Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood


In our own lives as writers and educators, we have felt buoyed by, and
thirsty for, dialogue about the creative process. We think it is
particularly essential to gather a collection of process/craft-based
essays by women who span several different generations. We hope that an
anthology such as this will serve as both a historical document of the
times and lives of a sampling of women writers, but also as a rare look
into some of the concerns of a diverse body of writers writing about
craft, process, and their relationships to the literary arts in
different personal/socio-political contexts.

We are open to a variety of styles, from the more personal to the more
academic. Based on the suggestions of a guiding group of women writers,
we have drawn up a list of questions (see below) which can serve as a
guide for your essays. Please feel free to use them in any way that is
helpful to you (or not at all). We are also interested in re-publishing
relevant essays by some of our luminaries (dead and living): Audre
Lorde, Muriel Rukeyser, June Jordan, Cherrie Moraga, Adrienne Rich...
In addition to contributing your own, if you have read any essays that
you think should be included, please send them our way.

Please submit essays by March 15th, 2011, to discuss with publishers
who might be interested in April. Please send essays to
elanzobell(at) and
agia(at) (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail).

We really hope you'll consider contributing an essay to this important

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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this is a great topic! I am looking for the questions that were to be posted as a guide?
Hi - I found the link to the submission guidelines and questions here:
thanks Liesl!
nice sharing very helpful thank you
Has anyone been able to determine the minimum and maximum word count of the Call for Essays on women writing about craft and the writing process? Emails to the editors have so far gone unanswered.
i'm having the same troubles. no answers to emails and concerned about verifying this opportunity
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