A few months ago Jennifer and I had a great idea: what if we could publish an anthology of essays from authors all over the world that spoke to the realities of Motherhood?
We continued that thought by brainstorming about motherhood. What kinds of topics would such an Anthology cover? Motherhood is a complicated word, right? Where would we even start?
There are all kinds of mothers, for instance, from Spiritual mothers to borrowed mothers to adoptive and step in addition to biological.
There are all kinds of experiences in motherhood as well; some filled with joy and others filled with pain.
Then too there are the perspectives on the phases of motherhood, from being mothered as a child, to becoming a mother, to caring for our mothers. And, each of those phases is filled with their own individual pathways and nuances.
There's a lot that can be said about the realities of motherhood we decided. That's why this book needs to come to life.
And we want you to be a part of it.
We all have different stories to tell. Stories of beauty and stories of struggle. Stories of triumph and stories of defeat. Stories to make others laugh and ones that make us weep. Our stories are what we believe need to be told in order that others may rejoice, weep, celebrate, struggle and triumph alongside us and, in that coming together, become free to embrace their journey of motherhood, whether as a child, a mother, a caretaker or a person in the life of a woman who is a mom.
Imagine an book filled with authentic transparent reflections of the realities of motherhood. That's the book we want to create. You don't have to be a published author, or even one who has written a lot. You only need to be someone who wants to tell their story their way, and is willing to polish and refine it in order to present it in a real and honest way. Don't make these up; reality is far more interesting and powerful. Share your truth, in a well-written but real expression of your experience. We have put together a brief list of ideas to get you going HERE.
What's the catch?
Well, we are looking for submissions that capture the realities of motherhood, so essays about your dad or puppy won't work. Also, we are creating an Anthology of 21 different essays, so in order to keep from creating a 20 lb book, each essay needs to be between 1500-2000 words only. Additionally, we are looking for essays that focus on revealing a personal reality of motherhood, not ones teaching about how to be a better mother/child/caretaker of an aging parent. Finally, this is a competition, so your submission should be well written and edited for spelling, punctuation, grammar and consistency.
What's in it for you?
Each submission that is accepted into this Anthology will include your name and a short biography (where you can include your social media information). Additionally, Relevant Pages Press will be promoting this EVERYwhere so your name will have the opportunity to potentially be seen by thousands of readers. Also, you can claim you are a published author to all your friends and family and you'll even receive a free copy you can give as a special gift for that mother in your life you'd like to celebrate this Mother's Day.
Ready to go?
There's ONE more thing, since this Anthology will be released in April (in time for Mother's day), all submissions must be submitted by Midnight (eastern) on January 31, 2017.
For all the information you will need and the form for your submission, click HERE
Have questions? Shoot us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org