Call for Submissions

June 7, 2014 § 3 Comments

Call for Anthology Submissions–Deadline  June 30, 2014

Writers are most often advised to never throw away anything they write. The logic is that one day, an editor somewhere might really like the idea. And now a project a friend and I began several years ago has moved from file drawer to desk top! A publisher is interested in our nonfiction proposal His Mother!,a series of essays, true stories, and poems written by women about their mothers-in-law. (We hope there might be a sequel at a later date for the men: Her Mother!)

 That woman Hollywood not long ago dubbed Monster-in-Law, certainly has a rep. A history. She’s made a name for herself. And it’s NOT good. But is it true? Is it deserved? Just what is the REAL story behind this woman who, throughout the ages, has created such a commotion, caused such talk, evoked so much emotion? Authors Sandy Richardson and Dinah Johnson want to know. So they are asking women of all ages, ethnicities, and races to tell them, to break the public vow of silence, to challenge the taboos and write honestly and openly about HER—the mother-in-law—titled His Mother!

 The answers Sandy and Dianne have so far received will surprise, delight, and dismay you, just as it did them. Among the stories already collected, you will read:

            * how the mother-in-law of a celebrated poet  threw herself out a window

            * how one well-known author once locked herself in a closet when her mother-in-law showed up unexpectedly

            * about the threats one writer endured from her husband’s mother.

            *and the anger, regrets, and sorrow another writer feels over her m-i-l’s mental illness that kept  

              her from experiencing the loves and joys of family.

 But beyond these, you will discover an overwhelming number of in-law relationships built on kindness, generosity, and love. You will delight and laugh out loud at some of the antics in these stories and poems written by women across the world on their mothers-in-law.And yes, there are some tears and sadness, but in His Mother! the buzz is busted, the rep recouped, and the history re-written as the love, laughter, and joy found in real relationships are celebrated.


DEADLINE: June 30, 2014 (the package is due at the publishing house no later than mid-July)

Submissions must be essays, nonfiction stories, or poems. Word limit 3500. Attachment file in RTF or doc

Email submissions to

Double spaced, Times Roman, font size 12, one-inch margins all around (except poetry, please center).

Title page should include: title of piece, your name, address, phone number, email, and number of words.

Please include a brief bio

Title of piece centered at top of the first page. DO NOT NUMBER PAGES.

You will be notified of receipt of your submission..

PLEASE REMEMBER THIS IS PROPOSAL, NOT A GUARANTEED PUBLISHING CONTRACT AT THIS POINT. IF YOUR SUBMISSION IS ACCEPTED FOR INCLUSION, I WILL NOTIFY YOU VIA EMAIL. We cannot offer payment, but if accepted and published, this will be an excellent publishing credit for your platform. 


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