Brain, Child Awards

Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers has been receiving awards for literary excellence since 2000. We thank our writers and readers for supporting us in what is now our 15th year of publishing.



This is 15, by Catherine Newman, notable essay (Best American Essays 2016)


Brain, Child: Special Issue for Parents of Teens, notable special issue (Best American Essays 2015)

My Mother’s Secret, by Stephanie Andersen. Notable essay (Best American Essays 2015)


Apex Magazine Awards, Overall Publication Excellence

BookBuilders of Boston, Overall Design Excellence

BlogHer Voices Of the Year, Lauren Apfel, opinion category, “A Child-Less Party With a Child-Free Friend”

Pushcart Nominee, Virginia Holman, “Finding Mars”

American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), Christine Koubek, “Portrait of Nature and Nurture”

Pushcart prize


2010, Kelly Feinberg, “This Sucks”

2010, Catherine Newman, “Bored Again”

2005, Tracy Mayor, “Losing My Religion”

Special Mentions: 2009 (2), 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005

Best American Essays

2009, Notable Essay: Stephanie Andersen, “Womanhood”

2005, Notable Essay: Kristin Ohlson, “Big Words”

2002, Notable Essay: Kimberly French, “Risky Business”

Notable Essay Mentions: 2007, 2005, 2002

Best American Short Stories

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 several times, distinguishing itself from hundreds of other publications.


Nominee, Best Social/Cultural Coverage


Winner, Best Social/Cultural Coverage


Nominee, Best Personal Life Coverage


Reader’s Choice Winner, Best Personal Life Coverage


Nominee, General Excellence, Best Writing, Best Personal Life Coverage


Winner, Best Personal Life Coverage, General Excellence


Nominee, Best New Magazine

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