Mother Earth Living Submission Guidelines

Mother Earth Living tests all of our potential article topics with a group of online readers called our Editorial Advisory Group. We welcome queries at all times on topics suitable for any time of year. As we receive queries, we file them for future testing with our Editorial Advisory Group. If a topic scores well with this group, we contact the writer who pitched it to work out further details before potentially assigning the article. We conduct surveys with our Editorial Advisory Group every three to six months, so please note that your pitch will be tested in the survey we conduct in the months following your submission.

Query Format:

Please direct all queries to editor@motherearthliving.com. Provide a brief pitch of your article—a two- to three-sentence summary of the topic you wish to cover, the main points of the article, the approximate length and any formatting ideas you may have.

Contracts and Payments:

Once we determine we have interest in publishing your article, the assigning editor will contact you to discuss length, deadline and payment. When an agreement has been reached, you will receive a Mother Earth Living freelance contract by email detailing the assignment. Mother Earth Living buys non-exclusive first North American and reprint rights. Payment is upon publication. Please return the contract at your earliest convenience. After submission of the article, please submit an invoice to your assigning editor.

Tone of Articles:

We strive to create a readable, positive, user-friendly magazine that will be entertaining and informative for readers interested in living a healthy, environmentally conscious lifestyle. The best way to understand Mother Earth Living’s content and tone is to read the magazine, especially previous examples of articles similar to the one you’re working on. Various sections of the magazine have different requirements. Articles in the four departments—Home, Health, Food and Garden—should be succinct and shorter than features. Features are longer and frequently require vendor resources—information on where you can buy certain products.

Audience:

Our readers are smart, educated and savvy consumers who strive to create a healthy home and lifestyle for their families in our busy, modern world. Article topics should be informative, well-written and detailed enough that the reader can understand the basics of the topic, know enough to get started, and learn where to turn for further information. While our readers are well-versed in the topics of sustainable and healthy lifestyles, they are often venturing into new topics for the first time or digging in to supplement basic knowledge, so your tone should address the smart, capable beginner.

Revisions/Rewrites:

We reserve the right to return an assigned manuscript that is deemed unacceptable for a rewrite at no additional cost to Mother Earth Living. This may include doing additional research, rewriting for clarity, or smoothing out problematic sections. If upon those changes, the manuscript is still deemed unacceptable, a “non-use fee”—25 percent of the initial fee—will be paid, and the article will not be used.



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