Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers has been winning literary awards since our launch in 1999. Brain, Child is is the largest literary magazine in print devoted to motherhood. Each issue contains personal essays, fiction, poetry, news, debate, book reviews and an in-depth feature story. Often referred to as “The New Yorker for Mothers,” Brain, Child brings together the many voices of women from different backgrounds and circumstances in a way that provides readers with insight and perspective into today’s issues.

Find out why The Washington Post says, “A good read is what Brain, Child is all about.” 

ASJA Essay Award Honorable Mention

  • 2013, Katherine Ozment, “All My Children”

Pushcart Prize
Brain, Child Winners

  • 2010, Kelly Feinberg, “This Sucks”
  • 2010, Catherine Newman, “Bored Again”
  • 2005, Tracy Mayor, “Losing My Religion”
  • Special Mentions: 2012, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005

Best American Essays
Brain, Child Winners

  • 2005, Notable Essay: Kristin Ohlson, “Big Words”
  • 2002, Notable Essay: Kimberly French, “Risky Business”
  • Notable Essay mentions: 2007, 2005, 2002

Best American Short Stories
Brain, Child Winner

  • 2004, Notable Story: Susan Fabry Daniels, “Mother, Boy, Man with Bag”

Utne Independent Press Awards
Each year, the editors of Utne magazine recognize the best of the independent media. Brain, Child has been honored many times, distinguishing itself from hundreds of other publications.

  • 2011 Nominee, Best Social/Cultural Coverage
  • 2010 Winner, Best Social/Cultural Coverage
  • 2004 Nominee, Best Personal Life Coverage
  • 2003 Reader’s Choice Winner, Best Personal Life Coverage
  • 2002 Nominee, General Excellence; Nominee, Best Writing; Nominee, Best Personal Life Coverage
  • 2001 Winner, Best Personal Life Coverage; Nominee, General Excellence
  • 2000 Nominee, Best New Magazine
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