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A digital literary platform centering the parenting and personal narratives of the global majority.

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  • Response time:
    within 3 months*
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  • Work acquired through solicitation: 5%

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  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

    When you can submit your work to multiple magazines at the same time

  • Accepts previously published

    What's that?

    When the magazine wants to publish your previously published work. Requirements vary

  • Nominates for prizes

    From the editors

    Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

    Expedited submission: When the magazine offers a faster response time for an extra fee

Fiction - 4000 words max

Max words: 1500

Max words: 4000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: Literary, Experimental, Historical, Humor, LGBTQ+ Stories, Magical Realism, Speculative

We seek fiction with a strong narrative arc and a distinctive voice. Word count is between 1,500-4,000 words.

Fiction (Flash Friday)

Max words: 1000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: Literary

Fiction (Flash Friday)

Max words: 100

Min pieces: 3

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: Literary

Nonfiction - 4000 words max

Max words: 2000

Max words: 4000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres:

We publish first-person narrative essays that use the personal as an entry point to larger themes, questions, and conversations. Unless otherwise discussed, published pieces can run to a maximum of 4,000 words.

Nonfiction (Write Here, Write Now / Craft Notes)

Max words: 3000

Max pieces: 1

We're interested in essays that focus on the writing life, craft, criticism, and advice. Where applicable, essays should include a prompt. We’re open to everything, but keenly interested in the process of revision, getting started, pep talks, and writing at the intersection of identity, culture or place. Some examples: Writing Nonbinary Characters, How to Write a Novel, How to Schedule Time, What to do When You Can't Write, Submitting for Residencies, Finding an Agent, etc.

Nonfiction (Excerpts)

Max words: 2000

Max words: 5000

Max pieces: 1

Submit a book excerpt for a recently published (within the last 12 months) or upcoming title. Also include a color press photo and an image of the cover art. We strongly prefer authors submit their work to us directly. No self-published works, please.

Nonfiction (Micro - Flash Friday)

Max words: 100

Max pieces: 1

Nonfiction (Flash Friday)

Max words: 1000

Max pieces: 1

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Review (Books on Books - Adult Titles)

Max pieces: 1

We’re interested in essays, book lists/roundups, reviews, and interviews for adult titles. There's a lot here, so keep reading for a full breakdown of what you can submit. REFLECTIONS Word count 100-150 words Quick bite reviews that will be highlighted in the quarterly editor’s picks posts. These reviews are brief reflections on why/how the recommended book aligns to parenting/motherhood. CONNECTIONS Word count 800-2000 words Thought-provoking essays that tie in the personal with the storyline or subject matter of the book. These can be personal essays, humorous, lyrical, or experimental essays that highlight a specific connection between what’s been read and the writer’s personal experience. TRADITIONAL BOOK REVIEWS Word count 250-500 words Summarize the premise of the book and tell the reader what they can expect or take away from the reading. • Authors cannot write traditional reviews for their own work. • Traditional reviews are published anonymously. Readers will not know who reviewed books in this category. 🌺 FLOWERS Word count 250-500 words Reviews of forthcoming titles only that are exceptional and receive a “flowers” emoji mean that the book is highly recommended. We are giving books and authors their flowers! • Authors cannot write flower reviews for their own work. • Flowers reviews are published anonymously. Readers will not know who reviewed books in this category. BOOK LISTS / ROUNDUPS Word count 700-1000 words We’re interested in themed book lists on topics that intersect craft, social justice, reproductive justice, identity, food culture, and other similarly related subjects by and about the Global Majority.

Review (Books on Books - Children's Titles)

Max pieces: 1

We’re interested in essays, book lists/roundups, reviews, and interviews for adult and children’s titles. There's a lot here, so keep reading for a full breakdown of what you can submit. REFLECTIONS Word count 100-150 words Quick bite reviews that will be highlighted in the quarterly editor’s picks posts. These reviews are brief reflections on why/how the recommended book aligns to parenting/motherhood. CONNECTIONS Word count 800-2000 words Thought-provoking essays that tie in the personal with the storyline or subject matter of the book. These can be personal essays, humorous, lyrical, or experimental essays that highlight a specific connection between what’s been read and the writer’s personal experience. TRADITIONAL BOOK REVIEWS Word count 250-500 words Summarize the premise of the book and tell the reader what they can expect or take away from the reading. • Authors cannot write traditional reviews for their own work. • Traditional reviews are published anonymously. Readers will not know who reviewed books in this category. 🌺 FLOWERS Word count 250-500 words Reviews of forthcoming titles only that are exceptional and receive a “flowers” emoji mean that the book is highly recommended. We are giving books and authors their flowers! • Authors cannot write flower reviews for their own work. • Flowers reviews are published anonymously. Readers will not know who reviewed books in this category. BOOK LISTS / ROUNDUPS Word count 700-1000 words We’re interested in themed book lists on topics that intersect craft, social justice, reproductive justice, identity, food culture, and other similarly related subjects by and about the Global Majority. For children’s titles, think of ways to address an issue, or answer big and small questions a child might ask. Each book should include a brief intro, and a small paragraph per selection detailing how it relates to the theme (around 100 words each).

Interview (Writers on Writers)

Max words: 4000

Max pieces: 1

We’re interested in essays and interviews that continue the tradition of deeply exploring the work and lives behind the writers of that work. Explore your favorite author and/or texts. Share how they have impacted you and your writing. We accept essays and completed interviews for this column.

Comics (Comic/Graphic Narrative)

Max pieces: 3

We are interested in both traditional and non-traditional forms of visual storytelling. Submit up to 3 pieces of narrative illustration, comics, mixed media narrative, or genre-negative oddments. For comics, each piece should contain a minimum of 3 panels. There is no page limit for this category. Title image must be at least 1200px wide.

How to submit

  • Processs

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  • Cover letter

    Short Bio and link to website (100 words max) are required.

  • Eligibility

    Creators from a specific location / ethnic groupWomen and other marginalized gendersLGBTQ+ creatorsCreators w/ disabilities
    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.

  • Formatting

    Work should be submitted in 12 pt font (no fancy fonts, please), double spaced and uploaded as a doc. or docx. file.

  • Author's 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.

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Since 2015, Raising Mothers has served as a digital literary platform publishing creative writing and art in all genres and media that honors both the parenting and personal narratives of the Global Majority. Raising Mothers amplifies and provides a supportive and inclusive space exclusively for Bl...

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    Sherisa de Groot

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    Danielle Jernigan

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