your running. It could be about a breakthrough moment or what it feels like to run a distance for the first time or setting a personal best. Or it can be about the freedom of running with no time constraints at all. We are looking for stories that runners the world over can relate to.
You don’t need to be a professional writer to be published in Like the Wind magazine. Imogen, our co-editor, says that it’s common for contributors to lack the initial confidence to write. She recently told a budding contributor that “even if you think ‘but I can’t write’… well, you can run, so you can do ANYTHING. We’ll work with you to create the best copy we can, making sure your story is told in your authentic voice.” We will take your words and help you make the ready for print.
If you are writing a story then anything from 500 to 1500 words would be fine for us and we are happy for the contributions to take any form: poems, essays, journals, features, interview, reportage… we are happy to talk about any ideas that you have. If you are supplying photographs, they need to be a minimum 300dpi – else we will commission one of our talented creatives to illustrate your story.
You can also send us a few paragraphs before starting to write to get an idea of whether we would publish your story. Simply contact us and tell us what you are thinking about.
What we can offer
At this stage of the magazine’s development we don’t yet have a budget to pay contributors. What we can promise is that contributors will enjoy the satisfaction of seeing their work in print and knowing that it is being enjoyed all over the world. If you are happy to continue on this basis, we would love to read or see the amazing tale you have to tell.
Please feel free to get in touch about any ideas or questions you may have, or to send us a draft to read.