This week’s Monday Markets focuses on parenting magazines. There are three examples listed here, and there are many local and regional publications that you can query if you are interested in writing for this niche market.
You may want to check out your local library or bookstore if you are interested in finding out which ones are available in your area.
From The Web Site:
MomSense articles are warm, honest, positive and encouraging. Writers share their insights and experiences as fellow learners rather than teachers. Each issue includes a balance of articles that are inspirational and practical, and that address the reader as a woman and as a parent.
- MomSense magazine is looking for non-fiction articles that target a mother with children from birth through kindergarten, and nurture her both as a woman and as a mother. We are looking for humorous, inspirational, or thought-provoking personal stories and well-researched practical information that appeal to a wide variety of mothers and will inform mothers on subjects relevant to their lives. We particularly need humorous articles, and practical articles for moms as a mom or as a woman.
- Topics of particular interest to our readers include insights into the reality of parenting, family living, time and money management, pregnancy, and health. We also frequently feature educational helps and activities or crafts for preschool-aged children.
MomSense buys first rights and pays on publication.
From the Web Site:
Should I check if you’re interested in my topic before I submit?
Queries are only necessary for features and book reviews. Everything else, we don’t really care about what aspect of parenting you’re writing about as much as how well you write about it. If it has anything that may be remotely interesting to parents, we’re interested (we are parents, after all).
What lengths do you prefer?
Rough general guidelines would be articles/essays: 800-1,000 words, humor: 600-800 words, book reviews: 200-400 words. Assigned features: 1000-3000 words. These are not absolute numbers — fortunately we do not have the restrictions of the print world, so we do not edit for length. If you can get your message across in a few paragraphs, go ahead. If it takes you five pages, that’s great. Just make sure your piece is succinct and to the point, and try to keep it slightly shorter than a John Grisham novel.
How much do you pay?
Payment is contingent upon the quality and type of written work submitted. Book reviews pay $10. Original articles/essays pay $25. Payment for assigned features vary depending on the writer’s experience and relationship with The Imperfect Parent, but begins at $50 for an 1,000 word piece. Checks are disbursed by the 15th of the month following publication (e.g., for all items published in March, payment is disbursed by April 15).
Metro Parent magazine (publishes monthly)
Verified circulation 80,000; readership 225,000
- Parent Pipeline pieces: short pieces on trends, local people, products, etc. of interest to parents/kids. 300-600 words.
- Department columns: 600-700 words.
Our current department columns: Along the Way (personal essays), Dr. Mom’s Health Notes (health issues), Fatherhood (essays, information, news pertaining to fathers or of interest to father), Ages & Stages (column on child development age or stage), Teens & Tweens (column on tween/teen issues), Family Finance (family money topics), Parenting Solo (column on single parenting issues).
- Family Travelogue: travel article on family fun destination. 700-800 words plus ratings sidebar.
- Feature articles: 1,000-3,000 words.
Metro Parent pays $50-$350, depending on the type of content, on publication.