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Calls For Submissions – February 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!


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 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


J Journal: New Writing on Justice seeks submissions.  Now in its eighth year, J publishes creative writing with a justice theme, its most powerful pieces approaching justice tangentially rather than directly.  J Journal has received strong notices in review sites and a Pushcart Prize for fiction.  Send previously unpublished literary fiction, poetry, memoir or personal essays that address the issue of justice to:

Editors, J Journal
c/o Department of English
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
524 West 59th Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY  10019


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.


The editors of Mothers Always Write, a new online literary magazine for mothers by mother writers, are seeking submissions of poetry (up to 3 poems) and essays (up to 800 words) about the parenting experience. Please see our writers' guidelines for specific requirements at the website.


The HerStories Project is accepting submissions for its new column, HerStories Voices. They are seeking personal essays about "moments of change" in women's lives; essays focused on an experience or moment - big or small - that transformed you or made you realize something important. Writers will be paid for published pieces. See these guidelines for information about submission.


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. 


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