Submit Your Story to Teton Valley Magazine
Teton Valley Magazine is built almost entirely with the work of freelance writers. The magazine would not exist without the interest, skills, and storytelling passion of our contributing writers.
We publish just two issues each year: Summer (published in late May) and winter (late November). We accept unsolicited ideas at any time, but keep in mind that we strive to create our editorial calendars a year in advance, so that we can obtain seasonally appropriate photography for the articles. Therefore, to target a specific issue, you should submit your idea at least 14 months ahead of the publication date. In general, a first draft is due three months before the issue publishes.
Each issue offers readers a collection of “Top to Bottom” shorts—mini-articles of 60 to 225 words—that cover timely issues, current trends, interesting people, noteworthy work, enticing food, historical tidbits, captivating arts and culture, beckoning recreational opportunities, new businesses in the valley, and more. Tackling one of these smaller pieces is a good way to introduce yourself and your skills to us, and to try your hand at speaking to our audience.
Please familiarize yourself with the publication before querying. Submit article queries via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Features generally range from 1,200 to 2,000 words (some longer, depending on subject matter and depth) and cover just about any Teton Valley-related topic imaginable, with only two primary rules: 1) solid storytelling and 2) great photography potential.
We request that freelancers submit a full query (not a completed work) that includes:
- An overview of the proposed story idea (including angle, likely sources / voices, proposed timeline, and envisioned length)
- An explanation of where, when, and why it fits inside Teton Valley Magazine
- Suggested image possibilities
Providing clips (preferably digital ones) of previously published work is encouraged so we have a better sense of your writing style, voice, eye, and capabilities.
Department pieces generally range from 400 to 1,000 words. Again, familiarize yourself with the magazine and the departments before querying or submitting. A focused query targeting a specific department has a much better chance of being accepted than just “an idea.”
All written work must be submitted in digital form (Word document), with a separate source list (phone and email contact information needed for fact checking) and, if different, a mailing list (full addresses for individuals who should receive a complimentary copy of the magazine).
The editorial process includes feedback from the editor, responding with comments, questions, needed clarifications, and/or requests for revisions. While writers may need and want to clarify information with their sources, draft stories should NOT be shared.
Payment for published work is made within 30 days of the date of publication. Some assignments may involve expenses, which must be pre-approved by the editor.
Powder Mountain Press buys the first right of publication; rights to republish the article in compilation books and/or advertising or promotional materials for Powder Mountain Press, in any print or electronic media; and promotional and publicity rights, including but not limited to the right to use the contributor’s name, biography, and likeness in connection with the publication, advertising, and promotion of the article or magazine.