26 Parenting Blogs and Magazines That Pay Freelance Writers
The internet is full of writing opportunities, especially within the ever-popular parenting niche.
Yet it can be challenging to find parenting publications that pay. Some popular blogs are run by work-from-home moms who don’t have a budget for writers, and others simply don’t have to pay for submissions because so many contributors are willing to write about parenting for free.
But put a little elbow grease into it, and you’ll find plenty of parenting blogs and magazines that compensate well for good writing. We’ve compiled some of those opportunities for you.
Consider pitching these parenting blogs
Check out this list of parenting magazines, blogs and websites that compensate writers for contributions. In addition to sharing some information about each publication, we offer details — whenever we could find them — on how much each brand pays.
Here are some parenting blogs worth pitching.
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Pay: Unpublished.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: Not specified. An entry on Who Pays Writers notes 15 cents/word.
CSW is a faith-based news outlet that also publishes essays on life, family and parenting. CSW’s The Home Forum section features relatable personal essays as well as short poems.
Pay: According to Who Pays Writers reports, The Christian Science Monitor pays an average of 25 to 36 cents per word for reported stories; however, essays may receive a different rate.
This selection of children’s magazines owned by Cricket Media are geared toward a variety of different age groups and include works by writers and illustrators. The website lists current calls for submissions, with a note that Cricket Media is always looking for work by minority groups for its magazines.
Pay: Unpublished. Payment varies by assignment.
This is a parenting news magazine that publishes editorials with a local flair. Writers must be local to the Chicago area.
Pay: For shorter articles (around 300 to 400 words), Chicago Parent pays $25-$50; for longer articles (800 to 1,500 words), pay starts at $100.
This site for mothers focuses on celebrating your view on life, family and home. At this time there are more than 1,000 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.
A magazine for parents living in Indiana, Indy’s Child is a local resource on all things family. Sometimes it offers material geared toward a national audience, but they are looking for writers from the area.
Pay: Unpublished. The website states it pays based on word count, and you’d be considered one of the site’s freelance writers; the site doesn’t not accept one-off guest blog submissions.
8. PTO Today
This one is for writers who have experience as a parent-teacher organization (PTO) volunteer. It’s focused on PTO members in K-8 schools and covers topics including fundraising, parental participation in education, playground projects and leadership.
Pay: Pay is by the assignment rather than the word. The website states the scale ranges from $125 to $500, with the average assignment clocking in at 1,200 words.
FreelanceMom is a blog for working mothers who are focused on freelancing and/or entrepreneurship. Posts focus on practical and actionable advice on topics ranging from making extra money to negotiating with first-time clients.
Pay: FreelanceMom pays between $75 and $100 via PayPal, with a bonus of $150 to the author with the top-shared post every month.
Motherly refers to itself as “a lifestyle brand redefining motherhood.” Its articles reflect on motherhood today and showcase insights that moms have collected through their experiences along the way.
The monthly Metro Parent print magazine also offers a variety of special sections throughout the year, both in print and online. It’s geared toward parents in southeast Michigan.
Pay: Depending on your piece, pay ranges from $25 for 50-word blurbs to $200-plus for features.
12. The MOPS Blog
MOPS is a movement of women raising their communities collectively. The movement’s blog provides thoughtful articles on a variety of topics relevant to motherhood.
13. Parents Magazine
The leading national magazine for parents in varying stages of parenthood, Parents Magazine seeks print and online stories of interest to a wide variety of parents. The publication 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, Raising Arizona Kids focuses on articles that provide local resources and support. This magazine is geared toward curious, caring and open-minded parents between the ages of 25 to 54.
Pay: $50 to $200 and up, depending on the article. This magazine only accepts articles from writers living in Arizona.
15. Simply Family
This is a free monthly parents magazine for families in Billings, Montana, and surrounding areas. Its 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: $20 to $25
16. The Green Parent
The Green Parent is the UK’s leading green lifestyle bimonthly magazine for parents. The topics covered relate to green living and are “written from the heart.”
Pay: £75 (a little over $100) per 1,000 words. Writers also get one complimentary issue of The Green Parent.
17. Today’s Parent
Today’s Parent is Canada’s national parenting magazine. Articles cover a variety of highly relatable topics for parents with children, from newborns to college students.
To pitch an article, email a brief description of your idea to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can find more details in the FAQ section of the site’s about page.
Pay: Unpublished, but one source was paid $1 per word in 2018.
This is 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: $50 for a 300 to 500-word article
19. 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.
Pay: Unpublished. Sources say the Washington Post pays $0.30 per word, on average.
This print and digital magazine claims to be 90% 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 to $150, depending on length and depth of article.
21. Yummy Mummy Club (YMC)
This Canadian online publication publishes both original and syndicated articles relevant to the Canadian woman with children. YMC publishes inclusive and unfiltered storytelling.
FertilitySmarts.com is looking for insight, expertise and unique perspectives on the process of getting pregnant. Send the Canada-based site a pitch, including a few lines detailing what you want to write about and how long you think your article will be. (Pro tip: Articles on the site are generally between 500 and 1,200 words.)
Pay: The rate of pay depends on your experience and the article submitted.
If you’re a parent with a disability, consider sharing your experiences and needs with the National Research Center for Parents With Disabilities. The quarterly blog puts out calls for submissions, so keep tabs on it!
The popular website PopSugar is looking for people to become members of their Voices community, and topics they love include parenting essays and hacks. Articles range from 800 to 1,200 words, and PopSugar asks you to submit full drafts versus a pitch.
Pay: Unpublished, but the most recent report from Who Pays Writers cites $0.08 per word.
ADDitude is “required reading for anyone touched by ADHD — plain & simple,” according to its website. It’s dedicated to providing resources to both families and adults. Although most of the site’s articles are written by journalists and mental health professionals, the site accepts first-person pitches from parents, teachers, employees, etc. Articles are typically 2,000 words or less.
Pay: Unpublished, but Who Pays Writers reports up to $0.22 per word.
SheKnows, part of SHE media, is dedicated to empowering women, and a large part of its site is dedicated to parenting and motherhood. If you’re interested in becoming a freelance contributor, reach out to the staff’s editors at email@example.com.
Pay: Unpublished, but Who Pays Writers reports the average pay is 11 cents per word.
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