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Calls for Submissions — August 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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The print publication for Mamalode is accepting submissions: Send entries for the 'Because I Said So' pieces in Mamalode Magazine on the theme "It's complicated (sometimes)"   Word Limit: 150.  Deadline: September 1st.   For more information and to submit, check out their website.

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We're excited about one of the rare calls we find for fiction. Nomad Anthology is now reading submissions.  The editors write: "We want stories that hover around the idea of being nomads, about the idea of shift, of movement, of transition, and are excited to see what you come up with. You are free to interpret this in any way you like. We want short stories of up to 4500 words (one at a time). Flash pieces are welcome (1-3 in one attachment, each separately labeled)." To learn more about the project and link to the submittables site, click here. The deadline is November 15th.

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The Berkeley Poetry Review is reading submissions until February 1, 2015.  "The Berkeley Poetry Review has been publishing new and established writers at the University of California, Berkeley, since 1974.  While we accept great poetry of any kind, we are particularly interested in work that complicates prevailing conceptions of race, gender, ecology, and poetic form itself. Is your work attempting to start a dialogue? To enter into conversation? To push? Send it our way."  Information about submission is here.  

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The new online journal KYSO Flash is currently reading submissions. Their editors tell us: " KYSO Flash (Knock-Your-Socks-Off Art and Literature), a tri-annual online journal, seeks to publish stunning artwork and memorable literature." They accept submissions of very short forms of all kinds (limit: 1000 words).  The deadline is August 31st. Find out more here.

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Appalachian Heritage has begun its second reading period of the year. As the editor of the 41 year old journal  tells us, "in this age of information overload, Appalachian Heritage strives to be a literary sanctuary for the finest contemporary writing and visual art that we can find. Each quarterly issue showcases the work of emerging and established writers throughout Appalachia and beyond, offering readers literature that is thoughtful, innovative, and revelatory." Writers do not need to be from the region, but work should demonstrate a thorough, non-stereotyped understanding of Appalachia. See their website for submission guidelines.

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Rattle, a magazine on a mission to "promote the practice of poetry,"  accepts poetry and essay submissions year round. Until October 15th, however, editors are reviewing poetry for a special issue on Japanese forms. See their detailed submissions page for specific guidelines.

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Mom Egg Review is now reading submissions for their 13th Volume.  The editors write: "We publish work by mothers about everything, and by everyone about mothers or motherhood.  If you are a mother, you may submit work on any topic; if you are not a mother, the piece must have some aspect of mothering or motherhood as a central element..." For more detailed submission guidelines, please click here.   They will accept submissions through September 1st and will reply by the beginning of 2015.

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Understorey Magazine seeks fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry about motherhood for the next issue.  "We define motherhood broadly and welcome diverse voices and perspectives. Published writers receive a small honorarium. Open to writers who live in (or have a close connection with) Nova Scotia, Canada. Please see our guidelines. "

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Pilgrimage Magazine seeks creative work for their print quarterly. One upcoming topic may prove of particular interest to mama writers:   "Sleep."Check out their guidelines if you have a piece that fits. The reading period continues through October.

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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 may speak to our lives as mama writers. See these guidelines for more information.  

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Barn Owl Review has just opened its reading period for this year. They welcome submissions of 3-5 poems. This eclectic print journal welcomes new writers as well as established ones. For full information on submitting via Submittable, see their guidelines. They will continue to accept submissions through November.

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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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