Raising Mothers seeks submissions that speaks to the layered intricacies of parenthood from the perspective of the parent or the child.
CURRENT CALL: DEADLINE JULY 3
- Black Joy – We want to read all expressions of unadulterated Black joy. Black joy in parenting. Black joy in being alive. Black joy as resistance. Black joy as medicine.
- Revolutionary Parenting – Tell us how you are parenting yourself, your children, your community in a time of palpable uprising.
- First-time Parenting – Becoming a parent for the first time during a pandemic. Becoming a parent again during a pandemic. Show us what it is like and how you are coping.
We ask that Culture submissions explore parenthood from the following possible themes/topics: Food, Rituals (passed down or created in their absence), Dance, Holidays/Celebration, Fashion, Language, and/or Representations of Parenthood in Popular Culture— Film, Television, Music, Dance, Art, etc. This is by no means an exhaustive list.
GENERAL THEMES (non-exhaustive list):
– Exploring the relationship (or lack of relationship) between parent and child
– Post-Partum Depression
– Pregnancy – the desire to be pregnant, the desire to NOT be pregnant, the experience of being pregnant for the first time, being pregnant multiple times, surprise pregnancy experience, pregnant with twins or multiples, high-risk pregnancy experiences
– Teen Mother
– Single Mother
– The experience of becoming a mother at an older age
– Addiction/Alcoholism – being the parent or the child of someone who abuses alcohol or drugs
– Working Mothers – finding a balance, losing the balance, etc.
– Raising a child with special needs
– Being a mother or raising a child with disability
– POC adopting children of color
– Parenting as a cancer survivor
– Parenting with chronic illness
– Parenting and poverty – the implications of poverty, the overcoming of poverty, the experience and impact of poverty
– Endometriosis or any other difficult gynecological experience
– Seeking reproductive treatment, such as IUI, IVF, etc.
– Queer parenting and chosen family
– Birth control
– International adoption
– Raising a child overseas (expat/immigrant)
– Adoptee mothers
– Gender nonconforming parenting
– Stay at home BIPOC parents
– Unmothered/undermothered children
– Sharing custody with toxic parents
– Parenting while living with mental illness
We ask that all work is proofread and edited before submission. Your submission should be what you feel is a completed edited piece, not your first draft.