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Contributors' Guidelines

contributor guidelines for Natural Life MagazineHere are guidelines for those considering contributing an article to Natural Life Magazine. Please read them carefully prior to contacting us.

Who We Are

Natural Life Magazine is a forum for the sharing of information among readers interested in eco-friendly, healthy living for themselves and their families. Please learn more about the magazine before you query us.

What We Publish

Most of our articles – even ones that primarily discuss problems and issues – contain a strong how-to component with information that will help readers apply green living principles and practices to their daily lives. They also focus on empowering readers to think for themselves, to make and trust their own decisions, to live self-reliantly, and to get involved in making positive change in their own communities.

We are looking for articles written by people who are involved with and have first-hand knowledge of their topics. Knowing your topic is more important than being a great writer; we can help you with the "how" if you know the "what." Our style is friendly but not folksy, polished but not academic. We don't mind being controversial, but avoid sensationalism.

Most of Natural Life Magazine's readers are quite knowledgeable about green and healthy living issues, so articles should not be presented at a basic or "entry" level. We are looking for in-depth coverage of topics that aren't covered in other magazines or media, and for a new perspective on green living, social change, and wellness topics. For a profile of our readership, please see the results of this survey.

We have subscribers across the United States, in Canada, Australia and the UK, and in many other English-speaking countries around the world, so articles should be written accordingly. 

What We're Looking For (and not)

We like how-to articles that are positive and solutions-oriented about green living, minimalism, sustainable housing, wellness, organic gardening, non-coercive parenting, and democratic education, as well as interviews with and profiles of people (known and unknown) who are making a difference in these areas.

We occasionally accept well researched articles on natural health, but not about natural health products. If you propose an article on this topic, please be prepared to back it up with solid research. We and our readers are skeptics about everything from Big Pharma to alternative therapies, with our trust leaning towards the latter.

If you are considering submitting an eco-travel article, please note that we do not encourage air travel for tourism purposes and do not promote commercial properties in our articles.

From the education perspective, we are especially looking for real-life personal experiences of people who have learned without conventional schooling – either academic subjects or life skills – as well as articles about democratic schools and progressive education. (We also publish Life Learning Magazine), which is devoted entirely to homeschooling, unschooling and self-education so you might want to submit there instead.)

From the natural parenting perspective, please note that we are pro-breastfeeding and adhere to the World HeaIth Organization's International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes. (We also publish Natural Child Magazine, which is devoted entirely to natural parenting, so you might want to submit there instead.)

Gardening, farming, and landscaping articles must focus on organic, biodynamic, permaculture, or other natural methods and not employ agricultural chemicals or polluting machinery.

Food-related articles, including recipes, should not contain unhealthy ingredients. They should avoid references to specific products, brands, and companies. We don't favor one type of diet over another, but do promote organic, locally sourced, and home-grown food. Any health claims made must be backed up with evidence of unbiased research.

Remuneration and Copyright

We are not able to pay contributors. You will receive a one-year subscription, and your bio at the end of the article can include a link to your business website or blog. If you provide us with a photo of yourself, it and your bio will also be included on our contributors page. We like to barter for advertising.

Articles are accepted for publication in a particular issue of Natural Life Magazine. We require your permission to publish the article in the digital magazine and to possibly have it appear for free on our website and in annual article compilations, and as part of third-party versions licensed by libraries and researchers, or other such offerings of the issue's articles. Writers retain all other rights to their work, and are therefore free to contribute their articles to other magazines or websites without our permission, and to publish it on their own blog or website (with a link to Natural Life Magazine's website if possible). 

How to Query Us

If you have read and agree to these guidelines, and when you have a specific article idea that you think would be suitable for Natural Life Magazine, please query us by email with an outline of the proposed article. We would like to know how the article will benefit our readers, why the topic is timely, how it differs from other articles on the topic that we have recently published, and why you’re the appropriate writer to discuss the topic. Please identify your type of sources: if you’ll be writing from personal experience, interviewing primary sources, or researching the topic in books and on the Internet. 

We appreciate knowing if your article has been published elsewhere in the past, or if you have submitted it to other publications recently. We also need to know if you have any business affiliation with any person, organization, or company mentioned in the article.

Prospective contributors are encouraged to read an issue or two before querying us. You can also read a variety of articles on all the topics we cover by going to the website article index.

Submitting Your Article

Optimum length for articles is 2,500 words, although that is just a guideline; since we're a digital magazine, length is flexible.

Since Natural Life Magazine is not a professional journal, we generally do not publish footnotes and request that you work source attributions into the body of the article. Most articles are accompanied by short sidebars, which provide additional how-to and resource information about your topic. Your submission should, where appropriate, include resource suggestions for these sidebars, such as book titles, website links, organizations, etc.

If you wish to submit photographs to accompany your article, they should be medium to high resolution (200 dpi, 6-inches largest measurement minimum) electronic files in JPG format. Please include photo credit information and suggest captions (although we may not caption the photos). If the photographs have been taken by someone other than the writer, we require a release signed by the photographer. If you are submitting photos that include recognizable individuals other than you, you should have a release form on file signed by those recognizable individuals or a parent/legal guardian. We reserve the right not to include your photos if they don't fit with our layout or are not of sufficient quality.

Please spell-check and remove fancy formatting from your article prior to sending it to us (and it's a good idea also to spell-check your query because we use that as a guide to your ability to prepare a coherent article). Your article will be edited for spelling, punctuation, grammar, clarity, space, and consistency in tune with the editorial style of Natural Life Magazine. If major renovations are required, your article will be returned to you with suggestions for reworking.

We use gender-neutral language and appreciate our writers structuring their work to avoid referring to all people as "he" (accepted articles will be edited to reflect this policy). We reserve the right to edit or change your suggested title.

Deadlines

Editorial deadlines are November 15 (for Jan/Feb issue), January 15 (for Mar/April), March 15 (for May/June), May 15 (for July/Aug), July 15 (for Sept/Oct, and September 15 (for Nov/Dec).

We look forward to sharing your natural living experiences and knowledge with the readers of Natural Life Magazine.

Contact

Editor Wendy Priesnitz
Email: editor@NaturalLifeMagazine.com

   

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