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Mothering Out Loud: Moms Tell the Truth About Blogging it All

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Call for Submissions on Two Proposed Anthologies:

Looking for mama bloggers interested in opening up in a proposed anthology to be edited by the founder of MotherVerse Magazine and The MotherVerse Blog ( ). The anthology will focus on the behind the scenes lives of moms who blog their lives. The book will address questions such as why moms blog, what motivates them, the challenges they face, how they manage the personal/private dynamic of blogging about family and what impact mom blogs are having on a global societal level. Finished essays will need to be approximately 2000-4000 words in length. Queries will be accepted through July 15th 2008 and should be no more than 300 words explaining your proposed angle, a brief bio, a link to your blog (or places you blog) and why you feel your work should be included in the anthology. With your query please also include a short (500 words or less) writing sample. Please use a polished creative voice rather than an informal tone in your sample. Review the various categories that are being considered for the anthology and send queries to mamablogger[at]

Possible Categories

Mama Blogging and…
-multiculturalism / global mothering
-race / religion / politics
-making a living from it
-your family’s acceptance (or lack of it) / children’s reaction to it
-social import and reactions of society to mommy bloggers
-flukes and funny incidents
-and your job /career
-connecting to other mothers
-single motherhood
-lesbian motherhood
-and the mainstream media/publishing world

An essay could also combine two or more of these topics. Topics outside those suggested are welcome.

Proposed Global Motherhood Anthology

Looking for mothers who are living across the globe for a proposed anthology/research book on motherhood experiences in countries/cultures/political and religious environments around the world. Looking for mothers (writers or not) who would like to share stories and be part of an exploration of the diversity of motherhood experiences. If you are interested in becoming part of this project please write editor[at] with “Global Motherhood Anthology” in the subject line.

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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