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Thank you for your interest in writing for San Diego Family Magazine.
We accept editorial submissions from professional, conscientious, detail-oriented writers who specialize in kids, parenting or topics of interest to families. Find a detailed list of topics in our Editorial and Advertising Planner.
San Diego Family is a free, monthly parenting publication with circulation of 100,000 print issues throughout San Diego County and a free online digital magazine. We are the local experts on kid-friendly activities and family life in San Diego. Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for San Diego County families by providing articles, information and resources that support the importance and pleasure of parenting. Our readers are parents and caregivers of children ages 0–18.Family Magazine also publishes two annual publications: 1) “Flourishing Families, the Parent Resource Guide for Children with Special Needs,” and 2) “Out & About, the Local and Visitor's Guide to San Diego County.” San Diego Family is also the parent company of the nonprofit Special Needs Resource Foundation of San Diego.
What We’re Looking For
We want well-written, thought-provoking feature articles with relevant sidebars (700–1,000 words) and short features (400–700 words) that focus on timely parenting issues and highlight local San Diego experts or content. Our readers may only have a few minutes to flip through the magazine, so we prefer an easy-to-read format with “chunks” of information. Stories should be relevant, compelling and use words efficiently. We want our readers to feel understood, supported, inspired or entertained.
• Reprint submissions are accepted, but preference is given to local writers. Please do not submit reprints that are older than 18 months (unless updated) as they tend to contain outdated information and trends. We prefer quotes from San Diego-area professionals.
Articles are due on the 10th of the month, two months prior to publication (e.g., Jan. 10 for the March issue); however the editorial calendar is filled 3–5 months in advance, so plan accordingly.
Rights and Exclusivity
San Diego Family requires first-time exclusive print rights and exclusive electronic rights in the SAN DIEGO COUNTY PARENTING MARKET for the first two months your material is published with SDFM. You will be asked to sign a Freelance Writer’s Agreement prior to publication of your piece. Simultaneous submissions to other parenting publications/websites outside of San Diego County are accepted. Since all SDFM publications are made into digital editions—and because our websites are extensions of our publications—online rights are assumed to be included in our purchase of your work. Your submission may appear in more than one of our publications or websites (San Diego Family, Flourishing Families or Special Needs Resource Foundation of San Diego). If you do not want your article to appear on our websites, please do not submit it to our magazine.
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Includes 12 monthly issues, plus our annual publication, Out & About.
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Includes 12 monthly issues, plus our annual publication, Out & About.
Our parents are active, engaged and outgoing fans who value family life.
They are constantly on the lookout for information covering outings with their family, tips on how to navigate parenting issues and discovering new services and products to make family life easier and more fulfilling!
Here's a peek at their demographics.
San Diego Family Magazine runs product reviews based on these categories:
Dads & Grads in June
Home & garden: January, April
Pregnancy and babies: July (with possible updates in May & October)
Seasonal products (Easter, Halloween, Christmas, etc.) during the month of that holiday.
Toys, gifts and games: four times per year in June, July, November and December
Toys and products are reviewed by teachers, daycare providers, parents and children. Items that receive the highest ratings will be included in our published review or included in our online review. We request two identical samples, one for review, the other for donation to local charities and children's organizations or used for promotional purposes.
Once or twice a year we review items for home (small appliances), family camping, kids snacks, healthy snack alternatives, baby items, home organizing tools, school supplies, etc. Our focus is on items that make life easier (or just better!) for parents and families.
Plan on your item reaching our offices 10 weeks prior to the issue you're interested in being considered for. A submission does not guarantee publication/promotion.
To have your product considered for review, send a sample, product information (including retail sales price, availability, website and high-res product images via flash drive or email), contact's name, email and mailing address to:
Lisa Gipson, Managing Editor
San Diego Family Magazine
1475 Sixth Avenue, 5th Fl.
San Diego, CA 92101
Product samples are not returned. If your product is chosen for review, we will notify you and provide a link to where the review appears.
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Updated: January 2019
San Diego Family Magazine
With 12 issues each year and more than 165,000 readers per month, San Diego Family Magazine is the only free family publication in San Diego County. Parents read, share and use the information they find in San Diego Family to make their family life better. Parents pick up their monthly guide from more than 1,500 distribution locations around the county. The digital version of San Diego Family is available online.
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Out & About with Kids
Out & About with Kids, San Diego Family Magazine’s guide for local and visiting families, features more than 250 kid-friendly adventures throughout San Diego County, including attractions, restaurants, hidden treasures and local highlights organized by neighborhood. This local travel guide is available each May just in time for summer break and can be picked up at schools, libraries, restaurants, the San Diego International Airport and hotels around the county.
Your ad can introduce or re-introduce your business to parents as they plan their family's adventure in San Diego County.
Flourishing Families: The Parent Resource Guide for Children with Special Needs
Feature your services and products to parents who have children with special needs such as ADHD, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Diabetes, Down Syndrome, Dyslexia, Epilepsy, Hearing & Visual Impairment, Muscular Dystrophy, Tourette Syndrome and more. Each year we print 15,000 copies of this much needed resource guide and distributed it to the San Diego Regional Center, Children’s Hospital, San Diego Unified Schools and additional target locations across San Diego County. The digital version of Flourishing Families is available online for easy access.
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Our parents’ lead busy lives and mobile plays a very important part. Our parents use their phones to search, educate, evaluate, plan, share and buy. On SanDiegoFamily.com we create mobile friendly articles to education, lists of events to plan weekends, gather similar resources to make searching easier all in effort to help parents have a better family life. Web visitors average 60,000 each month.
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San Diego Family's Guidelines for Writing BUSINESS Spotlight: Advertisers in the NewsAs part of its editorial focus, San Diego Family Magazine offers Business Spotlight columns in each issue. The purpose of this column is to acquaint our readers with the services and changes that you, our advertiser, want to publicize. This editorial opportunity is an excellent means to promote your special events and news items.Take advantage of this opportunity to enhance your advertising message by using an editorial format! Our goal is to better serve your marketing needs while meeting the needs of our readers. To help us do that, here are some guidelines to assist you when writing your Business Spotlight.
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Tony Andrews is the Advertising/Marketing Director for Point Loma, Pacific Beach, La Jolla, North County Coastal
Giovanni Baldan - is the Advertising/Marketing Director for South Bay, San Diego Downtown and Uptown
Crystal Grobner is the Advertising/Marketing Director for East County
Nicole Maggio is the Advertising/Marketing Director for North County Inland (including Scripps Ranch)