Chicago Parent is a parenting news magazine. We
offer a lively editorial mix with a distinctly local focus and a
"we're all in this together" spirit. We seek to include new voices,
but we use only local writers. Articles submitted by writers who
have not previously written for Chicago Parent are on
Reader Essays are a great way to get published.
These parent essays, written on speculation, are told in
first-person in 400 to 500 words, with a provided photograph. We
receive about 15-20 essays a month so the essays selected usually
have a lingering message, humor or other traits that set them
Our larger feature articles tackle a wide range of timely topics
for local families, including issues relating to childcare and
education, balancing work and family and handling the everyday joys
and challenges of parenting. We ask writers to use the best experts
on a subject-national and local, but almost every story should use
local parent voices and children when possible. And we want a news
peg -- a reason for doing the story.
Queries and Pitches
We do not reprint stories, whether from a blog online or in
another publication. Email queries or pitches to Editor Tamara L.
O'Shaughnessy at [email protected].
Please include your phone number, address and email. We do not
accept pitches through the mail or fax. For Going Places, our
quarterly must-read for things to do in Chicago and the suburbs,
email Going Places Editor Liz DeCarlo directly.
Short articles are 300-400 words in length, payment is $25-$50,
depending on the reporting. Reader essays pay $50-$100 depending on
published length. The average feature story is 800 to 1,500 words
in length. Payment varies depending on the writer's experience and
the relationship with Chicago Parent, but begins at $100
for a one-page story of 800 words. We pay upon publication. Checks
are disbursed on the first week of the month of the publication.
Invoices are necessary.
Chicago Parent also buys illustrations to accompany
articles. Payment depends upon the quality.
We buy one-time print publication rights for Chicago
Parent with exclusive first North American publishing rights
as well as electronic rights allowing us to place the material on
our Web site. If we reprint an article in our semi-annual
Chicago Baby or quarterly Going Places, we will
Articles should be submitted electronically. Text files may be
sent to us at [email protected][email protected]
For commissioned material; typically we pay 10 percent of the
manuscript fee. There is no kill fee for first-time submissions,
even when commissioned.