Complex Child actively solicits articles related to any aspect of caring for a child with special health care needs. While many articles are medical in nature, we also include personal stories, commentaries or editorials, and information about caregiving, education, and advocacy.
Complex Child’s mission is to provide medical information and other information related to children with complex medical issues in simple language. Articles are written by parents, guardians, grandparents, or other relatives for the benefit of other parents in similar situations. Articles by children and young adults with disabilities or complex medical issues will also be accepted. Each month, a new edition is published, and all articles are subsequently archived by topic for reference.
You do not need to have any experience as a writer to submit an article. All you need is experience as a parent or other family member of a child with complex medical needs. All articles will be edited for grammar, spelling, and accuracy before publishing. Your article can be as short as 50 words, or as long as it needs to be. You may choose to write an article every month, or as your schedule permits.
Please see the submission guidelines below before submitting an article. When you have an article you would like considered for publication, email it in Word or Text format to email@example.com
Articles are due on the 20th of the month. For example, articles for April must be in by March 20th.
We are happy to include personal stories if they will help other families traveling down the same path. When writing a personal story, please do not simply list out the events in your child’s life in a timeline (i.e., “My child was born on Feb. 25. On Feb. 26 he had surgery. Then, on March 24, he came home from the hospital.”).
We do not include any advertisements or product announcements.
- Perspectives – these are either editorial-style position statements or blog-style reflections/stories. Approximately 500-1000 words.
- Topic Focus – each month we focus on a topic. These articles address the topic in a variety of ways and may include medical articles, personal stories, reflections, and other pieces, depending on the topic. Approximately 750-2000 words.
- Features – these articles address topics other than the monthly focus. Frequent topics include parenting, medical conditions, support, education, lifestyle, insurance, organization, disability, and advocacy. Approximately 750-2000 words.