Mommy Poppins is a leading national website for family activities, offering city guides, event calendars, activity resources, and travel destination features to help families turn ordinary days into memorable adventures. Our contributors love exploring their local areas, and beyond, and sharing their experiences to bring family fun to life through their words and photography.
What types of articles do we publish?
We accept pitches on great new openings that interest local parents (example: a new play space or museum opening in our cities/states), reviews of hot new destinations for kids (theme parks to art exhibits), family travel ideas (articles on attractive cities, day trips, and roundups of family friendly hotels, beaches, attractions and family travel destinations), as well as some limited national lifestyle content that would interest parents of babies and toddlers, school-age children, or tweens/teens.
How do I apply to be a contributor?
You can submit pitches to our online submission form. Pitches should include a headline, engaging lead paragraph that describes why this topic is unique and interesting, and a few bullet points with more information of what will be included in the article. Our editors will review your pitches and, if they seem like a good fit, follow up.
Should I submit photos with my pitch?
Images are not required, but can be helpful. If you are reviewing a location or business, we will probably expect you to submit at least 5 original images from your experience there. Images should be high quality, horizontal format and between 620x400 and 1200x750 pixels. Please submit at least one sample image with your pitch form so we can see the quality of your photography. All images submitted with your pitch should be your own original photography and not published elsewhere. Please title images with your last name, the pitch title, and subject matter so we can connect them with your pitch.
How many pitches should I submit?
We recommend submitting three to five pitches.
What is a good pitch?
Before pitching any idea please search our site to see if we have written about the place or topic before in a similar way.
Is there a Mommy Poppins style?
Mommy Poppins provides accurate and well researched information delivered in a BFF voice. Our articles should tell parents what is unique and particularly cool about a place or activity, and what parents should know before they go. Using first person singular or plural and letting your personality come through is encouraged. Tell us what your kids liked or didn’t like, but only when that is relevant to other people. (We want to know they didn’t offer gluten free meals, but we don’t need to know they didn’t have your child’s favorite brand of hot dog).
What is the word count?
We do not have a firm word count, but most of our articles are between 700-1200 words.
Can I submit something I’ve already published?
We do not accept previously published work. We ask that you not pitch ideas that you have pitched or are planning to pitch to another local site.
Will I be paid?
We pay contributors per published article. If your pitch is accepted, someone will reach out to discuss fees.
Do I need to have previously published work?
We do not require previous publishing experience. However, we are looking for engaging writing and clean copy.
Do my children need to be featured in my photos?
Like all parents, we are thoughtful about how we share images of children on the internet, but photography is an important component of our content. We suggest our contributors make sure there is no identifying information in images of their children. If you prefer not to photograph your children at all, please communicate with our team and we will discuss options.
I haven’t heard back after submitting pitches. What should I do?
We get a lot of submissions and do our best to follow up with everyone who submits relevant pitches. We are not always able to take on new contributors in all areas at all times and we may be holding your information until we are seeking contributors in your area. If you are concerned your submission was not seen you can send one inquiry email to firstname.lastname@example.org.