Our Caribbean Heritage call is from June 5th to June 17th
RAISING MOTHERS seeks fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry and graphic narratives for our Generations column. This section will explore the unique space that is being a first generation parent. This can mean you and/or your parent(s) was an immigrant or you are a first born in your family in your country of birth. What are your cultural norms? How do they differ from society-at-large? What presents itself in your parenting? Do they differ from your partner if there is one?
THE POLITICAL BODY
RAISING MOTHERS seeks fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry and graphic narratives for The Political Body. What does it means to live in your body as a BIPOC with or without other marginal intersections? What does it mean to parent with this body? How are outside forces (society, our families, government, media) trying to dictate what it means to live how we do? This can also be viewed in shaping how we help our children view themselves.
Especially interested in work from trans WOC, fat WOC, queer WOC, poor/working class WOC, disabled WOC, sex workers or any intersections not mentioned.
We’re opening submissions for this special call from June 4th to June 17th
Raising Mothers is seeking submissions in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, graphic narrative and hybrid writing to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall riots. We will prioritize BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) trans women and children for this call.
Length is up to you; most essays we publish fall between 1500-4000 words. Poetry should be at least 3-5 pieces.
Deadline is June 17 for all submissions.
This week Literary Mama published an interview with our EIC, Sherisa de Groot. They discussed the need for literary spaces specifically for BIPOC and how vital our role and platform is.
From the interview:
”AJ: Raising Mothers looks not only at motherhood, but also the lack of literary publications that focus on women and mothers of color. Your site states that “There is an endless supply of websites targeted at how to raise children from birth until they leave the nest. Few, if any, focus on raising us. Fewer still pay any attention to mothers of color.” What role do you think a journal or magazine that focuses on mother writers of color can play in challenging the status quo of the literary community? The parenting community?
SdG: I think literary journals like Raising Mothers play a vital role. We work diligently to make sure we see each other and to make sure everyone else does, too. There is a lack of representation across the board as to who and what is the motherhood ideal. Typically, that picture hasn’t been of someone who looks like my community. White, partnered motherhood is the standard. White female vulnerability, white female (and almost exclusively heteronormative) “girl/mom boss” is the image we’re fed. Things have changed quite a bit with the use of social media since I’ve become a parent, but structurally most things remain the same. I shouldn’t have to dig to find myself.
The world doesn’t work with Black women and other Women of Color in mind. This isn’t to take away from the wonderful internet spaces that do work to make us whole—makeup bloggers, natural hair bloggers, wellness personalities, etc.—but they tend to be viewed primarily by other Black women. It is my hope that Raising Mothers acts as a beacon of full, unapologetic living in our own unique truths and that everyone learns from that. Just the fact that we exist in public is an affront to what is considered the norm. I take pride in that. I hope to grow deeper in that in years to come.
AJ: Raising Mothers actively seeks out and publishes work by women of color and mothers who identify as LGBTQIA or differently abled. What challenges do you face when seeking out these voices?
SdG: There are two main issues: We are not funded by any grants or large donations (we are still working towards accomplishing our goal this year of being fully funded by our readers), and I have had a great deal of guilt asking people from already underpaid and severely marginalized groups to essentially write for us for free. I know that is mostly the name of the game in the literary world, but it’s especially difficult when you are starting out. I still feel like Raising Mothers is in the toddler phase. I am hoping that readers find enough value in the work we publish that they sign up to fund writers and artists. I have been truly fortunate thus far with the amount of talented writers that have lent their time and work to our mission.
The second challenge is making sure writers feel safe. As someone who is cis-femme identifying, I don’t pretend to know what life is like from the point of view of a transgender parent. I live as a Black woman. I know that. So I don’t use false equivalencies to their experience or how they feel sharing that with me and the Raising Mothers audience. This is why I work diligently on our Instagram to share my point of view as well as that of other marginalized voices.”
A big thank you to Amanda Jaros.
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Thank you so much for joining us!
This year is the first time I’ve had a full staff (there are still a few positions available if you’re interested) and I’ve learned a lot in terms of delegating and managing expectations. Luckily, those expectations have been surpassed. I’m really proud of the quality of work we’ve always published, but especially in the past few months. Sharing our stories is one of the biggest and simplest reasons for Raising Mothers existence and seeing readers connect on a deeper level is meaningful. This space will get to live on and these stories are now a part of collective resistance to oppression. It’s a full expression of who we are, inside and outside of parenthood.
What we’ve launched so far this year:
Mother Mail is a monthly postcard swap that we host. You join at the $6 or $12 level (Use this link and change it to € if you are in Europe) and you are sent addresses of participants every month for 6 or 12 months. This helps to connect our community in a real way and also raises funds for the site. Win win!
We are working hard to reach our first financial goal before summer. You can help us achieve this goal by becoming a patron of the arts via our Patreon campaign. While we would love an ongoing relationship with our donors, we know that isn’t always feasible. In that case, you are welcome to give via PayPal (write in the note).
Our very first writing competition is currently underway. Click on the photo to learn more. Send in your best work! The prize is $100 and an interview with a Senior Editor.
We’ve created this survey so we can better meet the needs of our readers and gage what your interests are. We want to deepen the sense of community here and your input is a vital step in that. Please take a few minutes to sit and fill out this survey. The last time we had a survey was 3 years ago. Plenty has changed since then. We want to step into our 4th year (!!) working at our best. Your answers will help steer the next 12-18 months. NO PRESSURE!
Thank you all for reading this site. For participating on Facebook and Instagram. For signing up for our challenges in the past and our card swaps today. Thank you to our one time and sustaining supporters. Each of you help to make us more visible each day. This is important work.
To more great days and months and years to come,
Sherisa de Groot
Founding Editor, Raising Mothers
Raising Mothers is a free online literary magazine for femmes and NBPOC parents of color. We center the work of the marginalized in our effort to normalize our stories and existence on the web, and in life. Become a patron