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:

Critical Thinking Skills for Kids

Topic: What is one way that you taught your kids to think critically, not about TV or magazines or books, but about things they found in the world around them or what their friends or teachers told them? "Hacks & Facts" articles are not the place to showcase your voice as a writer. Also, lectures aren't encouraged. Instead concentrate on a hands-on-practical parenting tip that others can apply once they've read it. The point is the tip.

Word count: 50 to 250 words

Rights: First nonexclusive rights

Payment: $50, on acceptance

Due date: April 30, 2019

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: Critical Thinking Skills" 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.

Making the Bed

Topic: What is one unique way you taught your children to make their beds? Make sure your idea is different from those we already have at "Teach Your Children How to Make Their Own Beds." And if it is, please send it to us for consideration. "Hacks & Facts" articles are not the place to showcase your voice as a writer. Also, lectures aren't encouraged. Instead concentrate on a hands-on-practical parenting tip that others can apply once they've read it. The point is the tip.

Word count: 50 to 250 words

Rights: First nonexclusive rights

Payment: $50, on acceptance

Due date: April 30, 2019

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: Make the Bed" 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.

Peer Problems

Topic: What is one way that you helped your child deal with peer pressure, peer influence or another peer problem? "Hacks & Facts" articles are not the place to showcase your voice as a writer. Also, lectures aren't encouraged. Instead concentrate on a hands-on-practical parenting tip that others can apply once they've read it. The point is the tip.

Word count: 50 to 250 words

Rights: First nonexclusive rights

Payment: $50, on acceptance

Due date: April 22, 2019

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: Peer Problems" in the subject line. You must have a North American address to submit for this call.

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.

Bring Your Bible

Topic: What is one unique way that your child brought his/her Bible to school? And what was the outcome? What should others do when trying this? "Hacks & Facts" articles are not the place to showcase your voice as a writer. Also, lectures aren't encouraged. Instead concentrate on a hands-on-practical parenting tip that others can apply once they've read it. The point is the tip.

Word count: 50 to 250 words

Rights: First nonexclusive rights

Payment: $50, on acceptance

Due date: April 15, 2019

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: Kids Bible" in the subject line. You must have a North American address to submit for this call.

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.

Feeding the Baby

Topic: In addition to praying for your child, reading or listening to a book, and watching TV or movies, what have you found to do while feeding an infant to keep from falling asleep? "Hacks & Facts" articles are not the place to showcase your voice as a writer. Also, lectures aren't encouraged. Instead concentrate on a hands-on-practical parenting tip that others can apply once they've read it. The point is the tip.

Word count: 50 to 250 words

Rights: First nonexclusive rights

Payment: $50, on acceptance

Due date: April 8, 2019

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: Feeding the Baby" 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: See You in the Comics

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 1,400 words on any topic, we are especially interested in receiving the dialogue that would go in a graphic short story. The dialogue should be under 400 words and set up like a script. The dialogue for this long comic strip can be about any holiday or teen issue. With just dialogue (you may include a few small descriptions of what is happening in panels of your  graphic short story but these words aren't a part of your word count), you will need to tell a complete short story that makes a teen girl laugh, cry or relate to what the main character is going through and the problem she solves. This contemporary, graphic short story needs to be about a teen girl living in North America. (Only short fiction is accepted through the email address below.)

Word count: under 400 words

Rights: First nonexclusive rights

Payment: $300, on acceptance

Due date: April 1, 2019

Byline: Yes — whether in print or online

Audience: Teen girls with a biblical worldview

Submission and format: Submit your graphic short story dialogue both within your email and as an attachment to the email. In the email, do not worry about spacing, indents, etc. Just send a single-spaced manuscript and cover letter in your email, along with contact information and a few lines about who you are. 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: Graphic Short Story Dialogue" in the subject line. Also provide a couple lines about yourself after the end of your story. DO NOT send images of any kind!

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

Hacks & Facts 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.