Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood
Submission Guidelines: Fiction

Editor: Colleen Kearney Rich and Felicity Landa
LMfiction (at) literarymama (dot) com


The fiction department seeks short fiction of less than 5,000 words. We love:

  • Stories with strong narrative structure, great characters, interesting settings, beautiful language, and complicated themes.
  • Fiction that reflects the full experience—the hard parts and the joyous.


Here are some tips on writing fiction for us.

Please send submissions in the text of an email, along with a brief cover letter. Put "Fiction Submission from Your Name" in the subject heading. You should hear back from us within three months.

Format: 12-point type; left justify; one space between paragraphs; and straight quotes and straight apostrophes (don't use curly/smart ones).


Review our General Submission Guidelines and check out this blog post for more tips.