Writing for parenting magazines can be a very lucrative business if you find the right sources and are able to pitch well. Parenting copies require extensive research because elements of this topic are changing daily – literally. A writer has to ensure that their articles are fresh, informative and current. Writers in this field will also do well in securing quotes from Child Psychologists and other related experts.
Here’s a solid and comprehensive list of paying parenting magazines you may wish to include in your next round of writing pitches.
Note: You can even more magazines that pay writers — in over 20 niches — here.
Brain, Child Magazine is dedicated to publishing informative literature for mothers. They are in need of content on the following subjects: personal essays, motherwit/humor, debates, book reviews, opinions and much more. They expect manuscripts to be between 800 and 4,000 words.
This publication is interested in hearing from established and new writers alike. Query by email in first instance.
Atlanta Parent Magazine is aimed at parents with children from birth to 18 years old. They’re interested in a wide range of parenting content. Please check the site regularly for updates on what they plan to publish in future publications. Each article should address the parent not the child. They publish manuscripts between 400 and 1,200 words in length. Payment is discussed upon submissions and made upon publication.
Writers may submit photos or illustrations with their copies.
Charlotte Parent Magazine is dedicated to publishing useful and current resources for parents with children in the Charlotte area. They expect each manuscript to be from 500 to 1,200 words in length. They pay $150 maximum per submission upon publication.
Query by email in the first instance.
Chicago Parent is a parenting news magazine. They are in need of content on the following subjects: readers essay, features, opinions, news and family events happening around Chicago. Their taste for pieces are distinctly local, so make sure you have something suitable before querying.
Chicago Parent encourages writers to submit manuscripts between 300 and 1,500 words in length. They pay upon publication.
Cincinnati Parent focuses on local resources for parents in the community. They expect writers to produce articles and essays with the local community in mind, and follow their editorial calendar for the year. This is very important, so do check their detailed guidelines on the website.
They pay per word – and upon publication of article.
Hudson Valley Parent is a long-running publication, dedicated to providing reliable local information to their readers. They are in need of content on the following topics: camps, schools, health, family life, enrichment program and places to go. They expect manuscripts to be between 700 and 1,200 words.
They pay $120 for features and payment is upon publication. Freelance writers make up a large part of their content production.
Indy’s Child Magazine publishes local-interest articles, and directly encourages freelance writers to work for them. They expect writers to produce content for their local readers and follow their editorial calendar for topics within each month’s issue.
Indy’s Child pays per word count, and invite writers to familiarize themselves with the magazine before creating content.
Metro Parent Magazine is a widely-read publication, providing stories of interest to local parents in South East Michigan. They invite freelance writers to pitch their ideas before writing the manuscript. Copies are to be between 500 and 2,500 words.
Metro Parent pays upon publication. The magazine publishes articles on several parenting topics, so check their website and read their detailed guidelines for more help.
Raising Arizona Kids publishes challenging, informative and exciting articles specific to local resources for raising children in Arizona. They work only with Arizona-based writers and encourage their freelancers to submit stories or pitches with a unique local angle.
They like articles to be between 200 and 3,000 words in length, and pay for features upon publication.
Sacramento Parent covers parent and family-based stories and resources of interest to their readers. Submissions should definitely have a local angle, and it helps if prospective writers are mothers themselves. Check for editorials in advance in order to pitch your idea based on what the magazine is looking for.
Copies should be between 300 and 1,000+ words and they pay upon publication. This magazine also welcomes photos with your articles.
Simply Family Magazine is a free, widely read and respected resource for parents and families in Billings, Montana and surrounding areas. Readers have kids with ages ranging from baby to college age, so this allows freelancers a wide range of materials about which to write.
They expect you to send queries in order to be assigned articles, and pay per word count upon publication.
12. San Diego Family
San Diego Family is a vastly read, free publication. It’s dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for San Diego County families. Freelancers who specialise in children and parenting are encouraged to send a proposal. Writers are also asked to consult their editorial calendar to make sure their pitches stay true to the magazine’s publishing timetable.
San Diego Family has both print and online versions of their magazine, and publishes articles between 400 and 1,000 words in length. They pay upon publication.
‘West Coast Families’ promotes the unique, vibrant West Coast lifestyle popular among today’s parents. They welcome writers to consult their editorial calendar for their monthly issues, and require freelancers to produce content with a local angle. Expect to submit a short bio and some writing samples with your pitch.
Articles should be between 600 and 1,200 words in length. Payment is negotiated upon acceptance and is made upon publication.
14. Thriving Family
Pay: 25 cents per word
Thriving Family focuses on families and parenting from a biblical perspective. They are in need of content on the following subjects: Family stages, Family Media, Family Faith, Features, Family living. They welcome stories that are between 400 and 1,500 words in length.
They pay 25 cents per word upon publication. See their current editorial needs’ section for more detailed information.
ADDitude Magazine is dedicated to publishing articles and resources to help parents or families deal with children/people with ADHD or LD. They welcome new writers, but encourage freelancers to first read a copy of the magazine to get a ‘feel’ for the articles they publish. Additude magazine welcomes articles on personal experiences with ADHD or LD, or stories with insights that can be of benefit to ADDitude readers.
They invite writers to send their queries by email or post. Details are on their website.
Adoptive Families’ focus is publishing information and resources for parents before, during, and after adoption. They’re calling for submissions from freelancers within the following topics: deciding to adopt, infertility, talking about adoption and more – listed on their website.
Adoptive Families respond to queries and pitches with payment and other details. They recommend that potential writers check their ‘suggestions’ list for editorial information.
Chesapeake Family publishes useful information and resources for parents or families in that particular region. They distinctly prefer stories with a local angle, and actively encourage native writers to pitch the magazine. They expect each article to be between 500 and 1,000 words in length.
Payment is made upon publication. Be prepared to send in a short bio and copies of previously published work with your query.
18. The Green Parent
Pay: 75 pounds per 1000 words
The Green Parent is a useful and contemporary publication. They provide unique information and expertise so their readers can live greener lives. They are in need of content on the following topics: pregnancy and conscious birth, breastfeeding and family life, natural hair and beauty, and much more.
Original articles should be well-researched and be between 750 and 2,500 words in length. They pay upon publication.
19. PTO Today
PTO Today is an essential resource for leaders of parent groups (PTO) across the United States. They’re calling for submissions for informative articles on the following subjects: How-To pieces, leadership, fundraising, group management and organisation. Copies should to be between 600 and 1,500 words in length. They pay $700 for features and $400 for departmental pieces upon publication.
Initial query should be made by email or post, but prospective writers are asked to familiarise themselves with magazine before pitching.
20. Western New York
Western New York Family Magazine is a widely read publication and is largely written by freelancers. It covers a wide range of topics that relate to family life and parenting. They are in need of content on the following subjects: current parenting issues, where and how to find family events – including goods and services for children in the Buffalo area.
They pay up to $150 per story upon publication. They have a specific writing style, so please check their website for their detailed information and guidelines.
21. Alaska Parent
Alaska Parent Magazine is a publication billed as Alaska’s only parenting resource for locals. They welcome freelance writers to pitch and submit articles covering all stages of parenting, including feature stories, tips and short feature stories. They require articles to be between 150 and 1,200 words in length.
They pay up to $200 within 30 days of publication, and require pitches to be made strictly by email.
Pay: 10 cents per word
New Jersey Family is a popular and widely-read publication. Its target audience is local New Jersey parents and child carers. They are in need of content on the following subjects: health, education, kids program, parenting file, around and about the Jersey shore.
They publish articles between 600 and 1,200 words in length, and require a specific writing style. They also invite writers to follow their editorial brief, so read their website carefully before submitting.
Pay: 1.25 cents per word
FamilyFun Magazine is a long-standing publication, dedicated to providing current and exciting information and inspiration to families. They’re actively encouraging freelancers to submit and pitch well-researched content for the following subjects: Features, How we have fun, Explore and several more. Articles should be between 500 and 3,000 words in length and pay varies according to sections.
Queries should be made initially by email, and prospective writers are expected to familiarise themselves with the magazine before pitching.
24. Nashville Parent
Nashville Parent Magazine is a widely read publication, which provides a wide variety of useful information and resources to their readers. They welcome pitches from writers who feel they can produce work for the magazine’s unique target audience. Features stories must be between 800 and 1,000 words. They pay within 30 days of publication.
Freelancers should expect to follow their detailed guidelines for submissions, which can be found on their website.
25. Grand Magazine
Grand Magazine is a digital publication dedicated to publishing information for grandparents and their families. They are in need of content on the following topics: role of grand-parenting, a wide range of articles on grandchildren, relationship between grandparents and their children, and many more. Articles need to be between the 300 to 450 words range.
Query is by email, but expect to include sources and quotes from experts in your copy.