Interested in becoming a writer for L.A. Parent or LAParent.com? Here’s the scoop:
- What we pay: We do not pay for online-only articles or personal essays. We sometimes pay for feature articles that are used in print. Rate varies depending on length and type of article.
- Our coverage area: We cover L.A. county up north through Ventura, West Los Angeles, and Long Beach and the South Bay, but not the Inland Empire or Orange County.
- What we’re looking for: We are always in need of articles about child development, education, and other aspects of family life. We’re also delighted to receive articles about fun things to do (especially things we don’t already know about) with kids.
- No matter the topic, the piece should be directly relevant to parents in Southern California, with the voices of local parents and/or other sources as appropriate. Articles should not only give readers information, but tell them how they can use it. And make sure that information is thoroughly researched, and backed up with quotes from experts in the field – again, as appropriate.
- We prefer articles that are 800 – 1,500 words in length, and rarely run anything longer. Bonus points for compelling sidebars, info-graphics, and photographs that we can publish. (If you provide photos, we’ll need model releases for everyone pictured.)
- We are not looking for reprints, new monthly columns or poetry. We rarely work with writers living outside our coverage area.
Mom Reporters: Not a professional writer, but want to share your views or experience?
We do accept opinionated essays and first-hand stories about visits to local attractions, etc., from readers. Just put your prose into an email or MS Word document and send it along, plus photos if you have them. We generally publish this material online.
How to submit:
Please send all queries via email to Christina Elston at firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line “Query.” We do not accept simultaneous submissions.