The MOPS Magazine and The MOPS Blog Writer’s Guidelines
Submission Guidelines for The MOPS Blog and additional MOPS Social Media Platforms
By submitting to us, you are giving us permission to edit your submission to meet the tone and needs of The MOPS Blog and/or our other social media platforms. By this, we mean we may change things based on length, to be grammatically consistent, follow AP style or change the language to vocabulary we use regularly.
Your submission indicates that you are giving us permission to post your content on our blog and/or our other social media platforms without compensation. (Don’t get scared! Please keep reading.) We’re a little nonprofit, so we’re not spilling over with money. (If we were, we’d send it to you by the bucket full.) But we have a decent audience (almost 165,000!) and we’re willing to share. We’ll include a byline with up to 3 hyperlinks.
We are not requiring exclusivity. We just ask that if you do post your submitted content, that you wait until the day we post and include the following copy: “Originally posted on The MOPS Blog” and include the permalink.
If you don’t agree to any of these stipulations, we totally understand. This is your work, and we would never want you to feel like we violated your rights.
Most importantly, we want you to know we value you, your story, your voice. It’s an honor for us to be able to be a collection of inspiring mamas, and we’re truly beside ourselves that you decided to be add your voice!
Who are we?
The MOPS Magazine and The MOPS Blog embody a movement of women raising the world together. We celebrate the uniqueness of every woman’s journey.
In every way we connect our community – through our quarterly print magazine, blog and social media outlets – we seek to inspire each mom as a whole woman knowing she is a past, present and future, a set of hopes and fears uniquely hers, a wife and sister, daughter and friend, as well as a nurturer of little people.
We strive to make sure every mom knows she’s welcome here, knowing the thing connecting us is the desire to be the best moms possible.
As the group of women collectively raising the next generation of the world, we want to be a part of honest conversation, a chorus of voices seeking each other as we walk boldly toward hard questions, finding restoration and seeking hope.
The MOPS Magazine and The MOPS Blog live under the wings of MOPS International, an organization creating communities of moms because moms are world influencers.
Being “relevant” is not the aim, however it is a byproduct of knowing our audiences well enough to speak their language and draw them in. We use the voice of a kindred spirit or girlfriend – conversational, inclusive, light-hearted, transparent, honest, encouraging and welcoming.
Biblical principles are implied but not explicit, and often more topical than philosophical in nature. The Gospel is present but church jargon is not.
We aim to provide an entry point for any and all moms to join the MOPS community. This allows moms to move at their own pace in their faith journey.
What qualities guide our material?
In everything we publish, we seek to inspire moms. We want to be willing to say, “This is the way things really are,” “these are my honest questions,” “here are the things in my life that seem bigger than me,” knowing it is in the vulnerable conversations that we can make the most progress toward restoring the future for the next generation.
We are a community of moms from every corner of the country, and more than 30 other countries around the world. Our community spans every socioeconomic, marital status, origin of mothering, race, religious, denominational, age and lifestyle spectrum because we believe we mother best when we mother together.
Every woman’s story is valuable, and we seek to make The MOPS Magazine a safe place by acknowledging that one’s choice doesn’t change the value or validity of another.
Family provides roots
Every act of mothering is significant because family is where children build the foundation for their futures. In every way possible we seek to provide practical resources for moms, and a safe place to fail because we know from experience motherhood includes both triumphs and failures, and both are required for moms to expand to their potential.
And we believe all of it is worth it, because each child is a gift.
There is a woman inside the mother
Before motherhood, each woman was uniquely created with a past, present and future story, passions and gifts given to her to give the world, and a personality all her own. When she became a mother, this added to the shape of her story, coloring it with new extensions of herself. In everything we write, we aim to nurture the woman who still exists inside the mother.
There is hope in the story
Every sojourn involves struggle, setback and tragedy because this is the plight of life on earth. We believe in the midst of every epic exists hope and redemption, and we seek to find them at every opportunity.
Types of published material
Calls for submissions
We will post calls for submissions on our blog in the “we love” section. We will do a call for submissions every month based on the upcoming theme for the blog. And we’ll do a call for submissions quarterly based on the needs of the magazine. The easiest way to access them will be through the tag: writers needed.
Regular types of material needed
On the blog:
- Recipes (with step-by-step photos)
- Practical home ideas
- DIY (with photos)
- Play ideas
- Parenting experts
- Make-up/fashion/beauty tips
- And, of course, stories about parenting, mothering and woman-related issues. And we’re always up for a good tear-jerker or something to get us laughing.
What are we not publishing?
We do not publish fiction, individual reviews on divisive issues (including doctrinal or political issues), devotions or bible studies, book or product reviews.
How to submit
To add your voice to the conversation, send your submission to content@MOPS.org.
Just so you know, all articles are received on speculation. Regretfully, we are unable to respond to all submissions when they are received. However, if your article is selected for publishing, we will email you a submission agreement and the date we will be publishing.
Please submit a complete article in an attached Word document or in the body of the email. Please include an article title, authors name, email address and two sentence bio.
And since you always ask
Only original material is published in The MOPS Magazine. Previously published materials may be used for The MOPS Blog. Just make sure it meets our editorial needs first. Because, again, we take those writer’s guidelines pretty seriously.