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.
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Pay: Unpublished, payment varies by assignment
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.
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
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Pay: Unpublished; one source says they pay $150
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(Ed. note: Word on the street is that Scary Mommy stopped paying for posts as of July 2016.)
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.
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?