Motherwell is a publication that tells all sides of the parenting story. We accept work on a variety of parenting-related themes—culture, family life, obstacles and the process of overcoming them. We have two streams of writing on the site:

Our featured original articles—either personal essays or perspective pieces—for which we pay. And here we usually have a selection of themed calls for submissions as well.

An additional platform where we collect other essays: syndicated and sponsored posts, shorter pieces and alternative formats, including videos, graphic memoirs, lists, poetry, etc. These are unpaid. 

We are unfortunately unable to give individual feedback on submissions, but we do offer personally tailored editorial services.

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The teenage years are characterized by a push for independence. As parents, how do we deal with the new host of problems that accompany such change as it relates to our adolescents' relationships, motivation, mental health, communication, social media use, among other issues. We want to hear about your family’s teen-related difficulties, and how you've addressed them. What solutions you've come up with, what's worked and what hasn't; your tips and strategies as a parent, a step-parent, or single parent. All formats welcome, and please include word count (we tend to cap at 1,200).

Does your family have a secret handshake? A dinnertime ritual? A holiday tradition? A unique bedtime routine? These kind of things connect us and bring meaning to our family lives, they tell our stories: we build them up and we also preserve what's been passed down. We want to hear more about your family traditions and rituals: the funny, the creative, the poignant alike. What they mean and how they've benefited you. All formats welcome, and please include word count (we tend to cap at 1,200).

Valentine's Day, Passover, Easter (and possibly Mother's Day and Father's Day too), many of us will be home for the holidays this year. Motherwell is looking for original essays about how you are celebrating a little differently in 2021, but also any reflections on past holiday experiences. All formats welcome and please include a word count (we tend to cap at 1,200).

There is a host of uncertainty surrounding schooling right now and Motherwell would love to hear your perspective and/or your experience: as a teacher, a parent, or a student. Do you have any creative ways that you've been supporting your kids' remote learning? Are there any unique challenges your family is facing either in person or virtually? All formats welcome and please include word count (we tend to cap at 1,200).

What have you learned during this strange time? Tell us about the ways in which you or your family has grown and/or changed with regard to parenting, relationships/friendships, work-life balance in 500 words or less. We will be featuring your stories across our social media platforms and in our newsletter. All formats accepted, this is an unpaid opportunity.

Our new weekly column. We are looking for stories, up to 1,200 words, that delve into all the ways in which these two areas of life can intersect. Interpretations might include: cultivating cooking skills with your kids; body image around pregnancy; raising picky or limited eaters; managing food allergies; coping with weight concerns, at either end of the spectrum. Completed essays only and please include word count. 

We are looking for evocative first-person narratives that have a unique focus, or take a novel angle, on a slice of the parenting experience. We are open to a range of styles and tones: the only requirement is that the essay works on its own terms—be it lyrical, humorous, research-oriented, etc—and conveys something fundamental about its writer. Up to 1,200 words. Completed essays only and please include word count.


Examples include: 

Fighting the patriarchy one grandpa at a time

Practicing who I will be when my kids are out of the house

Will my only child be lonely during the pandemic?


For time-sensitive pieces, please indicate as much in the subject line. 

This is your take on a newsy, topical or controversial issue. We want tight, well-argued pieces that combine anecdote and analysis to make a strong case for a particular point of view. Up to 1,200 words. Completed essays only and please include word count. 


Examples include:

I don't want my son to read in kindergarten

Why I don’t let my young daughter wear a bikini

I don't go to every school event


For time-sensitive pieces, please indicate as much in the subject line.

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We are a self-funded, start-up publication that cares deeply about its writers and the quality of our content. Please consider making a contribution to help us continue to deliver the finest in parenting essays and to keep our lovely site ad-free. 
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