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; women, femmes, disabled, nonbinary and LGBTQIA+ parents.
Read below for our open calls and detailed submission guidelines. We are eager to read your work.
Please read our site before submitting to get an 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 ways not mentioned that reconceptualize “family”.
A Submission fee of $3 must be paid per submission, with the exception of poetry (up to 5 pieces counts as one submission.)
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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 We accept original, previously unpublished work only.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.
Submit between 3-5 poems.
Submissions should be between 1,000 and 4,000 words.
Submissions should be between 1,000 and 4,000 words. Flash fiction should be up to 750 words.
There is no page limit for this category of submissions.
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.
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.
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 AND 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 contributors to our Promises For You and Radical Joy columns. If you like what we do, please commit to becoming a monthly sustainer at Patreon. Give us a one-time donation using PayPal. Monthly Patreon sustainers help us plan for our future while engaging our community, and one time donations are always appreciated.
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 property of the author.
Selected pieces might be requested for future anthologies. You reserve the right to decline our offer.
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Promises for You
DEADLINE: MAY 31, 2021
Raising Mothers is currently accepting submissions for our column, Promises for You. We want to give voice and space to those who have experienced infertility, miscarriage, and child loss at any age. Each essay should include a promise to offer other parents living similar experiences. Photo essays are also considered for the column. Honorarium is $20.
DEADLINE: JULY 31, 2021
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. Honorarium is $10.
The Political Body
DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 30, 2021
“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 Body. We 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?
Justice Involved Mothers is a column developed in partnership with Roots. Wounds. Words.: A Literary Arts Revolution. Devoted to real life, authentic narratives of criminalization, Justice Involved Mothers is curated and edited by Nicole Shawan Junior and penned by the Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and Brown women who have suffered the white supremacist arm and misogynist fist of law enforcement. Through these creative nonfiction works of literary art, we aim to uplift liberation demands, amplify abolitionist urgings, and cast an even wider spotlight on the vice grip criminalization holds around the necks of women—MOTHERS—of color. Justice Involved Mothers centers Our stories because we are the ones who are most ignored. The ones with the most to tell.
Roots. Wounds. Words. pays all contributors $50.00 honorarium for commissioned essays. Submit your work to Nicole at NicoleSJunior@gmail.com.