Writer Guidelines

We are currently accepting most submissions on spec; in other words, we generally need to see a finished (or nearly-finished) piece before agreeing to publication. Stories with the following qualities are particularly attractive to our publication:

Local
We look for stories with quotes from experts or parents in the Greater Sacramento region, or even a sidebar with local resources or  related/upcoming event(s). 

Timely
Remember when… the vaccines-and-autism debate was all over the news? Hazardous toys were turning up in every store aisle? Research came out on the effects of BPA? The Sacramento Children’s Museum announced it would open in 2010? (The list goes on.) Sacramento Parent offered coverage and local resources to our readers on all of these topics and more, often weeks or months before many larger publications had answers. And we continue to strive toward serving up  all kinds of stories to help parents—particularly moms—make sense of the latest issues, for themselves, their families and their communities.

Entertaining or Compelling
Envision a smart, hip mom with a great sense of humor, a sensitive side, and way too much on their to-do list most days. (96% of our readers are women, and over 80% of them are college-educated.) They're probably sleep-deprived and uber-busy. Put yourself in their shoes and ask yourself: would I want to read this? What would compel me? And what would I get out of it?

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Note: Editorial staff has the right to edit copy and make final decisions on page layout. We are not always able to provide writers with final drafts before printing.

EDITORIAL CALENDAR

Monthly Editorial Focus + Advertising Highlights

January: Private Schools | Tech and Social


February: Public, Charter + Homeschool | Couple Time | Dental


March: Preschool + Childcare | Ready Set Camp | Spring Break


April: Babies| Sleep Away Camps | Living Green


May: Motherhood | Day Camps 


June: The Party Issue! | Go Play! | Dads


July: Education and Enrichment | Giving Back


August: Back to School | Pets


September: After-school Activities 


October: Harvests and Haunts | Fall Activities | Foster


November: Adoption | Giving Thanks | Year-round Activities


December: Holidays | Health and Wellness | Local Scene

Ancillary Calendar

January: The Source Book


November: Babies & Bumps

Still have questions?

Send a note to the editor!