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:

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). 

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?


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.


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!