Raising Mothers seeks fiction, creative non-fiction, comics/graphic narratives and poetry sharing unique experiences in motherhood.
Raising Mothers was founded as a response to the
lack of literary writing focused on mothers of color.
Raising Mothers publishes experimental and traditional pieces of fiction, nonfiction or poetry, and also photo essays, comic and graphic narratives that explore what it means to be both a parent and person. Nonfiction includes the essay as well as memoir. Excerpts from novels or nonfiction books, especially if the piece can stand alone are also considered. Nonfiction submissions should be between 1,000 and 4,000 words and have a literary quality: strong, engaging and non-academic.
The priority is to highlight the voices of multiracial/multi-cultural families and mothers of color. Please read a few essays first to get a better idea of the types of work accepted. Submissions are open year round.
Simultaneous submissions are permitted. For prose, please withdraw your work from consideration if it has been accepted elsewhere. For poetry, should any of the poems in your submission be accepted elsewhere while under consideration with Raising Mothers, please add a note to your submission to alert us that they are no longer available. In either case, use the email below. Raising Mothers only accepts unpublished work.
To submit your original work, please paste it into the body of an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Send attachments as .doc or .docx or .rtf only.
We ask that you like our Facebook page once you’ve made your submission: Raising Mothers
What RM wants from you
- Submissions by self-identified mothers of color: biological, non-biological, step, transgendered, foster, grand, or adoptive.
- Include a bio written in the third person.
- Proofread. Spellcheck. Thank you.
- Your work should make us think AND feel.
- Flash fiction should be under 1,000 words.
The aim is to respond within a month. Although unlikely, if by any chance it takes longer, feel free to send an email.
Currently, Raising Mothers is a volunteer effort for everyone involved.
By submitting to Raising Mothers, you’re granting first electronic rights exclusive for the first 90 days upon publication. You grant the right to excerpt portions of accepted work online in order to promote you, your work, and RM. You’re also agreeing that if your work is republished, you will ensure that Raising Mothers receives credit for first publication, along with a direct link to the site. RM reserves the right to post your work in the archives indefinitely. All other rights remain property of the author.
Selected pieces might be requested for future anthologies. You reserve the right to decline our offer.
Raising Mothers will focus on one theme every other month.
The theme can be interpreted any way you like, so long as it weaves motherhood and the theme together somehow.
FOR FEBRUARY: Love Stories
This issue is dedicated to love, or commonly the lack thereof, the loss of it, and the search for it. Tell your stories of sibling rivalry, about rediscovering parental love, the end of marriage, the acceptance of yourself and enduring friendship. Talk about relearning to love your partner after becoming a parent, or learning to walk away. Pieces can be fiction or nonfiction in any style.
Any of the following topics is always welcome:
- Raising a child with special needs
- Adopting children of color
- Mothering as a cancer survivor
- Mothering with MS
- Mothers of multiples
- International adoption
- Raising a child overseas (expat/immigrant)
- Adoptee mothers
- Same sex parenting
- Losing a child or miscarriage
- Gender nonconforming parenting
- Stay at home moms