The Short Version:
- Write for us about Our Next Topic.
- Submit detailed outline by Feb 4th.
- I will let you know if your outline is accepted on Feb 6th.
- The first draft of the full article is due by Feb 13th.
- 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 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 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 “Simplify Life”
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. Also, please be sure to pick something you have personal experience with — anecdotes, unique perspectives and lessons learnt are highly valued in our community (hashed up lists compiled using Google search generally don’t make the cut).
If you can bring professional advice from your day job and apply it in a clever and practical way to this month’s topic, please do — these are some of the most highly prized articles we seek out!
And of course, if you are a veteran AFP writer or a long-time community member who already has a good grasp of what we’re about, you’re invited to surprise me with an outline on any topic related to the monthly theme
OK, here we go –
- 10 Simple Things You can Do this Week to Declutter Your Life
- 20 Surprisingly Simple Decluttering Tips For Busy Parents (Something along these lines but with focus on a busy family)
- 20 Decluttering Tips from a Professional Organizer (If you are a professional organizer)
- 20 Decluttering Tips to Free Your Home From Toy Overload
2. Parenting Hacks
- 50 Parenting Hacks That Will Make Your Life Easier
- 50 Parenting Hacks That Will Save You Time and Money
- 50 Parenting Hacks For Raising Happy Kids
3. Reduce Stress
- A Recovering Parent’s Guide for Stress Relief (Strong supporting personal anecdote required for this one)
4. Focus on Simple Pleasures
- X Simple Pleasures You Should Relearn To Enjoy, To Be a Better Parent (A short list of 5-10 unexpected points, with supporting personal anecdotes and research backing)
- 30 Simple Pleasures To Focus on When You’re Stressed Out (A more general list like “sleep in late on weekends and just cuddle up in bed with kids” and such, with little personal anecdotes sprinkled all around)
- 30 Simple Pleasures That Makes Parenting Worth It
5. Simplify parenting
- How to be a good parent — a lazy mom’s guide (A short list of 5-10 unexpected points, with supporting personal anecdotes and research backing)
6. Social Media/Smartphone/TV addiction
- How to Beat [Social Media/Smartphone/TV] Addiction (Admit it, You Need Some Help) — (Strong supporting personal anecdote required for this one)
7. Kid’s birthday party planning made easy
- 30 Simple Party Games for Kids That Are Guaranteed to Be Super Hits (Categorized by age — eg, toddlers, preschoolers, school-aged kids and tweens — with 5-6 games in each category)
- How to plan a birthday party your kids will love in 10 easy steps (If you are a professional party planner, or have planned lots of parties — include personal anecdotes and “watch out for […] that could make it more stressful/overwhelming/unmanageable” kind of warnings based on real life experiences)