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Calls for Submissions Roundup — November 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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Monkey Star Press has a call for humor writing on parenting. The editors ask for: "Personal essay/creative non fiction/flash memoir of 700-2000 words; and non-essay content of any length including poems, lists, top ten, dos and don'ts. Submissions for the anthology can include 1) stories about a babysitter you have used as a parent, or a babysitter you had as a child, and 2) tantrums by your child/re (of any age). Content must be mom/family themed (some swearing is acceptable) and can be humorous, serious, or sentimental." To submit, see their guidelines.

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We have a call for essays by women who have worked in the tech industry.The editor writes: "We are looking for contributors to a new anthology called "High Tech in High Heels: Inside Silicon Valley’s Woman Problem.".... We are collecting true stories from women in the trenches of technology, and we want to hear from YOU! What are the challenges you face or have faced as a woman in tech? What is working and not working? What advice do you have for the next generation of women in tech?" If you are interested in submitting, please contact editor Samantha Walravens at sam(at)walravens(dot)com.

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Mamalode has just started reading pieces on several new themes. 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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Kudzu House Quarterly, a magazine of southern environmental writing, has several open calls. While regular submissions are free and read year round,  they are now reading for three specific issues. In addition, they are looking for reviews for their new blog. To learn more, see their submission guidelines.

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Duende Literary's reading period is open.   Editors especially seek work by writers whose identities are underrepresented in the literary world.  They accept all kinds of creative writing.  See their submission guidelines to find out more.

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Sequestrum is accepting submissions, both general submissions and special ones for an "Editor's Choice" contest. They accept both fiction and non-fiction. To learn more about submitting and about the requirements of the "Editor's Choice" contest, click here.

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From the editors of Helen: A Literary Magazine:  we seek "well-written literary fiction in all genres focusing on the theme of “music.” Flash fiction from 50 -1,500 words and short stories from 1,500 -5,000 words. We're also accepting creative nonfiction between 1,500-5,000 words and poetry of 12 pages max. We pay $2 for poems, $5 for flash fiction, and $10 for creative nonfiction and short stories." Their submittable page is here, and their local focus is Las Vegas and Southern Nevada.

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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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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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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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