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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.

Calendar Policy

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.


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