Write for Us!
We’re changing our format a bit, by taking submissions for the next two issues, instead of one. Don’t let the themes discourage you from submitting, we are seeking powerful stories that fall under the social justice umbrella and each issue will cover topics outside of the stated theme. Work you submit should be original and unpublished.
Issue No. 2: From the perspective of LGBTQ-identifying parents or parenting children who identify as such and the importance of how we approach LGBTQ topics with children and teens. Challenges faced when parenting a transgender child- and what other parents can do to help and enlighten their own children. This is broad subject matter and your take on it is appreciated. You do not have to identify as LGBTQ to contribute to this issue and while this is the featured topic, we will include other pieces as well. Deadline February 25, 2018.
Are You Raising A Feminist?
Issue No. 3 of Hold the Line will focus on feminism. Where do you stand and does your parenting reflect that? How can we raise both girls and boys who believe in equal pay and maternal right? This topic can be addressed on a micro-level, what feminist values look like in your home, or macro- what you’d like to see us all do differently in regards to women’s rights. You do not have to label yourself as a feminist to contribute (and we might be curious to hear opposing views) and this issue will cover other topics as well. Deadline March 25, 2018.
All of our features aim to be solution-based. Through telling your story, readers should be able to gain unique insights and motivation to become a part of the solution. HTL is not the place for snark or venting without an end goal.
Hold the Line Magazine includes some light-hearted content, too. We welcome submissions telling us about small businesses to support, mental health practices, and other pieces that can help bring levity to each issue. Plus, writing or drawings from kids of all ages would be welcomed!
We are seeking writers who are passionate about social justice as it intersects with the challenges of parenthood. Our quarterly magazine features practical tactics, hard-learned lessons, and personal experiences with the goal of inspiring parents of all races to strive toward a more unified future.
In 2018, we’ll cover the parenting and LGBTQ concerns, food insecurity, ways to teach children about consent, gender norms, and additional topics will be addressed as they arise. Your interpretation of these topics is valued and we are open to various styles and angles of coverage.
We are always looking for personal essays or well-researched articles on the topics of racial justice and cultural as related to parenting.
Ongoing topics to consider:
- How to have productive conversations about race with other parents
- Approaching racial differences in a school setting
- What I want my white friends to know about the challenges of raising black children
- Multicultural book reviews for both parents and children
- Materials (toys, books, games) that encourage young children to embrace diversity
- Personal experiences when you have felt race impact your parenting.
- What activism looks like behind the scenes
- Representation of minority cultures in mainstream media
- Teaching and operating from a place of inclusion
We welcome both completed pieces and thorough pitches. Though we prefer pitches come with writing samples. Sorry, poetry submissions are closed for now.
Please expect to work closely with the editor to get your piece ready for publication.
Please email your submission to email@example.com.
- Without reading this first.
- That do not fall under the umbrella of PARENTHOOD & SOCIAL JUSTICE. These submissions will not receive a reply.
- That are longer than 1,800 words.
- That vent or tell a story without the purpose of encouraging parents to further their exploration of social justice.
We are working to increase the amount we are able to pay writers and creators. These rates are current as of 1.19.18.
- Shorter pieces, listicles, or book reviews up to, and around, 900 words – $50
- Longer pieces, 1100 – 1600 words – $100
- Photos – $15 a piece
- Poetry – $25
Communication & Timeline
If your piece follows the qualifications above, you will hear back even if your submission is not accepted. If you don’t hear back within 4 weeks, please feel free to inquire about the status of your piece. We welcome multiple submissions as well as simultaneous submissions. Please send a quick line letting us know if your piece has been accepted by another publication. NOTE: Payment schedule has changed. If your work is accepted by Hold the Line, you will be paid within 14 days after the corresponding issue’s release date.
Please email your submission or query to firstname.lastname@example.org.