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.
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.
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Pay: Unpublished, payment varies by assignment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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.
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 email@example.com.
Pay: Unpublished, sources say that Washington Post pays on average $0.25 per word.
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.