Call for Submissions

Welcome Writers! Are you interested in writing for us? 

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.

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 [email protected].

Current Call for Submissions

Topic: What are your kids grateful for? And what was one way you taught them about how to be thankful for it? We are not looking for lectures or talks or object lessons. Instead, we want activities that have helped your children learn to be grateful. This call for submissions should be hands-on and practical. This is not the place for you to refine your voice as an author. At this time, this call for submissions is only for North American authors. 

Word count: 50 to 300 words

Rights: First nonexclusive rights

Payment: $50, on acceptance

Due date: April 9, 2020

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: Send your articles to Hacks&[email protected] and put “Attn: Gratitude” in the subject line.

Format: Include your contact information (name, address, phone) 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.

Topic: How are you keeping your kids busy indoors so they don’t go stir crazy? We are not looking for lectures or talks or object lessons. Instead, we want activities that have helped you and your children from annoying each other during a period of close confinement. This call for submissions should be hands-on and practical. This is not the place for you to refine your voice as an author. At this time, this call for submissions is only for North American authors. 

Word count: 50 to 300 words

Rights: First nonexclusive rights

Payment: $50, on acceptance

Due date: April 2, 2020

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: Send your articles to Hacks&[email protected] and put “Attn: In-Home Activities” in the subject line.

Format: Include your contact information (name, address, phone) 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.

Topic: What are you doing with your kids now to help prepare them for Easter? We are not looking for lectures or talks or object lessons. Instead, we want activities that have helped you demonstrate single principles about Holy Week, Easter and what the Resurrection means for their lives. This call for submissions should be hands-on and practical. This is not the place for you to refine your voice as an author. At this time, this call for submissions is only for North American authors. 

Word count: 50 to 300 words

Rights: First nonexclusive rights

Payment: $50, on acceptance

Due date: March 30, 2020

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: Send your articles to Hacks&[email protected] and put “Attn: Resurrection” in the subject line.

Format: Include your contact information (name, address, phone) 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.

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: Send your articles to Hacks&[email protected] and put “Attn: Gratitude” 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.