Island Parent Magazine

Writer's Guidelines 

Island Parent Magazine is a publication for Vancouver Island parents with children aged newborn to 18 years. Our editorial philosophy is based on the belief that parents need encouragement, support and useful information, not negative messages or guilt trips. Our publication includes a wide range of topics of interest to parents. We encourage writers to cover topics that are of interest to them or that reflect their own experience—we’re looking for a variety of perspectives, experiences and beliefs. Please keep in mind that our aim is to help our readers feel valued, supported and respected. Ideally, we can raise the profile of parenting and help create a community of healthy, happy families. If an article provides a welcome idea, pertinent information, a laugh or a poignant moment for our readers, we’re achieving our goal.

Up to half of the articles in any given issue of Island Parent Magazine are unsolicited manuscripts. We provide a vehicle on Vancouver Island for Canadian writers of varying degrees of ability and professional experience. Most of the articles published in our magazine are written by Vancouver Island writers. Readers appreciate learning about resources in their community so, when relevant, please include related book titles, services or contact. We do not consider articles that are advertisements for products or commercial services.

Our average article length is either, approximately, 1000 words or 700 words; if submitting a photo (1-3MB), cut the length by roughly 100 words. We do not publish poetry or fictional stories. We pay an honorarium for first-time North American rights for use in Island Parent Magazine, both in print form and in pdf format on our website (we also post a selection of articles in the Archives section of our website). A selection of articles will be posted on islandparent.ca each month before being archived. Payment for articles is as follows:

• $35 for original articles for publication in Island Parent

• An additional $25 for those articles posted on islandparent.ca

At the editor’s discretion, there will be no remuneration for articles that will benefit, even indirectly, the author’s service or business: this is discussed at the time of acceptance of an article. Manuscripts must be typed, double spaced, and must include the word count, writer’s name, address and daytime phone number on the first page. Please include a colour head-and-shoulders photo, a one-sentence bio that tells our readers who you are and, if relevant, how they can contact you.

Submissions must be made by email. The editor will respond to submissions within six weeks of receipt.

Direct queries or manuscripts to Sue Fast, Editor, at editor@islandparent.ca or 250-388-6905.

 



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