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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: How have you helped your 4- to 12-year-olds find a healthy balance with video, computer and phone games and other play? 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: June 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: Video Games” 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: When your toddler is tired but full of wild energry at least an hour before you start getting him/her ready for bed (book reading, bath, prayers, etc.), what do you do to calm him/her down and have fun. We do not want book reading, bathing, or other bedtime routine ideas for this tip. And we are not looking for lectures or object lessons. Instead, we want hands-on, practical. ideas that you have or someone you know has 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: June 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: Wild Toddler Energy” 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 do you help your 8- to 12-year-old engage in healthy boy-girl friendships without feeling the need to be boyfriends or girlfriends? 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: July 1, 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: Boy-Girl” 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: How do you handle excessive drama in your home? It may be a child over-reacting or making something big out of something small. 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: 50-300 words

Rights: First nonexclusive rights

Payment: $50, on acceptance

Due date: July 8, 2021

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: Drama” 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 do you celebrate the Fourth of July so your children feel a pride in their country and  can enjoy the freedoms they’ve been given? 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: July 15, 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: 4th of July” 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.

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