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Guidelines for Contributing to NYMetroParents Media

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NYMetroParents has opportunities for professioanl writers and aspiring writers alike, publishing personal essays by parents in the local community as well as advice from experts and features from seasoned writers in the parenting field—here's how to contribute to the NYMetroParents family of print publications and to the NYMetroParents.com website.

Davler Media Group publishes eight award-winning monthly magazines — Big Apple Parent, Queens Parent, Brooklyn Parent, Westchester Parent, Rockland Parent, Fairfield Parent, Suffolk Parent, and Nassau Parent.

In print through our eight titles, we reach 1 million parents each month in the NYC area. Our articles are also posted on our website, www.NYMetroParents.com. We’re the largest publisher of local parenting media in the country.

We accept both pitches and full pieces on spec from writers who reside (or have a business) in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Westchester, Rockland, Fairfield County, CT, or Long Island. We do not publish: memoirs, fiction, or poetry. Before you submit, please familiarize yourself with our brand by spending some time on our website.

We're most looking for the following, with a specific NY-Metro-area bent if at all possible:

Essays:  A real-life parenting experience, written in first person, that is likely to resonate with other NY-metro-area parents. We cast a broad net here: it can be about one day/one point in time, a milestone in your life as a parent or your child's life, or a parenting lesson you've learned. The tone can be funny, heartwarming, tear-jerking, thought provoking, or even educational. For samples of essays we loved, click here.

Expert Q & As: Local experts providing practical, actionable answers to common questions parents ask surrounding health, special needs, child development, camps, education, extracurricular activities, and party planning. If you're a local expert who'd like to help readers solve a problem, please submit your proposed question(s) and complete answer(s) along with a brief bio outlining your credentials at this link: Ask the Experts Submissions. We will let you know when your contribution is posted, and you'll also find along with the submission form a helpful guide with more details about contributing to this section.

Service Features: Articles that run about 800-1200 words on a range of topics, including family fun, family dynamics, child development, kid milestones like summer camp, birthday parties, or holiday celebrations, social concerns surrounding kids, school issues, and extracurricular/after-school activities. The goal of all our service features is to make our readers' lives easier. To that end, all our features must be focused on providing advice that will seem realistic and doable to a majority of local parents. We strongly prefer that all sources be based in the NY Metro area. Exceptions can be allowed in cases where the expertise or unique experience that the source offers is integral to the quality of the piece. Stories with a seasonal angle are welcomed. If you pitch an idea, please include two links to samples of your writing. If you choose to submit a prewritten piece on spec, make sure to include hed and dek suggestions, a sidebar, a pull quote, and contact info for anyone quoted.

Photo Essays: Similar to the written essays described above, but conveying the story in images rather than words. We run collections of beautiful photographs with a narrative thread. If you're a professional photographer or an avid amateur photographer with a group of 12-36 stunning photos that tell a child or parent story, we want to see them. All images must be hi-res jpgs. Please don't send individual pictures; we can only consider a group of related photos taken by the same photographer. Some stories we've already told in photo essays include a sibling relationship, life as a stay-at-home dad, learning to ride a bike, a first dance recital, and a school play. See an example here.

***Due to large numbers of submissions, we can't respond to every one, but rest assured all are read. We will reply if we have possible interest in assigning or buying a piece. Please allow four weeks for a reply. If you haven't heard from us within that time, feel free to submit your idea/work to other outlets.

Please email submissions, with "EDITORIAL SUBMISSION" as the subject, to:

Christina Vercelletto, Editor at Large

cvercelletto@davlermedia.com 

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