At the core of our space, we want mothers to feel safe, known, encouraged, and loved. We do this through a varied collection of vulnerable, honest stories. 

From September to May, we publish essays three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. We publish on Tuesdays and Thursdays in June and July, and do not publish at all during our company-wide sabbatical in August.

We open for guest submissions twice per year, typically once in the spring and once in the fall. Our next submission window is April 5-12, 2020

We charge a small reading fee to cover the cost of using Submittable. Patrons and Exhale members never pay to submit, and Exhale members also receive access to two additional (private) submission windows. 

We are looking for well-written, original essays (we do not republish content, including from personal blogs) about anything and everything related to motherhood. We feature stories, not advice—please familiarize yourself with our current content before submitting. Work should be 1,200-1,800 words. For more information about our Submission Guidelines, please see our website.

The submission window will remain open from April 5-12. You will hear back within 8 weeks from the time the submission window closes if we wish to use your story. Please note, we publish guest essays at a rate of 4-6 per month. As a result, the lead time for publication may be 4 to 6 months. We will contact you regarding edits to your essay the month prior to publication. 

We pay guest writers $25 per essay.

While not intended to be an exhaustive list, below is a list of potential essay topics for consideration. Please note that we receive an especially high volume of essays related to miscarriage and newborns/first year of motherhood. Be mindful of taking an original angle to better your odds of acceptance.

  • Adoption
  • Body Image
  • Friendship/Loneliness
  • Grief/Loss
  • Humor (Motherhood-Related)
  • Infertility
  • Marriage
  • Mental Health
  • Miscarriage
  • New Mom
  • Parenting Older Kids
  • Pregnancy
  • Single Parenting
  • Special Needs
  • Step Parenting
  • Working Moms
  • Work/Life BalanceInfertility


This form is specifically for our Patrons and Exhale members—no fee required! Please specify in your cover letter if you are a Patron, an Exhale member, or both. 

We are looking for well-written, original essays (we do not republish content, including from personal blogs) about anything and everything related to motherhood. We feature stories, not advice—please familiarize yourself with our current content before submitting. Work should be 1,200-1,800 words. For more information about our Submission Guidelines, please see our website.

The submission window will remain open from April 5-12. You will hear back within 8 weeks from the time the submission window closes if we wish to use your story. Please note, we publish guest essays at a rate of 4-6 per month. As a result, the lead time for publication may be 4 to 6 months. We will contact you regarding edits to your essay the month prior to publication. We pay guest writers $25 per essay.

While not intended to be an exhaustive list, below is a list of potential essay topics for consideration. Please note that we receive an especially high volume of essays related to miscarriage and newborns/first year of motherhood. Be mindful of taking an original angle to better your odds of acceptance.

  • Adoption
  • Body Image
  • Friendship/Loneliness
  • Grief/Loss
  • Humor (Motherhood-Related)
  • Infertility
  • Marriage
  • Mental Health
  • Miscarriage
  • New Mom
  • Parenting Older Kids
  • Pregnancy
  • Single Parenting
  • Special Needs
  • Step Parenting
  • Working Moms
  • Work/Life BalanceInfertility
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