Writers’ Guidelines 2015

The Family Magazine, Sassy Magazine & BOOM Magazine


Every page provides smart, practical solutions to help moms of young children (typically ten and under) to raise happy, healthy families.  With a particular emphasis on the concerns and issues faced by all mothers today, The Family Magazine fills a need as the only family-focused magazine in the four-county Michiana area and targets a mom with kids ages ten and under. Family Magazine delivers essential advice for tough parenting challenges; provides fun suggestions for family activities; offers healthy resources; and showcases projects to create a well-rounded family.  The Family Magazine helps moms look and feel their best by delivering the latest health, diet and fitness news, and beauty and fashion tips as well as parenting.


We ask writers to interview local experts who are authorities in their field.  To ensure we remain family–focused, every article should include a local family or parent voice.  We also publish profiles of outstanding families and family organizations, interviews with local family parenting experts, reviews of family books and relevant snapshots of local families.  We incorporate photography to accompany articles as well.  If you are interested in submitting a story or photograph, we ask that you examine our previous issues and familiarize yourself with the subject matter and tone of our magazines.

Inquiries and Proposals for Articles, Columns and Photography

Submissions will not be accepted without a query.  Simultaneous queries are okay.  We may not respond unless we wish to publish. Articles should be written in AP style and submitted electronically as Word documents to Jessy@MichianaFamilyMagazine.com.  Keep attachments to a minimum.  Also, please include your name, address, phone fax and email.  Do not cut and paste or type into the body of an email.  Submissions must be single-spaced, aligned left, with no indent at the beginning of paragraphs and a hard return at the end of paragraphs.  Remove all hyperlinks, bold, italics and underline and type in 12-point font.  No article will be accepted outside of these parameters.


We require that any inquiries concerning future article topics be submitted AT LEAST TWO MONTHS prior to the intended publication of the article.  We suggest writers examine our editorial calendar for information concerning the proposed focus of each month’s publication.  Please visit our website for more information.


When submitting a head shot or any other photograph, please ensure that the picture is taken vertically and is of good professional quality.  All photos should be submitted as high-resolution .jpg files.


If The FAMILY Magazines publishes your submission, we also retain web rights.

Included Images

All submissions are subject to editorial review and approval by The FAMILY Magazines and may be edited for grammar, content and length.

Research and References

All articles are held to the highest of standards.  Therefore, all submitted editorial content must be factual, unbiased and supported by expert opinions and research from multiple sources and references.  We also ask writers to provide a list of references used at the end of the article.

When it is appropriate to the content of the article, writers must make every effort to contact our advertisers to give a reference or quote when it pertains to their area of expertise.  Be sure to ask the editor for a list of appropriate references for a given article if you are unsure.  

When a writer cites information of more than a few lines, whether from online research or other articles and books, writers must not only attribute the information to the original author but must also receive permission from the original source to use the information.

Editorial will be handled directly by our editor.  The sales department has no influence or input over editorial and should not be addressed for any editorial requests or concerns.  Decisions regarding possible editorial content fall under the jurisdiction of the editor and publisher.  Therefore, editorial must be sent to the editor and not delivered through sales representatives or other third parties.  The editor does not control advertising content and the advertising department does not control or direct editorial.  *Please note: because advertising and editorial are completely independent from one another, we do not sell advertising packages that include space for editorial.

Articles From Businesses and Local Experts

For businesses interested in being an expert source for future editorial, a form is available through our sales representatives. This form is used as a source list for the editor when planning future articles. If you are interested in filling out the form, simply ask our sales representatives or email Jessy@MichianaFamilyMagazine.com.

Tip-Driven Editorial

Advertising presented in editorial format is clearly defined in the magazine as “SPECIAL ADVERTISING” and includes a special format, typeface, border and layout to differentiate it from the actual editorial pieces.

*The FAMILY Magazine has been a proud member of Parenting Media Association and adheres to the standards and mission set forth by that organization.

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