Current calls for submissions:
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).
Siblings. We are looking for new stories, up to 1,200 words, that tackle all aspects of what it means to be or have a sibling, from the perspective of either parents or the siblings themselves. Interpretations might include: the sibling experience, the bonding and/or the rivalry; the intricacies of step-siblings and blended family relationships; the unique dilemmas of the only child; when does the number of siblings matter, if at all? We are open to a range of styles; this is a paid opportunity. Deadline is September 17th.
Women and work. We are looking for new stories, up to 1,200 words, that tackle all aspects of what it means to be a working mother during such an unprecedented time. Interpretations might include: the effect of the pandemic on mothers working from home; the implications for gender roles and the burdens of caregiving and domestic labor; how women are making childcare and schooling decisions in the face of so many complex considerations. We are open to a range of styles; this is a paid opportunity. Deadline is September 17th.
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.