Friday, June 16, 2017

25 Parenting and Family Magazines That Pay Writers

Updated 5/23/23

Writers who have taken the leap into parenthood have access to great material. (Yup. Your kids are material.) You can write about your successes, the mistakes you made, the mistakes they made, the joy, the laughter, the tears, the heartbreak, the interventions.

Magazines that are geared to families tend to have significant circulations. Many are local, which means they are eager for stories about regional family events and places to go that are family-friendly. Some publish fiction and poetry, and nearly all accept personal essays.

For more magazines that pay writers for fiction, personal essays, poetry, tech articles, and more go HERE.


ADDitude Magazine is happy to receive first-person articles by parents, employers, teachers, etc. with personal experience with ADHD or LD and insights that might be helpful to ADDitude‘s readers. Payment: Not specified. Pays kill fees.

A Fine Parent  is an online community for parents who believe that Great Parents are Made, Not Born. The list of articles they are looking for is very specific, so check it out before you submit. Payment: $75 via Paypal. Has submission periods.

Adoptive Families is a resource for parents before, during, and after adoption, providing independent, authoritative adoption parenting advice and real families’ stories. Every aspect of adoption is considered, from deciding to adopt, to tips and guidelines, to personal stories. Payment: Varies.

PTO Today magazine is a resource for leaders of parent groups (often called parent-teacher organizations) at the 80,000 elementary and middle schools across the United States. "Articles focus on helping the volunteer leaders of these groups run their organizations more efficiently and support their schools more effectively. Features run roughly 1,200 to 2,200 words, and the average assignment is 1,500 words. Department pieces run 600 to 1,200 words." Payment: "We pay by the assignment, not by the word; our pay scale ranges from $200 to $700 for features and $150 to $400 for departments. We occasionally pay more for high-impact stories and highly experienced writers. We buy all rights, and we pay on acceptance (within 30 days of invoice)."

FreelanceMom is "a community for moms who believe that women can still be who they are after becoming a mom. We believe the landscape has completely changed and that there is no better time for parents to be a freelancer or solopreneur." Payment: $75 to $100 via PayPal.

Parents Magazine is interested in stories that appeal to a wide variety of parents. "Developmental service ideas for specific age groups are always welcome. In addition, we're always looking for compelling human-interest stories, so you may want to check your local newspaper for ideas. Keep in mind that we can't pursue stories that have appeared in competing national publications." Payment: Not specified.

FamilyFun is a long-standing national magazine for families with children ages 3 to 12. "On every page, we give parents the information and inspiration they need to create unforgettable family moments. We’re the trusted experts on family cooking, vacations, parties, holidays, crafts, and learning—all the essentials that enrich the precious time families share. To our two million subscribers, FamilyFun is where they can find a community of parents and discover ways to build strong, healthy families." Length: 850 to 3,000 words. Payment: $1.25 per word upon acceptance.

JustParents provides information for parents and pregnant couples, many of whom are first time parents. "Typically our articles will either be informational pieces on a certain topic of pregnancy or parenting, or a light-hearted opinion piece on an aspect of parenthood." Payment: £40 ($50 for US contributors) per article published on Payment is made via PayPal.

The Green Parent. "Our main objective is to provide information that empowers readers and supports them in being their own experts. We like to publish articles that have a strong point of view and are written from the heart." Payment: £75 per 1000 words.

Local and Regional Publications

Alaska Parent magazine is looking for freelance writers who demonstrate a fresh, engaging writing style and a keen sense of the topics that matter to local parents. "As Alaska’s exclusive, all-in-one parenting resource, our readers include parents with children ages newborn through teens, as well as expectant moms. We publish several stories in each issue, from hard-hitting articles on serious topics to pieces designed for fun and entertainment. Our writing tone is easy-to-read and conversational, yet packed with plenty of punch. Through our pages, we want our readers to feel understood, supported and empowered to make healthy parenting and life choices." Payment: "For original articles, we generally pay $40-$200. For reprints, we generally pay $25-$40; however, authors willing to localize their reprints with interviews with local parents and experts can expect more. If your submission is accepted, you should submit an invoice (within an email is fine) that includes name, address, phone number, name of story and payment amount. Payment shall be due within 30 days after the print date of the publication."

Atlanta Parent Magazine is a locally-owned print and online magazine. They accept personal essays, practical articles, and features. "Practical articles (400 to 600 words) address a compelling issue in parenting. Practical articles can also be activity-based; writers for these types of articles keep the information short and to the point. Larger feature articles cover a wide range of important issues including childcare, education, adolescence, motherhood, family travel, kids’ products and navigating the joys and challenges of parenting. These articles often include quotes from experts in the field, while also bringing in the voices of local families." Payment: "Short articles are 300-600 words in length, and payment is $25-$50, depending on the reporting. The average feature story is 800 to 1,200 words in length. Payment varies depending on the writer’s experience and the relationship with Atlanta Parent, but begins at $100 for a one-page story. We pay upon publication. The editors have unrestricted editing rights."

Chesapeake Family Life is a monthly parenting magazine covering Anne Arundel and Calvert counties, Howard County, Bowie and Upper Marlboro areas of Prince George’s County, and the Kent Island area in Queen Anne’s County in Maryland. Payment: "For assigned articles, our pay range is $75-200, with articles that require more research at the higher rate. We pay around $35 for reprints but note that we try not to overlap coverage with other parenting publications in the region and don't often use reprints."

Cincinnati Parent. "Our magazine is dedicated to being a local resource for our community, so we are interested in what Cincinnati area experts and parents have to say. On occasion we will use material that is meant for a national audience, but our primary goal is to provide our readers with a local angle that is pertinent to them." Payment: Writers are paid based on the assigned word count for articles.

Georgia Family regularly accepts freelance articles. They have a variety of regular departments: GO: Calendar of Events, Travel, Family Mouse, Children’s Health Bulletin, Women’s Health, Ages and Stages (0–15) and more. "Features require careful research, independent reporting, and well-developed story lines. We prefer articles which can be localized to parenting in Central Georgia. However, we do consider general articles which relate to the family. We rarely print articles over 700 words." Payment: $20-$80 for first publication rights to feature stories. "We will ask you to sign a contract warranting that the work submitted is your original work and agreeing that you will not submit work to any other publication within Central Georgia. There is a different fee schedule for reprints of articles that will be or have been published elsewhere."

Hudson Valley Parent. "Our mission is to serve parents by providing reliable LOCAL information of interest to our readers. The magazines are free and available at more than 950 sites in Orange, Dutchess, Ulster, and Sullivan counties...the mid-Hudson Valley of New York. We publish 25,000 magazines each month with a readership of more than 55,000 people. Our readers are primarily middle- and-upper-income mothers whose children range in age from infants to 14 years. We categorize our articles based on the age of the children: newborns and kids under 5; grade school kids up to the age of 9 years old; tweens up to age of 14 years old. Topic areas include camps, schools, health, family life, enrichment program and places to go." Payment: $80 for locally-slanted, assigned one-page story of 700-800 words, $90-$120 for 1,200 word or more features. Fees for reprints are between $25-$35 depending on the word count.

Indy's Child. (Indiana) "Our magazine is dedicated to being a local resource for our community, so we are interested in what Indy area experts and parents have to say. On occasion we will use material that is meant for a national audience, but our primary goal is to provide our readers with a local angle that is pertinent to them." Payment: Writers are paid based on the assigned word count for articles.

MetroParent serves southeast Michigan. They are looking for short pieces on trends, local people, products, etc. of interest to parents/kids, child development/behavior topics for little ones, big kids, and tweens and teens, travel articles on family fun destination, and features. Payment: Features 1,000-2,500 words: $150-$350, depending on complexity of topic and number of sources required to do the story justice. Department columns: $50-75. Parent Pipeline pieces: $35-50. 

Minnesota Parent is looking for lively, on-trend stories packed with relevant information for passionate, involved parents. "We cover maternity, childbirth, kid health and development, child care, education, toys and technology. But we’re also seeking fresh places-to-go, things-to-do stories to inspire parents to get out and have fun with their kids — ideally for free — in the great state of Minnesota. We’re talking travel and outdoor activities, near and far. And don’t forget summer camps: We’re a top source for planning a kid-friendly summer, including day camps and overnight camps, too." Authors must reside in Minnesota. Payment: Fixed rate per story (not per word), negotiated with the editor when the assignment is made.

North State Parent serves families in Butte, Glenn, Shasta, Tehama & Siskiyou Counties in northern CA. "Our goal is to provide positive editorial of interest to parents, grandparents, educators and others who work with children. We have an opportunity to nurture the bonds of “family” and community, and are especially interested in editorial that promotes healthy and developmentally appropriate environments for children." Payment: Not specified.

Orlando Family Magazine is a free, monthly publication designed to inform, serve and enrich families throughout the Central Florida area with parenting ideas, fun family activities and a wide variety of invaluable resource guides. The magazine is mailed directly to 24,000 families with children living in the home in the Central Florida market (including, but not limited to, the Southwest, Central and Metro Orlando areas). Payment: Fees vary depending on length and depth of the story. Original manuscripts for feature articles generally pay $50-$75.

PDX Parent accepts submissions from Pacific Northwest writers for online content relating to tried-and-true Portland-area adventures with kids, parenting, and kid-friendly activities. "Our readers love to hear from other parents about what is new and fun in our area." Payment: $25-$50 for accepted original articles, depending on the breadth and research involved in writing the article.

Raising Arizona Kids magazine is a place for sharing ideas and local resources that support the experience of raising children in Arizona. "Its emphasis is on providing many viewpoints and ideas and encouraging parents to pick methods that work best for them." They accept articles from Arizona-based writers only. Payment: $250 and up for feature submissions that are accepted for publication. $50 and up for departmental submissions that are accepted for publication. $50 and up for web-exclusive posts.

San Diego Family is a free, monthly parenting publication with circulation of 100,000 print issues throughout San Diego County and a free online digital magazine. "We are the local authority on kid-friendly activities and family life in San Diego. Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for San Diego County families by providing information and resources that support the importance and pleasure of parenting. Our readers are parents and caregivers of children ages 0–18." Payment: Not specified.

Western New York Family Magazine addresses current parenting issues with a Western New York tie-in whenever possible. Strong emphasis is placed on how and where to find family-oriented events, as well as goods and services for children, in Western New York (the Buffalo metro area). Payment: $40-$150 depending on type of article, length of article, and whether it is a reprint or an original, or assigned piece. (For example, narrative and humor articles rate less on the pay scale than pieces, which necessitate factual research and quotes from experts.) Pays $40 for up to 950 word articles or humorous pieces. Pays $40-$60 for up to 1500 word non-fiction, informational or creative idea pieces. Pays up to $100-150 for in-depth, non-fiction main theme articles of approximately 2,500 words.

Yummy Mummy Club is a Canadian online publication publishes both original and syndicated articles relevant to the Canadian woman with children. YMC publishes inclusive and unfiltered storytelling. Payment: Not specified.

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