Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood
Call for Submissions: The Whistling Fire


The Whistling Fire is proud to announce our September Guest Editor is Stacy Furrer.
Submission deadline is August 21st.

Dear Writers,

I am fascinated by family dynamics, particularly those that operate between mother and child. My relationships with both my mother and mystepmother were complicated and inexplicable, but if you were to witness a few exchanges between us, you would understand why each made me nuts in her own special way.

I am looking for personal stories which illustrate the inexplicable. Show me who your mother is by sharing a story in which your family dynamics shine through. The story need not be limited to exchanges between your mother and yourself - there are others in your family who contribute to the crazy.

I am not looking for Chicken Soup tales. I want the gritty truth, told in such a way that I am there, a fly on the wall.

Show me your mother.

Stacy Furrer

Accepting nonfiction ONLY! Memoirs, personal essays, etc. No fiction, poetry, or plays (we don't publish plays).
No more than 3000 words.
Please send your submissions to whistlingfire(at)
(replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail).
Please include the words "September Editor" in your subject line.
No more than two submissions per author.
Must be sent as an attachment (MS WORD preferred).
Simultaneous submissions accepted. Previously published work is also allowed as long as the author retains the rights.
Please include a short third person bio for our contributor's page.
Submissions close on August 21st.

About the Editor: Stacy Furrer lives in southern California, where she is working on two books, a memoir, and a steamy romantic suspense novel. A member of Romance Writers of America, she meets every Sunday at the local Starbucks with her critique partner to exchange ideas, get feedback, and get her caffeine fix. They are currently in the planning stages of starting a new RWA chapter in the Imperial Valley. Stacy is a graduate of the low-residency Master's program at UCR's Palm
Desert campus. An excerpt from her memoir, Black Sheep Sings, was the first nonfiction published by The Whistling Fire and is the most viewed piece in Whistling Fire history. Find out more about Stacy at

Jessica DeVoe Riley, MS, is a special educator in rural California. Her writing has won the South West Writers competition and is published in Thema and Marginalia. She currently writes for the Council for Exceptional Children’s Reality 101 blog for new teachers. You can reach her through her personal blog, All Rileyed Up, or follow her on Twitter.

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