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:

Happy Marriage

Theme: Anecdote: "One thing I did to make my marriage happier"

General description: The anecdote should be real — not hypothetical or composite.

Word Count: 100 to 200 words

Rights: First publication rights

Payment: $50, on acceptance

Due date: June 7, 2018.

Audience: Married Christian couples with children in the home (but this is about marriage, not parenting).

Submission: If interested, please respond to Web.Features@fotf.org and put "Attn: Troy – 'Happy Marriage' " 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.

Book Lovers

Topic: How did you teach your reluctant readers to advanced readers to love reading and discern which books are good for them and which they like? Make sure your ideas aren't the same as those we already have online at "Motivating Kids to Read."

Word count: 50 to 300 words

Rights: First nonexclusive rights

Payment: $50, on acceptance

Due date: June 11, 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: Loving Reading" 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.

Christmas presents

Topic: What was a unique Christmas present that your children were able to make for teachers, relatives or friends? Think beyond baked goods, gift cards and plants to something that turned out great as a present but could be made by a child.

Word count: 50 to 300 words

Rights: First nonexclusive rights

Payment: $50, on acceptance

Due date: June 11, 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: Presents" 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: Family Secrets, Family Presents

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 stories that include a teen who goes to great lengths to keep a secret for a Christmas surprise . . . without lying. (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: June 4, 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 Fiction Editor-Christmas Surprise" 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.

Traveling With Children

Topic: What is one unique thing your family did to keep young or older kids happy while traveling by train, plane, boat or car? They need to be ideas that are not already found in Traveling With Young Children (general travel), 28 Things You Will Wish You Packed for Your Cruise  (travel by ship) and Games and Activities for Road Trips (travel by car).

Word count: 50 to 300 words

Rights: First nonexclusive rights

Payment: $50, on acceptance

Due date: May 29, 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: Travel With Kids" 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: 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.