Thank you for your interest in writing for this new publication Hold the Line. Please read the details below before emailing your submission.


We are seeking writers who are passionate about social justice as it intersects with the challenges of parenthood. Our seasonal magazine will feature practical tactics, hard-learned lessons, and personal experiences with the goal of inspiring parents of all races to strive toward a more unified future. We are looking personal essays or well-researched articles on the topics of racial justice and cultural as related to parenting.

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 or query to

Please do not submit any pieces – poetry, short stories, or otherwise:

  • 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.

Payment Scale:

  • Shorter pieces, listicles, or book reviews up to, and around, 900 words – $40
  • Longer pieces, 1100 – 1600 words – $80

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. If your piece is accepted by Hold the Line, you will be paid within 14 days of final edits.

Please email your submission or query to

Thank you!