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 the guy. We don’t even like that guy. We want to hear your stories and talk about your strategies and get into it. That’s why Fatherly is looking for contributions from dads all over the country. That’s why we’re hoping you will write for us.

What We’re Looking for Right Now

The editors of Fatherly are perpetually hunting for fun and insightful stories about the trials and tribulations of parents, but we also like to zoom in on specific topics. Right now, this is what we’re obsessing about….

  • Saving Money: Like it or not, parents take on financial as well as emotional and practical responsibilities when they have a kid. What are your little tricks for saving money in the short or long term? What do you think of as an investment? What do you think of as a needless expense?
  • Kid’s Show ConfusionYou know this feeling: You’re watching a kids show and slowly you start to consider the hidden messages and the bizarre intricacies of the plot. You get increasingly confused. Then you start to understand what it all really means and want to talk about it with everyone, but they’re all obsessed with some HBO prestige play. Anyway, tell us about the weird stuff your kids watch and why it makes you think.

  • Back to School: Yep, it’s summer. But BTS is fast approaching and parents who don’t prepare are going to regret it. What do you do to brace yourself for the first day? Do you have any particularly powerful memories of leaving your kid for the first time? Are you nervous about the socially fraught encounters at pick-up and drop-off?

  • Funny Stories: We love to talk about feelings. We really do. We’re all in therapy and we’re all pretty sure that it’s helping. That said, a good laugh goes a long way.

How to Write for Fatherly

Step 1) The Writing Part

Read the site: Once you’re familiar with our approach, it’ll be easier to put pen to paper (if you’re writing longhand for some reason). Spend a bit of time poking around and looking at the structure of the various different stories on the site. When you’ve done that, choose a type of story to write. We’re mostly looking for personal narratives (stories about an event that changed your thinking), parenting wins (descriptions of your unique parenting strategies that work), and op-eds (opinion pieces that offer a thoughtful and unexpected point-of-view on current events). If you’re thinking to yourself, “My story is an ineffable combination of those things,” please reconsider. You’re probably about to write a bad story. Choose an approach and stick with it.

Think about length and structure: We don’t want to be patronizing here (ironic, right?), but it’s important to make sure that the stories you write are fun to read. The best way to do that? Make sure that the premise, problem, or opinion 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, and less than 800 if you’re writing an op-ed. 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? Just take a beat and think about it. Once you have, send it our way.

Step 2) The Editing and Publishing Part

Stories should be sent to submissions@fatherly.com. We check the inbox daily so you can expect to hear back from one of our editors. Please also send along 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 rarely — never, really — publish pieces that haven’t gone through an editing process. Expect to gets some notes from an editor and rest assured that we won’t publish a version of your story that you haven’t seen.

Keep in mind… We can’t guarantee that all stories will be published. We sometimes (rarely, but it happens) get scary or terrifying submissions. Your story is probably great though. Most are. Just giving you heads up here. We’re not Facebook. We have standards.


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.