On the last Thursday of every month, we'll post a call for submissions for Literary Mama. We want to hear from you. Write, polish and submit to us!
The Profiles Department seeks profiles of writers who are mothers, or writers who write about motherhood (who may or may not be mothers themselves), or writers who have something to say to mothers. Submissions should range from 750 to 2,500 words and may be interview (Q&A) or narrative format. More information can be found here. A sample of what the editors are looking for can be found in this post.
See our Submissions page for guidelines.
The Columns department seeks a columnist and a pitch for columns which are contracted for 10 installments and are published either monthly or bi-monthly. Word count: 1000-1600 words.
See this blog post from our columns editors for details about the three essential ingredients to a successful column pitch: hook, roadmap, samples. Review our current and retired columns and make sure your idea is one that covers new ground in new ways. We see plenty of not-so-fresh column ideas (of the working-mom-quits-job-turns-stay-at-home-mom-discovers-joys/challenges/heartbreaks-of-parenting variety) . . . so we're especially looking for columns that reflect a diverse view–racially, ethnically, sexually, emotionally, physically–you name it. But most of all, we want a story that is uniquely yours–one that you can’t wait to tell, and that we can’t wait to read.
Please send queries and three sample column submissions to LMcolumns (at) literarymama (dot) com in the text of an email. Include the word "Submission" in the subject line of your email, and allow one to three weeks for a response.
The Literary Reflections department at Literary Mama seeks essays 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, which explore some aspect of reading or writing as a mother. Please send submissions of 1500-3500 words to LMreflections (at) literarymama (dot) com in the text of an email (no attachments), along with a brief cover letter. See submissions guidelines for further information, and check out our recent blog post to get a feel for what we publish.
After Page One
We are currently seeking guest posts for our After Page One series: 300- to 500-word guest posts that motivate, inspire, and encourage other mama writers about getting started, returning to a writing project, integrating writing with motherhood, reading, or having a positive attitude. Send submissions to LMblogcontact (at) literarymama (dot) com in the text of an email, and include the words "After Page One" in the subject line. Visit our submissions page for guidelines.
Literary Mama seeks photography submissions to pair with the posts on our site. We are looking for photos that offer unique perspectives on motherhood, and we like photos that are artful, versus those that appear staged, and that encourage us to reflect.
If you would like to feature your evocative, creative photography on Literary Mama, you can review complete submission guidelines here and send .jpg images to: LMphotos (at) literarymama (dot) com. We always give photo credits and provide a link back to the photographer's website.
The Reviews department seeks 1000 word reviews about poetry, fiction, or creative non-fiction (memoir) books that address motherhood as a primary theme/subject; we also consider longer essay reviews that feature a round-up of a particular genre such as chapbooks or anthologies. We are open to both veteran and novice reviewers. Writers are welcome to pitch books they may want to review or submit reviews they have completed with Literary Mama in mind as a potential forum. We also invite reviewers to introduce themselves with relevant biographical information and clips/samples.
We exclusively publish positive reviews; although our reviews often feature critique, we favor heralding good work rather than spending time and space on work that does not merit our attention. To get a sense of our style, please read through several back issues. Please send queries to LMreviews (at) literarymama (dot) com.