Mothers Always Write
We publish literary essays and poetry that are intended to honor parenting as one of life’s greatest callings. MAW reads the way motherhood is, not as someone is telling you it should be. Our pieces fall into three categories: (1) Early Years: mothering the younger years (from birth to age 12), (2) Middle Years: mothering the middle school and teenage years, and (3) Adult Children: mothers facing the empty nest.
Please send your submissions through Submittable only. Please also tell us in your cover letter where you heard of us and include your Twitter handle and a 2-4 sentence 3rd person bio. Please also include a one-sentence “grabber” telling us what your piece is about. We also ask that you “Like” our Mothers Always Write FB page and follow us on Twitter (@mothersalways) when you make your submission.
Great News! MAW is now a paying site (for specified pieces only). MAW pays $25.00 for essays published in our once per month big issue released on the third Monday of the month. Blog pieces (pieces published on days other than our monthly issue release date), columns, and poems are not paid. We reserve the right to decide in which category a piece is published in order to produce the most cohesive issue. We are working toward the important goal of being able to pay all of our writers at some point in the future.
We nominate for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and Best New Poets, and work hard to promote your writing on our social media. We also offer our contributors the opportunity to participate in writers groups through our very active FB Contributors Group.
Suggested Themes: (Please specify theme in cover letter)
For May/June, the theme is “never say never.”
We interpret our suggested themes loosely (although they must have strong ties to motherhood) and continue to accept general submissions for all issues as well.
We do not accept previously published material (published online or in print).
We do accept simultaneous submissions but respectfully request that you notify us if your piece is accepted elsewhere.
We ask for first serial rights. All other rights revert back to the author after publication.
We ask that authors mention that work was first published in MAW for future reprints.
By submitting your piece, you are verifying that MAW has the right to publish this submission and to use the piece to promote the magazine on social media.
We do not publish anything profane, political, or anything that degrades faith.