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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 unique or creative ways you teach your grandchildren the Christmas story and the importance of it? We are not looking for lectures or object lessons. Instead, we want a hands-on, practical idea that you or someone you know have done and that other grandparents can do. This is not the place for you to refine your voice as an author. No AI. At this time, this call for submissions is only for North American authors. 

Word count: 50-300 words

Rights: First nonexclusive rights

Payment: $50, on acceptance

Due date: May 3, 2024

Byline: Yes — whether in print or online

Audience: Grandparents

Submission: Send your articles to [email protected] and put “Attn: Grands Christmas” 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 some unique and creative ways you’ve begun to teach your 0- to 3-year-old about the Christmas story (in an age-appropriate way)? We are not looking for lectures or object lessons. Instead, we want hands-on, practical ideas that you or someone you know have done and that other parents can try to do. This is not the place for you to refine your voice as an author. No AI. At this time, this call for submissions is only for North American authors. 

Word count: 50-300 words

Rights: First nonexclusive rights

Payment: $50, on acceptance

Due date: May 26, 2024

Byline: Yes — whether in print or online

Audience: Parents with children who are in the home

Submission: Send your articles to Hacks&[email protected] and put “Attn: 0- to 3-year-old Christmas Story 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 have you taught your 4- to 8-year-old child to give generously during the holidays? We are not looking for lectures or object lessons. Instead, we want hands-on, practical ideas that you or someone you know have done and that other parents can try to do. This is not the place for you to refine your voice as an author. No AI. At this time, this call for submissions is only for North American authors. 

Word count: 50-300 words

Rights: First nonexclusive rights

Payment: $50, on acceptance

Due date: May 26, 2024

Byline: Yes — whether in print or online

Audience: Parents with children who are in the home

Submission: Send your articles to Hacks&[email protected] and put “Attn: 4- to 8-year-old Gifts” 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 have you set aside time for your 9- to 12-year-old child during the busyness of the holidays? We are not looking for lectures or object lessons. Instead, we want hands-on, practical ideas that you or someone you know have done and that other parents can try to do. This is not the place for you to refine your voice as an author. No AI. At this time, this call for submissions is only for North American authors. 

Word count: 50-300 words

Rights: First nonexclusive rights

Payment: $50, on acceptance

Due date: May 26, 2024

Byline: Yes — whether in print or online

Audience: Parents with children who are in the home

Submission: Send your articles to Hacks&[email protected] and put “Attn: 9- to 12-year-old Time” 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: My Great Hack” in the subject line.

Format: Include your contact information (name, address, email, 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.