Parent Co. is a digital publication for those at the intersection of parenthood and adulthood. Because raising kids is as rewarding as it is difficult, we publish content to support, inspire, and commiserate. We hope parents continue to evolve as individuals even after kids are in tow and it’s our intention to engage readers whether or not they’re raising the next generation.

We’re a small team located in Burlington, Vermont but we’re seen by millions of readers around the world.Read all submission guidelines on Parent.com.

Want to pitch an idea? Submit your (formulated) concept, in one of the "Pitch" categories below.

Email contact@parent.co if you're having trouble with the form or have any questions. 

 

This category is for our Monthly Writer Contest.

*** November's theme is "Gratitude" ***

Each month we will be running an open-submission contest with a separate theme. November's theme is "Gratitude." We will award the winner $150 for the most creative and original interpretation of the theme.  Your piece should be between 500-800 words and can be new, or previously published work. We do not accept fiction or poetry.

Contest finalists will be published on our website throughout the month. The winner will be selected by Parent Co., and will be notified via email at the end of the month.

Please note that only the contest winner will receive compensation for their submission.  However,  all contest finalists are all eligible to receive Parent Co’s Social Share Bonus. We cannot guarantee that all pieces will be shared on our social channels.

Please include your author name, email address and biographical information with your submission.

Before submitting any piece (humor, advice, research...) first, ask yourself: 

  • "Is this something that would be useful or interesting to a large portion of our readership?" 
  • "Would someone else (whom I'm not related to) want to share this with their family and friends?"
  • "Is this an interesting and fresh perspective" 
  • "Have I reviewed my writing for spelling, syntax, and grammar?" 
  • Have I linked to referenced research and/or statements that need to be validated? Even if your piece is not scientific in nature, we require sources for any data, findings, or claims that you include. 

Please use the same title for both your document and "title or topic of your article" field. Thank you!  

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This category is for submissions that have not been published on another website, or on your own blog. 

For scientific submissions we look for these two descriptions:

A) Investigative and thought-provoking submissions that cite trusted sources to support a scientific topic, observation, or phenomenon. Your (in-line linked) research should come from reputable sources, such as scientific journals, thorough studies, or respected news sources like The New York Times and Reuters. Feel free to submit a pitch before submitting a completed piece.

B) Timely reporting on recent studies that apply to parenting or family life. We are more likely to accept submissions with personality! 

For first-person essays we look for:

Relatable, or remarkable personal experiences. Because this is our most popular category, we look for standouts that are compelling, emotional, and beautifully crafted.


Before submitting any piece (humor, advice, research...) first, ask yourself: 

  • "Is this something that would be useful or interesting to a large portion of our readership?" 
  • "Would someone else (whom I'm not related to) want to share this with their family and friends?"
  • "Is this an interesting and fresh perspective" 
  • "Have I reviewed my writing for spelling, syntax, and grammar?" 
  • Have I linked to referenced research and/or statements that need to be validated? Even if your piece is not scientific in nature, we require sources for any data, findings, or claims that you include. 

Please use the same title for both your document and "title or topic of your article" field. Thank you!  

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This category is for submissions that have been published on another website, or on your own blog.

A previously published piece is eligible for our social share bonus, but we do not compensate you to publish the piece with Parent Co. 

For scientific submissions we look for these two descriptions:

A) Investigative and thought-provoking submissions that cite trusted sources to support a scientific topic, observation, or phenomenon. Your research should come from reputable sources, such as scientific journals, thorough studies, or respected news sources like The New York Times and Reuters. Feel free to submit a pitch before submitting a completed piece.

B) Timely reporting on recent studies that apply to parenting or family life. We are more likely to accept submissions with personality! 

For first-person essays we look for:

Relatable, or remarkable personal experiences. Because this is our most popular category, we look for standouts that are compelling, emotional, and beautifully crafted.


Before submitting any piece (humor, advice, research...) first, ask yourself: 

  • "Is this something that would be useful or interesting to a large portion of our readership?" 
  • "Would someone else (whom I'm not related to) want to share this with their family and friends?"
  • "Is this an interesting and fresh perspective" 
  • "Have I reviewed my writing for spelling, syntax, and grammar?" 

Please use the same title for both your document and "title or topic of your article" field. Thank you!  

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This category is for pieces about or referencing recently released studies, current events or timely submissions on trending topics. Please include the trending topic/study/current event that you are addressing in the title so that we can review accordingly.


Please use the same title for both your document and "title or topic of your article" field. Thank you!  

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Use this category to submit an outline for a research-backed piece that you are interested in writing. If your pitch is accepted, the final proposed piece should be between 1,000 - 2,500 words and be based in science or reporting. 

We only accept research pitches from writers who have previously published research articles on Parent.co – or writers who have published in-depth research elsewhere. To get started publishing research on Parent.co, submit a completed research piece to another category ( "New, unpublished work" or "Previously published work").

If accepted, we may pay more for these publications. If we don't feel that your pitch falls within the research category, we may consider your piece for $50.

These are the two types of research submissions that we look for:

A) Investigative and thought-provoking submissions that cite trusted sources to support a scientific topic, observation, or phenomenon. Your research should come from reputable sources, such as scientific journals, thorough studies, or respected news sources like The New York Times and Reuters. Feel free to submit a pitch before submitting a completed piece.

B) Timely reporting on recent studies that apply to parenting or family life. We are more likely to accept submissions with personality! 

Here are some examples that we consider to be long-form research:

What Betsy DeVos (and Education Policymakers) Should Know About How Kids Learn

Can Teaching Kids Mindfulness Replace Discipline?

How a Parent’s Affection Shapes a Child’s Happiness for Life

Don’t Drink and Pump: A PSA for Breastfeeding Moms


Before submitting any piece, first ask yourself: 

  • "Is this something that would be useful or interesting to a large portion of our readership?" 
  • "Would someone else (whom I'm not related to) want to share this with their family and friends?"
  • "Is this an interesting and fresh perspective" 
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Please use this category to submit a succinct outline of the idea(s) for an article that you would like us to consider. We're more inclined to accept a completed personal narrative article rather than a pitch about it.

The best outlines include specifics about your POV, thesis, or the research you would like to reference. Outlines can be a set of bullets or about 5-10 sentences.

Please note that even if we accept your pitch, your final submitted article will still be subject to our standard review process and may not be accepted for published.

Before submitting your pitch, first ask yourself: 
  • "Is this something that would be useful or interesting to a large portion of our readership?" 
  • "Would someone else (whom I'm not related to) want to share this with their family and friends?"
  • "Is this an interesting and fresh perspective" 
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This category is for photo essays that capture a compelling, relatable, and raw aspect of family life, childhood, or parenthood.

Your documentary photo essay should have a unique point of view and theme that unifies the photographs. Please make sure to describe your concept in the submission. 

We look for:

  • 8 - 15 photographs, GIFs, or, possibly, short compelling videos in a submission
  • Professional quality images 
  • The images are beautiful without drastic editing, filters, or manipulation.  
  • We are not looking for family portraits or similar staged arrangements. 
  • Each photo must be at least 3000 px wide at 72 DPI 

What will the photo essay look like?

Your images will be displayed in a single column, with little or no text. If you would like to submit a description, we may publish it along with the piece.

Each photo will include a copyright with your name.