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WRITER’S GUIDELINES

Current As Of January 2009

Thank you for your interest in Western New York Family Magazine, which was founded in 1984 as an 8-page newsletter called "Mother's Lifeline."


Now running 64-80 pages per issue, WNY Family is a 90% freelance-written, subscription and free courtesy copy publication — both in a conventional "hard copy" print edition and an online "3D" digital edition launched in January 2009. Our print edition has a monthly audited circulation of 25,000 copies concentrated in Erie and Niagara Counties of the Buffalo, New York metro area.

 

EDITORIAL FOCUS

Articles submitted should address current parenting issues with a Western New York tie-in whenever possible. Strong emphasis is placed on how and where to find family-oriented events, as well as goods and services for children, in Western New York (the Buffalo metro area).

 

Each issue has an "Up Front" focus article with appropriate sidebars, as well as additional articles, regular columns (children’s books, family travel, “The Newbie Dad,” single parenting, tweens & teens, internet/technology, restaurant review) and a very popular centerfold calendar of events targeted to young, growing families...

We are interested in well-researched, non-fiction articles on surviving the newborn, preschool, school age and adolescent years. Our readers want practical information on places to go and things to do in the Buffalo area and nearby Canada. They enjoy humorous articles about the trials and tribulations of parenthood as well as "how-to" articles (i.e., organizing a child's room, keeping your sanity while shopping with preschoolers, ideas for holidays and birthdays, etc.) Articles on making a working parent's life easier are of great interest as are articles written by fathers. We prefer a warm, conversational style of writing.


Themes which repeat annually are: Birthday Celebrations (January issue), Cabin Fever (February), Caring For Our Aging Parents (March), Having A Baby and The Special Needs Child (April), Mother's Day (May), Father's Day (June), Healthy Child, Healthy Family and Travel/Vacation (July), Summer Fun (August), Back to School (September), Halloween Happenings (October), Family Issues and Exploring Education and Holiday Happenings (December).

Because this is a regional publication, LOCAL writers are given preference, but ALL authors are given equal consideration based on their writing skill, style and the appropriateness of subject matter.


THE SPECIFICS

We publish an article anywhere from 1 month to 18 months after receipt. "Evergreen" articles are highly desirable. Seasonal pieces must be submitted at least 3 months in advance of the issue month. We prefer completed manuscripts over queries as our staff is small and our time is limited.


We buy first rights or reprint rights. Simultaneous submissions to other parenting publications are accepted. We will not use articles simultaneously submitted to or previously printed by other LOCAL publications. No kill fee. LOCAL professionals currently practicing in the topic field of the article they submit are not compensated other than receiving an author credit noting their credentials and the location of their practice.

 

We no longer accept paper submissions. Paste your submission into your e-mails and also attach the Word file. Send your submission to Michele@wnyfamilymagazine.com. Include name, address, phone, e-mail address, number of words in the article and a two sentence bio to be used at end of article.

 

Please note when typing your article that simple formatting is best. Fancy word-processing layouts only bog down our layout department, as your formatting has to be removed before we can place your work into our page formats. Also, when you type for publication, there should only be ONE SPACE after the period at the end of a sentence. Although that violates the rule you learned in typing class, when doing page layouts via computer, that extra space causes problems and each one has to be removed. (That makes our layout department very grumpy!!)


We receive so many submissions that we DO NOT critique or respond to unsolicited manuscripts. If your unsolicited article is used, you won't necessarily be notified in advance. (We do not require exclusivity since we do not have a direct competitor in our market.) You will promptly receive a check approximately 10 days after the print issue is published.

 

For a sample copy of Western New York Family, send $2.50 and a self-addressed 9x12 large envelope.

READERSHIP

Readership is largely composed of families with children ages newborn to 14 years.

  • 65% have children under age 5
  • 71% have children ages 5-12 years
  • 21% have children ages 13-18 years

Although most of the paid subscriptions are in the name of the mother in the household, 89% of fathers also read some part of the publication. Readers have a wide variety of backgrounds but 88% are college educated, 16% with advanced degrees. 76% have an annual household income of $50,000 or more.

 

If you have questions about any of the information on
this page please contact:

Michele Miller, Editor & Publisher
3147 Delaware Ave - Suite B
Buffalo, NY 14217
PHONE: (716) 836-3486
FAX: (716) 836-3680
E-MAIL: michele@wnyfamilymagazine.com

 

PAYMENT

Payment is made upon publication. Pays $35-$200 depending on type and length of article. (For example, narrative and humor articles rate less on the pay scale than pieces which necessitate factual research and quotes from experts.) Pays $40 for up to 950 word articles or humorous pieces. Pays $40-$60 for up to 1500 word non-fiction, informational or creative idea pieces. Pays up to $100-200 for in-depth, non-fiction main theme articles of approximately 2,500-3,000 words. And additional 10% is paid for online rights; with a minimum of $10 per article.


Note that since entire issues are posted to our web site, online rights are assumed to be included in our purchase of your work.

 

Be sure to include your complete name, address and contact information on your manuscript, as your introductory e-mail can become separated from your article and we may not be able to locate you for payment!