Bravo Your City is a digital publishing house. We professionally publish written and visual content from anyone who wants to submit high quality stories. Our rich content is created by local experts around the globe, who curate their own digital magazines featuring a collection of neighborhood, city, or thematic collection of stories into Microguides.
A Microguide is curated collection of stories that are formatted in an easy to use viewer. Microguides must be approved by BYC editors. These can be seen on our homepage, Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks, Apple News, and Flipboard.
Contributors who curate a Microguide can choose to have their Microguide open or closed. Open means the BYC curator allows others to contribute stories to the Microguide. Closed means you are the single contributor in the Microguide you started. Here are two samples of a closed Microguide by Randy F and an open Microguide.
Anyone can read stories and Microguides without being signed in. If you want to submit a story, you will need to register for an account. We respect your privacy and do not share any information with third parties.
All you have to do is register or sign in; then hover on "Create" > New Story. Remember our submission guidelines for each story is 1-5 photos and 1-500 words. After you submit a story, our editorial team will either approve it with no changes (or minimal ones); decline it with comments, encouraging you to re-submit the piece after you work on it more; or delete it if that seems like the best idea. Photography quality is very important.
As long as your story is well written and photographs are of high quality, your story will most likely be published. The biggest reason stories are declined is because of photo quality, so please try your best to submit clean and crisp photos. The minimum photo size should be 600x800 and 300dpi. You can also partner with a writer or photographer if you are stronger in one area; please contact us if you’d like to be paired up with a photographer or writer in your area.
We do encourage you to submit content about what you know. It makes sense that you'd contribute stories about where you live, but if you travel often, want to cover stories in your hometown, or places you used to live, we'd love to receive those submissions. We encourage all submissions to reflect your lifestyle.
We are building out our city neighborhood collection, so please contact us if you'd like some guidance on what we are looking for.
We also like to publish insider travel features, restaurant reviews, fashion/art/design content, but we are happy to publish human interest and lifestyle stories too. The options are endless, and you can be very creative. The stories can be photo heavy with very little text or vice versa.
We want places you think need to be on the BYC map. Of course, we want all the glossy cosmopolitan cities, but we also want BYC to be a resource for what's going on in small towns or mid-sized cities.
All content that is submitted to Bravo Your City has the potential to be sold and licensed to a BYC partner. We will profit share with you if your content is sold. We will contact you if your work has been selected. When we have a paying freelance gig, we hire in-house content creators first. We will contact you via email if we’d like to hire you for paid work.
We recognize that it's very hard for everyone in the publishing world to monetize content. We also have a social mission to create as many paying freelance jobs for content creators around the world. Readers simply do not want to pay for content when there is so much free content online. We set out to build a beautiful, visually appealing publishing house, where content creators can build their portfolios. We believe BYC can be a stepping stone for emerging content creators, to help them get their first professional bylines in powerful channels like Amazon, Apple, and Flipboard. Our company is growing, and we have more and more paying freelance gigs to go around. We prefer to hire in-house for those jobs. Please share the spirit of your city, so BYC Editors can discover you here!
No. BYC is all about inclusivity, and past professional work is not required to be published on our website or to be curated into our Microguides. We select the best work to publish as eBooks in Amazon and Apple platforms, where our emerging content creators can garner their first professional bylines.