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Calls For Submissions — March 2015

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On the first Wednesday of each month, Literary Mama shares a list of current calls for submissions. We share new calls for submissions throughout the month via Facebook and Twitter, so stay in the loop!

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Mamalode announced a March theme of "Celebrate." This online magazine pays for publications. Find more information on how to submit here. Submissions are ongoing, including topical pieces not related to the theme.

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GUTS, an online Canadian feminist magazine, is seeking submissions for their Spring Issue about Moms.

"[W]e're looking for personal stories: about being or not being a mother, about having or not having a mother, about what motherhood means to you. We want to talk about moms—be they biological, chosen, or otherwise. We're also looking for works that critically interrogate the idea of 'motherhood' and the systemic forces that define it."

Possible topics and specific submission guidelines can be found here. Short pitches describing your proposed project should be sent to submit@gutsmagazine.ca by March 6, 2015.

Deadlines: March 6, 2015 (short pitch, max 300 words); April 10, 2015 (final submissions, 500-4000 words).

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Brain, Child Magazine announced two new calls for submissions to their Brain, Mother blog on the topics of humor and economics and parenting. "This is our signature blog where we capture short essays that spur thinking and conversation." Send your submissions (500-1200 words) to editorial@brainchildmag.com with "Brain, Mother blog series" in the subject line. You can find out more about Brain, Child's updated writers'  guidelines and these themed blog series here.

Deadline for both series: March 30, 2015

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Brain of Forgetting, a new Irish journal that publishes poetry, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, and artwork that aims to create a dialogue with the past, seeks submissions on the theme of 'Poppies.' The summer edition will be available in print and digital format in July/August 2015. For more specific submission guidelines, see here.

Deadline: March 31, 2015

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Acts of Greatness, an LGBTQ youth educational/storytelling nonprofit, seeks submissions for its new literary magazine, Greatness. It "invites youth (up to age 23) from around the world who identify as LGBTQ to write and create art about the world they see around them: their dreams, their activism, their work, their worries, their interests, and their humor." They welcome all kinds of artwork and writing, either by or about LGBTQ youth.

Submissions should be e-mailed as a Word attachment to hello@actsofgreatness.org. More submission information can be found here.

Deadline: March 31, 2015

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saltfront, "a literary journal for a new type of ecological storytelling," is seeking "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." Several works (not exceeding 3500 words total) may be submitted to saltfront@gmail.com. Specific guidelines and sample publications are here.

Deadline: April 15, 2015

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Brevity is running a special May issue dedicated to gender. They are looking for flash essays (750 words or fewer) that explore "how gender is learned during childhood, lived over the entire course of a life, and how our changing understanding of gender shapes the way we experience ourselves and others." You can learn more and submit your work here.

Deadline: April 20, 2015

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Co-editors Susan Goldberg and Elan Morgan are seeking submissions for a new anthology called "How the Internet Saved My Life (when it didn't nearly kill me)" in which "bloggers reflect on the maddening, essential, frivolous, life-affirming, soul-destroying complexities of life online." They seek stories (1500-4000 words) of negotiating the complicated personal and political spaces of the World Wide Web.

Essays should be submitted in Microsoft Word-compatible format to submissions (at) schmutzie (dot) com. More submission information can be found here.

Deadline: May 1, 2015

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Creative Nonfiction has two current calls for submissions on the themes of Becoming a Teacher and Weather.

Becoming a Teacher: For a new anthology, In Fact Books seeks true stories (under 4500 words) on the process of becoming a teacher and perspectives of elementary and secondary school teachers "recalling and reflecting on the most salient moments of their careers." More information about submission guidelines is here. Deadline: April 6, 2015

Weather: For publication in an upcoming special issue, CNF seeks essays (under 4000 words) that go beyond idle chit-chat and explore the weather as a fundamental human experience that affects us all.

"Send us your true stories—personal, historical, reported—about fog, drought, flooding, tornado-chasing, blizzards, hurricanes, hail the size of golfballs, or whatever's happening where you are. We're looking for well-crafted essays that will change the way we see the world around us."

Editors will award $1,000 for Best Essay and $500 for runner-up. There is a $20 reading fee. Complete submission guidelines here. Deadline: May 11, 2015

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The HerStories Project is now accepting submissions for their next anthology, So Glad They Told Me: Women On Getting Real About Motherhood.

They are looking for "well-crafted, true accounts" of 500-3500 words "that explore and examine the reality of motherhood, including struggles with the transition to new motherhood and other 'growing pains' that occurred with subsequent transitions, such as the birth or adoption of additional children, the start of school, a special needs diagnosis, or even the onset of an empty nest." The compilation will aim "to provide readers with a real, honest glimpse at what modern motherhood is like, with an emphasis on sharing our truths and supporting one another."

You can find more information about the project, submission guidelines, as well as the link to submit your work here.

Deadline: May 31, 2015

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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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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 (500-800 words) about the parenting experience. Please see writers' guidelines for specific requirements at the website.

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Full Grown People seeks personal essays "that explore what it means to be an adult." Topics can run the gamut from romance, family, health, career, aging loved ones, and more. But the common theme is "the sense that we're all feeling our way along."

Submissions should be 800-4000 words, have a literary quality, and be sent in the body of an email to submissions (at) fullgrownpeople (dot) com. Essays may be considered for publication in future anthologies. You can read more about FGP’s mission here and its submission process here.

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Role Reboot seeks "essay-style, first-person narrative storytelling and cultural critique about current events from folks who are rethinking 'tradition,' breaking through stereotypes, and bucking expectations about their roles."

Send submissions (600-1200 words) as a Word document along with a short author bio (2-3 sentences) to managing editor, Meredith Landry, at meredith@rolereboot.org. More information can be found here.

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Literary Mama is seeking photo submissions to pair with our blog posts. If you would like to feature your evocative, creative photography on Literary Mama, please send jpeg images to: lmblogcontact (at) literarymama (dot) com. Photo credits always given.

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If you have information on calls for submissions not listed here that you think Literary Mama readers would appreciate, please e-mail us at lmblogcontact (at) literarymama (dot) com. 


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This is such a great list! Thanks so much for putting this together. I'm sharing on my writing blog :). http://trishhopkinson.com/2015/03/06/calls-for-submissions-from-literary-mama-march-2015/
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