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 have you done to help your children feel hopeful about the future, regardless of disease, politics, news reports, etc.? How does it relate to their hope in Christ? 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. 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: January 25, 2021

Byline: Yes — whether in print or online

Audience: Parents with children in the home 

Submission: Send your articles to Hacks&[email protected] and put “Attn: Hope” 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 six months 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 is one way you helped your child overcome one fear related to their school, school peers, teacher, etc. (Remember, this has to be about parenting and not just what children learned on their own about dealing with school problems.) 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. 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: January 18, 2021

Byline: Yes — whether in print or online

Audience: Parents with children in the home 

Submission: Send your articles to Hacks&[email protected] and put “Attn: Overcoming School Fears” 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 is one thing you learned that would have helped make the transition easier for a child in foster care that you eventually adopted? Or how have you helped your foster-care adopted child with one particular challenge? This should be what you did that could easily be replicated by others who have foster-care children that they’ve adopted. At this time, this call for submissions is only for North American authors. 

Word count: around 600 words

Rights: First nonexclusive rights

Payment: $150, on acceptance

Due date: January 11, 2021

Byline: Yes — whether in print or online

Audience: Parents with foster-care adopted children in the home

Submission: Send your articles to [email protected] and put “Attn: Foster Care Adoption” in the subject line.

Format: Include your contact information (name, address, phone) and article within your email or attached to it. 

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 have you done to teach your children that life has value, from the pre-born to the elderly? Make sure your idea is different from the ones we already have in our sanctity download at https://www.focusonthefamily.com/parenting/valuing-life-from-the-start-parents-tool-kit/. 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. 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: December 21, 2020

Byline: Yes — whether in print or online

Audience: Parents with children in the home 

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