Published ten times a year, with a combined issue for July/August and December/January. Generally, the magazine arrives in your mailbox on the 1st of the month. New members should receive their first magazine within two months of joining. If you do not, please confirm that your address is correct on Big Tent, and then contact membership. Our magazine circulation rate is approximately 200 copies.

Featured in our April 2015 Edition

Enjoying EGG-cellent Days with My Little Bunny

By Suzanne Moore
I love my little bunny, Lorelai, very much.  She will be 19 months this April and I am EGG-cited to begin our Spring adventures.  We are going to hop right into creating family traditions starting with Easter. Tips on eater egg dying, festive snacks and games to enjoy with your little one. Join now for full article.

Books for Kids: Celebrating Springtime 

Bunnies and ducklings and butterflies, oh my! Springtime is in the air. Let’s ring in Spring with these beautiful books that speak to weather, nature, baby animals, and fun ways to explore the season! Join now to view a full list of books.  

Books for Moms: Shelf Help 

We all have short falls.  We all stumble.  The best moms realize this and self-reflect on how to make changes to avoid unwanted pain and suffering.  Books can be a great benefit by learning from others experiences and reflections to foster a deeper level of understanding for ourselves. Maybe one of these shelf help books will inspire you to take that next step towards personal growth. Join now to view a full list of books. 

The magazine accepts advertising from outside sources; Please note: SRMC members receive discounts on advertising rates. Our professional SRMC magazine is a useful resource for our members and therefore is an excellent way for businesses like yours to receive exposure.  Your ad would be seen by nearly 200 local moms and their family members each month. Some members view our magazine online in beautiful full print and some choose to receive a hard copy delivered to their home

For more information about advertising in our SRMC Magazine please contact our advertising coordinator or download our ad guidelines here.

See our Article Guideline if you would like to contribute to the magazine. If you are interested in joining our team as a writer, copy editor, designer, photographer, or other role, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SRMC Magazine Writers' Guidelines 

Are you a local writer interested in topics that relate to family life here in the Bay Area? Are you a professional wishing to write on topics you feel are important for young families?

The SRMC magazine is targeted to mothers of children six years and younger who live in Sonoma County. It is a 25+ page full-color magazine published 10 times per year. July-August and December-January are combined issues.

Our Readers

We have a circulation of approximately 200 magazines per month. Our readers receive the magazine free as part of their yearly membership to the SRMC. Most are first-time mothers with a child under 18 months of age. They are well educated and most of them work, striving to do the best for their children, even as they juggle busy lives and home. They expect the SRMC magazine to give them practical no-nonsense parenting advice, as well as local family travel, health and education ideas.

What We Are Looking For

We are looking for writers who are conscientious and fact-check their work, for writers who do not write to advertise their business but write to inform our readers in an objective manner.

Our articles range from short features on specific topics (between 500 and 1,000 words) to longer investigative journalism pieces (1,500 to 2,500 words) based on real-life experience and solid research to present all angles of an issue. We tackle controversial topics, as well as more classic ones, as long as they are well-documented and inspiring. Humor is always a plus, particularly if it helps convey sensitive points. We expect from our writers that they talk to three local sources considered authorities on the topic at hand.

Perform all the legwork for the reader and list resources (web and non-web), answering the obvious questions: Who? What? Where? When? Why? How much? Whom can I call? What's the number

Always use local, real-life situations and people to illustrate your topic.

We generally do not run first-person or personal essays unless they are unusually compelling or humorous. 

We focus primarily on: 

Sonoma County activities and topics, particularly Santa Rosa (local resources for mothers and fathers)

Occasionally Northern California (weekend getaways) or Southern California (theme parks, Disneyland, etc.) travel pieces

Child-related topics (nutrition, health, behavior, travel, education, safety, crafts, activities, routines and milestones, etc.)

Mom-related topics (travel, health, lifestyle, estate planning, parenting, going out, hobbies, etc.)

Reviews (books for children, DVDs, music CDs, restaurants, neighborhoods, etc.)

For a list of previously published work, check the Magazine Archive.

What We Are About

Our goal is to make our readers' everyday lives easier by anticipating the sort of information they want, identifying and sifting through available resources and synthesizing information so they can just read it and go. We strive to present unique stories that readers won't find in any other local publication.

Our Writing Approach

Our readers may have only five minutes over a slice of toast to glance at the magazine, so we want to use an easy-to-read, accessible tone, but also pack plenty of punch into the few words we write. Through our articles, we want our readers to feel understood, supported and empowered to make healthy parenting and life choices.

 We Are a Non-Profit

We do not pay our writers, but we will include a short biography at the end of your piece, along with a website or blog, if applicable, where members can reach you.

Deadlines and Submissions

Non-seasonal feature articles and columns are due on the 15th of the month, two months prior to the publication date (so articles for the September issue are due on July 15, for example).

Once your topic has been approved, please submit your article to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a creative title/headline suggestion and brief biography. Please submit your article as a Word attachment. 

Unsolicited Articles

We will consider unsolicited articles but we have very limited space. We encourage writers, especially local ones, who feel strongly that they have a story for the Sonoma County area to send us a query/outline.

Contacting Us

If this sounds like a good fit for you, please send an email to our editor, including two story ideas, a short introduction of yourself and a list of previously published work or blog, if applicable. Send your email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

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