Write for Fatherly

You know that young guy at the office who makes a bored face every time you talk about your kid? We’re not that guy. We don’t even like that guy. We want to hear your parenting stories and get into it. That’s why Fatherly is looking for new contributors. That’s why we’re hoping you will write for us.

What We’re Looking for Right Now

Our Fatherly Voices section is our place for parents (and aspiring parents, and children of parents) to share stories. You don’t need to be a professional writer or an expert to contribute. And if you claim to have anything figured out, we won’t believe you. We just want stories about life as a parent — the trials and tribulations, the insights, joys, and victories, the funny and embarrassing stories. Hell, even the dark stuff.

Anything can make a good story. A deep dive on your kid’s favorite TV show? We’re into it. A helpful tip on motivating toddlers? We need it. A personal essay about coming to grips with your child’s tendency to yell about genitals in a crowded theater? Here for it. If the topic makes you feel something, it will likely make others feel something as well. In the end, it’s about being in this thing together more than about specific topics; for that reason, we ask that you send us completed essays, not ideas. 

How to Write for Fatherly

Step 1: The Writing Part

Read the site: Once you’re familiar with our approach, it will be easier to write for us. Spend some time poking around and looking at the stories on the site. We’re mostly looking for personal narratives (stories about an event that changed your thinking) and parenting wins (descriptions of your unique parenting strategies that work).

Think about length and structure: We don’t want to be patronizing here (ironic, right?), but it’s important that the stories you write are fun to read. The best way to do that? Make sure that the premise or problem is established efficiently in the first paragraph. From there, try to get to a conclusion in less than 1000 words if you’re writing a personal narrative, less than 700 if you’re writing about a parenting win. Lead with the most interesting stuff and then — this is the thing people often forget — take a beat and share some thoughts or feelings about it. We care about what you think and how you feel!

Write the thing: There’s no shortcut here, but there is something to keep in mind. Fatherly is a parenting site, which means that we publish a lot of stories about children. However, we are not a publication for children. Please use the same language you’d use to talk to a friend. (We do accept previously published blog posts, but would appreciate a heads up if the story is online elsewhere).

Give your story a final read: Does it contain any information you don’t want to make public? Does it cast you or someone else in a bad light? Are the words spelled correctly? Take a beat and think about it. Once you have, send it our way.

Step 2: The Editing and Publishing Part

Essays for Fatherly Voices should be sent to submissions@fatherly.com. We check the inbox regularly so you can expect to hear back from one of our editors. Please also send a two-line bio that reads something like this: “Mike Smith is a father of two and CPA living in Big Arm, Montana. He enjoys hunting with his teenage son and committing securities fraud with his 8-year-old daughter.”

Please understand that we never publish pieces that haven’t gone through an editing process. Expect to gets some notes from an editor and possibly requests for more information. Fatherly Voices submissions aren’t generally paid, though we promote your story through our various channels and can highlight your work in your bio.

We can’t guarantee that all stories will be published. Your story is probably great, but there’s a range of reasons why it might not be a good fit; we’ll be in touch either way.

Editorial pitches follow a different process; these should be sent to editorial@fatherly.com.

Video

Want to submit a video of you doing something awesome or your kid doing something awesome or you watching your kid doing something awesome in an awesomely supportive way? Please do! Those files should be sent to video@fatherly.com.