Frequently Asked Questions

If You’re a Reader of Our Magazines

Distributing our magazines to nearly 95,000 homes in San Diego means we have several hundreds of thousands of readers. Below are some of the common questions we see on a daily basis. If your question isn’t listed or you would like to speak to someone on our editorial or marketing team, simply drop us a line.

If you live in the zip code of the title of the magazine, you should already be receiving a copy of your local magazine in the mail every other month. If you’re not and want to be added to our distribution list, please email us with the subject “(Magazine Name) Mailing List” with your name, full address and phone number. If you would like a subscription and don’t live in the zip code, click here.

Let’s make you famous! Simply go to the website of your community’s magazine (,, etc) and click on the “Submit to” menu tab to submit your article recommendation or Click Here! (You can submit an article for ANY magazine from each individual website).

Due to the overwhelming demand for publishing events in our calendars, ZCode has upgraded to a sponsored event listing submission form. Any approved calendar item purchased will feature prominent calendar positioning in the issue(s) requested. Event promotions cost $34.95 per insertion (per magazine). You can submit your event by going to and clicking on Event Submission on the right. You can also go to your community’s magazine (,, etc) and click on the “Submit to” menu tab to submit your event.

We have plenty of extra copies of most issues (first come, first served) at our office (located at 16885 W. Bernardo Dr., Suite 325, San Diego, CA 92127). You can order extra copies HERE. Or feel free to swing by during our open hours.

We have a talented team of writers for our magazines and aren’t currently looking for additional writers. As we increase magazines, new positions will be opening, so you can always drop us your resume for us to check out when a new position becomes available. We do not purchase pre-written articles, sorry.

Yes! We have very strict deadlines to make sure each magazine makes it into mailboxes on time! All editorial submissions must be in by the 1st of the month PRIOR to the issue’s release (for example, a Mar/April issue’s hard editorial deadline is February 1). Check out the section down below to see when your next issue is coming and its deadline.

Check out the section down below. You can see the issue schedules for every magazine along with submission deadlines.

ZCode is unique in nature. Because we work to help promote events and organizations in so many different areas, we are unable to provide traditional monetary sponsorships. We do, however, often offer editorial publicity in trade for media sponsorships (we refer to this as an “in-kind” trade or promotion). We see this as a win-win situation as we can help promote the event or organization in our community magazines which our readers can appreciate.

Since ZCode is a media outlet, outside publicity does not benefit the magazines as much as traditional companies that benefit from the publicity ZCode and its magazines provide. With a reach of up to 95,000 homes and with each magazine being delivered to the homes inside the zip code it represents, there isn’t much additional “publicity” that a monetary sponsorship would provide.

If you are interested in a media-based sponsorship for your event/team/organization, feel free to contact us for more information.

If you would like to be removed from receiving a free issue six times per year, please email us with the subject “Subscription Removal” and include your name and physical address that you would like removed. We will keep your copy for additional print copy requests or rack location copies.

Can’t Find the Answer?

If you still have questions, feel free to contact us with your question! We get a large amount of requests for each magazine, so expect responses from our editorial or sales team within a couple days.

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Interested in Participating in Our Magazines?

Your business is your life. Just like ours. We know the importance of minimizing costs and maximizing return on investment (ROI). We tailored our pricing model with the local small business owner in mind. Just because you are a small business doesn’t mean you can’t look like a million bucks. Here are some common questions we receive from owners and managers who are thinking about marketing their business and taking it to the next level.

This is a great question. While we don’t negotiate pricing, marketing your business with ZCode is considerably less expensive than other print advertising platforms. Here is a basic example:

Most regional magazines in San Diego only reach between 18-40 thousand households in total circulation. And that’s throughout the city, county, even nation! If your business is in Rancho Bernardo, how much of your budget would be wasted on people that aren’t even within driving distance? With ZCode, we could put together a comparable option for your business to get exposure to more readers, all who live within 5-7 miles of your business. Oh, and with our pricing, it would be considerably less expensive.

We like to work in person. We have professional account executives that can visit you and discuss the most cost-effective way to promote your product or service. We have a motto at ZCode: We educate local businesses about our product, we don’t sell you on it. We believe in helping our neighboring businesses grow with us. Take some time and tell us about your business.

You can have as much input as you want. We can take care of everything from designing a great advertisement, photo shoots, articles about your business, etc (the list goes on and on). We have a fantastic team of hard working individuals who take pride in working to make your business look like a million bucks.

Of course! We work with dozens of businesses and agencies that provide print-ready artwork to our specifications. See below for guidelines and specs.

In one word, YES! We have everything from home-based businesses all the way to international corporations participating in our magazines.

We assure you that print is not dead. In fact, it’s very much alive and thriving in our local communities. Hyper-local niche publications, like ZCode’s magazines are growing faster than ever. Our readership grows with every issue released. We do have plenty of options for local online marketing as well as social media marketing solutions.

Yes! We can’t emphasize the importance of our deadlines enough. We don’t have the ability to “STOP THE PRESSES” although we’ve always wanted to yell it.

Still Scratching Your Head?

We know every business is unique. That’s why we put such an emphasis on spending time getting to know what exactly your business can benefit from. Feel free to ask us any specific (or generic) questions through email. We can even come by your business to go over all of our affordable options.

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Already Part of the ZCode Family?

Welcome back! You’re probably here because you have a specific question about your marketing or agreement. The quickest and easiest way to get answers is to contact your account executive directly. If you don’t have their contact info on hand, don’t worry, you can write us and we’ll get an answer to you right away!

Check out the section down below. It has all print deadlines for each issue! And don’t forget to mark your Google calendars, iPhone calendars, Android calendars, or whatever calendar you put important business dates on!

The easiest way to find out everything about your account is to contact your account executive directly. You can also contact us with your business name and we can answer any questions about your account you may have.

See the section down below for all ad submission guidelines and sizes or Click Here for ad specs and downloadable templates.

Yes! We love receiving editorial submissions from our marketing partners! Simply go to the website of your community’s magazine (, etc) and click on the “Submit to” menu tab to submit your suggestion or Click Here! (You can submit an article for ANY magazine from each individual website).

Yes! The easiest way is to come by our media center  (located at 16885 W. Bernardo Dr., Ste. 325, San Diego, CA 92127). We typically have plenty of extra copies of the recent issues. Feel free to swing by during our open hours.

For pricing information on web advertising, Click Here! If you’re new or have general questions about advertising, just drop us a line and we will get you all the information you need!

Need More?

Feel free to call or email your account executive or you can ask our marketing department any questions you may have.

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Want a Media Kit?

We have made our “Quick Glance” media kit available online (just click the button below). If you would like a more extensive media kit with specific pricing information, head over to to our Get Started page and we’ll get one to you!

Click Here for our Quick Glance Media Kit

Print and Deadline Schedule

All of ZCode’s magazines are bi-monthly (they come out every other month).

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Published every odd numbered month:

  • Jan/Feb issue editorial deadline is Dec 1, artwork deadline is Dec 7
  • Mar/Apr issue editorial deadline is Feb 1, artwork deadline is Feb 7
  • May/Jun issue editorial deadline is Apr 1, artwork deadline is Apr 7
  • Jul/Aug issue editorial deadline is June 1, artwork deadline is June 7
  • Sep/Oct issue editorial deadline is Aug 1, artwork deadline is Aug 7
  • Nov/Dec issue editorial deadline is Oct 1, artwork deadline is Oct 7

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Published every even numbered month:

  • Feb/Mar issue editorial deadline is Jan 1, artwork deadline is Jan 7
  • Apr/May issue editorial deadline is Mar 1, artwork deadline is Mar 7
  • Jun/Jul issue editorial deadline is May 1, artwork deadline is May 7
  • Aug/Sep issue editorial deadline is July 1, artwork deadline is July 7
  • Oct/Nov issue editorial deadline is Sep 1, artwork deadline is Sep 7
  • Dec/Jan issue editorial deadline is Nov 1, artwork deadline is Nov 7

The Fine Print…

Please note that the “Artwork Deadlines” are firm approval deadlines for advertisements that the ZCode Graphics Department is creating or modifying. For new ads, redesigns, or major changes, please submit specific instructions/ideas/materials as early as possible, and no later than three business days before the deadline.

If your company is submitting a fully designed ad that does not require modifications by ZCode, we offer a two business day grace period after the deadline for the file(s) to be submitted. Likewise, if your advertisement only requires minor text changes (expiration date, contact information, etc) there is a two business day grace period to submit these changes. Please send an e-mail to our graphics department prior to the deadline if you plan on submitting any materials after the deadline.

Ad Specifications

Listed below are our print and web ad specifications. If you have any additional questions, contact our graphics department.

Specs and Templates – Click Here!

Print Ad Sizes

Full Page: 8.875″ wide x 11″ tall (.25″ bleed, trimmed to 8.375″ x 10.5″) – Please keep all text at least .625″ from bleed edge.
Half Page: 7.375″ wide x 4.625″ tall (no bleed)
Vertical Half Page: 3.562″ wide x 9.25″ tall (no bleed)
Quarter Page: 3.562″ wide x 4.625″ tall (no bleed)


  • 300 DPI or higher
  • High resolution JPG, PDF, PSD, AI
  • CMYK color format
  • Avoid using 4-color black text (set black text to C=0,M=0,Y=0,K=100 for best final print quality)
  • ZCode Media accepts files via email or dropbox. Contact your ZCode account executive with any additional questions.


Online/Web Ad Sizes

Leaderboard: 728px by 90px
Sidebar: 300px by 250px

  • 72 DPI
  • RGB color
  • JPG, PNG, SWF, GIF file formats supported
  • ZCode Media accepts files via email or dropbox. Contact your ZCode account executive with any additional questions.

For pricing information on web advertising, click here!