Brain, Child is an award-winning literary magazine for mothers. Founded in 2000, our mission is to bring the voices of women of different backgrounds and circumstances together on the printed page, on our website, and in our online communities. 

We are excited by great writing. It makes our day when we hear from an established writer or publish an author for the first time. We believe our writers are the lifeblood of our publication and strive to publicize and promote their work through our website, Facebook (240,000+ fans), Twitter and Pinterest, platforms. We respond within eight to ten weeks. We welcome follow up emails if by chance you do not hear from us.


We are looking for well-written, thoughtful personal stories in the form of letters to yourself at a younger age for inclusion in this new column that celebrates our similarities and differences--and the gift of perspective.  What would you say to your younger self? What advice would you give?

We look forward to reading your work. And if you would like to send us a photo of you at this age or your younger age feel free to attach it here (.JPEG files only)
Brain Child essays are the cornerstone of our magazine. We publish essays between 1,500 - 4,500 words, that explore the joys and challenges of parenting. We appreciate unique subjects or new angles on familiar topics. We love to read and publish seasoned authors as well as new authors all of whom become part of Brain Child's literary community joining the ranks of novelists Jane Smiley and Anne Tyler, best-selling authors Cheryl Strayed, Ann Hood and Barbara Ehrenreich, and acclaimed writers Antonya Nelson, Alice Hoffman, Patricia Hermes, Virginia Holman and Susan Maushart.

Please send us long form essays only, we are no longer reading/publishing shorter blog posts -- If your essay would work on a blog about mothering, it may not work for us.

Click here for an example of a stunning Brain Child essay.

(1,500- 4,000 words): In our fifth publication year, submissions are open for personal essays for Brain Teen, our award-winning print magazine devoted to parenting teens. We look for well-structured essays that  an authentic voice with a down-to-earth tone. We appreciate exquisite detail, vivid scenes and spot-on dialogue.  We love to see new topics or interesting angles on familiar topics relating to parenting teens or having been a teen.

Brain Teen 2016 includes essays by best-selling authors Ann Hood and Laura Pritchett.

Read this example of a Brain Teen essay.





We consider excerpts from memoir and nonfiction books that are forthcoming or already published (recent or back-list). Please include an excerpt (up to 2,500 words) along with a .jpeg of the book cover. Please do not send complete manuscripts unless they are requested. All entries are considered for publication by Erielle Media, Brain Child's book imprint.