Welcome to our Submission Information Page! Power of Moms posts new content from our contributors on a variety of topics and in a variety of formats.
Our goal? Strengthen deliberate mothers and have a lot of fun in the process!
Please read through our guidelines below to get a clear picture of what we publish, and then send your submissions to our editing team. We look forward to hearing from you!
The submissions we publish will be different than what you will find on most motherhood-related websites. Our focus is not on how to decorate, cook, potty-train, clean, etc., but to strengthen the woman inside the mother and inspire her to excellence. Deliberate mothers take care of so many people, but who takes care of them? We have a large community, both through the website and social media, so we hope to share your stories and takeaways, so that we can lift and support these moms in a meaningful way. Please be sure to read thoroughly through our site so you get a feel for our tone and perspective.
We are looking for real mom stories with simple takeaways, that help our mothers navigate the journey from feeling depleted, isolated, discouraged, overwhelmed and unimportant to feeling strong, supported, hopeful, organized, and irreplaceable. We want to hear your failures and successes. We want posts with problem-solving ideas and posts that inspire. We want to hear how you deal with tough situations in positive ways.
- Relationship Building/Connecting
- What activities, traditions, values, etc. have you established that help you build relationships with your family? What are some of your family’s seasonal/holiday tips, traditions, or stories?
- How do your prioritize connecting with your family members in spite of the demands of life, work, school, etc.? How has it impacted your family?
- What successes and failures have you experienced in organizing your mind, your time, and your stuff?
- What specific tips, tricks, resources, etc. do you use to keep things manageable and organized?
- Self Care
- How do you take care of you, and what have you gained because of your efforts?
- How do you prioritize the time to cultivate your personal talents and hobbies?
- Personal Growth/Mission
- How have you grown through your mothering experiences? What is your mothering mission, and how did you come to find it?
- How do you identify and pursue additional goals and dreams in a way that works with motherhood and the goals you have for your family?
- Motherhood Skills/Problem-Solving
- What routines, habits, systems, and rules work/don’t work for you and your family?
- What do you do when a change needs to be made or an issue needs to be addressed? How do you find and implement solutions to help all members of your family to move forward?
We would love to hear stories from all stages and perspectives of motherhood, including:
- First-time and expectant mothers
- School-age children
- Empty-nesters/those parenting adults
- Mothers of children with special needs
- Mothers of adopted children
- Work-life balance
- Blended families
- Single parenting
Once you’ve identified the topic you’d like to cover, you may make your submission in a variety of ways:
We want to feature your experiences here–and help other mothers apply what you learned through those experiences. Take us into your life. Feel free to include pictures. Show us (don’t tell us) how to be deliberate mothers. We’re looking for a tone that is thoughtful, well-organized, optimistic, down-to-earth, and inspiring. We are also looking for posts that are principle-based and with key takeaways that apply to a wide variety of mothers. We’re here to unite mothers. At the end of your post, please include a challenge and a question for the readers. (Word count: 700-1,000)
Click HERE to see examples of what we feature on the site. Here is the information we would like covered in each book summary:
(Word count: 500-700)
Simply record a 3-10-minute video of yourself teaching about your selected topic and upload it to YouTube. Then send us the link! (Please link to a specific video, not a youtube channel.) If your video is longer than 3 minutes, please include simple time stamps. Please include a short explanation of what your video will teach the community (examples below). We would also love a written paragraph to introduce your video to our audience.
- How to structure play time for small children
- How to set up a schedule that enables you to be “available” so your teens will want to talk
- How to get the whole family to help bring in the groceries
- How to establish a journal-writing tradition within your family
- How to make “Family Game Night” happen
(1) Watch word count.
Please keep your submission within the word count guidelines outlined for each submission format above. If you submit an article over the word count, we will ask you to edit it down.
(2) Properly give credit to outside sources.
If you reference someone else’s idea or use a direct quotation, please include a link to the article or book the information came from. (For books, Amazon is suggested.) If you have a page number for a reference from a book, we would like to include it as well. Also please include basic attribution information (author, title, etc.) in the body of the text, if possible. For example:
Rachel Stafford, in her book Hands Free Life, explains, “You see, the inherent responsibilities required to inhabit the sacred space on an Emergency Contact line–connection, trust, time, and availability–are all essential for building close relationships, which is one of the key features of a Hands Free Life” (34).
In her Slate article, “Please Can I Have a Turkey Sandwich and Sleep on My Back While Pregnant?” economist Emily Oster explains why eating deli meat during pregnancy isn’t that dangerous after all.
We like to give our editing team enough lead time to carefully polish your material and prepare it for the site. We especially encourage articles that have been published elsewhere. Please send in your submissions three months in advance of when it would ideally be published. (For example, if you’ve got some great Valentine’s Day ideas, you’ll want to send them in by the first of November.) Here’s the basic process we’d like you to follow:
(1) Prepare your submission using the guidelines above.
If you need help finding time to write, we’ve got you covered.
(2) Paste your submission directly into the body of your email.
Please, no Word attachments. We do accept links to blog posts and videos, but please link to the specific item you would like us to consider—not to your full blog or YouTube channel. The subject of the email should be the title of the submission and your name. Please include the title/author/type of submission/other details in the body of the submission. If you would like to submit using Google Drive, the document title should be the title of your submission and your name. Please share your finished document with [email protected] Please make sure [email protected] has permission to edit your document.
(3) Add a photo (or photos).
Each post needs at least one accompanying photo (more, if possible). We really would love for you to include your personal photos–it doesn’t matter if they are “professional.” Please attach photos to your email or post them on your blog and send us the link.
(4) Email your finished product to [email protected]
You’ll receive a brief auto-responder letting you know your submission arrived safely. Please be assured that if you received the auto-response, we DID receive your submission and it will be read by at least two editors. Because of the large number of submissions we receive, we will not personally respond to every submission. At this time, we are only responding to submissions we accept for publication. Power of Moms reserves the right to edit submissions for length, structure, grammar, tone, etc., but we’ll send you a link to the edited version for approval before it goes live.
(5) Register here on the website and add a headshot to Gravatar.
Once you register, you’ll receive a confirmation email asking you to click on a link. Please follow the instructions to finish setting up your account. Should your submission be chosen for publication, we will not be able to list you as an author until you have added yourself to our system. (We can help out here if necessary.) We use Gravatar for our authors’ headshots. Many sites (including ours) can automatically insert a photo of you that has been uploaded through www.gravatar.com. It’s free and simple, and as long as your email address with them is the same as it is with us, we’ll be all set.
(6) When your submission is accepted…
We are happy to link to your blog or website in your byline. You will keep the copyrights, but we will publish it on Power of Moms and possibly under the Power of Moms brand on partner sites. You will be notified regarding any additional publications. There may be additional opportunities for your posts to appear in published Power of Moms books. (We will notify you and ask permission as those opportunities become available.)
To say thank you to our wonderful authors, we have a number of special gifts to choose from. For each submission that is accepted, you may choose a gift for yourself or to share with a friend. You will get the details about this process when your submission is accepted.
(7) If your submission is not accepted…
If your post is not accepted for publication on Power of Moms, please do not be discouraged. We are not able to post everything that we receive, but that doesn’t mean you didn’t do a wonderful job. Please consider posting on (or starting) your own blog, as well. There are lots of ways to strengthen mothers!
If you have any questions about this process, please send them to [email protected] and a member of our team will get back to you.
Your voice is powerful. Your voice means something to mothers out there who need exactly what you have to offer. Thanks for considering joining our team of contributors!
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