Submissions

 

GUIDELINES FOR WRITERS & PHOTOGRAPHERS

Company Description:

Star Ridge Publishing LLC is the publisher of Distinctly Montana Magazine, a top quality resource and lifestyle magazine in full color, with production offices in Bozeman, Montana.  The magazine publishes quarterly: Winter/Dec., Spring/March, Summer/June, Fall/Sept.
(See www.distinctlymontana.com.)

Writers

Writer Qualifications:
— Accuracy, editorial skills, and an entertaining, informative writing style with a flair for unusual topics and approaches to Montana-based content.
— Familiarity with the subject matter through experience or research; Montana-centric writing focus.
— Ability to write 750-1500 (max) words aimed at full- and part-time residents
and visitors. Editorial content is generally divided into five sections or types:

Wild & Scenic, Outdoor Life in Montana
Art & Culture, The Soul of the West
Dining & Diversions, A Celebration of Montana living;
Home & Hearth, Montana Homesteading
People & Place, Connecting with the "living" Montana


Special Departments include:

  • Heritage
  • Montana-made
  • Entertain
  • Literary Lode
  • Enterprise                                                                                                             

Each issue also includes highlighted resources/events, trivia, and curiosities

Many articles are assigned but queries sent by email or snail mail are welcomed.  If you wish any material returned, provide an SASE. Please familiarize yourself with the magazine before sending queries. Queries should be submitted three-six months ahead of magazine publication dates and keep seasonal themes in mind.

  • Writers must be able to work on assignment, research, conduct interviews, and present finished pieces by deadline with minimal supervision.
  • Show willingness to edit and/or rewrite as needed.
  • Provide materials such as photographs and informational sidebars with appropriate credits and captions.  Staff members will assist as needed.

Payment for Articles:

Payment is negotiated with each writer. Per-word rate based on previous payment for published Distinctly Montana articles or other publishing credits. Higher rates and/or expenses may be arranged before publication.  Payment is made upon publication.

Rights:

The Publisher requires that the Article must not have appeared in other  publications within the previous 12 months; nor will the Article be published elsewhere within 12 months of the publication date.

The Publisher reserves the right to perpetually archive the article on its web site; and reserves the right to re-publish the article in any Star Ridge New Media LLC publication at its discretion. All other rights are fully reserved by the Writer. 

 The Magazine buys one-time rights to your article, which may include an electronic version.  The Article in submitted form shall not have appeared in local/regional competing publications within previous 12 months.  Any requests for reprints will be forwarded to the Author.

Photography: 

Distinctly Montana has ongoing need for excellent images—for the cover, photo essays and article illustration.  All photos must be taken in Montana or Yellowstone Park, contain heavily saturated colors, and have razor-sharp focus.  For queries photographers may send thumbnails but for final submission photographers must send slides, prints, fully edited Photoshop EPS, JPEGS or TIFFs with resolution no smaller than 2MB.  For larger size images put in a CD or DVD  and send via snail mail or contact us for FTP upload instructions.  Captions are required.  You may use the “file info” feature in Photoshop to put your name, where the photo was taken, and identify any subjects in the image.

The Publisher reserves the right to perpetually archive the photograph(s) on its web site; and reserves the right to re-publish the photograph(s) in any Star Ridge New Media LLC  publication at its discretion. All other rights are fully reserved by the Photographer. 

 The Publisher requires that the photograph, in current submitted form, must not have appeared in local/regional competing publications within previous 12 months; nor will Article be published elsewhere within 12 months from publication date.

 Photography rates are negotiable.

We are also interested in Montana videos.  Please inquire directly to the editor per the email address below.

Please submit writing and photography samples to Editorial Director via
email at [email protected] or by mail to

Valerie Harms
Editor, Distinctly Montana Magazine
1425 W. Main St., ste 101
Bozeman, MT 59715