NEW CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS. Motherwell is launching two more essay series!

LIFE AS A SINGLE PARENT. We are looking for new stories, up to 1,400 words, that tackle all aspects of what it means to parent on your own. Interpretations might include: choosing to have a baby by yourself, via IVF, adoption, or otherwise; parenting after divorce, with a co-parent or without; parenting after the death of a partner; parenting in the face of a partner is who is very rarely home.

PARENTING AND FOOD. We are looking for new stories, up to 1,400 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.

We are open to a range of styles; this is a paid opportunity. Deadline is March 1. We’d love to hear from you! (to submit, click on button below)

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.submit