Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood

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Apronstrings: A new magazine in production for mothers in Ireland. Just well-written, thought-provoking pieces, portraying with honesty what it is to be a mother - the highs and lows and the in-betweens.

Personal essays to be of length 800--4,000 words. We are looking for original, insightful works which avoid the bland clichés at all costs. For feature articles (up to 6,000 words), please submit outline ideas along with CV / portfolio details. Fiction (up to 4,500 words) - we welcome pieces in the short story format but it's really the personal essays that make up the bulk of this publication. We only plan to include one fictional piece per issue. Work submitted will be held on file until such a time as it may be used, the author being consulted prior to publication. Payment will be agreed with author prior to publication.

At present we are looking at approx €60 - €100 per essay, depending on length. For commissioned pieces such as book reviews and longer feature articles, we will discuss these with individual writers.

ApronStrings welcomes submissions from Irish and International writers

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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