CALL FOR PITCHES


Hello writers of Northwest Montana! Go Local is 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 issue:

“If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.” 

As painter Edward Hopper so succinctly put it, art is important. It reflects the voices of the community and cultivates its identity. Today’s expressions are the evolution of the works that came before and also catalysts for future change. 

The inquiring minds of Go Local want to know: Who’s making art? Not just any art, but the stuff that speaks authentically about what it’s like to live, play, and suffer in this beautiful place. Who are the people, businesses, and organizations leading the artistic and cultural shift? What is the economic impact of the creative arts on the valley? What extremes have artists gone to to be able to live and create here? How are our artists and creatives shaping the voices of the Flathead Valley? 

The dog and pony show for the tourist market is fine and dandy, but we’re looking for something deeper; the struggle to find the valley’s creative voice and unique cultural identity in a changing landscape. 

We’re interested in all creatives and their work; painters, writers, crafters, sculptors, filmmakers, tattoo artists, designers, architects, performers, poets, dancers, experiential artists, photographers, doers and makers… Any and all whose expressions are worth sharing! 

Pitch deadline: September 3rd, 2021. Email your ideas to info@golocalflathead.com

Some Fine Print:

Your pitch can be as simple as a single paragraph description of your idea. If we aren’t familiar with your writing, a link to an example is helpful.

Compensation (per word) is based on experience.
Pitches that are self-promotional in nature may not qualify for compensation.
Businesses chosen to be highlighted are often pulled from our list of advertisers (hint hint). 

Contact us with questions and pitches here:

email: info@golocalflathead.com | call: 406.838.6498


We’re looking for story ideas in the following categories:

FEATURES

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 for this issue fit into one (at least) of these three themes:

  1. Entrepreneurial spirit and economy
  2. History of art and creative expression in the Flathead Valley
  3. Arts, culture, creativity, and innovation

SPARK

50-word intro, 400 words of pull quotes

An interview with a distinctive and relevant local contemporary artist in the Flathead Valley about their creative inspiration, process, and worldview. Let’s pass them the mic, and share their unfiltered take with our audience.

CRUX

50-word intro, 400 words of pull quotes

Typically this section is 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. For this issue, maybe we look at the extremes we go to to create art in the Flathead Valley (venturing into the wilderness and close to danger, fighting financial hardship, lack of an audience…)

HEADWATERS

200 to 800 words

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.

SATIRE

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.

TRAIL NOTES

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.