Writer’s Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in writing for Edible Green Mountains. We are a member of Edible Communities, a growing, award-winning, national network of community-based food publications whose mission is to transform the way communities shop for, cook, eat and think about food that is grown and produced in their area. To read more about Edible Communities go to www.edible communities.com

Edible Green Mountains is a quarterly magazine that emphasizes the current season by celebrating the abundance of local food and wine throughout Vermont. Edible Green Mountains has a loyal following of readers who are interested in: eating delicious locally grown seasonal food; getting to know the people who grow, produce, cook and sell those foods; in terms of great dining, day trips, food events and festivals, great books to read and products to try. We look for subjects that are timely and traditional, and we have special interest in topics that relate to the full breadth of our mission.

We rely on freelance writers for the majority of our stories and departments. Writers generally generate their own topics or, in some cases, the editor can make assignments based on writers’ interests and knowledge. The primary qualification for contributors is an ability to write in a lively, elegant, informative, accurate and interesting manner. We are looking for tightly written articles with an original voice that will engage and inform our readers.

Recipes are highly desirable, but they must be original and carefully tested (testing conducted by EGM’s Editor.) Recipes that are not original, permission to reprint must be obtained and paid for by the submitter. Please note all sources for information in the article should be cited, and if passages from published (including Web published) material are included, permission for use must be obtained.

Department stories range from 500 – 800 words. Our departments include Edible Season -recipes from local chefs, gardeners and farmers; tips on cooking with the season and what to do with our bounty of produce; At the Table- an inside look at a professional chef or locally owned restaurant that brings food from farm to plate; Liquid Assets – we examine the art and science of beverages from age-old cocktails to microbrews; From the Good Earth-we profile the unique farmers, foragers and forward thinking farm businesses and local artisans that work diligently to provide us with local products; Notable Edible – the latest food related finds from the region, tips on where to eat, shop for kitchen gadgets and find ingredients ; Worth the trip – a series of day trips that lead to memorable culinary discoveries.

Feature stories range from 700 – 2000 words. Topics include an in-depth exploration of local ingredient, a farm or farmer profile or food related experience. Examples include making and canning jam, appreciating honey bees, to local school gardens that supplement fresh food in their cafeteria.

If you have a story that you think would work well for Edible Green Mountains please submit a query outlining the subject matter and focus of the article. Potential EGM writers should also submit mission related writing samples along with a brief biography detailing their interests, professional and educational background, and publishing experience. We prefer all inquiries by email with attachments using Microsoft Word.


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