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18 Seriously Awesome Publications Looking for Freelance Writers

Updated 9/08/18

By Amber Roshay

Do you want to get paid to write about your kids? 

But, don't know where to start?

I know I was like that at first. I searched for hours to find paying publications that fit my niche. I wanted all the information at hand.

So, I created a list of 18 Parenting Magazines, Websites & Blogs that Pay Freelance Writers. Having this information really jump started my writing career


The first time I got paid for something I wrote, I blasted it on every social media channel. I called my dad. I even sent out a mass email to my family touting my victory.

For two weeks, I walked on typed air.

Now, you can too.

Below are 18 parenting publications looking for writers/parents just like you. You'll find some things I love about the publication, pay rates, and links to submission guidelines.

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18 Parenting ​Websites that
Pay Freelance Writers



Motherly is number one on my list. Not because of the size of the publication, but because they published me as a newbie writer. They will always have a warm fuzzy in my heart.

What I love is that their Facebook support group is pretty active and friendly. All the staff is professional and super responsive. I don't know about you, but that means a lot. 

Compensation is only offered after writing two posts for free and then may grow to $50 for shorter pieces and goes up from there. Also, your articles can also qualify for a social media bonus depending on how many Facebook shares and likes it receives.

To submit your pitch or completed story they use submittable. I really like this platform because you can see if they're reviewing your article and once a decision is made you're notified immediately. 

Motherwell is a new digital magazine that looks for compelling stories on parenthood.

The executive editiors Lauren Apfel and Randi Olin want, "Motherwell to be a home of civilized debate on the topics that matter most—because we know parenting is important work and each family does it differently."  

What I love is that the articles are not your typical list posts or click bait. They look for quality writing with a unique parenting perspective that gets the conversation started. 

Payments starts at $50. They also use submittable for all submissions and respond quickly to pitches. Check out their submission guidelines for more information. 

"The Sun is an independent, ad-free magazine that for more than forty years has used words and photographs to evoke the splendor and heartache of being human." It isn't solely a parenting publication, but they do publish pieces in this vein.  

What I love is that the pieces are heartbreaking, original, and life-changing.  I don't know how many times I've read The Sun and cried. Sy Safransky is the founder. He believes in quality writing AND pays for it.

Payment ranges for $300 to $2500. You can submit online or snail mail. The only downside is that response takes time, and they don't want simultaneous submissions. 

Check out their submission guidelines for more information. While you're there get a cuppa cocoa (or something stronger, cuz you might need it) and read a few of their pieces. If these don't teach you how to write, nothing will. 

Creative Nonfiction's tagline is, "true stories told well." This really sums up what they're looking for and parenting fits into that category. 

What I love is that they draw heavily from unsolicited submissions and believe in publishing the emerging writer.

Creative Nonfiction has different submission calls based around themes, such as "starting over" or "exploring boundaries." The quality of the writing is stunning. In addition to being a magazine, they also offer courses, mentoring, and editorial services for writers. 

The pay is starts at $50 per piece. They use Submittable or mail for all submissions.

Check out their submission guidelines for more information. 

Freelance Mom is a community of moms that looks for articles that show "practical and actionable advice, tips, and be in-depth enough that the reader walks away with new knowledge and new approaches. 

What I love is that while they look for personal stories from moms, and the articles always seem to have a slant towards how each piece will benefit the reader. In addition, they like to highlight successful mom entrepreneurs. 

Pay is $75 - $100 per article. As an added incentive, they offer a social media share bonus of up to $150 based on shares and likes.

Check out their submission guidelines for more information. 

Momyish looks for all things parenting, but seems to love personal essays full of humor and satire. This is even more evident by the dancing Brittany Spears on their submissions page. 

What I love is the name of the digital magazine. They don't look for stereotypical perfect mom pieces on the awesomeness of motherhood. 

Pay isn't directly stated on the website, but a fellow-writer friend told me that it's around $50 per article. 

Check out their submission guidelines for more information.  

Metro Parent is a parenting publication for southeast Michigan. They look for stories that benefit the communities they cover. But, they have many writing opportunities for freelance writers from anywhere.

What I love is that they have special calls for specific themes, and the editor's name and email is listed on the website. I don't know how many times it's taken me hours to find the right name and email for certain publications before. 

Pay ranges from $35 to $350 for the style and length of the piece. 

To find out more information, check out their submission guidelines. 

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Alaska Parent Magazine looks for "freelance writers who demonstrate a fresh, engaging writing style and a keen sense of the topics that matter to local parents."

They publish everything from personal essays to tips on all things parenting. not to mention, the submissions information is exceptionally detailed.

What I love is that Alaska Parent Magazine publishes a wide range of pieces from short to long, to reprints, and features. As long as your writing style is fun, engaging, and useful, this is a good place to submit. 

Check out their submission guidelines for more information. 

Lies About Parenting looks for practical stories that makes the lives of parents easier. They also look for more controversial pieces on sex-ed, sexuality, etc. This isn't your everyday parenting magazine.

What I love is that the style of writing is really down-to-earth and honest. Lies About Parenting also offers support for writers. And their submission guidelines are in-depth and clear.

Pay for each article is $50.

To find out more information check out their submission guidelines.  

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Adoptive Family Magazine is "an award-winning resource for parents-to-be navigating the adoption process and for parents raising children through adoption." 

What I love is that they give a huge list of possible topics and themes to cover, taking the guess work out of your pitches. They do take 8-10 weeks to respond to pitches, but the editors names and process are very clear. 

Pay is competitive, but varies depending on the length and content. 

For more information, review their writers' guidelines.

Working Mother is what the name implies - a magazine that focuses on the working moms' life, work, family or lifestyle.

What I love is that the contact information for the editors are clearly stated, and you can pitch for the print edition or online edition. They do state that it might take up to 90 days to receive a response. But, the size of this magazine might be worth the wait because of the possible exposure. 

You can check out their writers' guidelines for more information. 

Baby Corner provides articles, tips, and free stuff for all things baby. The magazine also deals with other topics like infertility, relationships, and working.

What I love is that there are two options when submitting to write for them. You can be added to their writers' pool or submit a pitch/article for consideration. Being a part of an active writers' pool can provide steady work/income. Now, this is a freelance writer's dream. 

Pay is competitive, but not listed directly in their submission guidelines. 

Check out their guidelines for more information. 

Just Parents looks for articles dealing with pregnancy and parenting for new parents. They are based in the U.K., so you'll want to change vocabulary and grammar to fit British English and to not make references to strictly American customs. 

What I love is that you can become a member and find out what topics they're interested in publishing. I always want to take the guess work out of my pitches. I view these suggestions as writing prompts to discover new ideas and to help me write faster and more creatively.

Pay is $50 per article.

To learn more, check out their submission guidelines

Parents & Kids Magazine "is a resource for busy families, providing real-life solutions, sound advice, creative ideas and practical information to make their lives easier." They do want articles that help communities in or around Jackson, Mississippi. 

What I love is that Gretchen Cook, the editor-in-chief, used to be a freelance writer and knows the how hard (but rewarding) it can be to find work. In addition, she lists an editorial calendar to help you submit articles that they want to read. And she gives you an editorial checklist before submitting. Following the guidelines exactly will help you become published.

Pay begins at $25 per article. Check out the pay scale and submission guidelines for more information. 

Simply Family's readership is centered around Billings, Montana and surrounding areas. They have a print and online editions that you can pitch to.

What I love is that this parenting publication looks for well-researched articles on topics relevant to new mothers, all the way up to parents with kids in college. Whatever parenting stage you write about, it might be a good fit for them. However, it should have a angle relevant to their local readership.

Fees vary upon length, depth of piece and whether it’s an original manuscript, submitted, assigned, or if it is a reprint.

Check out their submission guidelines for more in-depth information. 

Spark People focuses mainly on lifestyle and wellness, but they have a lot of articles relating to pregnancy, postpartum, healthy family, weight loss, and parent fitness.

What I love is that they have a large community of health conscious folks active on their website. In addition, they list the editor's name and email on the website. I love being able to find this information easily. 

Pay varies depending on length and style. 

For more information check out their submission guidelines. 

The Green Parent is a U.K. based magazine that covers all things parenting with alternative viewpoints on raising kids. For example, baby wearing for dads or raising environmentally conscious kids.

What I love is that they have monthly themes and look for articles to fit certain categories. Moreover, I love the overall message of the magazine of raising great kids that love the planet. 

Pay starts at around $60 for a 1,000 words. 

Review their in-depth submission guidelines for more information. When submitting to them, think holistic or living a green lifestyle, as the name of the magazine implies.

ADDitude is an incredible magazine that publishes stories focusing on ADHD, learning disabilities, and other related conditions.

What I love is that they not only look for writers with personal stories on parenting kids with ADHD, but they also look for webinars and blog posts from parents who are experts in this field. 

Pay varies depending on length and expertise. 

Take a peek at their in-depth submission guidelines. 

I know this list of 18 Parenting Publications hat Pay Freelance Writers will really make it easy for you to submit and pitch articles. All of the information needed is in one place. 

If you're having trouble finding time to write with kids (as I did) check out this article on How to Write with Kids Underfoot.

I would love to know which publications you plan to submit to or if you have one to add to the list. Tell me in the comments below. 

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