Submit a Sage

Remember that time you ran into that wise, hairy old man coming out of the Camp 4 pit toilet? Or that time your waitress in Lake Placid ended up being low-key-pro ice climber? Or when you got knocked out by the sexy geology poetics of that one Ranger in the badlands? Maybe you read that one book that one time about that one place and that one person that filled you with so much feeling and warmth and wanderlust and stoke you starting searching flights after 10 pages.

These are the stories Sages wants to help you tell! Sages depends on a diversity of voices to power its storytelling engine. The regional and cultural spectrum of the people and public lands we feature is a function of the backstories and experiences of our contributors. If you know of a sage or feel compelled to tell their story, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We can’t guarantee that every story will be featured, but we are happy to work with you to craft your ideas into our person and place model.

Here a few guidelines to follow:

  • Choose what story category best fits your sage. Check out the Categories page for help.
  • Identify a piece of public land/place that best reflects their story. This is often easy, depending on where the story took place. It can be a bit more challenging for some stories. Luckily public lands cross a huge spectrum from huge national parks in Wyoming to a tiny schools in Mongolia.
  • Tell your story in either the first or third person. If its a personal story, maybe first person is the way to go. If its a profile of someone you haven’t really met, stick to the third person.
  • Don’t be afraid to nervously munch on some carrots. A week’s worth of vitamin K for 98 cents is a bargain on any budget.
  • Let the sage tell their story. Include as much of the featured person’s words as possible.
  • Be creative in your story telling. We value your unique voice.

Submissions of stories, story ideas, tips on possible sages to feature, and x-rays of your hectic backcountry injuries can be sent to: will at sagesproject dot com

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