Frequently Asked Questions

What is Columbus Parent?
Columbus Parent is a free monthly magazine published by Dispatch Media Group. It was founded in 1989 as an independently published magazine. The Dispatch Printing Company acquired it in 1991. Columbus Parent now is part of the DMG portfolio and is owned by GateHouse Media Inc. The magazine focuses on providing topical news, features, event information, activity ideas and reviews. It has established itself as the "Go-To Guide for Central Ohio Families."

Where can I find a copy of Columbus Parent?
The magazine has an average circulation of 45,000 issues each month and can be picked up at more than 1,000 locations (mostly elementary schools, libraries, day care centers, doctors' and dentists' offices and some stores). Each month's issue comes out just prior to the beginning of that month. Distribution begins on a Wednesday and is completed by the end of Thursday. To find a pickup location, please use this ZIP-code searchable database:

Can Columbus Parent be delivered to my home?
At this time, we do not have a subscription option.

Can I have copies of Columbus Parent delivered each month to my business?
Yes, if you agree to accept at least 15 copies each month. Please send an email to with the following information: organization name, full street address, contact name, contact phone number and number of copies requested. You may also call our main number at 614-461-8878.

What happens if I have leftover copies of Columbus Parent at my pick-up location?
Copies are delivered each month by a carrier who is contracted by the Dispatch Media Group to serve a defined delivery area. That carrier should remove leftover copies and replace them with the new issue. You should not recycle or throw out leftover copies because our carrier is supposed to report pickup rates at each location. If a location consistently runs out of copies, we may contact you to discuss providing more copies--or you can contact us to request an increase. If most copies are not picked up, we may cut the amount delivered.

My school (or business or organization) has an event coming up that I would like to get into Columbus Parent's Calendar? Is there a charge for this? And how do I get my event in the Calendar?
There is no charge for an event to be featured in our online or print calendars. Anyone can submit a family-oriented event at Click "Promote Your Event" in the top right corner, and follow the directions. You will need to create a login. Please be sure to select the "Kids/Family" category when submitting an event. For a step-by-step guide on submitting an event, visit Evvnt's support page.

Select events from the online calendar are used in our print calendar. There are several criteria we use when compiling the print listings. First, the information must be received by the 1st of the preceding month in order to meet our printing deadlines. Second, because we do not have unlimited space to publish all events, we give priority to free events and to nonprofit organizations' events. Third, if you are operating a for-profit business, your listing may be deemed more suitable for advertising and your contact information will be passed along to our advertising sales team. The calendar is not intended to take the place of paid advertising.

I have a story idea or would like to submit a press release.
Please send ideas to our editorial staff at

I would like to submit an article I wrote to be published in Columbus Parent.
Columbus Parent does not publish unsolicited articles. We work only with staff or contracted local freelance writers. If you would like to be considered for freelance writing work, please send a resume and three writing samples that reflect Columbus Parent's topics and writing style to our editorial staff. You can email your materials to or mail them to: Columbus Parent, 62 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215.

How can I have my child considered as a model for the magazine?
The magazine selects its own models from community contacts and uses photos obtained during story assignments. However, each year, Columbus Parent sponsors a Win the Cover contest in which families can submit a photo of their child for consideration, through our Kid Pic of the Month contest. The contest is announced on our website and Facebook page. For more information about Kid Pic and Win the Cover, go to our

I would like to advertise my business in Columbus Parent or online at Whom should I contact?
Please visit our Advertise with Columbus Parent page for most up-to-date contact information.

Would Columbus Parent like to sponsor my event?
You may submit your sponsorship request to us at Please note that while we do give consideration to every request, we receive a large number of event sponsorship proposals and unfortunately we cannot participate in every event.

Where can I send my comments, questions or story ideas for the magazine?
You may reach out to us at We are very happy to receive feedback about the magazine. Please note that while we do consider every story idea request, we receive numerous suggestions. Unfortunately, we cannot write about them all, nor can we respond to every request.