are guidelines for those considering contributing an article to Natural
Child. Please read them carefully prior to contacting us.
Who We Are
Child is a positive, grounded, open-minded source that is focused on
nurturing children naturally. It is read by parents who want to explore
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 the health of pregnant women and infants,
connecting young children with Nature, natural childhood remedies, natural
family fun and play, non-competitive games, holistic grandparenting,
healthy pregnancy, homebirth and other birth stories, breastfeeding issues, babywearing, cosleeping, vaccination
pros and cons, circumcision pros and cons, non-coercive parenting, and
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 or weather. 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. We use gender-neutral language and appreciate our writers
structuring their work to avoid referring to all people as "he." If
necessary, accepted articles will be edited to reflect this policy.
Our articles include both mothers and fathers, and focus on outcomes for
Natural Child adheres to the World Health Organization's International Code of Marketing
of Breastmilk Substitutes and does not publish articles
about bottle feeding.
While this is not an academic journal and
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 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 your business
and a website link 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 our
yearly Annuals, and as
part of third-party versions or other
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 (with a link back to Natural Child Magazine if possible).
We welcome photographs to accompany articles; we require photo releases
in order to publish photos of people other than
yourself and immediate family. If the subject(s) are not your
children, we require written permission from the children's parent or
How to Query Us
Before you contact us with your article idea, please have
a look at at this page, which indexes some of the
articles we have published in the past.
Please query by email with an outline of a
specific proposed article and a bit of
background about you and your experience with the topic. We 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 required, your article will
be edited for spelling, punctuation, grammar, clarity, space, and
consistency with our editorial
style. We may change the title. If major renovations are required, your article will be returned
to you with suggestions for reworking. Please do not forgot to include a
few sentences of biographical material to publish at the end of your article.
Wendy Priesnitz, Editor by email: