Research has shown 81% of moms turn to blogs for advice and entertainment. If you’re a parent who likes to write, there’s a market for what you have to offer — and better yet, a paying one.
Here are some parenting sites that pay per article.
SparkPeople’s BabyFit site covers fitness subjects including fitness during pregnancy, pregnancy-specific nutrition and postpartum topics.
Articles for BabyFit should range between 500 and 1,200 words. SparkPeople will pay you anywhere from $25 to $90 for each article, depending on your credentials and experience.
2. Lies about Parenting
Lies about Parenting wants articles that are research-heavy yet relatable. If you have tips that can help readers parent better without being over-involved in their kids’ lives, Lies about Parenting is a good place to pitch.
The site wants “surprising advice, grounded in research and daily life” for its featured pieces. These posts pay $50. It doesn’t specify a word count, but the site asks for 400 to 700 words for other types of articles.
Your article will be promoted across the website’s social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest) and to its email subscribers, giving you some exposure.
3. Adoptive Families
If you want to write about infertility and adoption in all its forms, consider “Adoptive Families.” The site covers everything from transracial adoption to perspectives of adoptees.
If you have a personal adoption story, you can submit your essay for consideration. For reported articles, you should query first.
Writers of published personal essays will receive a one-year subscription to “Adoptive Families” magazine and its website. Payment for reported articles varies, so prepare to negotiate your rate.
Take note: It could take eight to 10 weeks before you hear anything regarding your article or query.
4. PTO Today
If you have experience as a parent-teacher organization (PTO) volunteer and have something to say to like-minded parents, consider writing for PTO Today.
The site is geared toward an audience of mostly women in their late 20s to mid-40s, who are PTO members in K-8 schools. PTO Today wants writers to tackle topics including parental participation in schools, leadership, playground projects, fundraising, group management and organization, and education.
The magazine pays by assignment, not by word. Department pieces (600 to 1,200 words) can net between $150 and $400, and pay for features (1,200 to 2,200 words) ranges from $200 to $700.
You will be paid upon acceptance or within 30 days after you send an invoice.
5. Freelance Mom
Freelance Mom is an online community for mothers who strive to carve out an identity separate from motherhood. The blog places an emphasis on freelancing and entrepreneurship.
The site looks for actionable and in-depth content from all parents. You can submit personal stories, well-researched articles with stats and expert opinions, and educational articles revolving around useful tools and processes.
Make sure your guest post article is 900 to 1,500 words long and contains a 30-minute action plan at the very end. If your article is accepted, you will be paid anywhere from $75 to $100 via PayPal.
6. A Fine Parent
A Fine Parent operates on the theme that “great parents are made, not born.” Articles are geared toward helping readers become better people and parents.
You don’t have to be a professional writer, just nuggets of wisdom to offer based on your parenting experience. A Fine Parent is the place to share them.
Before you pitch, take a look at the site’s current topics. Most articles range from 1,500 to 3,000 words, and payment is $50 per article.
Editor’s note Nov. 2017: The site has content to last through early 2018 and is closed to submissions. However, you can sign up to be notified when submissions are open again.
The above list is by no means conclusive, but it’s a good starting point. Remember to read the writer submission guidelines before you pitch and be smart with the money you make.
Ellie Matama is a Kenya-based freelance writer. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, watching cooking shows and fantasizing about global travels.
Compiled By H. Lovelyn Bettison
The following is a list of 30 magazines, newspapers, and websites that pay for personal essays. Included is a wide variety of publishers, covering many specialties and topics. For even more publishers seeking submissions, grab a copy of the Paid Publishing Guidebook.
- The Boston Globe
The Boston Globe accepts personal essays about relationships for their Connections section. The essays should be about 650 words. Please send an email with “Query” as the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org to pitch your essay.
- Extra Crispy
Extra Crispy pays for personal essays about food. The articles they publish have a conversational tone with a bit of humor. http://www.extracrispy.com/culture/185/how-to-pitch-extra-crispy
Dame is a women’s magazine. They don’t have a submissions page, but do provide an email address for pitches: email@example.com://www.damemagazine.com/
Kveller is a parenting magazine that accepts personal essays about parenting and women’s issues as seen through a Jewish lens. http://www.kveller.com/article/submission-guidelines/ They pay $25 per post.
- The New York Times: Modern Love
The New York Times Modern Love is looking for essays about love and relationships in modern times payment $300. The desired length for essays is 1500 to 1700. The submission page is old, but still up to date. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/21/fashion/howtosubmit_modernlove.html?_r=1&
- The New York Times: Lives
New York Times Lives accepts essays about meaningful life experiences. http://www.nytimes.com/column/lives Read the section to get an idea of what they want and send pitches to firstname.lastname@example.org
Salon publishes personal essays. Send your pitches in the body of the email not as an attachment. They also would like to know about your background and what makes you qualified to write the piece you’re proposing. http://www.salon.com/about/submissions/
Slate is an online magazine about news, politics, and culture. Please indicate which section you’re pitching to in the subject line of your email. http://www.slate.com/articles/briefing/contact_us/2006/08/whereto_find_slate_staff.html
Slice is a print magazine based in Brooklyn. They accept short fiction and personal essays. Submissions will open again on April 1. They pay $250
- The Smart Set
The Smart Set is an online magazine about arts and culture, science, and global and national affairs. http://thesmartset.com/about-us/#submissions
- The Billfold
The Billfold is a publication about money. They accept personal essays about your experiences with money, saving, and debt. https://thebillfold.com/about
- MotherwellMotherwell is a parenting magazine that looks for personal essays that take a novel angle on parenting. Essays should be up to 1200 words. https://motherwellmag.com/submissions/
- Tin House
Tin House is a literary journal that publishes personal essays up to 10,000 words. They have themed issues and only accept unsolicited submissions in September and March. http://www.tinhouse.com/magazine/submission-guidelines.html
Narratively is devoted to untold human stories. They accept pitches and completed essays. http://narrative.ly/contribute/
Guideposts is looking for your true stories of inspiration and hope. Submit completed essays via the submission form on their website. https://www.guideposts.org/tell-us-your-story
- The Christian Science Monitor: Home Forum
Home Forum publishes upbeat personal essays that are 600 to 800 words in length. The payment is $75. http://www.csmonitor.com/About/Contributor-guidelines/Contributor-Guidelines-The-Home-Forum
- The Establishment
The Establishment is a multimedia publication that encourages diversity. They accept essays 800 to 1,500 words long and pay $125. https://theestablishment.co/pitch-us-b0788d803a0b#.34no26v7l
- The Sun
The Sun is a literary journal that is mainly interested in personal stories. They pay $300-$2000 for personal essays up to 7,000 words. http://thesunmagazine.org/about/submission_guidelines/writing
Skirt is a women’s magazine that publishes essays that are about 800 to 1100 words long. Each issue of the magazine has a theme. Look at their editorial calender for subjects. They pays $200 per essay. http://www.skirt.com/contribute/
- Travels’ Tales
Travels’ Tales publishes your travel essays in their anthologies. They pay $100 per essay. http://travelerstales.com/submission-guidelines/
- Brain, Child
Brain, Child is an award-winning literary magazine for mothers. They pay for personal essays on parenting. https://www.brainchildmag.com/about/writers-guidelines/
- Chicken Soup for the Soul
Chicken Soup for the Soul releases themed books throughout the year. They accept uplifting essays that are less than 1200 words. The pay is $200. http://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics
Backpacker has a Destinations section where they publish first person accounts of outdoor experiences. The pay is $0.40-$1 per word http://www.backpacker.com/backpacker-contributor-s-guidelines/
- Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine focuses on music, movies, TV, videogames, comedy, books and more. They do accept personal essays. Read past essays to get an idea about what they are looking for. Pay varies. https://www.pastemagazine.com/paste/2012/03/writer-guidelines.html
- True Story
True Story is published by Creative Nonfiction. They accept personal essay between 5000-10000 words and pay $300. https://www.creativenonfiction.org/submissions/true-story
- Good Old Days
Good Old Days accepts personal essays about growing up between 1935 and 1960. They should be informal and conversational in tone. Payment varies. http://www.goodolddaysmagazine.com/contributor_guidelines.php
- AARP Magazine
AARP Magazine publishes thoughtful, timely personal essays that are relevant to people over 50. Payment varies. http://www.aarp.org/about-aarp/info-05-2010/writers-guidelines-aarp-magazine.html
Broadly is a website devoted to representing a wide variety of women’s experiences. They publish personal essays. https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/page/about
- The Three Penny Review
The Three Penny Review is a literary magazine that publishes both fiction and creative nonfiction. They pay $400 per story or article. http://www.threepennyreview.com/submissions.html
- Vox First Person
Vox First Person is dedicated to publishing thoughtful, in-depth first person narratives. They pay, but don’t list the rates on their site. http://www.vox.com/2015/6/12/8767221/vox-first-person-explained