Singular Mamas

Call for submissions for Singular Mamas book project

I’ve been working on/thinking about this book project for several years, and the problem with writing an entire book about being a single mom is, well, being a single mom. Who has the time? So my good friend Laura Burns suggested something so clever yet so simple that I thought, “Wow, I should have done this a long time ago.”

And that’s where you come in.

Singular Mamas was always meant to be a collection of essays about single motherhood from the perspective of professional, educated single moms who became single mothers through unplanned pregnancies, divorce, separation or death.

The anthology (or series of anthologies) is meant to be a resource for other members of the single mom tribe.

I’d like to share the frank, funny, inspirational, and sometimes heartbreaking truth of raising boys and girls on our own. I’d like to read essays that share what it’s really like to juggle careers and romantic relationships, care for older family members, handle finances, pursue dreams, deal with health challenges, etc.

I’m seeking submissions of original essays no greater than 5,000 words from diverse American women–women of various ages, ethnicities, geographic areas. You may submit up to two essays.


Why professional women?

I’m seeking to create the resource that I needed and still need. When I knew that I was going to be a single mom, I looked for a book that would help allay my fears or commisserate with me on what I thought were going to be lost opportunities. I looked for a resource from women who spoke frankly about the disruption single motherhood had on their careers and how they handled that particular challenge. I also want to dispel the stereotype that single motherhood is the challenge of a particular demographic.

Why not women who’ve adopted?

Women who’ve adopted have considered and planned raising a child alone. By no means do I believe that raising a child alone is easy for anyone, but this collection of essays will discuss challenges particular to those women who did not plan to raise children alone and who must also negotiate relationships with their children’s father or paternal family members.

Will I be paid if my essay is chosen for the anthology?

Although no cash payment will be made, all essayists chosen for the anthology will be highlighted on the website with links to their own pages, blogs, and other creative projects. In addition, I will scout out several nonprofit organizations that benefit women and chose one to partner with so that some percentage of proceeds from the book benefit that nonprofit.

How will the book be published?

I’m considering both e-publishing and traditional publishing at this time.

What’s the deadline for submissions?

January 1, 2013.

Let’s get this show on the road!

More questions or have an idea for an essay you’d like to run by me?

Email me at yvonnewrites at gmail dot com.

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