Current call for submissions:

Home for the Holidays. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas, most of us will be home for the holidays this year. Motherwell is looking for original essays about how you are celebrating a little differently in 2020, but also any reflections on past holiday experiences. All formats welcome and please include a word count (we tend to cap at 1,200).

Back to School and COVID-19. There is a host of uncertainty surrounding schools opening this fall, and Motherwell would love to hear your perspective: as a teacher, a parent, or a student. All formats welcome and please include a word count (we tend to cap at 1,200).

Parenting and Food, our new weekly column about how these two areas of life intersect

Pandemic Little Lessons, what you’ve learned about yourself during this strange time, in 100 words or less

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:

Our featured original articles—either personal essays or perspective pieces—for which we pay.

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, email us directly at, with the word “timely” in the subject line. For coronavirus-related pieces, please use button below.