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:

Baby Meets Pet

Topic: What successfully unique way did you introduce your new baby to your pet for the first time?

Word count: 50 to 300 words

Rights: First nonexclusive rights

Payment: $50, on acceptance

Due date: January 5, 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 Meets Pet" 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.

On-the-Go Family

Topic: What creative way did you help your kids turn from poor behavior to appropriate behavior when you were away from home? Or how did you find a unique way to keep your kids involved when your family was on the go, instead of their developing bad attitudes or picking on each other?

Word count: 50 to 300 words

Rights: First nonexclusive rights

Payment: $50, on acceptance

Due date: January 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: On the Go" 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.

Summer Camp Tips and Tricks

Topic: What are your summer camp tips for helping your kids not get homesick, get involved, find the right camp, and deepen their walk with God? How did you successfully send them letters and packages? Not able to afford a weekly camp? What did you do to give your kids the camp experience at home? How did you celebrate the summer and remember it in a unique way?

Word count: 50 to 300 words

Rights: First nonexclusive rights

Payment: $50, on acceptance

Due date: December 21, 2017

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 Camp" 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.

'Blended Family' — Child Feels Isolated

Theme: 'Blended Family' article on the topic of "parenting a child who feels isolated in a blended family (or neglected because he or she gets less attention than previously)."

General description: This article should focus on what parents can do to help the child feel part of the family and strongly connected to parents.

    Our normal format:
  • A short personal anecdote (something to draw readers with an emotional connection) — not fictitious and not a composite
  • Summary statement of the issue (nut graf)
  • Three to five points of practical suggestions (things readers can do or say to address the problem — but prayer and Bible study don't count, they're antes for our readers)

Word Count: 600 words (a bit longer is better)

Rights: First publication rights

Payment: $200, on acceptance

Due date: Dec. 7, 2017

Audience: Remarried Christian couples with children in the home.

Submission: If interested, please respond to Web.Features@fotf.org and put "Attn: Troy – June 'Blended' " in the subject line. Note: You must include the subject line as it appears here or the submission will not reach the appropriate editor for consideration.)

'Blended Family' — Help Stepsiblings Bond

Theme:"Blended Family" article on the topic of "helping stepsiblings bond".

General description: This article should focus on what parents can do to help step-siblings get along. The opening anecdote should convey how stepsibling relationships are more challenging than sibling rivalry among biological siblings.

    Our normal format:
  • A short personal anecdote (something to draw readers with an emotional connection) — not fictitious and not a composite
  • Summary statement of the issue (nut graf)
  • Three to five points of practical suggestions (things readers can do or say to address the problem — but prayer and Bible study don't count, they're antes for our readers)

Word Count: 600 words (a bit longer is better)

Rights: First publication rights

Payment: $200, on acceptance

Due date: Dec. 7, 2017

Audience: Remarried Christian couples with children in the home.

Submission: If interested, please respond to Web.Features@fotf.org and put "Attn: Troy – June 'Blended' " in the subject line. Note: You must include the subject line as it appears here or the submission will not reach the appropriate editor for consideration.)

Patriotic 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 patriotic 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: December 22, 2017

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: A Summer Adventure

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 summer setting. 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.

Summer Fun

Topic: What is one no-prep, low-cost to no-cost, summer activity that is unique that you did with your children? 

Word count: 50 to 300 words

Rights: First nonexclusive rights

Payment: $50, on acceptance

Due date: December 18, 2017

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: Better Friends" 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.

Teaching Modesty

Topic: What is one thing you did with your children to teach them about summer modesty in a fun but unique way?

Word count: 50 to 300 words

Rights: First nonexclusive rights

Payment: $50, on acceptance

Due date: December 20, 2017

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: Manners Editor" 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.

The Nativity Scene

Topic: Tell us how you used this year's free "O Holy Night" Nativity scene in a unique way that made your Advent experience better for your family (and include a photo if you can — this free Advent calendar is found at FocusOnTheFamily.com/advent.)

Word count: 50 to 300 words

Rights: First nonexclusive rights

Payment: $50, on acceptance

Due date: December 15, 2017

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: O Holy Night Editor" 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.

Defending Their Faith

Topic: What is one fun or unique or unbelievably creative way that you've helped your kids better understand how to defend their faith? 

Word count: 50 to 300 words

Rights: First nonexclusive rights

Payment: $50, on acceptance

Due date: December 31, 2017

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: Defend Your Faith Editor" 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.

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: Stages Editor" 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.