Thank you. We greatly appreciate
your interest in writing for Mahogany Baby. Our magazine
is based on a foundation of reader-submitted work. We welcome
unsolicited articles, and we encourage you to familiarize
yourself with our publishing goals.
Our main objective is to be
truly helpful, to provide information that empowers our
readers to make changes and supports them in being their
own experts. We like articles that have a strong point of
view and come from the heart, that are challenging or evocative.
Our choice of articles depends on the other material we
have published on the subject, how new the topic is to us,
and how unique the presentation is. It helps if you include
Familiarize yourself with Mahogany
Baby. We are more likely to publish your article if you
are a Mahogany Baby reader and are familiar with the issues
we discuss. Think about the subjects you know well and those
that are under covered. Mahogany Baby is a bi-monthly publication
and we regularly cover subject areas that inlcude:
These quick and essential tips give busy parents, and organization-challenged
parents ways to improve their homes allowing healthier and
Because Dad is all too often missed, dissed and overlooked
when it comes to baby, parenting and even family, the magazine
has dedicated this special page to those fathers who will
express how they really feel and how they contribute to
baby, parenting and family.
This is a reflection on overlooked historical figures such
as Beah Richards whom have contributed greatly to the Black
community and the world at large.
People are people, and our readers are people too who need
a healthy outlet to vent. Mahogany Baby provides a therapeutic
way of dealing with whatever is on their minds. This is
where the readers exhale all their frustrations to a healthier
view on life.
We publish several poems in each issue. Please send us no
more than two to four pieces at a time.
Queries: We encourage
you to send a query if you are unsure of our interest in
the topic of your article. A query is a one-page specific
description and outline of your article. You can query us
on more than one topic at a time.
The length of an article is not a
significant consideration. Although we recommend 2,000 words,
do not let length be a limitation. Say what you have to
Double space your manuscript and leave
one-inch side margins for possible notations. When submitting
an electronic file, please save your article as an MS Word
document and e-mail it as an attachment.
The availability of photos enhances the appeal of your article
to us. Photos should be sent electronically in
JPEG format (72 dpi, 60k max.). We will need high-resolution
images if we publish your piece.
Please do not send us an article that
you have already submitted elsewhere unless you have had
the article returned or have heard that it is not going
to be used. Also, please, do not send book-length manuscripts.
We prefer to publish only original material, but will occasionally
publish excerpts from books.
Keep a copy of your article. We may
return submissions after consideration, but suggest that
you keep a copy for your files.
Please include a brief biographical
sketch at the end of your submission so that we can print
it if your article is used.
Please include your name, address,
phone number, and e-mail address on the first page of your
manuscript, as well as your name and the page number on
each subsequent page. Include your phone number and e-mail
with all correspondence.
Our procedure is to read and respond
to articles within four to six weeks of receiving them.
This can be a long time to wait, especially if you are eager
for a reply. Please be patient. Contact us if you wish to
inquire about your manuscript before hearing from us.
Once an article is received and we
retain it, we may want to keep it for several issues; we
plan quite a bit in advance and may have already selected
articles for upcoming issues before we receive your article.
Final decisions are made only after all articles on hand
are evaluated. Even when an article is selected for an issue,
it may be pulled for lack of space. These uncertainties
make it difficult for us to be as specific in our acceptance
as we would like; we appreciate your understanding of this
creative process. We try not to keep an article longer than
six months to a year because, although we may like it, we
feel it should have a chance in another market.
Our hardest task is returning articles
that we cannot use. We try to be honest in our replies,
but it is not always possible to provide in-depth feedback.
We evaluate all articles in light of the other articles
we have on hand, when last we covered the subject, and our
readers' interest in the subject matter. We retain only
a small percentage of the articles we receive. Returning
a manuscript is not a personal rejection; it is a practical
consideration. We encourage you to submit your manuscript
elsewhere if we cannot accept it.
At present, we do not pay for articles,
but hope to in the near future. The author retains the rights
to the article after publication. We accept articles on
a speculative basis, so even if we have expressed an interest
in, or have given you the go-ahead on, a proposed article,
we cannot guarantee its publication.
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