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Writers' Guidelines

Boy and laptopHere are guidelines for those considering contributing an article to Natural Child Magazine. It is important (and courteous) that you read them carefully prior to contacting us.

Who We Are

Natural Child Magazine is a positive, open-minded online source of information and support that is focused on nurturing children naturally. It is read by parents who want to explore conscious, environmentally-sound, healthy family life from pregnancy through birth and early childhood. Please go here to learn more about us.

What We Publish

Examples of topics for which we seek submissions include: green living with young children, feeding your child naturally, vegetarian babies, keeping your home free of toxic chemicals that can especially affect health, connecting young children with Nature, natural childhood remedies, natural family fun and play, holistic grandparenting, healthy pregnancy, breastfeeding issues, babywearing, cosleeping, and non-violent communication.

We do not publish articles designed to promote a product or business; contact the publisher for information about our sponsored content and paid advertising sections.

Editorial Style

Our articles focus on outcomes for children, rather than on the parenting lifestyle.

Since our readers live around the world, our articles need to reflect that. Please avoid using local slang or other terminology, as well as references to specific seasons. Resources, where provided, should be as international in scope as possible.

All articles should directly address our readers and their need for information on the topic of your article, and be written in a popular rather than academic style. We use gender-neutral language and appreciate our writers structuring their work to avoid referring to all people as "he;" if necessary, articles are edited to reflect this policy. As this is a web-based magazine, please be concise; our preferred article length is 800 to 1500 words.

Natural Child Magazine adheres to the World Health Organization's International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes and does not publish articles primarily about bottle feeding.

While we do not normally publish footnotes, we do require accuracy. Please retain a list of references pertinent to your article, as well as contacts interviewed, in case we request them for fact-checking purposes. We also like to include sidebars with links to resources for readers who want more information, and appreciate it when writers provide some of those for inclusion.

Remuneration and Copyright

We are unable to pay contributors but will include a description of you and/or your work, and a website link to your blog/website/business in the bio that accompanies your article. We are also happy to barter for advertising if appropriate.

We require your permission to publish the article one time on the website and to have it appear in that context in any article compilations that we may publish, including on our and Natural Parenting Today websites, and as part of third-party offerings and compilations of the magazine's articles that are licensed by libraries and other institutions. Writers retain all other rights to their work, and are therefore free to contribute their articles to other magazines or websites without our permission, and to post their work on their own blogs or websites (although a link back to Natural Child Magazine is appreciated).

We welcome photographs to accompany articles but please note that you must have full copyright permission in order to offer them to us for publication. If you have taken the photo(s), we require photo releases in order to publish photos of people other than yourself and your immediate family. If the subject(s) are not your children, we require written permission from the children's parent or guardian. Photos should be in JPG format, horizontal orientation, and at least 600 pixels wide.

How to Query Us

Before you contact us with your article idea, please have a look at this page, which indexes some of the articles we have published in the past. We would rather than you do not contact us until you have a specific article idea that you can outline for us in your query; we are not able to supply you with a suggested topic.

Your query should include a bit of background about you and your experience with the topic. We also appreciate knowing if your article has been published elsewhere – either in print or on the web – in the past, or if you have submitted it elsewhere recently.

If we accept your article, we will need it submitted in Microsoft Word or comparable format, or in the body of an email; we cannot accept PDF submissions. Please remove fancy formatting and fonts, and do not embed photos in the article. If required, your article will be edited for spelling, punctuation, grammar, clarity, space, and consistency with our editorial style. If major renovations are required, your article will be returned to you with suggestions for reworking. We will lay out the article in the magazine's style and may change the title. Please do not forgot to include a few sentences of biographical material to publish with your article, as well as a link to your blog or website.

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