Lucille Clifton Creative Parent Writing Award

Image of Lucille Clifton. Text on image reads: Lucille Clifton Creative Parent Writing Award. Hosted by Raising Mothers. Open to all writer mothers of color & NBPOC parents.

About the Award

Raising Mothers is honored to host the inaugural Lucille Clifton Creative Parent Writing Award in creative nonfiction.

Every Spring an author of a work of creative nonfiction will be selected for the Lucille Clifton Creative Parent Writing Award. The winning submissions will be published in Raising Mothers and the recipient will receive $100 and be interviewed by a Senior Editor.

This contest is open to writer mothers of color and NBPOC parent writers only. 

How to Submit

Creative nonfiction authors are invited to submit an essay of up to 1,200 words on the subject of their choice in the Love/Relationships department under the theme, “After Birth Battle” to be considered for the Lucille Clifton Creative Parent Writing Award. Winners will receive $100 and their work will be featured on Raising Mothers. They will also have a short interview with a Senior Editor. Each award recipient must submit a 100-word biography, and a current photo.

Deadline for submissions is April 30.  Please note that previously published work will not be accepted. Authors may submit multiple essays if they are each accompanied by a separate reading fee.

Each submission must be accompanied by a $10 reading fee.

Do not put your name on your essay. For Word documents please leave your name off the submitted work. Your name will be attached to the submission when you submit, but the document shouldn’t have your name.

All submissions for the award will be considered for publication in Raising Mothers. Finalists will receive an honorable mention accompanying their published essay and six months of Mother Mail.

Results are announced in April on our website and published in writer’s magazines online.

Our Policy

Raising Mothers is dedicated to upholding the Council of Literary Magazines & Presses code of ethics, defined as such:

CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines—defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.