Write for Us, Share Your Hard-Earned Parenting Wisdom, Get Paid

Write for us,  share your light, get paid!The Short Version:

  • Write an original article for us on this  topic.
  • Deadline to submit detailed outline: Jun 25th.
  • Decision notification: Jun 30th.
  • Deadline to submit first draft: Jul 10th.
  • Payment via Paypal: Within 24 hrs of final draft.
  • Payment per accepted article: $100 + links + a shot at the annual bonus.
  • Articles will be published in: Aug/Sept/Oct

NOTE: If the dates above are in the past, please check back this page for future call-for-articles or sign up here for notifications directly in your mailbox. Thanks for your interest!

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 at a time that can help us become better people and better parents. Each week on the blog I publish one in-depth article related to our latest 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 struggling and instantly empathize/connect, AND you can write… 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
  • 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 1,500 – 3,000 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.

Challenge + Bonus!

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 you have published online before, please send me a few links so I can get a sense of your writing style.
  • 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 I can respond to your promptly – Thanks!)
  • Send the emails to sumitha @ afineparent . com (without the spaces).

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. How often do you issue call-for-articles?

Until April 2015, it used to be once a month. Now it’s less often. Here’s the reason –

In the April call-for-articles I received 104 submissions, and that’s without counting the dozen or so that were completely out of scope for this blog. I am very humbled by all the interest and beyond grateful for the quality of the articles you’ve been sending me – thank you!

That said, I have to face up to 2 things – (a) it is becoming unscalable – I just don’t have the bandwidth to go through 100+ outlines each month and (b) it is becoming very difficult – I don’t have the stomach of a seasoned editor to turn down good articles, but it is something that I must do because I have just enough budget to pay for 1 article/week.

So, now I accept more than 1 month’s worth of articles from each round of call-for-articles. What does this mean to you? Well, (a) on the upside, you have a better chance of getting published (b) on the downside, we’ll have calls-for-articles only once every 2-3 months and the time between accepting the article and it getting published is longer. I hope you understand and will continue to send me your best work!

2. How do you notify me about the outline?

I do my best to notify everyone of (a) the receipt of the outline and (b) the final decision. It will help immensely if you include the keywords “Kick-ass Article for AFP” in ALL your email subject lines. I receive a lot of mails and those words are part of an email filter that marks your mails as important so I can respond in a timely manner.

3. What kind of articles are more likely to get selected?

We’ve been doing this for a few months now, and a pattern is beginning to emerge. The articles that I end up publishing are the ones where I see that you personally relate to the topic you’ve chosen to write about and hence will be able to connect more authentically and genuinely with the reader.

For instance, if you are writing about how to teach kids to be compassionate, then either you’ve had to deal with your child acting unexpectedly mean, or your child has been a victim of bullying. Also, the “lessons learned” / “what I’m trying to do” / “what is working for me now” parts of your article tend to be much more real and not a riff off of a few Google search results.

Think of it… You are a parent too. Which one of these would you rather read — a preachy list of things of what you must do in any given situation, or a real-life account of what another parent did in a very similar situation, their thought process, the obstacles they came up against and how they triumphed?

P.S.: I was fortunate to have a chat with the wonderful Susan Maccarelli of Beyond Your Blog about all things related to the editing process here at A Fine Parent. Give it a listen if you’re interested: How to Get Published on A Fine Parent [26:23 minutes]

4. Can I submit more than one outline?

No. Please submit only one outline. See #3 above. I’d rather that the focus be on quality than on quantity, and you send me that one article about the topic that most resonates with you.

5. My outlines was not accepted this time. Can I resubmit the same outline next time?

We take on a different theme each time, and so unless you re-position the article significantly, it may not work for our next call-for-articles. Also, we do call-for-articles once every 2-3 months now. Rather than hold the outline until then, here are a couple of great lists to find a new home for it –

Good luck!

Alright, moving on…

Our Current Topic

We can choose from either of these topics for this round of submissions: “Communication Skills” or “Positive Parenting”.

NOTE: We have covered “positive parenting” before and it is back by demand. So please check this before you submit your article to make sure there are no major overlaps.

If you are a long-time member of our community and have a feel for what works, please feel free to run with your own ideas.

On the other hand, if this is your first submission please pick one of the suggestions below that resonates the most with you and you have personal experience with.  Anecdotes, unique perspectives and lessons learnt are highly valued, while hashed up lists compiled using Google search generally don’t make the cut.

We would love any articles where you can bring professional advice from your day job and apply it in a clever and practical way to our current topic — those are some of the most highly prized articles we seek out!

OK, here we go –

1) How to Stop Being Boring and Start Connecting With Your Kids

  • The title says it all
  • Include specific examples. For instance, for each point you make, you could consider a sample scenario that most parents can relate to and show the contrast of “boring” vs “influential” ways to handle it.
  • Include any personal anecdotes from your immediate/extended family if possible

2) How to Help Your Kids Win Friends and Influence People

  • The best advice from Dale Carnegie’s popular book applied to raising awesome kids
  • Include lots of examples and personal anecdotes
  • If possible, include references to latest relevant research that support the tips

3) 10 Essential Non-Verbal Communication Skills That Will Make You a Better Parent

  • List of effective non-verbal communication skills (any number, doesn’t have to be exactly 10) and how to apply it to parenting
  • Include examples and personal anecdotes
  • Where possible, include references to latest relevant research on the topic

4) 5 Effective Communication Strategies That Will Make Your Kids Mind You

  • The title says it all
  • Include examples and personal anecdotes
  • Where possible, include references to latest relevant research on the topic

5) How the Simple Law of Reciprocity Can Make You a Better Parent

  • Explain what the law of reciprocity is and why it is so important in parenting
  • Use examples and personal anecdotes to share tips of how we can better leverage it in parenting
  • Must include references to relevant research

6) How to Help Your Kids Master An Effective Communication Style

  • Discuss the different communication styles, why it is important to pay attention to it, and how some can be more effective than others, why it is important for kids to start learning the right style from an early age etc.
  • Include examples and personal anecdotes
  • Where possible, include references to latest relevant research on the topic

7) How to Cure Your Child’s Potty Mouth

  • Can go under “positive parenting” or “communication skills” — preferably both!
  • Include lots of examples and personal anecdotes
  • Where possible, include references to latest relevant research on the topic

8) How to Have The Birds and Bees Talk With Your Kids

  • Explain whet “the birds and bees talk” is and why it is important that we have this talk about our kids
  • Split the up by kids age group (example, 3 subsections titled “If your child is in elementary school”, “If your child is in middle school” and “If your child is in high school”) and give specific examples of what the talk should include at each age level
  • Include lots of examples and personal anecdotes

9) Teaching Your Kids How to Resolve Conflict Without Fighting

  • The title says it all
  • Include specific examples and personal anecdotes
  • Where possible, include references to latest relevant research on the topic

10) How to Help Your Kids Master Positive Body Language

  • The title says it all
  • Include specific examples and personal anecdotes
  • Where possible, include references to latest relevant research on the topic

11) How to Be a Positive Parent if You Weren’t Raised By One

  • Please take this on ONLY if you can relate strongly to it
  • Start with a brief overview of what positive parenting is, why it can be difficult at first if you weren’t raised in a positive parenting environment and how you can make the switch for raising your kids using this parenting style
  • Include specific examples and personal anecdotes
  • Where possible, include references to latest relevant research on the topic

12) How to Stop Attention Seeking Behavior From Kids

  • What the title says, approached from a positive parenting perspective
  • Include specific examples and personal anecdotes
  • Where possible, include references to latest relevant research on the topic

13) Discipline vs Punishment: What is The Difference and Why it Matters
OR
How to Discipline a Child Without Punishment

  • The title says it all
  • Include specific examples and personal anecdotes
  • Where possible, include references to latest relevant research on the topic

14) 5 Simple Strategies to Teach Disrespectful Kids How To Be Respectful

  • The title says it all
  • Include specific examples and personal anecdotes, preferably broken down by age of the child
  • Where possible, include references to latest relevant research on the topic

15) 10 Warning Signs That You Are Helicopter Parenting (And How to Stop) 

  • Please make sure that this is not about shaming someone for being a helicopter parent! I’d rather the focus be on how every single one of us can slip into overprotective helicopter parenting mode every now and then, and what we can to to get back on track.
  • Please make sure you open with your own personal story where you helicopter parented. If you don’t have such a story to share, this is probably not the right topic for you.
  • Include specific examples and personal anecdotes
  • Include references to relevant research