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Calls for Submissions- January 2015

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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 stay in the loop!

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The Literary Reflections department at Literary Mama seeks "writing by mother writers, both established and emerging, focused on the creative process. We're looking for first-person reflections with an intellectual as well as personal focus." You may choose to write about your reading, writing, or professional life. Submissions should range from 700 to 3500 words, and more information can be found here.

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Writers/Editors Rachel Moritz, Amanda Fields and Kathleen Glasgow  seek personal essays from individuals who have had C-Section births for an anthology that will be submitted to publishers in spring 2015. Their role as editors will be to discern connections and intriguing dissonance among the essays, as well as to converse with writers about their pieces.

"While birth stories will likely be an important component of many essays, the anthology will focus on reflections during the months or years following a C-section. For instance, how has Caesarean birth, whether planned or unplanned, influenced your perspective on motherhood/parenthood, the body, the medical establishment, or natural birth stories? As three mothers who have noted a dearth in literature about the post C-Section experience after the first six weeks, we are looking for essays that articulate multifaceted perspectives not widely represented in popular or medical writing. We seek fresh conversations across identifications of race and ethnicity, age, class, sexuality/gender, and ability."

Essays should be no more than 15 double-spaced pages and submitted as a Word document to Birthessay@gmail.com. Submissions should be polished and in final form. Please include e-mail contact information and a short bio. Questions should also be directed to this email address.  Deadline: February 28, 2015

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Mamalode is 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.  Submissions are ongoing, including topical pieces not related to the theme. Find out more here. 

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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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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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The Standard Literary Magazine is a new venture and in need of submissions. They publish a variety of genres including poetry, flash-fiction, creative non-fiction, essays, photography and art. The Editor-in-Chief says "We are focused on raising literary awareness among today's youth, and we are encouraging all parents to join us in this movement by encouraging their children to read and write more frequently." Find out more about submitting here.

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Minerva Rising 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 are reading for the next issue, themed "Wide Open," until January 31, 2015. See these guidelines for more information.

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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 Literary Mama Blog continues to seek submissions for our For Your Journal And After Page One features.  For more information, please see our submission guidelines and examples of For Your Journal and After Page One. Submit to lmblogcontact@literarymama.com with the name of the series you are submitting to in the subject line.

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Brain, Child seeks submissions for its blog Brain, Mother. "This is our signature blog where we capture short essays that spur thinking and conversation. Current themes include "Teen Battles" and "Siblings." Send your submissions (750 – 1200 words) to editorial@brainchildmag.com with “Brain, Mother blog series” in the subject line. Deadline for both series: January 30, 2015.

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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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