Call for Submissions: Telling Truths – Creative Writing on Mothering & Motherhood – Jan 15/13

Demeter Press is seeking submissions for an edited collection entitled
Telling Truths: Creative Writing on Mothering and Motherhood
Editors: Dr. Sheena Wilson and Dr. Diana Davidson

Preliminary acceptance, based on abstracts, will be announced by March 1.
Completed manuscripts of 3000-7000 words will be due June 1, 2013.

“My children cause me the most exquisite suffering of which I have any experience.
It is the suffering of ambivalence: the murderous alternation between bitter resentment and raw-edged nerves, and blissful gratification and tenderness.”
Adrienne Rich, Of Woman Born

This collection of creative nonfiction aims to give voice to a diversity of women writers from various backgrounds, generations, and writing experience. We are proposing a literary collection that will speak to the experiences of mothering in all its ambivalence-both the joys and the struggles of women’s lives in ways that will cut across class, race, ethnicity, culture, geographical location (remote rural to urban Canada), age, sexual orientation, physical and/or mental disability (of child and/or of mother), infertility, abortion, miscarriage, and death.

Topics can include (but are not exclusive to) the following:
mothering in other/minority languages, cultures and religious paradigms, in Canada or other multicultural contexts; Canadian mothers mothering in another international context; mothering in poverty; mothering and the environment: environmental practice, ethos, resistance, failure etc; negotiating climate change activism and the struggles of living responsibly in a petroculture, especially as these issues relate to mothering and family dynamics; practices/ethics of consumerism and mothering; the pressures of intensive mothering for contemporary mothers of all classes; comparative pieces that reflect on historical versus contemporary practices of mothering; lesbian mothers; single mothers; teen mothers; late mothers/aging mothers; grandmothers as mothers; adoptive mothers; childless mothers (through abortion, miscarriage, stillbirth, death, loss of parental rights); infertility stories; abortion stories; birthing stories; mothering young children; mothering grown children; mothering gay children of any age; struggles of co-parenting with partners for any variety of reasons: gender, culture, religion, socio-economic backgrounds etc.; mothering through mental illness (of oneself or other family members); mothering through postpartum depression; mothering having never been mothered oneself; mothering through physical illness and/or disability/ies; mothering disabled children; urban mothering and/or rural mothering; working mothers; stay-at-home mothers; mothering and memory; mothering & writing creative nonfiction.

Submission Guidelines
We are predominantly seeking contributions that might be classified as creative non-fiction, but we are also open to other multi-genre texts or texts in other genres. The essays in this collection must privilege the “I” and lived experience. They can certainly be supported by research and/or narrative inquiry practices but experience must be central. At least 50 % of the collection will privilege the experiences of Canadian mother or mothering in Canada. We look forward to reading your stories of motherhood.
Deadline for Excerpt or Abstract/Summary of 200-300 words is January 15, 2013
Please include a 50-word biography
Please send submissions and inquiries directly to:
Dr. Sheena Wilson and Dr. Diana Davidson, and

Preliminary acceptance, based on abstracts, will be announced by March 1.
Completed manuscripts of 3000-7000 words will be due June 1, 2013.

Again, we remain flexible on these guidelines in order to include a diversity of voices and genres.
Editorial review of complete pieces will take place over the summer months.
Final acceptance is contingent and will depend upon the strength and fit of the final piece.

140 Holland St. West, P.O. Box 13022
Bradford, ON, L3Z 2Y5 (tel) 905-775-5215

Information from Joanne Arnott

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