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Welcome to Red Tricycle Spoke

Red Tricycle is built on an army of moms and dads just like you. Our community represents a rainbow of diverse parenting styles and interests, and we want to shine a spotlight on your unique story. Whether you have a funny perspective on the toddler years, want to share your can’t-live-without parenting hacks, offer an honest look at raising a difficult baby, or connect with other LGBTQ families, we want to hear from you and give your voice a platform to be heard.

Why Should You Participate?

As a parent -- whether it’s been a week or a decade -- you’re already a pro. Your unique insights and perspective can benefit other families still in the fog about a new phase or challenge of parenthood. We reach 20 million parents every month across email, web and social platforms. We would LOVE to share your story with our community.

If you’re interested in making a career out of writing (or at least some coffee $$ and free swag), we can also send you opportunities to work with our partners. We work with big brands like Old Navy, ClifBar and L.L.Bean, and also have partnerships with media companies like BabyCenter, Brit+Co, POPSUGAR Moms and Romper.

We can you help get your name out there, build an audience and work with brands. You can help us by bringing your fresh perspective to our amazing community. Sound good?

Read on to learn more.

What We’re Looking For

We want funny and relatable stories, unique parenting hacks and creative projects. We love a story that’s light and funny or more serious and contemplative, but we have no tolerance for rants, insults or general bad parenting mojo.

If you’re writing about your experience as a parent, please remember: our readers welcome a good discussion that either makes them nod their heads and say, “Me too,” or might respectfully reveal another point of view. We all strive to do our best as parents, and we don’t always win, which means we’re looking for stories that make us feel like we're all in this together.

To sum it up, we’re looking for funny, honest, smart, creative people with strong writing and grammar skills and the ability to spin an interesting tale.

Check out all the published Spoke stories to see what your fellow parents are writing.

What We’re Not Looking For

We all have opinions, but we like to leave controversial topics like breastfeeding vs. bottle feeding, vaccinating your kids (or not), and the like to other news outlets. Red Tricycle is an inclusive community where parents come for a positive experience and to feel good about whatever style of parenting they’re practicing. That means no judgement, no preaching and no lectures.

We reserve the right to remove posts that include personal attacks, are intended to troll, or are otherwise inflammatory or offensive. Contributors who post such articles will be banned from our network.

How It Works

Once you sign up, you can submit any article you’d like, whenever you like. We’ll also reach out to you periodically with pitches for content we’re looking for like your favorite lemonade recipe or tips for the best family vacation destination. While we prefer original content, we’re also open to republishing previously published work to give your content a wider audience. At the bottom of each post you contribute, we promise to display your 2-3 sentence bio., including links back to your website (hello, SEO!).

You can post as often as you like. There are no deadlines nor any requirement to pitch stories. About 800 words is a good target for essays, though we will happily consider more or less.

Take a read through the Spoke FAQ page for more information about the Spoke Contributor Network, how posts are promoted and how you can earn a Spoke badge for your blog or website.

Tips to Increase Your Chances

To the best of your ability, please do not submit your content until you have thoroughly edited your piece (and preferably asked someone else for edits, too!). Your article should be press-ready, and it will go up as-is or rejected for further editing.

Link to all relevant sources on statistics and cited information. Never pass off other people's work as your own.

Are you ready to reach 20 million of your fellow parents?
Let’s get started!