Mariri is a startup e-zine that relies entirely on the generosity and goodwill of contributors around the world who care about rainforest conservation. While we cannot pay for content at this time, we can offer the following benefits: A platform for writers to share knowledge, stories, and experiences about the rainforest.
- Publicity for your rainforest-related products, services, projects, or favorite nonprofit organizations.
- Free ad placement (for at least 30 days) for a relevant business of your own, a friend, or nonprofit organization you want to support.
- Powerful blessings from our network of shamans and healers, who will rustle their feather fans just for you.
WHAT WE WANT
Mariri is not a scientific journal or an activist newsletter. We aim to be a National Geographic focused entirely on the rainforest. We are on the lookout for articles that can convey the importance of preserving the cultural and biological diversity of the rainforest to a general audience. We want stories that are fun, adventurous, moving, intelligent, outrageous, heart- wrenching and hope-giving.
Our departments are:
- Articles about environmental threats, rainforest conservation and sustainability initiatives, for example: Oil companies in the Amazon – what are they doing? Why do we hate ‘em?
- Modern technology and ancient cultures - how indigenous tribes are using GPS mapping to assert their rights to traditional lands and protect ancestral rainforests from exploitation.
- Fair trade and green - the ecological, social, and business challenges of creating successful enterprises based on rainforest products.
- Articles about unique rainforest ecosystems and the fascinating plants, insects, and animals that make the rainforest their home, for example: The infamous candirú, and why it’s not a good idea to skinny-dip or urinate in Amazonian waters.
- Hummingbirds of the cloud forests and the impact of climate change on their habitats.
- Leaf-cutter ants and their fascinating fungal gardens.
Articles about the people of the rainforest and by the people of the rainforest, covering topics such as:
- Traditional medicines – such as the indigenous use of venom from the phyllomedusa bicolor tree frog (sapo, kambô, kampú) as a vaccine to boost the immune system, treat illnesses, and improve one’s ability to hunt.
- Biopiracy – hard lessons learned and how indigenous people, scientists, pharmaceutical companies and governments can work together to develop life-saving medicines within a model that is economically just.
- Uncontacted Indians and the challenges that arise as civilization encroaches on their territories.
Articles about volunteer vacations in the rainforest, adventure travel, eco-lodges and expeditions. Topics could include:
- Working with kids in Costa Rica to set up a community recycling project.
- Volunteering at a wild animal rehabilitation center in Peru.
- Spending a week at the Kapawi ecolodge in Ecuador, and visiting the local Achuar community.
WHAT WE DON'T WANT
We understand that the rainforest can be a powerful place of transformation and healing, and that writing is wonderful means to express the beauty of those experiences. We encourage you to write but, regretfully, are unable to accept: Poetry
- Stories of interest only to a local audience
Please contact us to send an initial query for your submissions and inquiries. We will contact you if we feel there is a match.
- Articles - we accept articles of 800-3000 words.
- Images – we would love to have at least 3 images accompany your articles. All images must have captions. Please plan to send images as high-resolution (300 dpi) files in jpeg, tiff, or eps format.
- Please attach submissions as well as pasting them in the text of your email.
- Please allow us 3 weeks to respond before following up.