Current calls for submissions:
Home for the Holidays. What will the holidays be like for you and your family this year? What are you most looking forward to and/or what are you less excited about? Motherwell is looking for original essays about any upcoming holiday, what it means to you, and how you will be celebrating in 2022. All formats welcome and please include a word count (we tend to cap at 1,200).
New! Motherwell Books. 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).
Parenting and Food. Our new weekly column, we are looking for stories 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 tend to cap at 1,200).
For all other submissions:
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:
Paid opportunities for selected, original articles—either personal essays or perspective pieces.
An additional platform where we collect other pieces: syndicated and sponsored posts, shorter essays 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.
For time-sensitive articles, please continue to use Submittable but indicate ‘timely’ in the subject line.