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A Fine Parent is an online community for parents who believe that Great Parents are Made, Not Born.
Each week on the blog I publish one in-depth article.
Initially, I wrote all the articles 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.
What We Look for In the Articles We Publish
There are THREE essential things we look for in every article we publish:
- A powerfully written personal anecdote that connects with the reader, moves them and engages them in your article
- A unique list of lessons learnt from your experience that helps them walk away with new ideas, perpectives and excitement to try something new in their own lives
- A solid backing for your article in the form of references to your favorite parenting/psychology book and/or relevent research
Additionally, the article MUST
- be written in web-format (well-organized; skimmable; short paragraphs; lists and bullets)
- be original and not published anywhere else before
- include 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. Please keep these short and to the point (please see any article here for example)
- be 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 $75 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 reading a few of the articles on this page to get a feel for it first.
The Topics We Are Looking For
Most articles we publish these days revolve around positive/gentle/intentional parenting. So pretty much anything that falls in this general category with any specific focus (ex. teaching a particular value, handling a particular situation, making a particular change etc.) is welcome.
Articles that link child behavior / parenting with studies in neuroscience or psychology, and/or include brain hacks, are my personal favorites and do well on the site too. We don’t nearly have enough of these articles, so if you send me a well-written one on this topic, I will be very grateful 🙂
Articles that focus on strong-willed kids, or intense kids also do very well.
I would also love to publish well curated lists that are interesting to positive parents – for example: favorite TED talks, best books/movies to teach a certain value, best parenting books for [raising boys/girls]/[some other theme] etc.
Please do take a look here to see what resonates best (and what is already covered).
How to Submit
When the submission window is open (please see top of the page for status):
- Send an email to articles @ afineparent . com with the completed article as a word document attachment
- Include the keywords “Kick-ass Article for AFP” in your email subject line. (I get a LOT of mail, so this is extremely important to ensure that I can respond to your email promptly – thanks in advance!)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. What can I expect once I submit the article?
When the submission window is open, I do my best to reply to every submission that follows the guidelines with either a yes or no within 3 weeks of receiving your email.
That said, I get a LOT of emails when the submission window is open. If you’ve followed all the guidelines above, but still haven’t heard back from me after 3 weeks, please do send me a reminder. I will try to get back to you asap.
2. What kind of articles are most likely to get accepted?
We’ve been doing this for a few
months years now, and a pattern is beginning to emerge. The articles that resonate with our community (and hence the ones I end up accepting) are the ones where 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 readers.
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 some other child’s mean behavior. Consequently, 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 relatable.
Think of it… you are a parent too. Which one of these would you rather read?
- A preachy list of cliched tips
- OR, a real-life account of what another parent actually did in a very similar situation, their thought process, what they found while researching the topic, the obstacles they came up against and how they triumphed…
Keep it real, conversational, motivating and practical.
If I feel like I can connect to your words and can learn from you, chances are, I will not only publish you, but do everything I can to promote you!
3. Can I submit more than one article?
Not at this time. Please see #2 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.
4. My article was not accepted this time. Can I resubmit it next time?
We do call-for-articles only 3-4 times a year. Rather than hold the article until the next call, here are a couple of great lists to find a new home for your article –
- 50+ Websites That Pay for Parenting Articles
- Submission Opportunities for Family/Parenting Articles (via beyondyourblog.com)
PS: If you’ve made it this far, I think we’ll get along just fine! I look forward to reading your article 🙂