Writers’ Guidelines

The Digital Magazine

The digital version of Middlebury Magazine features two web-exclusive departments—Multimedia and Dispatches. Dispatches, our regularly updated blog, is written by the magazine staff. However, we do accept submissions for our multimedia department.  If you would like to pitch an idea or a finished story, please contact the editor at middmag@middlebury.edu

The Print Magazine


  • College Street, which features short vignettes (150-500 words) illustrating the academic, cultural and athletic life on the Middlebury campus
  • Academic Matters, a 1,200-word profile of a faculty member or specific class or area of study at Middlebury
  • Student Scene, a 1,200-word story that illustrates a particular student group, venture, or student profile
  • Game Time, a 1,200-word story that a Middlebury athlete, coach, team or athletic endeavor
  • Pursuits, a 1,200-word profile of a Middlebury alumnus/a who is pursuing a career or interest that is “off-the-beaten” path
  • Book Marks, reviews of books authored by Middlebury alumni.

Ranging in length from 1,500 to 3,500 words, our feature stories address a variety of issues that impact and/or appeal to readers with an interest in Middlebury College and higher education. Feature stories may be profiles of alumni, faculty, or students; they may be issue pieces that address hot topics in higher education; they may be in-depth examinations of College initiatives and programs that are having an impact on the surrounding community and beyond; they may be essays that illustrate Middlebury’s unique setting; they may be first-person essays or stories that shed light on the life of a student or alumnus/a.

Back Page Essay
The 600-word concluding essay, alternately named Road Taken or Hind Site, depending on subject matter, is a forum for personal thought and experience. Subjects may be serious or light; topical or esoteric.

Fiction Contest
In the summer issue, the Magazine publishes the winning entry from its annual Fiction Contest. You must be a Middlebury student or have attended Middlebury (either undergraduate or graduate programs) to be eligible. Entries must be previously unpublished material of 3,000 words or less. Deadline for submissions is April 1.

Nuts and Bolts
When pitching feature or department stories, we prefer that you submit a detailed query letter along with published clips. For the back page essay, it’s appropriate to submit a completed manuscript.

Before submitting anything, please become familiar with the Magazine‘s voice and tone. You may request a copy by e-mailing us at middmag@middlebury.edu.

Please keep in mind the difference between a story and a topic. We like stories that have central characters and that tell us something we don’t know. Substance is good; so are stories that make us care about the subject matter. Controversy and humor have their place in this magazine, as well.

We buy first serial and electronic rights. Payment is made upon acceptance.

Submissions and queries may be e-mailed to middmag@middlebury.edu in Word or RTF format. The magazine’s postal address is Middlebury Magazine, 152 College Street, Middlebury, VT  05753