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, creative nonfiction, interviews, book reviews, photo essays, comic and graphic narratives that explore what it means to identify and coexist as a parent on the margins.
WHO SHOULD SUBMIT
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 identities.
Submissions by self-identified mothers of color: biological, non-biological, step, transgendered, foster, grand, or adoptive.
We are also looking to include the voices of people (there is no requirement to be a parent) who were un-mothered, under-mothered, have toxic parental relationships; people who are adoptees, and other child-centered perspectives. We are interested in non-heteronormative ideas of motherhood including queer parenting, chosen families, and any ways not mentioned that reconceptualize ‘family’.
There is no submission fee, but we do encourage you to support our work by beoming a Patron.
Please read our site first to get a better idea of the types of work accepted and to make sure you are a good fit. Submissions are open year round.
Excerpts from novels or nonfiction books, especially if the work can stand alone are considered. All submissions should have a literary quality: strong, engaging and non-academic.
SUBMISSION EMAIL ADDRESS
Submit your original, previously unpublished work to firstname.lastname@example.org
Submissions should be 1,000 and 4,000 words.
Poetry should always include 3-5 pieces.
Flash should be under 750 words.
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 above.
YOUR SUBJECT LINE
Should always read as follows: NAME OF DEPARTMENT | “Title of work”
The entire document into the email message. Please don’t share Google docs. Also send it as an attachment (.doc, .docx or .rtf only). Preface your work in the email with your short bio written in third person. Feel free to include any recent works or notable publications.
PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED WORK
Cannot be considered. This includes content that has appeared on blogs, tumblrs, or any public or privately viewed space. Work on Raising Mothers is always original unless we solicit said work.
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. In 2016 we launched a Patreon campaign to provide sustainability without turning to ad revenue, as well as to eventually create a fund to pay contributors. Help us reach our goal by becoming a monthly contributor to our Patreon. If our campaign continues to grow, we will be able to grow our community substantially.
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 Raising Mothers. 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 in perpetuity. All other rights remain property of the author.
Selected pieces might be requested for future anthologies. You reserve the right to decline our offer.
CURRENT CALL FOR WORK – 2019
RAISING MOTHERS seeks fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry or graphic narratives for its new Generations column. This section will explore the unique space that is being a first generation parent. This can mean you are an immigrant, 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 or 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.