From the Web Site:
Our tone is conversational. Write as if you were telling a neighbor all about the topic of the article. “English Lit” language is a little stuffy for us. If you use “laceration” when you mean “cut,” you’re over-doing it!
Is it ever appropriate to use rhetorical questions? No! Never. Especially as a mechanism to move your article to the next topic. If your article is a series of questions and answers, please send me a draft early on, so we can discuss other ways of approaching the topic.
Avoid “personal essays.” Our columnists write from a first person view-point–our feature articles should almost always be third person. Thus, do not write about your own experience, but interview other people who can tell the story. If there’s a mix, call me and let’s discuss it. I can almost always find ways to get other people quoted as well as the authorial voice.
ALSO: Decide on your point of view before the article. It’s not good to write in 3rd person and then suddenly I inserted an author’s first-person point of view. Very disconcerting for the reader.
Don’t describe the writing process, such as, “After interviewing several moms for this story, the answer became clear, child-proofing a home is critical.” Simply start the story.
Articles must be very tight–never to exceed 1000 words, but 700 is even better.
To increase your chances of acceptance, think in terms of your topic and our readers–what are the local implications for parents sending their children to day care, school, summer camp? What local programs/assistance can make life better? What does the average area parent need to know on this topic?
Other Things to Know
I maintain a very firm line between articles (editorial) and ad sales. Thus “advertorials” are not accepted as articles, but may appear as “special advertising sections” when paid for by the advertiser. I mention this because many free distribution magazines have a habit of running articles about their advertisers–which I believe undermines the objectivity of the magazine. (Actually there are a number of national publications that do this as well….but I digress!)
I favor stories with a local slant (quote local experts, local kids, local parents). Have I mentioned this before?
I do not pay for stories written by “local experts.” Thus, when a college professor or doctor writes a story about a subject they specialize in, I do not compensate, in that the publication of the article itself is the compensation.
Parents & Kids pays upon publication plus 30 days. If an article cannot be used, we will not pay for it. If you are uncertain about the story as it develops, please send drafts so we can work out problems before the editorial deadline.
From the Web Site:
- Please acquaint yourself with Oregon Humanities magazine before submitting your work. We receive many more submissions than we can use, so you will dramatically improve your chances of being published in the magazine if you’re familiar with the types of material we tend to buy. You can read the current issue’s contents online or request a sample copy by calling the Oregon Humanities office at (503) 241-0543 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (503) 241-0543 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
- We prefer to receive submissions and queries electronically. If your query is longer than one page, please attach it as a Word document and make sure that your name and contact information are included on the attachment. We will also consider submissions by postal mail.
- We prefer to consider completed drafts but we also accept queries and proposals that concisely articulate the focus, argument, and content of your proposed article, as well as the resources you will use and any particular experience you have with the subject matter. Please include any relevant supporting material (e.g., resume or curriculum vita, professional affiliation or publication background, and/or clips of recently published work) with your query or proposal.
- We pay on acceptance, after the satisfactory completion of required revisions. Payment ranges from $50 for reviews to $1,000 for features and varies depending on the length and complexity of the piece. We will consider previously published work and excerpts, but do not offer payment for these submissions. We also do not pay for Posts. Please see below for specific requirements for each magazine section.
- We will only accept completed drafts of Posts and personal essays.