Would you like to contribute to Minnesota Parent or mnparent.com? We’d love to hear from you!

Writers

We’re always looking for strong, experienced writers at Minnesota Parent! 

• Before making editorial pitches, please see our editorial calendar. Not all stories must fit our issues themes, but the editorial calendar can give you a good idea of the kinds of topics we cover most often. 

• Writers must live in the state of Minnesota (or just outside of it).

• Writers don't have to be parents. (But that’s always a plus!)

• Stories that require interviews with families should be arranged with the editor in advance of writing and interviewing on behalf of Minnesota Parent.

• You can send us completed essays or stories any time for “on spec” consideration. If you are new to us, please include a resume and other writing samples, so we can get to know you a bit.

• Never done formal pitch? Read How to Write a Magazine Pitch. 

• Send all submissions to editor@mnparent.com.

TOP TOPICS 

We’re looking for lively, on-trend stories packed with relevant information for passionate, involved parents. We cover maternity, childbirth, kid health and development, child care, education, toys and technology. But we’re also seeking fresh places-to-go, things-to-do stories to inspire parents to get out and have fun with their kids — ideally for free — in the great state of Minnesota. We’re talking travel and outdoor activities, near and far. And don’t forget summer camps: We’re a top source for planning a kid-friendly summer, including day camps and overnight camps, too. To get a sense for what we do, please read our issues.

KINDS OF WRITERS 

• Columnists: We have five paid columnist roles: Baby on Board, Toddler Time, School Days, Teens & Tweens and Grows on Trees. You can check the columns out at mnparent.com. Columns are typically 700 words. These are written by parents. These roles are currently filled.

• Feature writers: Our most pressing need at Minnesota Parent is for freelance journalists who are interested in writing features stories. Our features stories typically require writers to write in the third-person (versus first-person, blog or essay-style writing). That means doing interviews with parents and kids (online or in person) and reporting what they say. We need stories about parenting trends, topics and news. Features can be 500 to 1,200 words. 

LONG FEATURE EXAMPLES

Food dye fears 

Choosing a child-care path 

Your best bets for summer fun 

Surviving colic 

Concussion discussion 

The Heart of Adoption

ESSAYS AND SHORT FEATURES EXAMPLES

Sometimes parents have unique perspectives or expertise that warrant us publishing their essays or short stories about their parenting experiences in the first person. These can be in the form of shorter “list” pieces that run as features or as long-form essays. We have more of these coming up, but we haven’t done much in this category lately. 

5 family-friendly campgrounds 

What teachers really want for the holidays

Awesome apps for young kids

Until Gwen

WHAT TO INCLUDE

In addition to your story pitch, send your resume and five previously published work samples (web links or attached files) to editor@mnparent.com. (Students: Looking for a for-credit internship? See below for summer internship information.) If you are new to writing, we recommend you submit a completed article for consideration. 

DUE DATES

Think and plan ahead. Stories are due six weeks before the first day of the issue month. If you’re writing a story for April, for example, it would be due around Feb. 15 (about six weeks before April 1). 

RIGHTS / CONTRACTS

We don’t require you to sign a contract. We ask that you agree to let us publish your story first, before any other publications print it. Ideally, you’ll wait until you see the story in print in Minnesota Parent, and only then sell it to other publications, if you wish. 

REVIEW

You may be asked via email by the editor to review changes made to your copy. This typically happens a few weeks before publication.

PAY

• We pay a fixed rate per story (not per word), negotiated with the editor when the assignment is made.

• We pay writers within 30 days of the issue publish date (not upon receipt of manuscript like some magazines do). 

• We pay a small stipend for photos contributed by writers that are published in the magazine.

W9

To pay you we need your social security number and mailing address. You can fill out our W9 to provide this information.

Photographers

Local family photographers typically provide our Cover Kid cover photos. Learn more about our Cover Kids here. Send a link to your portfolio site to editor@mnparent.com. We also have occasional freelance assignments for photographers with photojournalism experience.  

Summer Intern

Learn about our summer internship here.