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:

Grandparenting Competition

Topic: We are looking for an article on the topic of why grandparents shouldn't compete with their grandchildren's other set of grandparents. This article should cover how grandparents should handle the relationship with the other grandparent in connection with their grandkids, the in-law and the other grandparents. We are not looking for an article about grandparents who knew each other before their children dated. The article should include an anecdote with each point made (beneath each subhead), along with expert interviews (not quotes from published books), insightful points, interesting statistics and short anecdotes. Please no lectures or personal experience profiles.

Word count: 1200 to 1500 words

Rights: First nonexclusive rights

Payment: $450, on acceptance

Due date: December 10, 2018

Byline: Yes — whether in print or online

Audience: Grandparents

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 and 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 Parenting Article Inbox with "Attn: Grandparents vs Grandparents" in the subject line. Also provide a couple lines about yourself at the end of the article. Only full articles are considered. No queries.

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

What Adult Kids Don't Want to Hear

Topic: What is one thing you should never say to your adult children? This article should start with an anecdote and then give what you shouldn't say to adult children. Then with each point made, offer an example that is backed up with lines from an expert interview (not quotes from published books), an insightful point or an interesting fact.

Word count: 300 to 500 words

Rights: First nonexclusive rights

Payment: $125, on acceptance

Due date: November 18, 2018

Byline: Yes — whether in print or online

Audience: Parents of adult children

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 and 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 Parenting Article Inbox with "Attn: Keep It to Yourself" in the subject line. Also provide a couple lines about yourself at the end of the article. Only full articles are considered. No queries.

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

Movie Discernment

Topic: What is one unique way you taught your children to discern which movies to watch, how to walk away when needed or how to leave a room when their friends are watching an inappropriate movie.

Word count: 50 to 200 words

Rights: First nonexclusive rights

Payment: $50, on acceptance

Due date: December 3, 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: Movies" 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.

Brio Fiction: Stop Believing Lies

Topic: Focus on the Family Brio magazine is accepting contemporary short fiction. Although you are always welcome to send your complete short, modern-day, fiction stories of around 1,000 words on any topic, we are especially interested in stories about how a teen girl learned to stop believing one lie about herself, her family, her faith or her world. (Only short fiction is accepted through the email address below.)

Word count: around 1000 words

Rights: First nonexclusive rights

Payment: $250, on acceptance

Due date: November 26, 2018

Byline: Yes — whether in print or online

Audience: Teen girls with a biblical worldview

Submission and format: Submit your fiction story 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 - Lies" 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.

Your Child's Spiritual Development

Topic: Read "Your Child's Spiritual Development." We are looking for an article that will replace the short paragraph at the top of this page (and of course, your byline will replace the current byline under the title). In this article, we want an overview that is informational, but interesting, and covers the basic elements of a child's spiritual development in a new and insightful way. At the end of the article, the links to various other articles will remain. This article should cover what a parent needs to know about the spiritual development of their children, using interviews (not quotes from published books), insightful points, interesting statistics and short anecdotes. This article is for a journalist who knows how to use inverted-pyramid paragraphing and to write web content that includes keywords within the article and subheads. Please no lectures, and this is not a personal experience profile.

Word count: 1200 to 2000 words

Rights: First nonexclusive rights

Payment: $450, on acceptance

Due date: November 19, 2018

Byline: Yes — whether in print or online

Audience: Parents of children in the home

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 and 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 Parenting Article Inbox with "Attn: Spiritual Development" in the subject line. Also provide a couple lines about yourself at the end of the article. Only full articles are considered. No queries.

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

Keep Quiet

Topic: What is one way you trained your kids to keep quiet or whisper, when needed? For the young, it's to understand that you have to be quiet in some places and how to whisper in others. For older kids, it's helping them understand that whispering isn't appropriate in all places and how to keep whispers, when appropriate, from escalating into laughter. "Hacks & Facts" articles are not the place to showcase your voice as a writer. Instead concentrate on the hands-on-practical parenting tip that others can apply once they've read it. The point is the tip.

Word count: 50 to 175 words

Rights: First nonexclusive rights

Payment: $50, on acceptance

Due date: November 12, 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: Sh!" 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.

Brio Fiction: How Did I Get Into This Mess?

Topic: Focus on the Family Brio magazine is 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 stories that show how a teen girl finds herself in a mess of her own making and figures out how to get out of it or how to start in the right direction to eventually leave it behind. These problems can be about money, clothing, hanging out with the wrong friends, misbehaving, family issues, or just a comical look at everyday errors and how to move on from them. (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: November 12, 2018

Byline: Yes — whether in print or online

Audience: Teen girls with a biblical worldview

Submission and format: Submit your fiction story 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 - Oops!" 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.