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Contributors' Guidelines

Boy and laptopNatural Child Magazine is a positive, grounded, open-minded, subscriber-supported digital magazine for parents who want to explore conscious, environmentally-sound, healthy family life from pregnancy through birth and early childhood. The focus is on the health and well-being of children and the Earth.

We believe that mothers and fathers are experts about what is best for the well-being of their own families. We provide a place for them to share natural living strategies for their young families. We seek to support them in their choices and in their search for unbiased facts that provide an alternative to the information found in traditional consumer parenting magazines.

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 non-violent communication.

Editorial Style

Our readers are dedicated to green, healthy living. They already are knowledgeable about these issues, so your article should dig deep, rather than being written at an introductory level.

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 or weather. Resources, where provided, should be as international in scope as possible. The length of your article is not as important for a digital magazine as it would be for print. However, we prefer articles of approximately 2,000 words; please discuss length with us prior to writing, if 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 children. They must include a sensitivity to child health and the environment.

Natural Child Magazine is primarily reader-supported. We adhere to the World Health Organization's International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes and do 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.

How to Query Us

Please do not send us general "I want to write for you" letters. 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. We are unable to pay contributors but will provide you with a subscription. Each article is followed by a bio of the contributor, which can include a link to your website or blog. We are also happy to barter for advertising if appropriate.

Articles are accepted for publication in a particular issue of Natural Child Magazine. That means we require your permission to publish the article one time in the magazine and to have it appear in that context on our website, and as part of third-party CD/DVD 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. However, as a courtesy, we ask that you not publish the proposed article anywhere else until it's been published by us, and during the two-month period while the issue in which it appears is current. 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 guardian.

Your article must be submitted in Microsoft Word or a compatible format, with no fancy fonts or other formatting. If you are also submitting photos, please attach them separately and do not embed them in the article. 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 include with your article.

Editorial deadlines are the first of December, February, April, June, August, and October.

Contact Wendy Priesnitz, Editor by email: Editor@NaturalChildMagazine.com

 

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