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Calls For Submissions — October 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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Calling mama photographers! Literary Mama seeks  your original images that speak to each of our regular magazine sections. When you think of "fiction" or "reading around the blogosphere," is there an image that leaps to your mind? We want to use thoughtful images for our posts and our links on social media, photos that will help readers immediately grasp the theme of our content. We seek original images that quickly typify:  For Your Journal, Reading Around The Blogosphere, After Page One, Calls for Submissions, and Rewind. We are also looking for photographs for other sections of the magazine: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-Fiction, Columns, Reviews, Profiles, and Literary Reflections.  If you're unfamiliar with our sections, please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with our content.  The photos we use will be credited to the photographer. Send original photos to lmblogeditor(at)gmail(dot)com and put "Photo Submission for (appropriate subject area)" in the subject line.  

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Do you have a story to share about postpartum depression? The HerStories Project, whose motto is "Every woman has a story," has a writing contest on the theme of "Mothering Through The Darkness." Submissions of 1500-3000 words will be accepted between now and December 1st. There is a $10 reading fee and a monetary prize for the winner. For full details on submitting, see Mothering Through the Darkness.  The website also has information on postpartum depression.

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Brain, Child magazine has a continuing call for our readers this month. Until November 1st,  editors seek submissions for their annual look at parenting adolescents in an issue called Brain, Teen.  They are also 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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Mamalode has just started reading pieces on a new theme: "Start something." This online magazine pays for publications. For information on using their submissions platform and this theme, please check out these guidelines.

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We have a new call from the editors of StoryShelter.  "StoryShelter, the social space to share life’s stories, is collecting 400-800 word short essays for an e-book called 'I Am Here: The Untold Stories of Everyday People.' Answer any question on the website (like, “What is the most difficult challenge you’ve faced in your lifetime? How did you overcome it? and “What was your most memorable birthday?”) with your personal story and you could be included. Multiple submissions accepted, only one entry per person will be chosen. Writers chosen will receive a copy of the book. Deadline: October, 31st, 2014. Submission guidelines here."

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A new on-line magazine, Brain of Forgetting, is accepting submissions of poetry, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, graphic literature, and art.  From now until the end of the month, editors are reading works framed by the topic for their inaugural issue:  "Stones." Specific guidelines for submissions are available here.

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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 is live now. See their submission guidelines for more details.

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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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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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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 "Sleep" this month. 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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