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Calls for Submissions — December 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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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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Channel your inner Erma Bombeck and enter the annual Erma Bombeck Writing Competition.  The winner earns $500 and a registration at the Bombeck Writers Workshop.   Submissions begin January 6th, 2014.  For specifics, please visit http://www.wclibrary.info/erma/index.asp.

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There's a call for chapters for a new scholarly book forthcoming from the University of Southern Illinois Press.   The book, "Food, Feminisms, and Rhetoric," will be edited by Melissa A. Goldthwaite and Jennifer Cognard-Black.   Essay proposals (500 words maximum) are due by January 15th.   Email either editor at mgoldthw(at)sju(dot)edu or jcognard(at)smcm(dot)edu to get more information on the book's prospectus.

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Bellevue Literary Review seeks submissions of previously unpublished fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for an upcoming special issue on illness, health, and healing in the context of environmental issues. Guidelines for "Our Fragile Environment" are at: http://blr.med.nyu.edu/news/2013/upcoming-theme-issue-our-fragile-environment. Deadline: February 1, 2014.

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Brain, Child is seeking personal essays 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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Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment  is open for submissions of unpublished fiction, nonfiction, poetry, comics and visual art.  Reading period is September 1 – May 1.

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Western New Mexico University's literary arts journal Twisted Vine welcomes submissions:

"Twisted Vine is an innovative journal that supports emerging and established writers and artists who awaken and inspire us with their creative works. We encourage the integration of genres and mediums from the vast forests of fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction and art to help create new dimensions within the literary and visual arts."

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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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