Focus on the Family magazine

Call for Submissions

You have found the Focus on the Family editorial team's most recent call-for-submissions page, along with where to send each article or pitch. (This does not mean to call Focus on the Family if you have a submission. "Call for Submissions" is the term used in publishing to let you know that submissions are being accepted for specific topics.) If you are new to our publication, you can order a subscription. You can also download our writers' guidelines.

We do have a few ongoing writing needs. To find out more about them, scroll to the bottom of this page. If you have an idea that is outside of our call for submissions and want to send us an unsolicited query or article, send it to FocusMagSubmissions@family.org.

Submissions:

Celebrate Summer's End

Topic: What is one unique way you helped your children celebrate summer's end as a means for helping them transition back into the school year. 

Word count: 50 to 300 words

Rights: First nonexclusive rights

Payment: $50, on acceptance

Due date: January 31, 2018

Byline: Yes — whether in print or online

Audience: Parents with children in the home

Submission: Each article must be directed at only one age group. Depending on which age group you are writing about, here is how your article should be submitted: Early.Years@fotf.org (for parents of 0- to 3-year-olds), Discovery.Time@fotf.org (for parents of 4- to 7-year-olds); or Tween.Ages@fotf.org (for parents of 8- to 12-year-olds) and put "Attn: Summer" in the subject line. 

Format: Include your contact information and article in your email. DO NOT SEND AN ATTACHMENT. These articles are short and MUST BE placed fully in an email. Do not worry about formatting.

Acceptance/Rejection: If an editor has not contacted you within eight weeks of your submission, then we have decided not to use your article at this time. Thank you for submitting it, and we will look forward to working with you another time.

Baby Safety On-the-Go

Topic: What is one thing you did to make your environment safer on the go — in the car, over friends' houses, in the park, anywhere but home — for your baby or crawler.  

Word count: 50 to 300 words

Rights: First nonexclusive rights

Payment: $50, on acceptance

Due date: January 36, 2018

Byline: Yes — whether in print or online

Audience: Parents with children in the home

Submission: Each article must be directed at only one age group. Depending on which age group you are writing about, here is how your article should be submitted: Early.Years@fotf.org (for parents of 0- to 3-year-olds), Discovery.Time@fotf.org (for parents of 4- to 7-year-olds); or Tween.Ages@fotf.org (for parents of 8- to 12-year-olds) and put "Attn: Baby/Crawler Safety" in the subject line. 

Format: Include your contact information and article in your email. DO NOT SEND AN ATTACHMENT. These articles are short and MUST BE placed fully in an email. Do not worry about formatting.

Acceptance/Rejection: If an editor has not contacted you within eight weeks of your submission, then we have decided not to use your article at this time. Thank you for submitting it, and we will look forward to working with you another time.

Explore Career Options With Tweens

Topic: What is one unique way you helped your tween explore a career path? We are not looking for how you had them shadow someone in the industry or do research, but how you helped them better understand the careers available to them or better understand what a career choice might entail. 

Word count: 50 to 300 words

Rights: First nonexclusive rights

Payment: $50, on acceptance

Due date: January 18, 2018

Byline: Yes — whether in print or online

Audience: Parents with children in the home

Submission: Each article must be directed at only one age group. Depending on which age group you are writing about, here is how your article should be submitted: Early.Years@fotf.org (for parents of 0- to 3-year-olds), Discovery.Time@fotf.org (for parents of 4- to 7-year-olds); or Tween.Ages@fotf.org (for parents of 8- to 12-year-olds) and put "Attn: Careers" in the subject line. 

Format: Include your contact information and article in your email. DO NOT SEND AN ATTACHMENT. These articles are short and MUST BE placed fully in an email. Do not worry about formatting.

Acceptance/Rejection: If an editor has not contacted you within eight weeks of your submission, then we have decided not to use your article at this time. Thank you for submitting it, and we will look forward to working with you another time.

Thanksgiving and Christmas Fiction

Topic: Focus on the Family Brio magazine is now accepting contemporary short fiction. Although you are always welcome to send your complete short, modern-day, fiction stories of 800 to 1,000 words on any topic, we are especially interested in contemporary short fiction that has a Thanksgiving or Christmas theme. You are welcome to work with this fiction topic in a humorous way or in a poignant manner. Let your creativity be your lead, as long as the main character is a teen girl and you include a faith element. (Fiction is a story in which the characters and what happens are not real. Only short fiction is accepted through the email address below.) 

Word count: 800 to 1000 words

Rights: First nonexclusive rights

Payment: $250, on acceptance

Due date: February 10, 2018

Byline: Yes — whether in print or online

Audience: Teen girls with a biblical worldview

Notes: Fiction manuscripts for Brio should offer a creative story that entertains, encourages, inspires and motivates, especially with teen girls as the main character(s). While our stories don't always have a biblical message, they should teach Christian beliefs and family values. This inspirational slant should not include excessive Scripture quotations. The tone should be upbeat, avoiding the use of Christian and denominational jargon and cliches. PLEASE DO NOT use fictional scenarios or previously published material. You will need to provide a list of your sources for any facts or research presented.

Submission and format: Submit your article both within your email and as an attachment to the email. In the email, do not worry about spacing, indents, etc. A single-spaced manuscript below your cover letter / contact information is ideal. Your attached article should be double-spaced, with a Times New Roman font, 12 pts., and with 1-inch margins. The attachment should include your contact information at the top. Send your submission to our Brio short fiction submission inbox with "Attn: Brio Fiction Editor" in the subject line. Also provide a couple lines about yourself after the end of your story.

Acceptance/Rejection: If an editor has not contacted you within eight weeks of your submission, then we have decided not to use your short fiction. Thank you for submitting your manuscript, and we will look forward to working with you another time.

Brio Fiction: Back to School

Topic: Focus on the Family Brio magazine is now accepting contemporary short fiction. Although you are always welcome to send your complete short, modern-day, fiction stories of 800 to 1,000 words on any topic, we are especially interested in contemporary short fiction that includes a back-to-school theme. We consider humorous or poignant contemporary fiction, as long as the main character is a teen girl and you include a faith element. (Only short fiction is accepted through the email address below.)

Word count: 800 to 1000 words

Rights: First nonexclusive rights

Payment: $250, on acceptance

Due date: January 18, 2018

Byline: Yes — whether in print or online

Audience: Teen girls with a biblical worldview

Submission and format: Submit your article both within your email and as an attachment to the email. In the email, do not worry about spacing, indents, etc. A single-spaced manuscript below your cover letter / contact information is ideal. Your attached article should be double-spaced, with a Times New Roman font, 12 pts., and with 1-inch margins. The attachment should include your contact information at the top. Send your submission to our Brio short fiction submission inbox with "Attn: Brio Fiction Editor" in the subject line. Also provide a couple lines about yourself after the end of your story. 

Acceptance/Rejection: If an editor has not contacted you within eight weeks of your submission, then we have decided not to use your short fiction. Thank you for submitting your manuscript, and we will look forward to working with you another time.

Family Stages Submissions

Topic: We always accept hands-on, practical ideas for parenting kids. Think about the most unique thing you did that worked, or what you were surprised worked, or what you did to help your children better understand how to accept responsibility, calm their emotions, become motivated, mature in some way or draw closer to God.

Word count: 50 to 300 words

Rights: First nonexclusive rights

Payment: $50, on acceptance

Due date: None; this is an ongoing call

Byline: Yes — whether in print or online

Audience: Parents with children in the home (these need to be practical, hands-on articles that you or someone you know have done and that other parents can immediately try)

Submission: Each article must be directed at only one age group. Depending on which age group you are writing about, here is how your article should be submitted: Early.Years@fotf.org (for parents of 0- to 3-year-olds), Discovery.Time@fotf.org (for parents of 4- to 7-year-olds); or Tween.Ages@fotf.org (for parents of 8- to 12-year-olds) and put "Attn: Family Stages" in the subject line. 

Format: Include your contact information and article within your email. NO ATTACHMENTS are accepted for these short articles. Do not worry about formatting.

Acceptance/Rejection: If an editor has not contacted you within eight weeks of your submission, then we have decided not to use your article at this time. Thank you for submitting it, and we will look forward to working with you another time.