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Calls For Submissions — May 2014

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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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Last call for Father's Day! Literary Mama seeks submissions for Father's Day.  "We seek writing that is about fathers from the child's perspective; about the relationships between fathers and mothers and husbands and wives; about husbands as fathers; and by self-defined fathers about fathering and mothering (including lesbian or transexual parents who identify as fathers)." See our  general submission guidelines and send your entry to lmnonfiction (at) literarymama (dot) com.

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And now a new deadline on a call from last month. If you missed it in April, you still have time.  The anthology is Black and White: Parenting on the Color Line. Editors Caroline Berz, Kym Ragusa, and Jessie Scanlon write that "we will explore the multiple and complex experiences of parenting children of African and European heritage. The collection will pay close attention to the ways in which the mixed race identities of children and parents alike are informed by gender, class, sexuality, language and citizenship. The writing will be humorous and lyrical, insightful and critical, and most of all personal, reflecting the joys and challenges of mixed-race parenting.   Topics can include (but are not limited to): pregnancy and birth; adoption; LGBTQ families; interfaith and interracial families; divorce; single-parenting; grandparenting mixed children; racial implications of different parenting philosophies; specifics of parenting mixed girls and boys; gender-nonconforming children and families; special rights children and families; experiences at playgrounds and in mothers'/parents' groups; schools and education; notions of beauty; bullying; policing; questions of multiculturalism and diversity; individual and family identities that push the boundaries of the black/white binary." If you have a piece to submit, please send a  description of your proposed essay (250-300 words), a writing sample, your short bio , and a list of previous publications by June 1, 2014. Essays which are ultimately selected for the anthology will be due by August 15th.  Send your proposals to carolineberz (at) gmail (dot) com, kymragusa (at) earthlink (dot)net, and jessie (at) boingboing (dot) net.

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Gazing Grain Press has begun the reading period for a feminist chapbook contest.  The publisher tells us that this is  "an inclusive feminist poetry and  hybrid chapbook contest edited by George Mason University MFA alumni and sponsored by the Fall for the Book literary festival. This contest is open to feminists of all genders and sexualities and is meant to promote socially conscious poetry and hybrid writing to a wide audience. We adhere to no one “definition” of feminism—we encourage a broad and diverse range of approaches. Challenge us!"   For full submission guidelines, including some restrictions for George Mason affiliates and contest fees, please see their website.  Reading will continue through June 1st.

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Pilgrimage Magazine seeks creative work for their print quarterly.   Topics of two upcoming issues may prove of particular interest to mama writers:  "Silence and Sound" and "Sleep."   Check out their guidelines if you have a piece that fits.  The "Silence and Sound" reading period ends in June.

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We have a call from Minerva Rising.  It is an "independent literary journal celebrating the creativity and wisdom in every woman. We publish thought-provoking fiction, non-fiction, photography, poetry and essays by women writers and artists." Start working on now on your submissions for their upcoming reading periods. Editors will begin reading for an issue on wilderness on June 15th and for an issue on loneliness in October.  Both issues might speak to you as a mama writer.  See these guidelines for more information.  

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Monkey Star Press has two upcoming deadlines for mom-based anthologies.  Up first is the theme "Mom for the Holidays," and the deadline is May 31st.  "Adventures in Potty Training" pieces are due by June 30th.  They seek essays of 700-1200 words as well as poems, lists, and flash memoirs. The press compensates for publicaton. For full submission guidelines, see  http://www.monkeystarpress.com/p/call-for-submissions.html

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Goddard College's BFA program is starting a new literary magazine.  From the new editors: "DUENDE seeks authenticity & soulfulness, earthiness & expressiveness; as Lorca said, DUENDE  'climbs up inside you, from the soles of the feet.' Submissions for our inaugural issue accepted through June 1, 2014. First issue debuts online in October. Writers from underrepresented groups especially welcome. Visit duendeliterary.org for complete guidelines."

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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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