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, poetry, nonfiction, interviews, book reviews, photo essays, comic and graphic narratives that explore what it means to identify and coexist as both a parent and a marginalized person.
Raising Mothers exclusively seeks out and supports work by and about those often marginalized in literary spaces, including Black and Indigenous people, and people of color; trans people, cis women of color, agender, gender non-conforming, genderqueer, two-spirit, and non-binary people; intersex people; LGBQA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, asexual/aromantic) people; people with disabilities; and especially people living at the intersections of these identies.
There is no submission fee, but we do encourage you to support our endeavor regardless of identification by beoming a Patron.
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 our consideration, 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 Raising Mothers only accepts unpublished work.
Please read a few essays first to get a better idea of the types of work accepted. Submissions are open year round.
Nonfiction includes essay as well as memoir. Excerpts from novels or nonfiction books, especially if the work can stand alone is also considered. Nonfiction submissions should be between 1,000 and 4,000 words and have a literary quality: strong, engaging and non-academic.
To submit your original unpublished work, paste it into the body of an email. Also send as an attachment (.doc, .docx or .rtf only) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Subject line should read as follows: DEPARTMENT | “Title of work”
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 short 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.
Response time and payment
If we decide to accept your submission, you will hear from us within 3 months. Although unlikely, if by any chance it takes longer, feel free to send one follow-up email.
Currently, Raising Mothers is a volunteer effort for everyone and no payment is available.
Our aim is to be 100% reader-funded. If you would like to support our efforts, consider becoming a monthly contributor to our Patreon. We are hoping to clear our first goal and start paying writers in 2019!
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.
We are always interested in any of the following topics:
- Raising a child with special needs
- Adopting children of color
- Parenting as a cancer survivor
- Parenting 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
CURRENT CALL FOR WORK – 2019
RAISING MOTHERS seeks fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, essays or graphic narratives for its Relationships section. The next issue’s theme for this section, “After Birth Battle,” is focused on relationships after giving birth or adopting a child, in particular those with one’s own parents, family of origin, (or the lack of those family members), or those who you know as family. What did you wrestle with the most, unexpectedly, as you began shaping the way you wanted to mother? What did you want to do differently and how did you start trying to forge this new way? And if you want to model your parenting after your own parents, what did you struggle with in understanding how to do that?
Note from editor: I am looking for good storytelling, with rich, fleshy details, and specific scenes or situations that help readers experience your story.