Writing for Parenting for High Potential

Parenting for High Potential (PHP) is an award-winning, full-color, publication of the National Association for Gifted Children. Published 4 times a year in print format, PHP has established an exemplary collection of high-quality information for parents and family members of children with high potential in grades pre-K-12.

Since 1996, PHP has provided practical tools and advice for families allowing them to explore various talent development pathways and destinations with their children.

Writer's Guidelines


Most of our readers are members of NAGC. They are parents or teachers of high-ability children (grades pre-K-12), or generally possess a strong desire to develop and maximize children's talents and potential, regardless of whether or not they are formally identified as "gifted." We are focused on providing readers with informative and practical parenting advice and resources for developing gifts and talents in all children.

Style and Editing

Direct, concrete articles written in basic conversational English appeal most to our readers. Please avoid jargon and define technical terms when you use them. Write concisely and in the active voice. Please keep in mind that PHP is a magazine, not a scholarly journal, and does not publish theoretical analyses, reviews of research, research reports or other technical articles written in a formal, academic style. 

All articles will be edited for conformity to PHP style, readability, and in some cases, content. The editors reserve the right to edit manuscripts in accordance with these guidelines.

Article Guidelines

Each article is usually between 500 and 1,800 words in length.

Articles should: provide readers with practical ways to recognize and nurture many talents and abilities in their children; guide readers in collaborating effectively with educators; suggest new opportunities for appropriate and challenging programming at home, in the community, or in school; or, clarify important questions, issues, and directions confronting parents, children, and educators in relation to gifted and talented programming.

Submitting Your Article

Do not submit articles that have been previously published or currently are under consideration for publication elsewhere. PHP retains the copyright of all articles accepted for publication.

All prospective authors should submit their material electronically. Please include the following in the message:

  • a cover message with your name, address, and daytime phone number,
  • a brief biographical statement (50-100 words), and
  • a three sentence description of your article   

Include the manuscript as an attachment to the email message, in a current version of Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format.

Use one-inch margins on all sides. Please use a font such as Times, Times New Roman, or Palatino, and do not use unusual or decorative fonts (since these will not be used in the publication, and may delay processing of your material). PHP follows APA Style Guidelines (6th edition).

Manuscripts may be single-spaced with an extra space between paragraphs or headers. You may use bold type for headings, or italics for titles, but refrain from using those for emphasis; we generally avoid the use of underlined text. Do not attach large graphic files or photographs unless we request them. If you are unable to submit your manuscript electronically for any reason, please contact the editor for further instructions.

Send manuscripts electronically to:

Kathleen Nilles 
Manager of Parent Services and Communications
Editor, Parenting for High Potential

The editorial address is:

Parenting for High Potential
National Association for Gifted Children
1300 I Street, NW, Suite 400E
Washington, DC 20005


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