are guidelines for those considering contributing an article to Natural Life.
Please read them carefully prior to contacting us.
Natural Life is a forum for the sharing of
information among readers interested in eco-friendly, healthy living for
themselves and their families. Please
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
is friendly but not folksy, polished but not academic. We don't
mind being controversial, but avoid sensationalism.
Most of Natural Life'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
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
What We're Looking For (and not)
like how-to articles
that are positive and solutions-oriented about green living, minimalism, sustainable housing,
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
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
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, 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
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. 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 also like to barter for advertising.
Articles are accepted for publication on the 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 this 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 us, please query 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 some
articles by going to the website article index.
Submitting Your Article
Since Natural Life 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,
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
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
our editorial style. If major renovations are required, your article will be
returned to you with suggestions for reworking.
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.
We look forward to sharing your natural living experiences and knowledge
with our readers.
Editor Wendy Priesnitz