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Calls for Submissions — September 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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We here at the Literary Mama blog seek submissions for our For Your Journal  feature. Typically, these entries include a short narrative about the writing process, followed by an original writing prompt for our readers. The pieces encourage writers to think about writing in new ways to help jump start their writing. For more information, please see our submission guidelines and examples of For Your Journal.

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Brain, Child magazine has several new calls for our readers this month. First up are two calls for blog entries (750-1200 words) on the theme of LGBT families and the theme of adoption. Editors are accepting multiple submissions until September 15th. Looking forward toward a deadline of November 1st,  editors seek submissions for their annual look at parenting adolescents in an issue called Brain, Teen. At the same time, editors are reading entries for their signature blog Brain, Mother (500-1200 words). To learn about submitting and examples of the kinds of entries that best fit the magazine, please see these submission guidelines.

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Are you interested in bringing storytelling and technology together?  Selfish is a "new content creation program  for a new visual, social storytelling app about to launch in multiple markets globally, for iPhone now and later Android. We're looking for creatives to use the app to fashion a short connected string of posts with photos and very short text on a topic, either alone or with other co-authors." See submission guidelines on how to get started with this new form. Selfish will pay $50 for accepted work, and the editors will read submissions through September 25th.  

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A new regional magazine is "accepting submissions of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, spoken word, and artwork capturing the spirit of Las Vegas and Southern Nevada." Helen editors are reading submissions through September 12th via Submittable. The theme of the first issue is "Strong Female Lead," a concept that might resonate with many of our mama writers.

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A new online British publication, Only Because, seeks creative non-fiction, poetry, and fiction as well as advice and lifestyle articles. The first issue goes live on October 1st. See their submission guidelines for more details.

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Based in Salt Lake City, "saltfront is an arts and literary journal for a radically new type of ecological storytelling. We are searching for the newest and most vibrant eco-lyrical expressions, new ways to tell stories of what it means to be human amidst the monumental ecological transformations taking place on this planet." The editors are reading submissions through September 30th, and interested writers can get specific guidelines and see sample publications  here.  

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Interested in workshopping a piece for publication?  The Rain, Party, and Disaster Society, billed as "not for the faint of heart," helps writers hone pieces for publication through their editors' workshop process. The editors seek submissions that challenge either ideas or genre rules. The magazine is accepting submissions through September 15th. For specific information on genres, word counts, and content, please see the publication guidelines.

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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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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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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 submissions for their upcoming reading period. Editors will begin reading for an issue on loneliness in October.. 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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