5 Parenting Magazines & Blogs that Pay for Writing
How many pitches have you sent so far in 2019? This year, I’m taking January to really organize myself, and February is when I’ll hit the ground running with more pitches and even more content creation. I’ve already finalized my content calendar for this website all the way to the first week of January 2020, and now I’m working on my pitching calendar for the rest of the year.
There’s no better time than the present to get organized and start selling your writing. If you want to make money from your words, pitching needs to become your number one focus.
Whether you pitch companies or publications, do it often and do it repeatedly. Be persistent—the only successful writers are the ones who didn’t give up. Sending one or two pitches won’t cut it. You need to send several a week (and preferably several per day). To get you started, here’s a list of parenting publications that pay writers.
Note: Rates of pay are in US Dollars unless otherwise indicated.
1. Family Fun Magazine
Family Fun Magazine is published by the same people who bring you Parents magazine. FamilyFun is focused on affordable crafts, activities, recipes and trips that the whole family can take together, as well as solutions to common problems that families face. If you enjoy writing about family fun, this is the magazine to read and pitch.
They pay $1.25 per word for Features, which run from 800 to 3,000 words. Features give parents ideas for inexpensive, fun, and easy-to-do activities, and topics include crafts, food ideas, travel, and more.
Departments include “idea of the month” ($750 for 600 words), “More Great Ideas” and “How We Have Fun” ($100 for 50-200 words), Explore ($1.25 per word for 600-900 words), and Create, which has several departments and pays $200 per idea.
For full details on pitching FamilyFun Magazine, be sure to read the Writer’s Guidelines in full, and always, always look at a few back issues to make sure you understand the voice of the magazine and what kind of articles they tend to publish. Then, and only then, send your well-crafted pitch.
ADDitutde magazine accepts articles from parents with firsthand experience with ADHD (whether you’re a parent who has ADHD or you have children with ADHD). They also accept pitches from experts in the field.
They look for articles of 2,000 words or fewer, and reports indicate they pay .22 cents per word. Please allow 6-8 weeks for a response to your pitch. Read the full writer’s guidelines here and make sure to read a few articles here before pitching.
3. Project Want
Project want’s website is currently 404’ing. It’s possible this company no longer exists.
This toy review website seeks 500-1200 articles about DIY craft projects (with photos), product reviews, and inspirational news about parenting. They pay $1 per word. Be sure to read the full writer’s guidelines here and get a feel for their voice by reading some articles here.
4. Freelance Mom
Freelance mom is a community that believes women can still be who they are after becoming mothers. They look for 900-1,500-word articles that offer actionable tips for freelancing moms or moms who want to become freelancers. They pay $75-$100 per article. Click here for the full writer’s guidelines, and be sure to go here and read a few of their articles before pitching.
5. Cricket Media’s publications
Cricket Media publishes several literary magazines for children, including Babybug, Ladybug, Spider, and Cricket. They also publish nonfiction magazines: Click, Ask, Muse, Cobblestone, DIG Into History, and Faces.
Each of these magazines has a different focus and targets specific age groups. For more details on each, check out this post. Cricket media pays well (.25 or more per word, and $3 per line for poetry). The best way to pitch any of the Cricket Media magazines is to become very familiar with each of them.
You can read more about each magazine here, and read the full writer’s guidelines here. Responding to open calls for submissions also gives you a higher chance of being accepted, so make sure to review those on the writer’s guidelines.
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