Submit a story idea

Montana Magazine relies almost exclusively on professional freelance writers and photographers to provide content.
Montana Magazine is looking for well-written, well-researched articles on issues, interesting people and life in Montana. Please study recent issues of the magazine to gain an understanding of the flavor and style of articles we publish.

Montana Magazine is published six times per year. Generally, we do not produce themed issues, although stories and photos will often reflect the season in which they are published. Story pitches must be specific, colorful and thorough. Past professional writing experience and Montana residency is preferred.  Pitches should also include ideas for multimedia elements and sidebar story options.

Queries and pitches must be submitted via email to Queries via phone are not accepted.
In general, published feature-length articles range from 1,000 to 1,500 words. Shorter department stories generally range from 800 to 1,000 words. Pay for written work is negotiated with the writer. Montana Magazine pays for one-time rights, which include the right to use an accepted story in the magazine and at In most cases, payment is upon publication.

Guidelines for professional photographers

Photography is a hallmark feature of Montana Magazine. Each issue contains the best photos from across the state that accompany feature stories and are featured in a variety of sections, including the featured spread of photos called the Portfolio.

Photo submissions and queries are accepted throughout the year. Please submit all queries to

Montana Magazine works with high-resolution digital images. Rates are negotiated between the photographer and the editor on a project-by-project basis. Photographers contracted to provide photos must provide or be willing share high resolution images in an easily downloadable format (Drop Box preferred). All submitted images must contain easily accessible, clearly written caption information that identifies any subjects pictured.  In most cases, payment is upon publication.

Guidelines for reader-submitted photographs

Montana Magazine regularly solicits and posts to our web and social media sites reader submitted photos of scenery, wildlife, communities and people from across Montana.

Only digital images are accepted. Not all photos will be used. Submission constitutes permission to use photos in print and in multiple digital formats.

To submit a photo, email it to or post it on our Facebook page at

Online submissions are preferred, but images on a CD or USB flash drive can be mailed to Montana Magazine P.O. Box 8689, Missoula, MT 59807. CDs or drives will not be returned.

All photo submissions must include location of photo, a short description of the place and/or subjects in the shot, and the full name and hometown of the photographer.

Guidelines for reader-submitted videos

Montana Magazine welcomes the chance to share videos and other multimedia content from readers on its website and digital platforms.

Please contact if you have a Montana video you would like to share.

Letters to the editor

Montana Magazine publishes selected letters to the editor in each issue. Published letters should be timely, concise and have some connection to an article or issue raised in the magazine. Letters must include the author’s full name, hometown and contact information.

Word limit for each letter is 250 words.  Submission constitutes permission to print letters.

Letters may be edited for length, clarity and content. Letters should be submitted via e-mail to or mailed to Montana Magazine P.O. Box 8689, Missoula, MT 59807.

Due to space considerations, not all letters will be published.