are guidelines for those considering contributing an article to Natural
Child Magazine. Please read them carefully prior to contacting us.
Who We Are
Child Magazine is a positive, grounded, 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 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
We do not publish articles designed to promote a product or
business; our sponsored content and paid advertising sections should be
used for that purpose.
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, 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, accepted articles will be edited to reflect this policy.
Our articles include both mothers and fathers, and focus on outcomes for
children. 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
focused on 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 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 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 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 your photo and a link to your blog or website.
Wendy Priesnitz, Editor by email: