The Short Version:
- Write for us about Our Next Topic.
- Submit detailed outline by Dec 5th.
- I will let you know if your outline is accepted between Dec 6th and 9th.
- The first draft of the full article is due by Dec 17th.
- Payment will be made within 24 hours of receiving the final draft.
- Payment per accepted article is $100 + links + a shot at the annual bonus.
(NOTE: This page is updated on the 1st of each month with a new topic and submission dates. Please sign up here for notifications.)
The Long Version:
A Fine Parent is an online community for parents who believe that Great Parents are Made, Not Born.
We focus on one topic each month that can help us become better people and better parents. Each week on the blog I publish one in-depth article related to the monthly topic.
Initially, I wrote all the articles for this blog myself. After sharing a few readers stories and guest posts however, I realized just how much we can all benefit from shared wisdom and diverse voices. Hence this call for you to write for us.
If you are constantly working on becoming a better parent, if you have a few hard-earned nuggets of wisdom under your sleeve, if you see another parent and instantly connect, AND if you happen to be a writer as well… boy, have we been waiting for you!
What We Look for In the Articles We Publish -
- the article MUST offer practical and actionable advice/tips
- the article MUST contain personal stories and anecdotes that connect with the other parents in our community (blah list posts won’t cut it)
- the article MUST be written in web-format (well-organized; skimmable; short paragraphs; lists and bullets when possible; custom illustrations like the one at the bottom of this article when possible)
- the article MUST include references to books, research or other authoritative references (you can even link to articles on your own blog as long as it is relevant and offers value)
- the article MUST be original and not published anywhere else before
- the article MUST contain the mandatory “2-minute action plan” (contemplation/reflection questions) and the “long-term action plan” (specific action to take over the next week) sections at the bottom of the article (see the bottom of any article for samples)
- Most articles on the blog are in the 1500 – 2500 words range. I prefer to stick to that range, but will make exceptions on a case-by-case basis.
Articles selected for publication will be paid $100 via paypal.
By submitting the article you agree that if your article is published, I will retain the rights to republish or reuse the material in the future, of course with due credit to you.
If you’re not familiar with the blog, please spend some time on this page to get a feel for it first. You may even consider joining our community and just watching what gets posted for a bit before you start writing for us.
If you keep those points above in mind as you write for us, I’m sure you’ll have a kick-ass article to share.
But is it the kick-ass-est?
On December 31st, if your article is at the top of our popular articles list, you’ll be the winner of a special bonus of $200.
Do you have it in you to get to the top? What would you do with an extra $200?
The gauntlet has been thrown… it’s your choice to pick it up.
How to Submit
- Send me an email with the article outline before the deadline. Include as many details as possible to help me make an informed decision (for instance, mention any background stories that you plan to tie in, a list of the practical tips that will be included, references that will be used, any books that will be mentioned etc.)
- If your outline is accepted, send the completed article as a word document before the deadline.
- Include the keywords “Kick-ass Article for AFP” in ALL your email subject lines. (I get a LOT of mail, so this is extremely important to ensure that you receive a prompt response from me).
- Send the emails to sumitha @ afineparent . com (without the spaces).
The topic for this month’s submissions is “Raising Kids with Character”
If you have not written for us before or if you’ve not been a member of our community for long, please use the suggestions below to send your first outline. If you are a veteran writer/community member, I’d love for you to make a suggestion that is different from these that you know will resonate with our community
Here we go –
- How to raise caring, compassionate kids in a self-absorbed, narcissistic world
- Focus character traits: Compassion, Empathy, sharing, caring, charity, Generosity, benevolence
- How to teach kids about patience and persistence in an age of instant gratification
- Focus character traits: Patience, persistence, Grit, Perseverance, Delayed gratification, Self Control
- How to teach your bossy child to be polite and courteous
- Focus character traits: Manners, politeness, courtesy, civility
- How to teach your braggy child to be humble and modest
- Focus character traits: Humility, modesty
- X simple craft projects to teach your kids about <any one specific group of character traits — see list below>
- Either a very long list (20+) of crafts linking to individual blog posts that originally shared those projects
- Or, a shorter list (5-10) that you’ve personally done with your kids with brief description and pictures. You are welcome to link back to your own blog for a longer description.
- X Books that teach children about character and values (not necessarily limited to one character group)
- Either a very long list of books (50+) that are highly rated on Amazon. Here is an example, but I’d prefer that ours is sorted by age or character trait if possible http://www.positivelypositive.com/2012/05/17/50-top-childrens-books-with-a-positive-message/
- Or, a shorter list of books (10+) that you’ve personally read for your child with a review of each + personal stories/anecdotes of how they helped your family adopt some of these values
Group of character traits to consider (please stick to one group of associated character traits to avoid overlaps)
- Patience, Persistence, Grit, Perseverance, Delayed gratification, Self Control
- Honesty, Sincerity
- Compassion, Empathy, Sharing, Caring, charity, Generosity
- Curiosity, Tolerance, Open mindedness
- Manners, Politeness, Courtesy, Civility
- Responsibility, Accountability, Courage, Fortitude
- Humility, Modesty, Humbleness
- Personal integrity, Incorruptibility