28 Parenting Blogs and Magazines That Pay Freelance Writers

28 Parenting Blogs and Magazines That Pay Freelance Writers

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.

The interwebs is full of writing opportunities, especially within the ever-popular parenting niche. There are plenty of high quality parenting websites that pay their writers in real cash.

Many websites offer compensation for good writing,mi 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. A Fine Parent

This positive parenting website focuses on well-researched and actionable articles related to intentional and gentle parenting approaches. 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: $50 via Paypal for accepted material. Submissions are now closed until early 2018, a signup link is available for those wishing to receive notice when submissions open.

2. 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Pay: Unpublished, payment varies by assignment

3. Carolina Parent

This award-winning print and digital magazine is owned by Morris Media Network and has been around since 1988.

The publication is written for parents, grandparents and educators living in the Triangle, and serves as a resource to many.

Pay: $75 to $300 depending on length and depth of the article. Kill fees are also offered.

4. Christian Science Monitor: The Home Forum

CSW is a faith-based news outlet that also publishes essays on life, family, and parenting. The CSW’s The Home Forum section features relatable personal essays as well as short poems.

Pay: The Christian Science Monitor states that their base rate is $250 for reported stories, however essays may receive a different rate.

5. Cricket Media

A selection of children’s magazines owned by Cricket Media. The magazines are geared towards a variety of different age groups, and include works by writers and illustrators. Current calls for submissions are listed on the website, with a note that Cricket Media is always looking for work by minority groups for their magazines.

Pay: Varies, not published

6. Cicada Magazine

A young adult literary magazine owned by Cricket Media, this publication allows submissions from young adults ages 14 and up. The magazine publishes poetry, fiction, essays, and comics by adults and teens.

Pay: Stories and articles receive $0.25 per word, poems receive a minimum of $25 and up to $3 per line.

7. Brain, Child Magazine

An award-winning literary magazine for mothers. Brain, Child Magazine actively seeks submissions for its print and online publications. This literary magazine focuses on long form essays in the range of 1,500 to 3,000 words.

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

8. 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.

9. Family Circle

This women’s lifestyle magazine focuses on all subjects related to family, from inspiring stories about real women to news and information on health, technology, relationships, or finance.

Pay: According to one report Family Circle paid $1.33 per word.

parenting blogs10. Family Fun Magazine

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

Pay: $1.25 per word for feature articles, the submission pages details payment for each department.

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 600 contributors, and the site is continuing to grow and accept new submissions.

Pay: Paid per pageview, up to $100 for 4,000-plus views. Her View From Home also offers $50 for previously published work if it reaches 10,000 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, but they are looking for writers from the area.

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, this source says $.04 per word

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. Mamalode

This thought-provoking site on motherhood, truth and transparency. This publication is always looking for authentic stories on parenthood.

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

16. Metro Parent Magazine

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: Payment is determined by the length of the piece

17. Minnesota Parent

A print publication for parents in Minnesota, this magazine is always looking for strong and experienced writers that live in Minnesota. Articles should be lively and on-trend, with relevant information for passionate and involved parents.

Pay: Minnesota Parent offers a fixed rate per story. One report said that they were paid $0.30 per word.

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. Well Family, The New York Times

The parenting section of the New York Times, formerly known as Motherlode. This prestigious blog is well known in the freelance world and takes major writing chops to get accepted. Well Family covers a multitude of topics on parenthood, from infertility to gender stereotypes. Email submissions to wellfamily@nytimes.com.

Pay: Unpublished, reports say $0.13 cents per word

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. Parents Magazine is looking for experienced writers to submit their work.

Pay: Unpublished, but reports state anywhere from $0.23 to $1.87 per word

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. This magazine is geared towards parents raising curious, caring and open-minded parents between the ages of 25 to 59.

Pay: $50 – $250 and up, depending on the article. This magazine only accepts articles from writers living in Arizona

22. 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 length and depth of piece

23. 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 and one complimentary issue of The Green Parent

24. 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, one source was paid $0.64 per word in 2014.

25. Focus on the Family Magazine

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: Typically $50, but each section has a payment rate posted on the website

26. On Parenting

This well known Washington Post blog run by Meghan Leahy covers relatable yet unique essays from parents of all stages. It looks to cover families with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Submissions can be e-mailed to Meghan at meghan@positivelyparenting.com.

Pay: Unpublished, sources say that Washington Post pays on average $0.25 per word.

27. 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. Local writers are given preference, but the magazine allows all writers to submit.

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

28. Yummy Mummy Club

This Canadian online publication publishes both original and syndicated articles relevant to the Canadian woman with children. YMC publishes inclusive and unfiltered storytelling.

Pay: $100 for original articles and $20 for syndicated pieces, according to one insider

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

This post originally ran in September 2015. We updated it in November 2017.

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50 comments

  • Dave says:

    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

  • Eliana says:

    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!

    • Jen says:

      HI. I’m having trouble finding where exactly to submit for On Parenting. I went to Submissions but can’t find an email. Any suggestions?

  • 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.

  • Marlene McPherson says:

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

    • Lisa Rowan says:

      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

  • Madeline says:

    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

      • Madeline says:

        Sandy (and anyone else interested!), pitch me at mholler @ whalerockindustries.com

        Thanks!

        • Kimberly Denaple says:

          Good afternoon, I tried sending my pitch to this address and it came back as not deliverable.

          • Missy says:

            I had the same issue, but I received an auto response with 2 other email addresses. I messaged both of those immediately and received 2 additional auto responses lol.

            One auto response said the recipient would return on Monday, August 28th. The other auto response said the recipient would return in April…so…I’m guessing she’s no longer with the company.

            By the way…this is a great list. Thanks, Brianna!

    • helen says:

      Hi Madeline,

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

    • Dear Madeline: Do you accept personal experience pieces published in local newsletters? I also wrote a short story based on 7 miscarriages and finally success….and how I explained birth to my six-year-old son out in nature.

  • Deneke says:

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

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

    • Lisa Rowan says:

      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

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

  • Thank you for sharing so many magazines.

  • Krista says:

    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

  • Talia says:

    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.

  • 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?

  • Jennifer says:

    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!”

  • Petra says:

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

  • 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.

  • Krista O'Connell says:

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

  • name gifts says:

    Thanks for sharing such informative and useful websites.

  • J. F. Smith says:

    Scary Mommy no longer paying for posts as of 7/22/16.

  • Mhdaslam says:

    Thank’s Brianna, for posting such an informative article where I can see more than 25 Parenting Blogs that pay writers. You can also check http://bit.ly/Online-Healthy-Parenting-Tips for Online Healthy Parenting Tips to Raise Your Kids!.

  • Jane Adams says:

    Any ideas on submitting articles for parents of teenagers?

  • Thank you so much for sharing! Its very helpful

  • Kelly says:

    Hi Brianna,

    Fertilitysmarts.com is looking for insight, expertise, and unique perspectives on the process of getting pregnant. The rate of pay depends on the article submitted. Additional information on submissions can be found here:

    https://www.fertilitysmarts.com/about/contributors

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