After doing a short course in freelance writing when I was pregnant with my first child, I pitched a story to an Australian parenting publication. My pitch was accepted, I wrote the story and was paid well. I think I earned $440 for a 600 word online article – how times have changed! Before then, it had never occurred to me that I could get paid to write about parenting.
There’s the old saying recommending to write about what you know. And for many people I know their foray into freelance writing happened around the same time as becoming a parent.
But so many of the articles I’ve seen about getting paid to write about parenting feature publications with low pay.
Now I know that’s a huge debate in itself – who am I to say what is low or not – but for me, anything under 25c/word is low.
I try to aim for an average of 80c/word (not for parenting publications, but across all).
Finding parenting publications that pay decently isn’t as hard as you may think.
This is how you can get paid to write about parenting with 5 publications to pitch.
One word of advice before you pitch – writing about parenting can be a crowded niche. If you have particular expertise within the parenting genre, make sure you mention that when you pitch.
Mindful Parenting Magazine
I’m really enjoying the magazines published by Lovatts Media. They are an Australian independent magazine publisher that has a strong focus on sustainable, ethical and conscious living.
One of their titles is Mindful Parenting and they emphasise that it’s a mindfulness magazine for parents, not a traditional parenting publication.
If you’ve got parenting-related pitches about mindfulness, self-care, sleep, emotional intelligence, health or art, they are always looking for great freelance writers.
Pitch: Madison White (email@example.com)
Pay: 60c (AUD) a word
American Baby Magazine
This is a very practical magazine for parents with babies aged 0 – 2 years. Within the pages you’ll find health, medical and child care advice for pregnant women and new parents.
It’s good to know that American Baby Magazine accepts simultaneous submissions, which is a good thing because their lead time is about 5 months.
Pitch: Despite all my searching, I can’t find any information about who to pitch to! Can anyone help?!
Pay: Most of their articles run between 1000 – 2000 words. According to Writer’s Market 2019, the pay rate is $800 – $1000 (USD) for features, while first-person pieces pay $500.
And while you’re here: Think about also pitching to FamilyFun Magazine, which is part of the same publishing house and reportedly pays over $1(USD) a word.
Canadian monthly magazine, Today’s Parent, is for parents with children from birth to 9+ and has articles about behaviour, relationships, education, discipline as well as recipes and nutrition information.
Pitch: There are three senior editors, so it’s best to contact firstname.lastname@example.org. You’ll only hear back if they’re keen on the idea or want to know more. Give it a month before you pitch elsewhere.
Pay: Reportedly $1,500 – 2,000 (CAN) for 1,800 – 2,500 words.
The Washington Post’s On Parenting publishes reported articles about parenting as well as first-person personal essays. As always, pitches that hit on fascinating, new, insightful or different angles related to parenting have more of a chance of getting commissioned.
If you pitch and don’t hear back within a month, take it as a pass and pitch elsewhere.
Pitch: editor Amy Joyce (email@example.com)
Pay: Reported to be 25c/word (USD)
I’m cheating a bit here because Cricket Media is an education company, rather than a single publication. And they don’t technically publish parenting content, but rather, nine magazines for children aged from toddlers to teenagers.
But their publications (which include Babybug, Spider and Muse) are great. Even better, they are “committed to a diverse literary culture” and “welcome works by and about underrepresented groups (people of colour, people with disabilities, LGBTQAI+ folks, and other marginalised peoples).”
And what I really love is that they have clear guidelines for submissions for each publication.
Pitch: Via Submittable
Pay: Reportedly at least 25c (USD) per word.
There are so many parenting publications out there. Some like I mentioned before, don’t pay much, but some are really decent and they are hungry for great content.
Do you write for parenting publications? Have you pitched to any of these?
HI LINDY! THANKS THIS IS GREAT AS I AM A PARENTING WRITER (AMONG OTHER TOPICS) IN THE US. QUESTION: DOES MINDFUL PARENTING ACCEPT FIRST-PERSON ESSAYS? TIA!
Thanks for your question. To be honest, I’m not 100% sure. It would be worth emailing Madi to ask. Good luck!
Thanks so much for this post. Are these suitable for us here in Australia to pitch to?
Yes absolutely Tracey. Some will have a US focus, but if you have a stellar idea, go for it!
Thank you so much as always!
Just on this again, do overseas publications generally accept pitches and commission writers from overseas?
Do you have any links to articles you have written for overseas articles? Is payment difficult for these types of jobs?
Hi Tracey, it does depend, but generally speaking, yes. I’ve written lots for OS publications like:
Payment isn’t too tricky … you often just need to give them specific details from you bank for an international transfer.
thank you Lindy!
Thanks for this great info. If you submit a first person essay are you expected to also supply images to accompany the piece?
That’s such a great question. It really depends on the publication. Some editors will ask if you can supply images of yourself but others won’t run any pictures. The easiest way to check is to look at previous examples of personal essays in the publication you want to write for and see what format they usually take.
Hope that helps?