Writer Guidelines

Baton Rouge Parents Magazine’s articles and submissions must follow the following guidelines to be considered for print.

 

STORY REQUIREMENTS

In general, we expect freelancers to use good journalism and solid writing in their Baton Rouge Parents Magazinearticles. Here are some specific requirements we ask of our freelancers:

Multiple sources. A minimum of two sources. A 1,000-word story should have no fewer than two sources. Occasionally, some short pieces have just one source, but that is rare. Bottom line: Do thorough reporting.

  1. Any story 1,000 words or more should have at least one sidebar. Sometimes it’s an info box referring readers to more information from a local organization. Sometimes it’s a list of tips related to the story’s subject. Readers like having information broken up for them and they enjoy multiple points of entry into a story, so we value freelancers who are mindful of that.
  2. We largely subscribe to Chicago style. Freelancers should follow this style when writing their stories for us. We will make any slight adjustments in the few areas we deviate from Chicago style, only if it is necessary.

 

STORY FORMATTING

Your finished story should be single-spaced with a hard return at each new paragraph without design elements. Do not indent for new paragraphs and include only one space after punctuation marks. Font should be Times New Roman, 12-point. Include a suggested headline for your story.

Subheads (i.e., within the body copy) are strongly encouraged for stories 1000 words or more.

We prefer stories to be sent as an attachment. Please include the name and phone number of sources at the end of story, in case we have follow-up questions. With your submission, please include references for any claims made in your article.

 

STORY PITCHES

We welcome queries and submissions, especially from local freelancers. These pitches should be emailed to editorial@brparents.com. Here are a few factors to consider before sending your pitch:

Make it local. We are looking for stories and sources that reflect the communities we cover: East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Ascension, Livingston, and Zachary parishes. Therefore, southeast Louisiana ideas and sources are preferred.

Pitch early. Please be mindful that content for Baton Rouge Parents Magazine is determined months in advance. Therefore, story ideas should be pitched a good two-three months before the month it would run. This is particularly important for seasonally anchored stories.


Simultaneous submissions are OK.
 Make sure they are marked as such, and please notify us if the submission has been accepted by another publication.

Please be patient. A response time of 8-12 weeks is normal. If your submission is accepted you will be notified and a general timeframe for publication will be provided. Because of the high volume of submissions and queries we receive, responding to each pitch will take time.

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