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. 

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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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.

Examples include: 
What we neglect when the children are young
The irreconcilable dreams of a working mother
The blurred boundaries of mothering an addict

For time-sensitive pieces, email us directly at motherwellmag@gmail.com, with the word "timely" in all caps 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.

Examples include:
I don't want my son to read in kindergarten
No, I don't want your unsolicited parenting advice
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.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS. Motherwell is launching another essay series: LIFE AS A SINGLE PARENT. We are looking for new stories, up to 1,400 words, that tackle all aspects of what it means to parent on your own. Interpretations might include: choosing to have a baby by yourself, via IVF, adoption, or otherwise; parenting after divorce, with a co-parent or without; parenting after the death of a partner; parenting in the face of a partner is who is very rarely home. We are open to a range of styles; this is a paid opportunity. Deadline is March 1. We'd love to hear from you!

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS. Motherwell is launching another essay series: PARENTING AND FOOD. We are looking for new stories, up to 1,400 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. We are open to a range of styles; this is a paid opportunity. Deadline is March 1. We'd love to hear from you!

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. 
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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