Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood
My Mom Is My Hero

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Being a mother often proves the most difficult, and the most important, job in the world; one that includes conflict but also brings rich — albeit often unspoken — rewards. In this anthology, we seek to honor real-life mothers and, therefore, want inspiring, true, personal stories that speak to the challenges, ultimately positive experiences, and extraordinary relationships between mothers and their children (mothers of all ages, i.e., grandmothers count). The majority of stories in this collection will be written from the adult child's point of view, but it is also acceptable to submit third person stories by authors who have intimate knowledge of the mother and her children. Also a woman who served as a mother figure, who played a significant role, or who performed a heroic deed may also be honored. Heroic deeds range from rescuing a child from physical peril to holding down a steady job and raising children with exceptional values or work ethics. As we will print very few stories focused on illness or dying, we encourage authors to choose another time that illustrates your mother’s unique character, drive, strength, dedication, tenderness, generosity, intelligence, humor, etc. Bring your mother to life on the page and show the world why she is worthy of accolades.

Submission Deadline
November 30, 2007
$100 per published story, plus one copy of the book.*

Early birds may indeed catch the worm!

Please click on Hero Series Guidelines for details.
* The editor will select three stories in each anthology for an additional prize. The First Prize story will earn an additional $100; the Second Prize story will earn an additional $75; and the Third Prize story will earn an additional $50. The editor, not the publisher, is offering the prizes.


Amy Stockwell Mercer is a freelance writer living in Charleston, SC with her husband and three sons. An MFA graduate in Creative Writing from Queens University, she writes about art and artist profiles for Charleston Magazine, The City Paper, Charleston Art Mag, and Art Papers. Amy also writes about living with chronic illness, and is finishing a book about women with diabetes for Demos Health. When she needs to get out of her own head, she teaches college students how to write the 5 paragraph essay. You can read more of her writing at her website.


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