Our Spoke Contributor Network is close to reaching its second year of sharing your incredible parenting stories. Over the past two years, we’ve seen the stories that resonate most with our readers—and here’s our guide to help parenting writers like you tell the best stories and make them shine on Spoke.

What Makes a Fantastic Spoke Story

The stories that perform the best on the Spoke platform are those that offer compelling, engaging and raw honesty about what it’s like to be a parent today—and tell those stories in a way that doesn’t feel exclusionary, judgmental or pushy.

Spoke Contributors aren’t afraid to put their stake in the ground on what works for them as parents trying to keep their tiny humans alive and (relatively) happy—while trying to stay sane themselves. Spoke Contributors also aren’t afraid to laugh at themselves, nor are they afraid to of being vulnerable, because ultimately Spoke parents want to empower other parents through their own experiences.

We always encourage and welcome original content, but we also know that viral stories go viral for a reason, so we happily welcome republication of your strongest blog posts here on Spoke.

As always, the best Spoke stories are those that require only but the lightest of editorial touches, meaning that they are fully proofread for grammar, spelling and typos. It also helps if you read through our Spoke Contributor Network Style Guide before submitting your post and adjusting your writing if needed (for example, we don’t use the Oxford comma).

Our New Spoke Storytelling Categories

To that end, there are three general types of posts we want to publish on Spoke. While we will consider posts that don’t quite fit into these three categories, writing these types of posts will make it far likelier that your post will be published on Spoke.


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Parenting Real Talk

Real Talk posts are authentic and unapologetic about parenting and parenthood. Whether you’re writing an open letter to other parents out there, or baring your soul for a 3 a.m. marriage confessional, we want to give your vulnerable yet relatable stories a home.

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.

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Some of our most popular posts have been Real Talk posts, including:

Why the Housework Can’t Wait

I Wanted a Daughter, But I Needed a Son

If I’m Being Honest, Sometimes I Want to Give up on This Marriage

Dear Mom Who Put Her Baby on the Floor at the Airport

 

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Parenting Humor

When you really stop to think about it, raising tiny humans is a pretty daunting task—but it’s also a pretty hilarious job, too. There is so much to laugh about as parents and especially during those toughest parenting moments, you can’t help but laugh. Let’s all laugh together with your hilarious stories and humorous takes that only other parents can truly appreciate.

Here are some of our favorite and most popular Humor posts:

Dear Toddler, I Love You, But You Need To Chill

Dear Girl Scouts, I Will Buy Your Cookies On One Condition

7 Pieces Of Advice For Moms No One Has The Guts To Share

The Secret to Getting Kids Dressed & Out the Door in 10 Minutes or Less

 

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Rockstar Parenting

If you can share your wisdom on how to be a rockstar parent, we want to hear from you. We want your sanity-saving, most genius parenting hacks and tricks. We want to hear how you survive being a stay-at-home parent, a working parent, a single parent, a co-parent. We want to hear from empowered parents raising woke kids. We want to hear your #ParentingWins, your open letters cheering each other on and celebrating other rockstar parents you might come across “in the wild.”

Rockstar Parenting posts aren’t your bland, run-of-the-mill, “we’ve seen this a million times before” parenting tips and tricks posts—we want your standout stories that draw us in and leave us wanting more.

These are some of our most popular Rockstar Parenting posts:

8 Things Kids Need to Do By Themselves Before They’re 13

Movies That Will Change the Way Your Kid Sees the World

This Is the One Thing You Need to Do to Raise Strong Girls

The 3 Things I Teach My Kids So I Don’t Lose My Mind

 

Become a Spoke Contributor Today

So, what are you waiting for? Sign up for your Spoke Contributor profile here and lay your parenting awesomeness on us—we’re ready to amplify your stories and share them with the world—are you?

Still have questions? Check out our Spoke FAQ here.

—Keiko Zoll, Spoke Contributor Network Editor