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Calls for Submission Round-Up: September

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On the first Wednesday of each month, Literary Mama shares a complete list of all current calls for submissions, sorted by deadline.  Throughout the month we share new calls for submissions via Facebook and Twitter, so if you want to be kept in the loop, make sure to find us one place and/or the other!

And now, this month’s round-up (* indicates a new addition since last month’s post):

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* Writing Through Your Divorce is seeking submissions for their blog from men and women at all stages of divorce whether you’ve been divorced for years, remarried after divorce, or if you’re thinking about filing next week. Submissions can be personal essays, fiction, or poetry as long as it encourages readers to think, relate, laugh, cry, disagree, find comfort, reconsider their comfort zones, be inspired, be encouraged, and be reminded. Read more details hereSubmissions are accepted on a rolling basis; the first posts will run October 1.

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Smokelong Quarterly publishes flash fiction under 1000 words.  One story each week is chosen by guest editors (SmokeLong Weekly); quarterly issues (SmokeLong Quarterly) include the weekly stories as well as bonus stories and interviews. They also accept Fridge Flash -- flash fiction from children under age 12.  For Fridge Flash, they'd like to see a photograph of the writing itself (scrawls, misspellings, colors and all) and a parent or guardian "translation" if necessary.  Read more details here

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The Manilla Envelope is looking for new work (poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction and visual art work) to include in their upcoming Fall Issue.  Deadline:  September 30, 2013. They also accept submissions on a rolling basis.

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The Momoir Project is a community of women writers that supports the art of writing about motherhood. The blog is currently seeking submissions. Please submit essays about any aspect of motherhood that are between 400 and 500 words to editormomoir (at) gmail (dot) com. This call is ongoing.

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Chicken Soup for the Soul is seeking submissions for a number of upcoming potential books. Topics include: Think Positive for Kids, The Dating Game, Miracles, and Multi-Tasking Moms. Click here for more information, deadlines and additional topics.

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The Talking Writing Prize is an annual contest that celebrates the diversity of online, personally driven writing. For 2013 there are two prize categories: flash fiction on any subject, and creative nonfiction about family life and the meaning of family. Click here for more information and submission guidelines. (Note: there is a $15 entry fee.) Deadline: October 1, 2013

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Creative Nonfiction announces an anthology about all things babies, tentatively titled "Oh Baby! True Stories about Tiny Humans."  Read the guidelines hereDeadline:  October 14, 2013

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The Fourth River announces a 2014 themed issue on Women and Nature.  They are looking for poetry and creative nonfiction (especially prose poetry and lyric essays), written by women and inspired by the natural world or addressing environmental concerns. Click here for more information. Deadline: December 15, 2013

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Brain, Child is seeking personal essay for their second special issue for parents of t(w)eens, Brian, Teen. They're looking for essays that capture the unique experience of living with and raising t(w)eens. Examples of past published essays include a father coming out to his daughter, a mother letting her son take a gap year between high school and college, and a mother's foray into heavy metal music with her teen daughter. Read the submission guidelines hereDeadline: February 15, 2014.

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Full Grown People publishes personal essays that explore what it means to be an adult. Essays should be between 800 and 4,000 words long and have a literary quality: engaging and smart without being academic or schmaltzy. To submit work, please paste your essay into the body of an email and send it to submissions (at) fullgrownpeople (dot) com. No attachments, please.

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If you have information on calls for submissions not listed here that you think Literary Mama readers would appreciate knowing about, please e-mail us at LMblogcontact (at) literarymama (dot) com.


The Literary Mama Blog Editor searches for mama-centric news you can use — including information about publishing opportunities and literacy efforts; essays and writing prompts that motivate and inspire; and announcements about events, classes, and workshops. The current blog editors are Laura Roberts and Rudri Patel; read their bios here and here.


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I look forward to this each month - quite a service. Thank you
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