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Prizes of $500 for 1st place, $300 for 2nd place, and $200 for 3rd place, will be awarded for poems, creative non-fiction, and photography on the theme of Mother and Daughters. The winning works in all categories, as well as a selection of honorable mention contest entries, will be published in JARM, Journal of the Association of Research on Mothering, special issue on Mother and Daughters in October 2008. All works will be considered for publication in the journal and subsequently in a literary anthology to be published by Demeter Press in honor of Mother’s Day, May 2009. Prizes in each category will be announced in August 2008 and awarded at the ARM Conference, October 24-26, 2008.

Poets whose works are included in the issue will celebrate the launch of the issue with readings at a Literary Gala Event as part of the conference.


Poetry: Submit up to three unpublished poems with $20.00 CAD entry fee ($3 for each additional poem).

Creative Non-Fiction: Entries should be short literary memoir, autobiography, lyric essay 300-1,000 words max. One submission only with $20.00 ($3 for each additional entry).

Photography: Black and white photographs should be submitted as 8” x 10” prints and mailed in hard copy to the ARM/Demeter Press office. *Contest participants outside of Canada and the U.S may email an electronic photo submission to Please be sure to include all required information with your submission. Submit up to three submissions ($3.00 for each additional entry).

Do not include name or identification on entries; this information should be provided on the entry form. Send entries for poetry and creative non-fiction by email to Photography submissions should be sent be regular mail to the ARM/Demeter Press office (address and payment information below). Clearly identify your entry with a subject heading: Poetry Contest or Creative Non-Fiction Contest or Photography Contest. All submissions (Poetry, Creative Non-Fiction, Photography) must be accompanied by an entry form. For prose and poetry entries, send in one word attachment. Entries that include separate files for each poem or prose entry will not be considered. Once your payment and entry has been filed, acknowledgment of your contest entry will be made by email.


Deadline: May 15, 2008 Judges TBA

Additional Photo Contest Rules and Regulations:

*By submitting the photo(s) you confirm that you are the exclusive rights holder of the photo(s). Model releases (i.e., permission of people in the photograph) are the responsibility of the entrant and must be available in the event that the photo is a winner.

Photographers of selected photos will retain their rights after publication with the understanding that ARM and Demeter Press can reprint in future publications without payment or royalty fees. ARM/Demeter Press will hold first time North American publication rights. Selected photos may be included in a future ARM/Demeter Press publication, promotional materials, and/or exhibitions.

Photos that have been previously published or won an award are not eligible.

Submitted photos and entries cannot be returned.

Demeter Press and ARM are not responsible for lost or delayed entries, or entries damaged in transit.

Photographs will be judged on creativity and excellence and how they best capture the contest theme. Judging decisions are final.

Payment Information:

Payment can be made by credit card (Visa or Mastercard) using forms available on our website at:

Please fax form to 416-736-5766 or email to

Alternately you can send your forms and payment by cheque or money order to our offices at

ARM/Demeter Press

Rm 726 Atkinson, York University

4700 Keele St.

Toronto, ON M3J 1P3.

**Entry form and payment must accompany all submissions.

Association for Research on Mothering (ARM)
Demeter Press
726 Atkinson, York University
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON,
Canada, M3J 1P3
416-736-2100 x60366 (fax) 416-736-5766

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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