Monday, July 25, 2016

Girls' Life Magazine Submission Writers Guidelines

Girls' Life Magazine Writer's Guidelines from their website

Writer's Guidelines

For freelancers…
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The Rules

1. Girls' Life accepts unsolicited manuscripts on a speculative basis only. First, send an e-mail or letter query with detailed story idea(s). No telephone solicitations, please. Please familiarize yourself with the voice and content of Girls' Life before submitting.

2. Girls' Life magazine does not accept poetry submissions.

3. Every story should have a title, blurb and byline. Author's complete name, address, phone number and e-mail address must be provided on submission. Referrals for art sources are appreciated, if applicable.

4. Girls' Life conforms to The Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual. Manuscripts can be e-mailed in Microsoft Word. Documents should be double-spaced in 12-point Verdana font.

5. All research must rely on primary sources. Manuscripts must be accompanied by a complete list of sources, telephone numbers and reference materials, if applicable.

6. E-mail queries are responded to within 90 days. Girls' Life cannot be held responsible for the return of any unsolicited material.

7. Unless submission is stated to be a possible work for hire, submission will be considered property of Girls' Life magazine.

8. A memorandum of agreement is to be executed by both parties before payment is made.

Send all Girls’ Life magazine queries to:

Karen Bokram
Founding Editor and Publisher
Girls' Life magazine
3 S. Frederick St. Suite 806
Baltimore, MD 21202

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Alaska Parent Magazine Submission Writers Guidelines

Alaska Parent magazine is looking for freelance writers who demonstrate a fresh, engaging writing style and a keen sense of the topics that matter to local parents. Before you pitch a story to us, we recommend you learn more about our publication and get a feel for the type of articles we value and promote.


Alaska Parent is a free, full-color family and parenting magazine, published 4 times per year. As Alaska’s exclusive, all-in-one parenting resource, our readers include parents with children ages newborn through teens, as well as expectant moms. We publish several stories in each issue, from hard-hitting articles on serious topics to pieces designed for fun and entertainment. Our writing tone is easy-to-read and conversational, yet packed with plenty of punch. Through our pages, we want our readers to feel understood, supported and empowered to make healthy parenting and life choices.


We’re looking for lively, well-written stories that cover all stages of parenting. We look for pieces covering local interests, health & wellness, pregnancy & babies, education, travel, hands-on activities, seasonal interests, parental involvement, family fun, as well as “how-to” articles that will make family life easier.
We are currently seeking: 
• Feature stories 
(800-1,200 words). Must include a local focus, and require, at a minimum, three interviews with local experts and/or parents.
• Short feature stories (500-800 words). Must include a local focus, and require, at a minimum, two interviews with local experts and/or parents.
• Tips (150-600 words). Written in first-person, help make a parent’s life easier by sharing creative ideas and solutions to everyday challenges, including (but not limited to): organization, scheduling, parenting, relationships, traveling, birthdays, holidays and more.


We welcome story pitches, especially from local freelancers. These queries should be emailed We do not accept queries through the mail or fax. You may send multiple queries.
Your query should be no more than 4 paragraphs and include:
• What is the focus of the story? A brief summary written in the style of your proposed piece.
• What are some of the key points you will cover and the sources you will interview?
• Answer the "so what?" Why is this story important to our readers? Why should you be the one to tell it?
• What is the anticipated word length?
• If you have not written for us before, include 2-3 writing samples along with your query. Links to online stories are preferable, but PDFs are ok too.
• Include your full mailing address, phone number and email address.


Alaska Parent welcomes unsolicited articles that meet our story requirements. Send the complete article to If we are interested in your article, we will contact you prior to publication to negotiate an acceptable rate and obtain permission for use.


We are interested in fresh material so reprints are less likely to be accepted. However, you may send us a reprint if you feel it fits perfectly with our magazine. Include the date, previous publisher and what rights they may have to the article. We may ask if we can insert local sources/content. We do require market (Alaska) exclusivity.


Due to the high volume of queries/submissions and frequencies of our publications, our response time can take several weeks. Often we consider story ideas for several issues and may delay the publication of some stories for seasonal reasons. However, if you do not hear from us after 3 months of your submission, it is safe to assume that we have decided to pass. Please feel free to pitch us a new idea. If your query/submission is accepted, we will email you an acceptance letter that specifies deadline, word count and writer’s fee.


With the exception of reprints, we purchase all rights to articles, including the option to republish articles in special editions or post them online at (If you do not want your article to appear on our web site, do not submit it to our magazine.)


Payment is negotiated per article and depends on the complexity of subject, the length of the article and the writer’s level of professional experience and/or track record writing for us. For original articles, we generally pay $40-$200. For reprints, we generally pay $25-$40; however, authors willing to localize their reprints with interviews with local parents and experts can expect more. If your submission is accepted, you should submit an invoice (within an email is fine) that includes name, address, phone number, name of story and payment amount. Payment shall be due within 30 days after the print date of the publication.


Photographs grab readers’ attention, so we want to include them whenever possible. If you have photos or leads for photos, please pass that information along as early in the writing process as possible.


All submissions are subject to editorial review and approval by Alaska Parent and may be edited for grammar, clarity, brevity and tone. If major revisions are needed, you will be contacted. For reprints, local content/comments may be added. We reserve the right to reject an article at any stage before publication.
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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Highlights for Children Magazine Submission Writers Guidelines

Highlights is a general-interest magazine for children ages 6 -12. By publishing stories, puzzles, articles, and activities that are fun and engaging (and secretly purposeful!), we aim to inspire kids to be their best selves - creative, curious, caring, and confident. Highlights was founded in 1946 by Dr. Garry Cleveland Myers and Caroline Clark Myers, and is still owned and run by their family. The magazine accepts no outside advertising and has no religious or organizational affiliation. Highlights has a circulation of about 1.2 million and is published monthly.
  • Please upload only one manuscript per submission. We welcome multiple submissions, but we prefer that each be submitted separately.
  • We encourage writers to read several recent copies of Highlights before submitting work. Writers can also visit to see examples of previously published content.
  • We pay on acceptance, and we buy all rights, including copyright. We do not consider previously published material.
  • We accept material at any time of the year, including seasonal material.
  • For submissions that require research, please include references and correspondence with experts.
  • Authors younger than 16 can find guidelines in the Your Own Pages area on
Fiction should have an engaging plot, strong characterization, a specific setting, and lively language.
  • Stories for beginning readers should have fewer than 475 words and should not seem babyish to older readers. 
  • Stories for independent readers should have fewer than 750 words and should be appealing to younger readers if read aloud.
  • Rebus stories should have fewer than 100 words and feature a variety of familiar words that can easily be shown as pictures.
  • We accept all genres appropriate for young readers (no romance, crime, or violence).
  • Payment: $175 and up.
Verse should be appealing to kids and is rarely longer than 16 lines. We accept all genres and types of poetry. Payment: $40 and up.
Nonfiction can include science, arts, sports, how-to's, world cultures, history, What a Pro Knows articles, and Gallant Kids articles.
  • Articles for beginning readers should have fewer than 400 words. 
  • Articles for independent readers should have fewer than 750 words.
  • Articles with a tight focus are most successful. We prefer research based on firsthand experience, consultation with experts, or primary sources.
  • Articles about cultural traditions and ways of life should reflect a deep understanding of the subject.
  • We prefer biographies that are rich in quotes and anecdotes and that place the subject in a historical or cultural context.
  • Digital images should be no less than 300 dpi.
  • Payment: $175 and up.
Crafts can include gifts, toys, games, and decorations. They should appeal to boys and girls.
  • Crafts should have concise, numbered directions, up to 5 steps.
  • Please submit step-by-step photos of a well-made sample of the craft.
  • Craft materials should be inexpensive and easy to obtain.
  • Crafts that celebrate holidays, cultures, or religious traditions are welcome.
  • Payment: $40 and up.
Puzzles can include visual puzzles, math puzzles, code activities, and more. They should not require readers to write in the magazine (no crosswords or word searches). Picture Puzzler ideas should be primarily visual; they usually include brief puzzle instructions and art suggestions. Payment: $40 and up.
Cartoons should be fresh, original, and geared to kids. They can be single-panel or multiple-panel, black-and-white or full-color, with or without a caption, and with either human or animal characters. 
Payment: $40 and up for black-and-white, $50 and up for full-color.
For more tips and information of interest to writers, visit
Here's the submissions link!

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

June's Jammin' 2016 Work-From-Home Income ... Stop Whining, Make Money!

Hey there! Wanted to make sure you saw my June 2016 income report; thanks for stopping by! Have a great week, and please post in the comments what you've been working on! And please sign up for an email subscription so you always know about new posts, like markets, reviews, giveaways and when new books come out!

For more information about what I do, please check out my post about how I make $2,000 per month from home while also homeschooling my 5 kids, being married, taking kids to activities, and more.


WHO am I?
I am the homeschooling mom of 5 kids and wife to Aron. I graduated from community college at the age of 28 with a 2-year Associate of Arts general degree. My work background: waitress, hostess, secretary, office manager at various places. I got many opportunities to learn how to proofread but have no formal training in writing, social media or direct sales. I quit my cubicle job in 2001 to stay home with my first son and never went back to work in an office.

WHAT do I do?
I'm a blogger, author of books, writer of regional parenting magazine articles, social media maven, proofreader. I don't do direct sales anymore because it split my focus and I need to concentrate on my creative side

Why I am sharing my income?
I like to show what can be done. I am able to fit in at least 20 working hours per week and usually more while homeschooling my kids, loving on my husband and taking the kids places to have fun (pool, sports, field trips, co-op, playdates, trips, etc.). I am not sharing this to brag or because I think I rock. I am sharing so you know that someone with no English degree can be a writer and a proofreader and make a decent income.

The dollar amounts I show are what I actually RECEIVED in my hot little hand or PayPal account, not what I EARNED because things show up at different times and take different amounts of time to come around. Some months I may have a lot of articles in publications but don't show much income ... that's because checks will often show up later and many at one time.

1Q2016 = $5,846
Articles = $1,114 (finally wore down some magazines and they actually paid me from last year)
Blogging, etc. = $744
Proofreading = $3,647
Books = $256
Younique = $65
Jamberry = $20

2Q2016 = $4,373
Articles = $510
Blogging, etc. = $206
Proofreading = $3,578
Books = $79

2016 is half over and I'm sitting at $10,219 in income (to be taxed next year, of course).

*This is the book I reference that helps me make money writing articles (Make Money to Write About Your Kids) and also brings in a little bit of income all by itself ... working on the 7th edition with a lot of changes, including a title change!

And here is another gem I put together that is also now in print, Kindle and Kindle Unlimited (which means it's free to "rent"). Thanks for coming by and please sign up for an email subscription if this has been valuable to you in any way! If you have any questions or comments, I'd love to hear them!  Thanks!

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