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Call for Submissions: Stealing Time

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Check out the submission guidelines for this NEW publication!

Stealing Time is a quarterly literary magazine about the heart of parenting. We explore the real stories of parents through fiction, essay, poetry, book reviews, and other pieces that are sad, hopeful, ebullient, resigned, reverent, wry, surprising, gut-busting, or just plain strange. We also have an annual pregnancy and childbirth issue, published in March. Our preview "Genesis" issue is available now

Theme for Volume 1, Issue 2: Celebration
Submission Deadline: October 1, 2012

Word Count: 250 to 3,000 words

What do you celebrate as a parent? Do you embrace tradition or create each celebration anew? Are you celebrated in any way? What was a memorable celebration, or one you forgot altogether? Is there something you celebrate, even though it goes against your culture or religious beliefs?

Email submission to stealingtimemag (at) gmail (dot) com. Please put "Submission" in your subject line and also indicate the genre of the piece and its title.

General Guidelines
All of our issues are themed; we will endeavor to announce the themes with
considerable advance notice. We generally do not accept news; but if you have something you'd like us to consider, we're open to brief but intense queries. All content must be parenting-related, although we draw this connection quite loosely. If you are working toward the goal of parenting, or looking back on a life of parenting you feel you've left behind; if you are a step-parent or a surrogate or an adopted child thinking about your future parenting life; if you are the partner of a parent with a tenuous relationship to parenting, yourself; all these are valid. Naturally we are eager to see parenting essays from traditional monogamous heterosexual families as well as gay parents, blended families, and other less conventional parents. We do not word count, but if we feel we need to, it's probably too long.

Email submission to stealingtimemag (at) gmail (dot) com. Please use the word "Submission" in your subject line and also indicate the genre of the piece and its title. Start us off with a brief paragraph telling us who you are, and please give us your full name, physical and email addresses, and phone number.

We pay! We consider this our most important priority. Writers should be paid. We'll let you know how much we expect to pay when we accept your piece; most will be between $100 and $500, depending on length and how hard our jaws hit the floor when we start reading.
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Read about the literary magazine's beginnings here.


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