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April 23, 2009

21st Century Family: Guidelines

Filed under: Uncategorized — suebe @ 1:31 am
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I’ve been itching to share my big news with everyone but had to wait until we had a sample table of contents and guidelines ready to go.   It was like waiting for Christmas to get here, but like Christmas the big day has finally arrived. 

I am the managing editor of a new virtual magazine, 21st Century Family, focusing on parenting and family. We are pulling together our first issue — a test issue to run by potential advertisers.   Obvsiously, this means that we need writers, writers who get the kind of content we want (see below).   We (as in we had to pull together guidelines) are myself, Bob Mehsikomer and the guys at Digital Integration Services.  I’m responsible for gathering content.  They will make it all wondrous and digital just like they do with Simply Fishing

If you have questions, let me know!

21st Century Family

Check out what we still need for the next issue by clicking here.

Think of 21st Century Family as that friend you love to meet for coffee — uplifting, encouraging, and fun.  The friend who can laugh at your child’s sense of adventure.  We’re here to encourage our readers to enjoy their families.  

21st Century Family is 100% freelance written, and we welcome queries and submissions. Articles and columns must have a positive tone.  We encourage readers to act, not just to react.  Although articles may be written from the perspective of a particular religion, we are an international publication and thus readers practice a wide variety of faiths.  That said, for the time being our core audience is in the US and middle class. 

Do not submit press releases disguised as articles.  

At this time, we are putting together the “test issue” of 21st Century Family.  What’s a test issue?   Our plans are to launch a bi-monthly magazine that will go monthly in the not-too-distant future.  Before we can do that, we need to build an income stream and that means finding advertisers.  To find advertisers, we need a magazine for our sales staff to shop around.  That’s what the “test issue” will be, the carrot the sales department needs to show potential advertisers what we can do.  This issue will have the same basic table of contents, broken down between features and columns, as our regular issues. 


  • 2, 2000 word articles, $200.00 each
  • 4, 1000 word articles, $100.00 each
  • 3, 650 word articles, $75.00 each


  • “A, B, C and 1, 2, 3,” 650 word column, $75.00
    Topic: Education and learning.
  • “A+ Parents,” 650 word column $75.00
    Topic: Profiles of unique, positive parents.  Who do you want to be like before your kids grow up?
  • Crafty Kids,” 650 word column $75.00
    Topic: Something to do on a rainy day or for one-on-one time between a child and an adult.  Hands-on activities for busy minds.
  • “Family Places,” 650 word column $75.00
    Topic:  Family friendly destinations and locations worldwide.  Museums, parks, nature areas and more that have both adult and kid appeal.
  • “Family Spaces,” 650 word column $75.00
    Topic: Spaces in the home, from great kids rooms to living rooms and kitchens, that include kid friendly space but look good enough to have company over.  Can include ways to organize, declutter, and decorate.
  • “Frugal Families,” 650 word column $75.00
    Topic: Money saving tips for both necessities and the fun things in life.
  • “Kids Can,” 650 word column $75.00
    Topic: Profiles of amazing kids who get things done. 
  • “Kids Connect,” 650 word column $75.00
    Topic:  Sites and on-line communities for families and kids.
  • “LOL,” 650 word column $75.00
    Topic: Humorous essays to help keep the serious business that is parenting in perspective. 
  • “Parents Plus,” 650 word column $75.00
    Topic: Information on parental relationships and things just for you, the parent.
  • “Ready . . . Set . . . Go,” 650 word column $75.00
    Topic: The place for fun activities and games.   Things to help kids and parents get up and move.
  • “Safety First,” 650 word column $75.00
    Topic: Recalls and other safety issues.
  • “SOS,” 650 word column $75.00
    Topic: This column addresses issues in parenting.  “What do I do when my kid (fill in the blank)?”
  • “Time to Eat,” 650 word column $75.00
    Topic: Space for family friendly recipes including fun things kids can make themselves.  Also themed party menus, camp out meals, picnics and more.
  • “20 Minutes a Day,” 650 word column $75.00
    Topic: Literacy experts tell us that reading 20 minutes a day develops reading skills and lifelong reading habits.  This column reviews books for young readers and books on family and parenting issues.

Photographs: A good photograph can help sell your article.  We pay $10.00/photograph used. 

Rights:   One time rights.  When we have things up and running, each issue will be archived for 1 year on-line.  One month after publication, you may sell the piece elsewhere although we do ask that you credit 21st Century Family.

Payment: 21st Century Family pays upon publication.  For this test issue, payment will be processed in August, 2009.

By submitting your work to 21st Century Family, you are agreeing to these rights and terms. 
Submitting Your Work: All submission must come in the body of the e-mail.  We will open no attachments.  Just copy and paste your work into the e-mail.  This may mean that you lose some formatting but it helps us avoid viruses.  Begin your subject line with either “Query” or “Submission.”  No one wants to delete your message thinking it is spam.

Send your submissions to: Sue Bradford Edwards, 21st Century Family Managing Editor,



  1. Congratulations, Sue. It looks great.

    Comment by Lyon — April 24, 2009 @ 3:27 am | Reply

  2. Sue, this looks great! Soon as I can scrape my mind back together after my trip to Montana, I will get serious and submit something.

    Comment by leslie wyatt — April 27, 2009 @ 1:37 pm | Reply

    • Hi Everyone,
      Just a quick note to let you know that I’ve had a few really good questions about the guidelines. I’ve got a call into the publisher and after he and I discuss it, I’ll post an amended guidelines. I will also post, probably tomorrow, to let everyone know what sections are still open. Don’t worry! There are still plenty of opportunities. I just seem to be getting a lot in just a few areas.

      Comment by suebe — April 27, 2009 @ 4:40 pm | Reply

  3. Congratulations, Sue! How exciting!

    Comment by Sharon — April 27, 2009 @ 11:15 pm | Reply

  4. Sue, would you happen to have a coule of sample articles available?



    Comment by leslie wyatt — April 28, 2009 @ 12:04 pm | Reply

    • Hi Leslie,
      No, I don’t have any samples ready yet, but I’m working on it. Think chatty and fun but informative. Does that help?

      Comment by suebe — April 29, 2009 @ 3:45 am | Reply

  5. Yes, thanks.

    Comment by leslie wyatt — April 29, 2009 @ 10:59 am | Reply

  6. You are amazing–but we always knew that! I’m so excited for you!

    Comment by Lynnea — May 4, 2009 @ 6:28 pm | Reply

    • Lynnea,
      Thank you! It is exciting!

      I’ve always heard editors say how much they look forward to finding a treasure in the slush pile. Now, I really understand because I have found some great treasures. People are sending me things I never would have thought to ask for.

      Comment by suebe — May 4, 2009 @ 9:40 pm | Reply

  7. […] If you need a look at the full guidelines, you can find them here.  […]

    Pingback by 21st Century Family — What we still need « One Writer’s Journey — May 6, 2009 @ 2:51 am | Reply

  8. Another question for you, Sue. Do you have the demographics for readership?



    Comment by leslie wyatt — May 6, 2009 @ 8:31 pm | Reply

    • Hi Leslie,
      Although we are aiming toward an international audience, at this time our core audience will be middle class and living in the US. Does that help?

      Comment by suebe — May 8, 2009 @ 12:22 am | Reply

  9. Yes. One more question–are you targeting parents of younger children or up to teen and adult children as well?


    Comment by leslie wyatt — May 11, 2009 @ 1:08 pm | Reply

    • Leslie,
      Children of all ages. I haven’t received anything that included college age or above, but I wouldn’t reject it for simply that.

      Comment by suebe — May 11, 2009 @ 4:22 pm | Reply

  10. Sue,

    I think I missed what the topics are your 2000 word and 650 word features.

    BTW, I’m a grandmother of 12 (three children). Would you take work from people who have already raised their children?

    Thank you,

    Jean Ann Williams

    Comment by Jean Ann Williams — May 11, 2009 @ 2:40 pm | Reply

    • Jean Ann,
      I don’t have specific topics for the features. I want to see what ideas the freelance community can deliver.

      Although it likely helps to have had children, it isn’t a requirement. I’m sure numerous teachers who have no children of their own could contribute wonderful articles as can grandparents.


      Comment by suebe — May 11, 2009 @ 4:25 pm | Reply

  11. […] 21st Century Family — Issue #1 Filed under: Uncategorized — suebe @ 2:34 am Tags: 21st Century Family Special thanks to everyone who has submitted articles for the first issue, or subsequent issues, of 21st Century Family.  As of today, I have commitments for all of the features and columns for the first issue.   That doesn’t mean I won’t look at anything else but it does mean that it might be a while before I can use it.  If you need a look at the full guidelines, you can find them here.  […]

    Pingback by 21st Century Family — Issue #1 « One Writer’s Journey — May 29, 2009 @ 2:34 am | Reply

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