SUBMIT

Raising Mothers celebrates and centers the experiences of  Black, Indigenous, and Brown parents.

 

Raising Mothers publishes experimental and traditional fiction, flash fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, interviews, book reviews, photo essays, and comic/graphic narratives. Raising Mothers publishes work that centers parenthood from either a parent, or child-centered perspective from BIPOC people exclusively; women, femmes, disabled, nonbinary and LGBTQIA+ parents. 

Read below for our open calls and detailed submission guidelines. We are eager to read your work.

Submission Guidelines

Submission Guidelines

Read our site to get a better idea of the work we have accepted to make sure you are a good fit.

Raising Mothers exclusively seeks out and supports submissions by self-identified mothers and parents: biological, non-biological, step, foster, grand, or adoptive that are often marginalized in literary spaces. This includes Black and Indigenous people, and people of color (BIPOC) exclusively; cis women, agender, gender non-conforming, genderqueer, two-spirit, and nonbinary people; LGBTQIA; with disabilities; and especially those living at the intersections of these identities.

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 other ways not mentioned that reconceptualize “family”.

How to Submit

All submissions should have a literary quality: strong, engaging and non-academic. We accept original, previously unpublished work only. We can only accept one submission per writer, per issue. Work should be submitted in 12 pt font (no fancy fonts, please), double spaced (single space is fine for poetry) and uploaded as a doc. or docx. file. Comic and graphic narrative submissions should be uploaded as .pdf.

Files should be saved and uploaded as Your Name_Issue/Column Name__Genre. Include a word count in the document. We no longer accept submissions via email except where noted.

Please use this form to submit all work to the appropriate category.

The draft you submit is considered final, excepting suggested changes by our editorial staff.

Simultaneous Submissions

Simultaneous submissions are permitted. Please notify us if your work has been accepted elsewhere. Previously published work will not 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 & Payment

If your submission is accepted, you will hear from us within 3 months. Although unlikely, if it takes longer, feel free to send one follow-up email after the expiry time.

Raising Mothers is a lean organization, with a fully volunteer staff. Our aim is to be 100% reader-funded. In 2016, we launched a Patreon campaign to provide sustainability without turning to ad revenue and to work towards establishing a fund to pay contributors and expand our columns.

We currently offer honoraria to selected featured contributors in our issues, and to announced columns.

If you like what we do, please commit to becoming a monthly or annual sustainer at Patreon. Send us a one-time donation using PayPal. Monthly/Annual Patreon sustainers help us plan for our future while engaging our community, and one-time donations are always appreciated.

Rights

By submitting to Raising Mothers, you’re granting first electronic rights exclusive for the first 6 months 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 digitally or in print, you will credit Raising Mothers as first publication, along with a direct link to the site where applicable. Raising Mothers reserves the right to post your work in the archives in perpetuity. All other rights remain the property of the author.

Selected pieces might be requested for future anthologies. You reserve the right to decline our offer.

As of November 1, 2021, submission fees are voluntary. If you would like to submit a submission fee (minimum $3USD) you can do so following this link.

We encourage everyone to support our work by becoming a Raising Mothers Patreon sustainer.

All submissions should have a literary quality: strong, engaging and non-academic. We accept original, previously unpublished work only. We can only accept one submission per writer, per issue. Work should be submitted in 12 pt font (no fancy fonts, please), double spaced (single space is fine for poetry) and uploaded as a doc. or docx. file. Comic and graphic narrative submissions should be uploaded as .pdf.

Files should be saved and uploaded as Your Name_Issue/Column Name__Genre. Include a word count in the document. We no longer accept submissions via email except where noted.

Please use this form to submit all work to the appropriate category.

The draft you submit is considered final, excepting suggested changes by our editorial staff.

Poetry 

Submit between 3-5 poems.

Creative Nonfiction 

Submissions should be between 1,000 and 4,000 words.

Fiction

Submissions should be between 1,000 and 4,000 words. Flash fiction should be up to 750 words.

Comic/Graphic Narrative

There is no page limit for this category of submissions.

Interviews 

Interview pitches are accepted year-round. Email us directly at submit AT raisingmothers DOT com with INTERVIEW in the subject line. We are open to series and individual interviews.

Culture

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. 

Excerpts from novels or nonfiction books, especially if the work can stand alone are considered.

 

OPEN CALLS

COLUMNS

Our columns are published year round. Essays should be between 1000-1,200 words.

Raising Mothers is accepting submissions for our column, Radical Joy. We are not meant to endure motherhood. We are meant to savor it, to enjoy it. We want your essays about experiences and memories that brought laughter and healing. Tell us the moments of radical joy that rock your world and redefine perceptions of parenting and motherhood.

Essays should be at least 1000 words.

Honorarium is $20.

“Even tonight and I need to take a walk and clear
my head about this poem about why I can’t
go out without changing my clothes my shoes
my body posture my gender identity my age
my status as a woman alone in the evening/
alone on the streets/alone not being the point/
the point being that I can’t do what I want
to do with my own body because I am the wrong
sex the wrong age the wrong skin and”

“I am not wrong: Wrong is not my name
My name is my own my own my own
and I can’t tell you who the hell set things up like this
but I can tell you that from now on my resistance
my simple and daily and nightly self-determination
may very well cost you your life”

Excerpts from "Poem about my Rights" by June Jordan

Raising Mothers is accepting submissions for our column, The Political BodyWe want to know what it means to live in your body. Tell us how outside influences dictate what it means to live. What collection of truths does your body hold? And which ones does it reject? As you navigate this life, how do you claim space?

Essays should be at least 1000 words.

We need open conversations on a continuous basis to dispel shame, give room to grief, and nurture understanding. What does it mean to be presented with impossible choices or none at all? How do you honor lost children during birthdays and holidays? How does healing happen, if at all? What does it mean to live with grief? Promises for You is a column where BIPOC mothers and gender non-conforming parents can discuss these stories through personal essays. Whether they answer the aforementioned questions or not, we do ask that each essay include a promise to offer other parents living with similar experiences. Photo essays will also be considered for the column.

This column is currently on hold.

ISSUE: ACROSS THE SPECTRUM

Deadline: December 5

We’re interested in work that celebrates, examines, critiques and/or questions the realities and assumptions of what it means to parent or nurture a neurodiverse child or be a neurodiverse parent. Work that examines these worlds at the intersections of race, class and/or gender identity is strongly encouraged.

We invite all forms--essays, poems, interviews, comics, fiction, etc.--that addresses the breadth and depth of neurodiversity. 


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