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Special STEPPARENTING Issue! ***edited***

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We're doing a special issue focusing on STEPPARENTING, and we need your help and your writing!

Here at Literary Mama, we've always welcomed -- encouraged -- made it our mission -- to feature the many voices and faces of motherhood. That includes stepmothers, of course. As a stepmother, and as the author of a bestselling stepparenting book, I'm keenly aware that stepparents are under-considered, under-heard, under-recognized.

Unfortunately, that's been true even here at Literary Mama.

Yes, we've published the occasional piece by a stepmother, but we just don't get many submissions. I suspect many stepmothers don't feel fully qualified to speak out in a literary magazine with "Mama" as part of the title.

Okay, time to change all that. Next March, we're publishing a month's worth of writing by stepmothers about the stepparenting experience. Please submit! And please, if you know a stepmother who has something contribute, pass this Call for Submissions on to her.

And if you're a mother who is not a stepmother who writes about stepparenting, please send us your work, too.

***We are not looking for submissions from the STEPCHILD's point of view!***

Call for Submissions
(Please circulate widely)

Literary Mama, an internationally-acclaimed online literary magazine ( seeks top-notch writing for a special March 2007 issue: Stepparenting.

According to The Stepfamily Foundation, 64% of families today live in some form of divorced and/or stepfamily relationship. From Snow White's evil witch of a stepmother to Hamlet's stepfather (who killed Hamlet's dad, married his mother, and stole the throne), stepmothers and stepfathers get a bad rap in literature. And the stepparent point of view? Rarely seen and explored.

For our Special Issue on Stepparenting, Literary Mama seeks fiction, creative nonfiction, literary reflections, poetry, and a guest column ("Faces of Motherhood") BY stepparents ABOUT the stepparenting experience.

Deadline: December 31, 2006

Our guidelines vary by department. Before submitting, review individual guidelines at:

Submissions in the text of an email along with a brief cover letter. Please put "Stepparenting Submission from Your Name" in the subject heading.
Editor: Susan Ito --

Submissions both in the text of an email and as an attachment.
Editor: Shari MacDonald Strong --

Submissions of 750-5000 words in the text of an email and/or attached Word document, along with a brief cover letter.
Editor: Caroline Grant --

Poems of any length and form. Maximum of four poems per submission. Please send submissions in the text of an email.
Editor: Rachel Iverson --

Seeking personal essays of 600-1200 words about how being a "mom-by-marriage" makes you feel out of step with the mainstream image of mothers. Send submissions in the text of an email, along with a brief cover letter.
Editors: Marjorie Osterhout and Erin Sullivan --

General notes:
* Response time up to 4 weeks.
* Authors retain rights. Please credit us if your work is republished.
* Simultaneous submissions okay as long as you notify us if accepted elsewhere.
* We prefer previously unpublished work. We will consider reprints, however, if you have the rights and the work is not currently available online.
* Electronic submissions only.
* Literary Mama attracts over 30,000 unique visitors a month. We do not, however, pay our writers or editors -- we are all volunteers here.

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Ericka Lutz is an author, solo performer, and teacher. Her seven non-fiction books include On the Go with Baby and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Stepparenting, and her fiction/creative nonfiction has appeared in numerous books, anthologies, and journals. Ericka teaches writing at U.C. Berkeley. She also provides private coaching on writing and writing process to writers and organizations. Her full-length solo show, “A Widow’s To-Do List,” is currently in development in San Francisco. For information on upcoming performances, visit Ericka’s website.

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