Write for Us
Thank you so much for your interest in writing for Bangor Metro magazine! We love hearing from writers with a strong Maine connection.
Bangor Metro Magazine is a monthly glossy focusing on life in Bangor, Maine, and the surrounding area. We love stories that take readers not just to Bangor, Brewer and Orono but also to Camden, Rockland, Bar Harbor and other nearby locales.
We pay competitive rates per assignment based on project scope and experience.
How to Pitch Bangor Metro Magazine
To pitch sections:
Our front of book sections are a great place to break into writing for Bangor Metro. These shorter, spunky pieces should be rooted in Maine culture and have strong connections to the greater Bangor area. We love trend pieces, data stories, service pieces and other topics with a broad look at local issues. Check out a few issues to get a sense of our style and viewpoint.
Presently, sections include:
- Arts & Culture
- Health & Fitness
- Home & Family
Pitches should include two (2) succinct sentences indicating what the story is — these should convey the angle you want to take, why it’s special/interesting/noteworthy and why local readers should be interested in it. Follow this with a little info about how you’ll tell the story and who you may interview for it. Also, please indicate what section you are pitching for.
Stories in sections (listed above) are usually 500-800 words and include photos. Some stories may be assigned at less than 500 words or more than 800 words. Please indicate your proposed word count in your pitch.
We are presently looking for stories with a definitive Maine connection and facts/data to back it up. Recent studies, for instance, provide some great context for stories.
Also, visuals are very important so we encourage you to include hi-res photos you’ve taken yourself or ones that we have expressed written permission to use from the copyright holder of the photo (usually the person who actually took the photo).
Send pitches for sections to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To pitch an essay:
We accept up to one (1) essay per month. It should speak to life in Maine, the transitions we undergo and the nuances that make our lives interesting. We’re particularly interested in essays with a strong connection to greater Bangor.
To pitch an essay, send a brief description of the essay, a brief bio of you and the completed essay via email to email@example.com with the subject line: Bangor Metro Essay Pitch.
To pitch a feature story:
Feature stories are typically assigned to staff writers and freelancers who’ve written for Bangor Metro in the past. Nonetheless, pitches are accepted for feature stories.
Pitches should include two (2) succinct sentences indicating what the story is — these should convey the angle you want to take, why it’s special/interesting/noteworthy and why readers should be interested in it. Follow this with a little info about how you’ll tell the story and who you may interview for it.
Feature stories usually range between 1500 and 3000 words, depending on topic, and include photos. Some stories may be assigned at shorter lengths. Please indicate your proposed word count in your pitch.
Please also include ideas for visuals for your proposed feature story as well.
Send pitches for feature stories to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What We Do Not Accept:
- Guest posts. We don’t presently maintain a blog associated with Bangor Metro, so guest posts are a no.
- General topics or articles. Exercise, health, fitness, relationships are all important topics but they must demonstrate a firm Maine connection.
- Unsolicited manuscripts. With the exception of personal essays, we do not accept unsolicited manuscripts.