28 Parenting Blogs and Magazines That Pay Freelance Writers

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I don’t know of a freelance writer that doesn’t like getting paid. We all love to write, but there comes a point where you’d love to earn some money while you do it.

Many websites offer compensation for good writing, but sometimes they’re hard to find and tracking down the appropriate information can take some elbow grease.

Parenting sites can be the hardest to find compensation for, because many of them are run by work-from-home moms who don’t have the budget to pay you.

Let’s save your elbows: here are 28 parenting blogs, websites and magazines that provide compensation for contributed articles.

1. Adoptive Families Magazine

A leading digital magazine for adoptive families, this title is often looking for writers to provide helpful articles and resources for topics relating to adoption.

Pay: Unpublished, payment varies by assignment

2. A Fine Parent

This positive parenting website focuses on a specific theme each month. A Fine Parent contains longer articles (typically 1,500-3,000 words), and focuses on quality content over quantity. Submissions open intermittently when the site creator announces the next few monthly themes and accepts outlines for potential articles.

Pay: $100 upon acceptance of an article, with an opportunity to earn a $200 bonus for the author of the most viewed blog post at the end of the year.

3. American Baby Magazine

A monthly national magazine for parents of babies under age two. It looks for articles of a variety of lengths and applicable topics, and requests that articles are written in a clear and concise tone.

Pay: $500-$1,000, kill fees available

4. Babble

Babble is a popular parenting website owned by Disney. The site covers a variety of topics, from pregnancy, entertainment, life with babies and toddlers, beauty, and travel.

Pay: Unpublished; one source says they pay $150

5. Babybug

A magazine for parents and babies under three to enjoy together. It looks for short rhythmic poetry, six-sentence stories, and “first concepts,” where an idea is expressed through a simple activity or prompt.

Pay: Varies, $25 for a maximum eight-line poem

6. Brain, Child Magazine

An award-winning literary magazine for mothers. Brain, Child actively seeks submissions for its print, online, and blog publications.

Pay: Website states “competitive” pay; one commenter below noted Brain Child does not pay for blog posts.

7. Chicago Parent Magazine

A parenting news magazine that publishes editorials with a local flair. Writers must be local to the Chicago area.

Pay: for shorter articles (around 400 words), Chicago Parent pays $25-$50; for longer articles (800 words) pay starts at $100

8. Club Mid

Club Mid is a website designed for mothers in “the messy middle,” focusing on generation Xers who are typically beyond babyhood and in the middle of carpools and packing lunches. It was recently rolled under the ScaryMommy umbrella (see entry 22 on this list).

Pay: Unpublished, sources say $75-$100

9. Family Fun Magazine

This long-running magazine is geared towards families with children ages three to 12. It provides parents with tips and information for creating life’s most unforgettable memories.

Pay: $1.25 per word (articles are typically 850-3,000 words)

10. Fit Pregnancy

A website and magazine that covers health and fitness related topics for pregnant women, as well as editorials for parents of babies up to age two. According to the website, it accepts queries via snail mail, and no e-mail address is listed.

Pay: Unpublished, pay is determined by editor

11. Her View From Home

This site for mothers focuses on celebrating your view on life, family and home. At this time there are more than 170 contributors, and the site is continuing to grow and accept new submissions.

Pay: Paid per pageview, up to $100 for 4,000-plus views

Ed. note: For more details on pay-per-pageview arrangements, see our overview from summer 2015.

12. Indy’s Child Magazine

A magazine for parents living in Indianapolis, Indy’s Child is a local resource on all things family. Sometimes it offers material geared towards a national audience.

Pay: Unpublished, website states it pays based on word count

13. Kveller

A website for Jewish parents, Kveller is always looking for new writers. The editors like personal, narrative-driven essays about parenting and motherhood, written from a Jewish perspective. Not all pieces need to be written about Judaism; the site does include articles by non-Jewish writers.

Pay: Unpublished, sources say $25

14. Lies About Parenting

A community of parents working together to debunk popular and often annoying pieces of parenting advice. The end goal is to raise healthier and happier kids, so if your post is controversial, you must dig deep and give good reason for your thoughts and opinions.

Pay: $50 for original pieces

15. Life:Beautiful Magazine

A national magazine for modern Christian women. It looks for articles and personal stories written with “casual elegance.” Topics include parenting, decorating, working and volunteering.

Pay: Unpublished

16. Mamalode

This thought-provoking site on motherhood publishes articles on monthly themes. The theme for September 2015, for example, was #badassmoms.

Pay: Paid per pageview, up to $50 for 5,000-plus hits

17. Metro Parent

The monthly Metro Parent print magazine also offers a variety of special sections throughout the year, both in print and online. It’s geared towards parents in Southeast Michigan.

Pay: $35 – $350, depends on the piece

18. Hello, Dearest

MOPS is a movement of women raising their communities collectively. The movement’s magazine, Hello, Dearest, provides thoughtful articles on a variety of topics relevant to motherhood. 

Pay: Unpublished

19. Motherlode

The parenting section of the New York Times. This prestigious blog is well known in the freelance world and takes major writing chops to get accepted. Motherlode covers a multitude of topics on parenthood, from infertility to gender stereotypes.

Pay: Unpublished

20. Parents Magazine

The leading national magazine for parents in varying stages of parenthood. It seeks print and online stories of of interest to a wide variety of parents.

Pay: Unpublished

21. Raising Arizona Kids

A magazine written by writers living in Arizona for parents raising children there. It focuses on articles that provide local resources for parents, as well as supportive pieces related to parenting.

Pay: $50 – $300, depending on the article. This magazine only accepts articles from writers living in Arizona

22. Scary Mommy

A popular website for mothers that publishes humorous, honest, and relatable short essays and lists. Many articles focus on parents with younger children, birth to about 10, but parents of older children are also encouraged to submit.

Pay: $100

23. Simply Family

A free monthly parents magazine for families in Billings, Montana and surrounding areas. Articles address a variety of parenting topics for families with children from birth to college years. When possible, the editors prefer a Billings tie-in.

Pay: Unpublished, varies dependent on article submitted

24. The Green Parent

The UK’s leading green lifestyle magazine for parents. The topics covered relate to green living and “come from the heart.”

Pay: £75 per 1,000 words

25. Today’s Parent

Canada’s National parenting magazine. Articles cover a variety of highly relatable topics for parents with children from birth through the college years.

Pay: Unpublished, varies depending on the assignment

26. Thriving Family

A free Christian magazine and website that provides advice for families with children of all ages, often with a faith-based slant. Its website typically includes specific calls for submissions with pay rate included.

Pay: Varies, see website

27. On Parenting

This well known Washington Post blog covers relatable yet unique essays from parents of all stages. It looks to cover families with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Pay: Unpublished

28. Western New York Family Magazine

This print and digital magazine claims to be 90-percent freelance-written. It focuses on families in the Western New York area. Articles should be highly relevant and relatable, with a Western New York tie-in when possible.

Pay: $40 – $150, depending on length of article

Have you pitched any of these parenting publications? Do you have other favorites you’d add to the list?

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Brianna Bell is a freelance writer that specializes in articles on parenting, personal finance, and writing. You can ask her for free writing advice on her micro-blog, Write for Money.... .

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Comments

  1. What does ‘kill fees available’ mean?

    • Brianna Bell says:

      A kill fee is quite common in print journalism. Within a freelancers contract there will be a kill fee clause that states they will be paid a portion of the agreed upon rate even if the publication decides not to run the article. This is common in publications where stories change due to more pressing and newsworthy topics.

      I hope that clarifies!

      Brianna

  2. On Parenting used to pay $150 but now $100. Motherlode $100, but decreased frequency of posts of late.

    • Brianna Bell says:

      Thank you Eliana for confirming their rates! I did here very recently that Motherlode is only printing 1-2 articles weekly and has quite a few submissions. That’s too bad since they are on my bucket list!

  3. Hello Brianna.
    This is really a very good and resourceful post. I agree with you that writers sometimes need to be paid for their work and its often very difficult to find good magazines that will be happy to pay you.

    However, all the blogs you listed here are indeed great and I’m sure many people here will soon be making some dough from them. I’m only familiar with A Fine Parent among the list, the other ones are totally new to me.

    But I’m going to bookmark this page right away.

    Thanks for sharing.

  4. Marlene McPherson says:

    Quiet informative. I would like you to clear up what you mean by Pay: Unpublished. Thanks

    • Marlene, the post notes “pay: unpublished” in cases where the magazine doesn’t publicize their freelance rates, or rates may vary greatly.

      Thanks for reading!
      Lisa
      TWL Editor

  5. Hey! You left us off your list! Mom.me pays $125 for regular blogposts, more for reported pieces. Pitch us! We’re also always looking for regular contributors to add to our bloggers network. If you’re a voice-y writer with a strong opinion, great sense of humor and/or serious chops, we’d love to hear from you. We especially encourage POC, LGBTQ, dads, latinas and millennial writers to reach out.

    — Madeline Holler
    Senior editor, mom.me

    • sandra soli says:

      Dear Madeline,
      I visited your site and discovered articles that will be informative and fun to read, so I’ll be back!

      However, I could not find submission guidelines. Could you advise regarding length of articles, whether they are moved to archives for future reading, etc. Do you have an “About” page with more information?

      I have a couple of articles that may be suitable for consideration, but I’d like to know more. Thank you!

      Sandy

    • Hi Madeline,

      What’s the reason there is no information available about submissions on your website?

  6. I am Ethiopian,can I write for those magazines from my country?

  7. Hi, Are these open to writers outside the U.S.?

    • May, check the submissions guidelines for each site – most of these publications will welcome content from around the world, but some may be restricted due to the publication’s content.

      Good luck!
      Lisa Rowan
      Editor

  8. very informative, i was looking for something like that.

  9. Thank you for sharing so many magazines.

  10. Hi Brianna and writers 🙂

    We’re a blog for new moms and have just started looking for new contributors. We pay $50+ per post depending on the length and style of content.

    More info for interested writers is available here storkguide.com/write-for-us/.

    Thanks!

    Krista

  11. I’m so grateful for this site. I am about to step into new territory and this was very helpful. I started a blog but have had some trouble so perhaps writing for someone else will help me in areas where I’m challenged.

  12. This is great! I love that you made it so concise with details.
    Question…I blog about marriage, motherhood and menopause. I wrote the book How I Earned My Wrinkles on those subjects.
    Anything that pays for grand parents?

  13. Thank you so much for such a great resource. My book is coming out next month and my publisher has given me the task of broadening my writing CV.

    I now know my next plan of “attack!”

  14. Awesome resource! Thank you for compiling this list. I also find that there are more freelancing opportunities available than before.

  15. Shepherd Thoughts has no lack of Christian blogs, Christian videos, podcasts, and articles based on Biblical views and thoughts. You may learn the early expansion of Christianity over there.

  16. Krista O'Connell says:

    Just to let you know, Brain Child does NOT pay for blog posts. Very disappointing.

  17. Thanks for sharing such informative and useful websites.

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