Creative Non-Fiction

Call for Work – Creative Non-Fiction
Senior Editor – Elisabet Velasquez

Raising Mothers is now seeking submissions for Creative Non-Fiction.

Please refer to the main Submissions page for how to submit and all guidelines and policies regarding submissions. Please make sure to read that information carefully!

Raising Mothers considers Creative Non-Fiction submissions In the following categories:

Short Memoir or Memoir Excerpt (2,000 words max)

A portion of a larger selection of work.  

Personal Essay (1,200 – 2,000 words)

A significant life event or events that employ memory to connect with the reader.  

Lyric Essay (2,000 words max)

Essays that flow with musicality and shows the story rather than tells it.  

Flash (750 words max)

General Call:

Raising Mothers looks for non-fiction that speaks to the layered intricacies of parenthood from the perspective of the parent or of the child. We are interested in creative non-fiction submissions that layer the truth in a way that is compelling and able to connect us to our own or a larger universal truth.

Though we are pleased to work with editing submissions from writers whose work has been accepted, please ensure that you are sending us your best work.  Your submission should be what you feel is a completed edited piece, not your first draft.


Themes include but are not limited to:

– exploring the relationship (or lack of relationship) between parent and child
– Post-Partum Depression
– Abortion
– 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.
– Step-parenting
– 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