Editorial Calendar and Writer Guidelines

Charlotte Parent Freelance Guidelines

Charlotte Parent is a monthly publication with a circulation of 35,000 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 two annual guides: GPS [Go. Play. See] and the 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, 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 editor at editor@charlotteparent.com. 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.

2020 Charlotte Parent Editorial Calendar

January: Healthy Families | Open House Special Advertising Section

February: Summer Camps | Summer Camp Special Advertising Section

March: Family Travel

April: Food and Fitness

May: Babies and Toddlers + Birthday Parties

June/July: Summer Fun

August: Back to School

September: Work/Life Balance

October: Fall Fun | Open House Special Advertising Section

November: Family Togetherness + Holidays | Hooray for the Holidays Special Advertising Section

December: Holiday Happenings | Hooray for the Holidays Special Advertising Section