Publisher: Amy Hudock
Frequency: departments publish monthly on rotating schedule
Circulation: 70,000 a month
Accepts Email Submissions: Yes
Website URL: http://www.literarymama.com
Description: Literary Mama, an online literary magazine, features writing by mother writers about the complexities and many faces of motherhood. We publish fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, literary criticism, book reviews, columns, and profiles.
Editor(s): Amy Hudock, Editor-in-Chief
Masthead URL: Click here for the masthead webpage.
Guidelines URL: Click here for writer's guidelines information.
Address: Department of English
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208
Rights: Author holds copyright. We only publish writing that has not yet appeared elsewhere on the internet, but we do accept reprints from print publications.
Needs: Literary Mama features writing by mother writers about the complexities and many faces of motherhood. We seek top-notch creative writing: fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction. We also look for quality literary criticism about mother-centric literature, book reviews, and profiles about mother writers.
At Literary Mama, we publish writing with fresh voices, superior craft, and vivid imagery. Please review our Mission Statement and read the work on our site to find out what we like. Our specific submission guidelines are below.
General Guidelines for Creative Writing
Literary Mama seeks:
What we tend to like:
Editor: Ericka Lutz, firstname.lastname@example.org
The fiction department seeks short fiction of less than 6,000 words. We love:
Please send submissions in the text of an email along with a brief cover letter.
Editor: Rachel Iverson, email@example.com
We are looking for poems extraordinary for their vision, craftsmanship, integrity and originality. Poems of any length and form are welcomed. Maximum of four poems per submission. Please send submissions in the text of an email.
Editors: Amy Hudock and Sophia Raday, firstname.lastname@example.org
We seek personal short stories/essays, polished journal entries, and stand-alone memoir excerpts by mothers related to motherhood. We look for:
Submissions should be double-spaced, 500-7,000 words. Please do not send queries. We consider only complete pieces. Please send submissions in the text of an email.
Literary Criticism about Mother-Centric Literature
Editor: Libby Gruner, email@example.com
Editors: Sybil Lockhart and Rebecca Kaminsky, firstname.lastname@example.org
We seek reviews of recently published literary works about any form of motherhood (biological, foster, adoptive, empty-nest, transgendered, grand, and more). We want reviews of fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry. We are interested in work that explores motherhood in a reflective way. If you include a summary, please be sure it serves a purpose. Summaries must illustrate a point or support a thesis, not simply give away the plot.
Length: 500-2000 words
Format: specify title, author, publisher, publication date, price and bookseller's link (if there is one) at the top.
Please send submissions in the text of an email.
Mama Writer Profiles and Interviews
Editor: Joanne Catz Hartman, email@example.com
We seek profiles of writers who are mothers, OR writers who write about motherhood (who may or may not be mothers themselves), or writers who have something to say to mothers. Interview (Q&A) or profile format; 750-2500 words.
Cast your net widely--we're interested in profiles of well-known, living mama writers, of course, but are also interested in the off-beat, the less-known, the not-so-obviously a mama writer. Has anyone profiled Harriet Beecher Stowe as a mama writer, for example? Surprise and delight us.
Please send a query first. Tell us why you're the person who should be profiling this writer, and why we should be interested in her/him.
Length: Each department has their own length standards
Payment: We provide author bio with weblinks
How to Submit: Contact by email the editor in whose department you would like to publish.
Response Time: 4-6 weeks
Tips for Writers: Please read our literary magazine before submitting. We are not looking for writing that could be published in mainstream parenting magazines. Our main focus is on craft.