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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Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas, most 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 2020, 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 schools opening this fall—we are all confused, exhausted, concerned—and Motherwell would love to hear your perspective: as a teacher, a parent, or a student. All formats welcome and please include word count.

What have you learned about yourself during this strange time? As it relates to:

•Your parenting

•Your relationships/friendships

•Your work-life balance

Tell us about your experience of pandemic self-growth in 100 words or less. We will be featuring your stories in an upcoming project on the site. All formats accepted, this is an unpaid opportunity.

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, email us directly at motherwellmag@gmail.com, with the word "timely" in all caps in the subject line. For coronavirus-related pieces, please continue submitting here. 

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, email us directly at motherwellmag@gmail.com, with the word "timely" in all caps in the subject line. For coronavirus-related pieces, please continue submitting here. 

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. 

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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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