CALL FOR PITCHES
Hello writers of Northwest Montana, and Happy New Year! Go Local is ringing in the new decade and an exciting new chapter— after 10 years of fantastic leadership under Citizens for a Better Flathead, George and Elma Giavasis, the owners of Kalispell’s Highline Design, are now at the helm. F or the past two years, George and Elma have designed this fine community-minded publication, cover to cover. Clare Menzel, Whitefish-based writer and magazine nerd, now joins them as editor. For many years a guide to the unique and locally owned businesses in the Flathead Valley, Go Local is evolving into a place where stories about our region’s entrepreneurs live alongside pieces about our growing arts and culture scene, as well as adventure in the rugged Crown of the Continent ecosystem.
That’s where you come in, writers. We are now accepting pitches for the following issues:
Pitch deadline: February 5. Email your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pitches will be accepted on a rolling basis for stories that should be reported and/or photographed this winter season for publication next winter.
Contact us with questions and pitches here:
email: email@example.com | call: 406.838.6498
Compensation (per word) based on experience. Please reach out with questions!
We’re looking for story ideas in the following categories:
1,000 to 2,500 words
We’re looking for creative long-form reportage that goes beyond the basic facts with captivating storytelling, strong characters, and immersive scenes. So pitch a story idea, not just a topic. We like trend stories–what’s changing or evolving here in the Flathead Valley? We also love intimate dives into niche sub-cultures. All features fit into one (at least) of these three themes:
- Entrepreneurial spirit and economy
- Adventure–of all shapes and sizes–and outdoors
- Arts, culture, creativity, and innovation
50-word intro, 400 words of pull quotes
An interview with a distinctive and relevant local artist about their creative inspiration, process, and worldview. Let’s pass them the mic, and share their unfiltered take with our audience.
50-word intro, 400 words of pull quotes
An interview with a swashbuckling athlete about their grit, lessons learned, and memorable moments. More hardcore doesn’t necessarily mean more authoritative, in our minds—we want to hear from people who can tell a story about how the natural landscape of Northwest Montana shapes our culture.
NON-DEPARTMENT MISCELLANEOUS BONUS FRONT CONTENT CATCHALL ZONE
200 to 800 words
Okay, yes, we’re still working on the name, but for now, we’re sticking with the very-catchy acronym NDMBFCCZ. This is the meaty front-of-the-book section where reported stories about Flathead County live. They can be character-driven or issue-based. Be curious, be clever, be creative. Get weird. Creative non-fiction ideas are welcome. We’re also interested in highly visual, design-based ideas. Must be seasonally appropriate and shelf-stable, ideally with a topical hook.
500 to 700 words
Pokes fun at trends, traditions, politics, and culture. Tone-wise, think cheeky, goofy, and smart. Remember: Punch up. Highbrow-style writing about lowbrow topics is the holy grail.
50 to 500 words
This is where straight-up first-person adventure stories and trip reports live. We want submissions from everyone and anyone. We want to hear about backcountry accomplishments, near misses, total disasters, and camaraderie. We like poetic, but not ornate, language that helps us see what you saw. We love hi-resolution photos submitted with descriptive captions—think of this as an opportunity to elevate your Instagram-style soliloquies. Accepted on spec. Original content only, please. And do not actually send us your Insta post.
Accepted on spec, on a continuous rolling basis.
We’re so excited to hear what story ideas you have, friends. Thank you for helping us make this local magazine become a rich reflection of the goodness, creativity, and wonder of the Flathead Valley.
Highline Design Company, Publisher
Elma and George Giavasis, Art Directors
Clare Menzel, Editor