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:

SUMMER 2021: The PLAY OUTSIDE Issue

Our proximity to jaw-dropping wilderness is at the core of what attracts many of us to stay, work (but most of all) recreate in the Flathead Valley. Whether it’s a solid type 1 fun or a miserable slog across nightmare terrain, many of us in the Flathead Valley live to play in the great outdoors.

We want to hear the stories of how our proximity to vast natural resources has affected or created a unique culture in the Flathead. What happens when you mix a place like this, with the type of people who are willing to live here?

Pitch deadline: February 26th. 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). 

Please reach out with questions!

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

  1. Entrepreneurial spirit and economy
  2. Adventure–of all shapes and sizes–and outdoors
  3. Arts, culture, creativity, and innovation

SPARK

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.

CRUX

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.

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.