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. And we've also just launched a new vertical, Motherwell Books. We have two streams of writing on the site:

Paid opportunities for selected, featured content—either personal essays or perspective pieces. And here we usually have a selection of themed calls for submissions as well.

An additional platform where we collect other essays: syndicated 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 excited to announce the launch of Motherwell Books, a new platform on the site where we will be curating and showcasing the best books for parents and parents-to-be. We’re currently looking for posts related to reading and writing, themed book lists (e.g. for new moms, parenting teens, empowering girls), and articles and essays that are centered around a parenting book (or books) that aren't your own. Please familiarize yourself with our site and the vertical before submitting and include word count (we tend to cap at 1,200).

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. We also accept some personal essays, due to length or format, solely for our social media platforms.

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. We also accept some personal essays, due to length or format, solely for our social media platforms.

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. 

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.

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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