Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood
Wisdom of Our Mothers

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This website's aim is to gather stories about what we have learned from our mothers, how we feel about it, and how it affects the way we live our lives. These stories will be collected into a book, tentatively titled Wisdom of Our Mothers. Fifty percent of the profits from the book will be donated to shelters for mothers and their children escaping from abusive relationships.

If your work is accepted, you will be paid $100 per story upon publication of the book. (See FAQs for other payment options.)

To contribute your story, click "Send Story"

To read sample stories, click "Read Stories."


Our mothers were our first teachers. The lessons we learned were different, but for nearly all of us, they had a profound impact, laying the foundation for our feelings, values, self-image, and personalities.

This is not to idealize motherhood. We were taught by human beings, and the lessons carried with them all the flaws of which humans are capable. Sometimes they brought distress, resentments, and estrangement, as well as wisdom.

But they came from what is the most demanding task which most humans could ever face: bringing into this world another human being, nurturing, caring for that life, for as long as the mother or child lives.
No one can ever define fully what this means either to mothers or their children, but we can contribute to this site our experiences to flesh out what maternal wisdom means to us. And when, in a few months, we have gathered enough stories, we can share our experiences through the completed anthology, Wisdom of Our Mothers.

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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