Charlotte Parent Freelance Guidelines
Charlotte Parent is a monthly publication with a circulation of 40,000 that provides useful advice and local resources for parents raising children in the Charlotte area. As Charlotte's leading parenting resource, our readers include parents, teachers, child-care providers and other advocates for children ages newborn through teens. We also publish three annual guides: GPS [Go. Play. See]; Exceptional Child; and Education Guide.
We welcome email submissions and pitches from freelance writers. We prefer articles and essay with local relevance. Our policy is to buy one-time print rights with exclusivity within our region and the right to post the story on our website. Reprints of articles from publications outside of our region are also considered. Features require thorough research (citing a minimum of three sources), knowledge of our audience and concise interviewing and writing skills. Word counts range from 500 to 1,200 words.
Submitting Articles and Queries
Queries and articles should be emailed to the editorial department at firstname.lastname@example.org. Articles are accepted in MS Word format and pasted into the body of the email with author's name, address, phone number, and word count on the first page of the story. The editorial department reserves the right to edit for clarity, length and style. We use Associated Press Stylebook and Webster's New World Dictionary.
Deadlines: Three months before issue is printed
Payments: Fees vary depending on the length, depth and use of story. Assigned articles generally pay $50-$150, and reprints pay $30-$45. Writers are paid upon publication. We do not pay kill fees.
2017 Charlotte Parent Editorial Calendar
January: Healthy Families and Sports
February: Summer Camps
March: Family Travel
April: Food and Fitness
May: Babies and Toddlers
June/July: Summer Fun + Birthday Parties
August: Back to School
September: Work/Life + Mom-Approved Doctors
October: Fall Fun and Halloween
November: Family Togetherness + Holidays
December: Holiday Happenings + Gift Guide