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Calls For Submissions – November 2013

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On the first Wednesday of each month, Literary Mama shares a list of current calls for submissions.  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!

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Literary Mama Blog is currently seeking guest contributions for our "After Page One," Op-Ed, and "For Your Journal" series. Read details about each series on our Submissions Page and search our archives for examples.  Please send queries to lmblogcontact (at) literarymama (dot) com in the text of an email.

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Kindred Magazine seeks submissions for their winter issue, titled "Nest."  They seek and publish photography as well as short creative writing.  To find out more about submitting, visit their website.  Deadline: December 6, 2013.

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Stealing Time Magazine is accepting submissions for an upcoming issued, titled "Set The Table."   They seek a variety of creative short work as well as book reviews.   Maximum word count: 3000.   The editors also ask for short pieces of fewer than 1000 words.  Deadline:  January 15, 2014.   Submit via the submissions page of the website.

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Understorey Magazine, an online journal of motherhood and mothering in Nova Scotia, is launching this month.   Sign up on their website to get more details about the magazine and submitting.

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Good Housekeeping and Shebooks announce the "Every Mother Had a Story" memoir contest. Do you have a memoir about your mom, your life as a mom, or a mom you've known tucked in a drawer?

Your story must be nonfiction, not previously published or a finalist for any other writing prize or award. To be considered, the memoir must be between 3,000 and 7,500 words.
Enter between Oct 15, 2013 and Dec 15, 2013.
All entrants will receive a free two-month subscription to Shebooks.

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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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Scarecrow Press is looking for pieces for two anthologies: Women, Work, and the Web: How the Web Creates Entrepreneurial Opportunities and Writing After Retirement: Tips by Successful Retired Writers

Editor: Carol Smallwood, Women on Poetry: Writing, Revising, Publishing and Teaching (McFarland, 2012) on Poets & Writers Magazine "List of Best Books for Writers." Writing After Retirement: Tips by Successful Retired Writers forthcoming from Scarecrow Press.

Seeking chapters of unpublished work from writers in the U.S. and Canada for ananthology. Interested in such topics as: Women Founding Online Companies; Women Working on the Web With Young Children or Physical Disabilities; Woman's Studies Resources and Curriculum; Surveys/Interviews of Innovative Women on the Web.

Chapters of 3,000-4,000 words or two chapters coming to that word count (up to 3 co-authors) on how the Internet has opened doors, leveled the playing field and provided new opportunities for women, are all welcome. Practical, how-to-do-it, anecdotal and innovative writing based on experience how women make money on the Web, further careers. One complimentary copy per chapter, discount on additional copies.

Please e-mail two chapter topics each described in two sentences by November 30, 2013, along with a brief bio to smallwood@tm.net  Please place INTERNET/Last Name on the subject line; if co-authored, paste bio sketches for each author.

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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 here. Deadline: 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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