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Writing for Horizons

Share YOUR experience and best practice in an article for HORIZONS

We are planning content for Horizons 2017/8.  if you are a practitioner with experience and/or insights in the following areas (or any other areas of outdoor interest), you could be published in Horizons to share with other outdoor professionals and practitioners.

  • Voluntary sector based learning
  • Geocaching and outdoor learning
  • Careers in outdoor learning
  • Examples of progression through levels of adventure
  • Approaches to research & evaluation
  • Delivering specific curriculum topics through OL
  • Good practice from outside the UK
  • The interface between tourism and learning
  • Urban outdoor learning
  • Outdoor Adventure Therapy
  • Practical Outdoor Skills

OR are there articles/topics you would like to see in Horizons, let us know.

Horizons welcomes articles from regular contributors and also from new contributors who can extend our varied and flexible content.

We have received numerous excellent articles over many years and are very grateful to all contributors; past, present and future.

The very best people to write articles for Outdoor Professionals are outdoor professionals themselves. You don’t need to have literary or journalistic experience - we all have something valuable to contribute and share.

Aim of the publication

Horizons is published as part of IOL’s commitment to providing cost effective CPD and information on best practice for the Outdoor Learning community.

Author Guidelines

Guidance for writing and submitting an article to Horizons.

Please check that your article meets the latest contributor guidelines for content and style.


Ethos: the aim of an article should be to benefit readers and the wider outdoor community rather than showcase the author, their work or their organisation’s work. Articles should be written from the philosophical view point of reflective practice, sharing ideas, knowledge and discoveries to enable other practitioners to learn from the authors experience or research.   Author Biog and photo – the opportunity to profile yourself/work/organisation and invite comment on your article if you wish. These biopics can be as serious or amusing/ironic as you think fits the article. These will remain on record as part of the article in the Horizons archive. Up to 100 words is accepted.

Article length, articles are 1 to 4 pages to enable us to always print a variety of topics. This is around 500 – 2000 words, or 2500 for very wide appeal or technical articles.

References – please list at the end with superscript numbers in the text. Horizons is published in a magazine style and we do not publish overly academic articles or use Harvard referencing. However many academics publish in Horizons, as the best way to communicate with the practitioners and translate research into informing changes in working practice.

Post-submision editing - Once an article has been accepted for publication we are unable to accept revisions from an author.


Photos/Images – these need to be high quality. You will need between 2 and 8 maybe 10 images for a long technical article. You should only supply pictures you have a right to use, and credit the photographer / organisation if it is not you. If you are not able to supply photos please let us know when you submit the article so we can find some suitable ones prior to publishing your article. Articles without images may be delayed in the acceptance and publication process.

IOL reserves the right to use photographs submitted for use in Horizons in its other communications such as the IOL website, social media, newsletters, publications and promotional literature etc. Where possible we will attribute the original submitter. You can opt out of this when you first submit the photographs.

Article exclusivity - It is expected that articles published in Horizons have not been published elsewhere. If you want to submit an article for Horizons that has been, or is expected to be, published in another publication/s please inform us. Only in exceptional cases (usually where important safety information is included) do we print articles simultaneously with other outdoor sector publications.  We do sometimes welcome and re-publish articles that are in publications not viewed by the main-stream Horizons readership but we do need to seek consent from the other publication/s. Similarly, once an article has appeared in Horizons, it should not be published elsewhere in the same format without consent from the IOL Horizons Editorial team.

Checklist for submitting an article

How your article might look when it is published
  • Get a colleague or friend to look over your article and tell you if it reads smoothly, is not too long-winded and fits the reflective practice/professional ethos above.
  • Include an author biog of up to 100 words and an author photo.
  • An article needs to be an unformatted Word document (not Pdf) with NO PHOTOS placed within the text. Send photographs separately (see info below) and, if you wish, send a Pdf showing where they should be in the text if this is critical.
  • Articles which are not submitted with author biography, author biog photograph or accompanying illustrative photos might be delayed in processing or planned publication. If you are unable to send illustrative photos please tell us this at the point of submission so that we can look at seeking alternative images.
  • Images (photos/diagrams etc) must be high resolution/quality. Send to Fiona at IOL in an email and including the title of the submission and authors name.
  • Be sure to include your name, email, contact phone number and full postal address (we send a complimentary copy of the magazine containing your published article).

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H66 sample 2 page

Submitting your article

To be included in the submission selection process you need to:
  1. Send your article (but not the photographs please) to the Horizons editor, Elspeth Mason. Title your email subject with Horizons submission / Authors Name / Article Title
  2. Send the images/diagrams etc, author biog and author photo to Fiona at IOL including the title of your article.

Operational Information

  • Horizons is run on a not for profit basis and operates with a minimal staff resource relative to other publications.  
  • We do not pay for content and the magazine is designed and edited in-house on a cost covering basis.
  • All articles will be acknowledged by the office on receipt and will be added to the pool of articles available for selection.
  • If your article does not meet contributor guidelines it cannot be selected for publication. However, it may still be held on file in case it should become relevant to publish it at a later date.
  • Articles are selected, edited and published over a year cycle to ensure spread of content in each issue.
  • If your article has not been published after a year, it is likely that it will not be published, this could be because we have too many articles on one topic or it does not meet contributor guidelines.
  • The editor cannot provide individual feedback on why articles are, or are not, published.
  • Horizons is issued quarterly: March (Spring), June (Summer), September (Autumn) and December (Winter). Submission deadlines are mid- February, May, August and November.

The article postbag is edited in batches as the Horizons editorship is not a full time role. Depending on where in the 3-6  month publication cycle your article arrives it may be some time before your article is reviewed for publication. In some cases when we have a very full postbag the editor will only review articles when there is a suitable space in the next issue.  We do not publish everything we receive, but if your article meets the contributor guidelines then it is likely to be reviewed, edited and published within 3-9 months.   

Horizons Management and feedback

If you feel that your article has been unfairly treated you should send your comments to the team via the IOL Office. Your issue can then be passed to the Editorial Board if need be.

You can search archive PDFs of previous Horizons articles to view/download free

Horizons Team

EDITOR - Elspeth Mason

EDITORIAL BOARD - Heather Brown, Geoff Cooper, Heather Crawford, Ken Ogilvie, Jon Owen

CONTRIBUTING EDITORS - Marcus Bailie, Heather Brown, Geoff Cooper, Heather Crawford, Jon Owen, Anne Sailsbury


PRINTERS - Fingerprints, Barrow in Furness

ADVERTISING - Horizons / IOL Website - Contact Fiona Exon

ISSN 1462 - 0677

Subscribe to Horizons

  • Horizons is FREE for IOL members who have full Membership
  • £21 for IOL Concessionary Members (UK)
  • £35 for non IOL Members, please contact us. Email Us

For non UK Horizons subscriptions please contact us

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Advertising in Horizons 

Reaching a targeted readership of outdoor professionals and practitioners. All members of IOL receive Horizons as part of their membership plus there are non-member subscribers. Readership is over 3,000.

Advertising DISCOUNTS:

  • IOL Approved CPD Providers - 5% discount on listed prices
  • Agency RATE - 10% discount
  • SERIES DISCOUNTS - 2 issues 10%, 4 issues 12.5%

Adverts in Horizons also get a linked advert on the Supporting Advertisers web page.

One advertiser said....

"Thank you Horizons for bringing me so much work and adventure! That advert was excellent value."

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