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
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
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
We do not publish articles designed to promote a product or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.
Our articles focus on outcomes for children, rather than on the
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
websites, and as part of third-party
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.
Wendy Priesnitz, Editor by email: