By submitting your piece to Mamalode, you acknowledge and agree as follows: 

The submitted content is an original work and its use by Mamalode does not infringe on the intellectual property of any other party.  If your content has been previously published, you warrant that Mamalode has rights to use and reuse the content.  We are happy to link back to the original publication if you provide us the URL.

Mamalode has the perpetual right to publish and use the content in any of our Mamalode media platforms known and yet to be discovered.  Unless we pay you for your content (see below), you retain rights and title to it and may publish and use it or resell it.

Mamalode pays writers for Feature Essays only. Payments are based on how many unique pageviews their piece(s) receives during the 30 days after the piece goes live.

0-499: $0

500-999: $20

1K-2499: $30

2500-4999: $40

5K+: $50

Upon payment for your piece, Mamalode obtains from you all right and title to its content.

April's theme: GIRLS

May's theme: SURVIVNG TODDLERS & TEENAGERS

Submissions are ongoing, including topical pieces not related to the theme.

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If you have a piece that you think fits into the month's specific theme, this is the place to submit it! 

We would like to encourage all of you to think about this month's theme (and all of our themes) in light of our main goal: storytelling. Tell me a story about a specific moment or happening. Tell me a story that fits under the theme, more so than writing a piece for the theme. Our themes are intended to simply ignite your imagination and inspire your storytelling. And as always #writeyourheartout.

We welcome, and publish, feature essays that do not relate to the month's theme, but please submit those pieces in the category, "Feature Essays unrelated to the specific theme."

Rough word count: between 400-1500 words.

We do edit. Please make sure your copy is clean when submitted. We will format and find images (if you have a great pic to go with it, send that too.)

We do re-publish content, it's a great way for you to get exposure to our readers, but we only pay for original pieces. Please note in submission if it is not an original piece.

We get a lot of submissions, so please give us time. We do read everything. 

Keep writing, and keep submitting.

If you have a piece that you think fits into the month's specific theme, this is the place to submit it! 

We would like to encourage all of you to think about this month's theme (and all of our themes) in light of our main goal: storytelling. Tell me a story about a specific moment or happening. Tell me a story that fits under the theme, more so than writing a piece for the theme. Our themes are intended to simply ignite your imagination and inspire your storytelling. And as always #writeyourheartout.

We welcome, and publish, feature essays that do not relate to the month's theme, but please submit those pieces in the category, "Feature Essays unrelated to the specific theme."

Rough word count: between 400-1500 words.

We do edit. Please make sure your copy is clean when submitted. We will format and find images (if you have a great pic to go with it, send that too.)

We do re-publish content, it's a great way for you to get exposure to our readers, but we only pay for original pieces. Please note in submission if it is not an original piece.

We get a lot of submissions, so please give us time. We do read everything. 

Keep writing, and keep submitting.

For our PRINT issue -- fashion piece collection of photos.
General submissions not related to the month's specific theme. This is the place for general, topical pieces.

Rough word count: between 400-1500 words.

We do edit. Please make sure your copy is clean when submitted. We will format and find images (if you have a great pic to go with it, send that too.)

We do re-publish content, it's a great way for you to get exposure to our readers, but we only pay for original pieces. Please note in submission if it is not an original piece.

We get a lot of submissions, so please give us time. We do read everything. 

Keep writing, and keep submitting.

Guidelines for Submission

How to Submit


This submission category is for audio submissions to The Mamalode Podcast.

Mamalode's publishing is first and foremost about the power of voice. We have published literally thousands of submitted first-person essays in text form, and we feel that delivering powerful, well-written stories in audio format is a natural way for us to extend our love of voice into a new and interesting experience.

The Mamalode Podcast is a bi-monthly podcast of roughly 15-30 minutes in length that seeks to feature powerful first person writing in the voice of the author. Many of our episodes are features of a specific writer, or topic, and will not include submitted readings, but we will try to release 2-3 submitted readings each month.

We made a couple early forays into podcasting, but really started in 2016. We have quickly grown to an audience of thousands of listeners.

The Mamalode Podcast can be found in iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, and Soundcloud.

Please submit both a document version of your story and a recorded audio file.

Please include a personal/biographical statement of 150-250 words in your cover letter. Also please state what you feel the subject category of your submission is. For instance, "Topic: Single/Step Parent" (this assists us in selecting the right pieces to pair in an episode). If you are uncertain what our content categories are, you can see them all under the Categories dropdown menu on Mamalode.com

If you would, tell us how and where you heard about The Mamalode Podcast.

All submissions to The Mamalode Podcast are at this time No Fee/No Pay.

Recording tips


It is entirely possible to get a good recording using the voice memo app on a smart phone. If you listen to The Mamalode Podcast, you might hear a range of audio qualities. We strive for the best possible audio quality, with no background hiss or interference, and minimal background noise. Record with the phone near your mouth, in a space that doesn't echo or reverberate sound, and avoid pops and "s" directly into the microphone. Keep the phone placement consistent throughout the recording. Several episodes of our podcast were recorded using the voice memo app on an iPhone (others were recorded with high-end condenser microphones -- it's honestly hard to tell which is which).

Try to avoid paper shuffling sounds, and other sounds in the background.

Transfering the recording  


We have not found it very easy to upload the audio file to Submittable directly from the phone. You my need to transfer the file to a computer (for instance using AirDrop on Mac) or a cloud drive (iCloud or Dropbox) first.  

Tips for Success


Practice reading your story out loud several times. Try reading to a family member or friend. Relax, don't speak too fast, and give it everything you've got. 

We can't wait to hear and share your story in your voice.

Mamalode is all about your STORY. We want to encourage you to just get out there and #writeyourheartout. Have a story to tell? Submit it here xoxo

Rough word count: between 400-1500 words.

We do edit. Please make sure your copy is clean when submitted. We will format and find images (if you have a great pic to go with it, send that too.)

We do re-publish content, it's a great way for you to get exposure to our readers, but we only pay for original pieces. Please note in submission if it is not an original piece.

We get a lot of submissions, so please give us time. We do read everything. 

Keep writing, and keep submitting.

Submit any shorter pieces of work here. Poems, short essays etc. are all welcome.

Note: We DO NOT pay for short pieces

Submit your "Top, Greatest, Biggest, Best, How-To" of anything you think our readers should know about motherhood!

We do not pay for list submissions but it's a great opportunity for you to gain exposure with our platform. These posts are promoted on our social media platforms. 


Mamalode is honored to give home to the Playing Monopoly With God postpartum story series. This is a section of Mamalode dedicated to stories inspired by the show. All will be published*-- and some will be highlighted on the main pages of Mamalode.com

Write, film, express your story in the best way for you.
To learn more about the show by Melissa Bangs please see: http://www.playingmonopolywithgod.com/submit/

*As always, we do reserve the right to not publish something that is illegal, inappropriate for our audience or inflammatory.

What is your go-to dinner for your family? Want to pass on your mom's famous banana bread recipe? What do you make for your kids when they're sick?

We're so excited about Mamalode's sister site (or maybe a grandmother site since it is so cozy and yummy) mamanomnom.com - a place in which we're Mamalode-ing up the food world—which is to say make it honest, loving, kind, beautiful and delicious. 

This is the place to submit your recipes, stories and food tricks. 

We take care of each other in so many ways… food is one of the best. 

By submitting here, you are giving us permission to run selected pieces on Mamalode.com, Mamanomnom.com, or both. We will always let you know which site accepted pieces will be published on.

We strongly encourage at least one photo to accompany your submission.


We accept review of fiction and nonfiction, on-topic, relevant books and articles about or relating to parenting in general. 

The word length should be roughly between 400-1500 words.


"From the Mouth of Babes" is an ongoing contest for the kiddos (must be under 18 and include their age with their poem.) This is their chance to say "Anything they think moms should know." 

Each writer published in the print magazine will receive at $50 gift card. Tell your kids, tell their teachers and submit their piece here.

We're looking for those comical, outrageous and memorable things that your kids say that you just don't want to forget! Got one to share? Submit it here. 

Please include the first name and age of your child. 

We're looking for YOUR everyday, candid, real life photos.

If your photo is selected, we will notify you on the date on which it will on our social media.