what we’re looking for
Every month features a different theme, but we’re always looking for strong, capable women to feature.
december: purposeful giving
March: women’s history month
April: the environmental issue
Montana Woman features topics in beauty, business, community, food & spirits, lifestyle, health & wellness, and active & outdoor. General articles can cover any of these topics, so long as they pertain to life in Montana.
Montana Woman is contribution-based— participation is voluntary (there is no financial compensation). You have an article, we have a place for it! Montana Woman is the state’s only monthly statewide publication.
Eventually, I (Megan!) want to be able to compensate our contributors. As someone who’s been on the other end of this guidelines page, I know what it’s like. The catch is that on my end, this is all a brand-new business to me. It might take some time, but I will actively work toward figuring out contributor compensation.
Do note, though, that if your article points back to your business, your work is a contribution.
Features must be a recommendation/reference (you’re probably pretty cool, but we don’t accept self-recommendations). Any woman in Montana can be featured— small business owners, farmers, artists, writers, teachers, mechanics, beekeepers, outdoorswomen, servicewomen, etc.— if you know a Montana woman who is owning their worth and power, we want to know!
heritage recipe guidelines
Recipes submitted to Montana Woman must be heritage recipes that come along with an old photograph (or a few!) and a story. Recipes pulled directly from the web will not be accepted. Both food and drink recipes are welcomed.
Requirements for all works:
Submit as a .doc, .docx, or .pages.
Document size must be US Letter (8.5”x11”).
Use 11 or 12 point Times New Roman in black.
Please do not add two spaces after periods. If your document has two spaces after each period, it will be sent back to you to fix before it’s published.
Do not send in an article that contains emojis. It will be sent back to you. Please keep your writing professional.
For features, send us a pitch no longer than 250 words. Files must be .doc, .docx, or .pages. Feature pitches that are over 250 words or in the incorrect format will not be accepted. Include links to your social media sites— a website, facebook, instagram, or blog, etc.
For general articles, send us a pitch no longer than 200 words. Files must be .doc, .docx, or .pages. General pitches that are over 200 words or in the incorrect format will not be accepted. Include links to your social media sites— a website, facebook, instagram, or blog, etc.
For recipes, send us a pitch no longer than 200 words about who made the original recipe (i.e. a mother, grandmother, sister, friend, neighbor). Files must be .doc, .docx, or .pages. The accompanying image(s) must be of the person who made the recipe (or someone close). Image files must be .tiffs or high-res .jpegs. General pitches that are over 200 words or in the incorrect format will not be accepted. Include links to your social media sites— a website, facebook, instagram, or blog, etc. If your recipe is selected, we’ll make it! So you don’t have to worry about sending images of the food/drink itself, just a family photograph.
If your work is selected for a feature, please send us a document anywhere from 800-2,500 words.
If your work is selected for a general article, please send us a document anywhere from 500-750 words.
If your work is selected for recipes, please send us the recipe in its entirety, a photograph (or a few!) of who originally made the recipe, and a short write-up on who originally made the recipe (200-300 words). We will make the recipe, so don’t worry about sending in recipe photos!
Check with the editor before sending images. If you have been asked to supply photographs, please use the best camera available to you. Send high-res files, ideally as a .psd, .tiff, or .png (.jpeg files may be selected if they’re high-res). Please refrain from sending blurry cell phone images. Do not send in stock photos or any files pulled from the web. Work must be original.
If you’re sending an old photograph to accompany a recipe, please send a scan (not a cell phone image of the photograph).
rules & regulations
We accept submissions only through email. We do not accept submissions through postal services, phone calls, or this website.
The following formats are accepted: .doc, .docx, or .pages. Original photographs with the recipe submissions must be .tiffs, .psds, .pngs, or high-res .jpegs.
Submissions may be sent to us at any time, year-round.
We accept simultaneous submissions.
All work should be previously unpublished. If work has been published elsewhere, a disclaimer will follow the end of the article stating where all it has appeared.
If you send a duplicate article that has already been published in Montana Woman, your work will not be accepted.
Feature work must be about a resident of Montana or someone who shares the spirit of Montana, a Montana organization or business, etc.
If your work is selected, you will receive an agreement form. This form must be filled out and emailed back within 5 days of reception.
By submitting an article, you are agreeing to work in collaboration with the editor on any revisions she deems necessary.
Final articles are due on the 25th of the month. As an example, if you wanted to have an article in the October issue, you would have to send the article by August 25th. If you fail to submit your work on or before the 25th of the month, your work will not be printed that month. Late articles may be reserved for following months with the consent of the contributor.
The owner reserves the right to publish your article in one issue of Montana Woman.
The right to publish your article, if chosen, on our website.
The right to use brief quotes and/or images from the magazine in promotional programs related to Montana Woman.
All other rights for material printed in Montana Woman remain with the author/creator.
We always notify our contributors when we make any secondary use of their material. This is typically limited to our website, where each month we run a sampling of the issue’s feature stories and articles. Note, however, that we do not consider exact reproduction of the magazine page as secondary usage.
By submitting material to us, you represent and warrant that you have full authority to grant the rights set forth above and that your material will not, in whole or in part, infringe the intellectual property rights, rights of privacy or publicity, or any other rights of any third party. You further represent and warrant that you have attained the legal age of majority in your state/province (18 in most states/provinces). If you’re a minor under the law of your state/province, your parent or guardian must submit on your behalf.
By submitting material to us, you also recognize that Montana Woman is contribution-based and that there is no financial compensation.