Charlotte Parent Freelance Guidelines
Charlotte Parent magazine is a monthly publication with a circulation of 52,000 covering seven counties. As Charlotte's leading parenting resource, our readers include parents, teachers, child-care providers and other advocates for children ages newborn through teens. Each issue has a theme, regular features and departments. We seek new perspectives, voices and viewpoints from local parents about the issues that impact families.
We welcome email submissions from freelance writers. 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 our region are also considered. We run several feature articles on topics related to our monthly theme. Features require thorough research (citing a minimum of three reliable sources), knowledge of our audience and concise interviewing and writing skills. Articles on topics other than the issue's theme are also considered. We prefer articles and essays with local relevance. Word counts range from 500 to 1,200 words.
Submitting Articles and Queries
Queries and articles should be emailed to the editorial department. 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. If major revisions are needed, you will be contacted. Please remember that we receive many more submissions than we can use. We may not be able to respond personally to every query.
Accompanying photographs, especially electronic art (300+dpi preferred), are welcome.
We use the Associated Press Stylebook and Webster's New World Dictionary.
Deadlines: 2-3 months before issue is printed.
Payments: Fees vary depending on the length, depth and use of the story. Assigned articles generally pay $45-$125, and reprints pay $15-$35. Writers are paid following publication. We do not pay kill fees.
2015 Charlotte Parent Editorial Calendar
January: Healthy Families
February: Summer Camps
March: Teens and Tweens; College Planning Section
April: Food and Nutrition
May: Family Travel
June: Birthday Parties and Summer Fun
July: Pregnancy + Babies
August: Back to School and Enrichment
September: Work and Parenting
October: Fall Fun and Halloween
November: Family Togetherness Issue
December: Holiday Issue
Last revised 12/2014.
The Charlotte Parent calendar lists free and low-cost local events targeted to children and families.
Want to get listed?
Submit your event directly online.
Include high-resolution electronic images if you would like to be considered for a calendar pick.
Deadline: the 1st of the preceding month. Events received later than the 1st will be posted in the online calendar in a timely manner throughout the month.
All submissions will be considered for publication. Inclusion is based on editorial space and event relevance at the discretion of the editor.