Call for Submissions - Motherhood as Erasure Poetry Anthology
For many women, the transition to motherhood feels like erasure. New mothers are often ostracized, isolated, and overwhelmed with the responsibilities of caring for a new human being. The mother's needs and individualism are often swept aside for the good of their offspring, and even when these women emerge from their loneliness, they are forever changed--parts of their past selves erased to make room for their new identity and role in life.

We are seeking erasure poems that capture this challenging facet motherhood experience. We encourage submissions by a wide variety of mothers, including women of color, nonbinary and queer writers, those parenting adopted children, and mothers who have experienced child loss (at any stage of viability).

Contributors will receive contributor copies of the completed anthology. Proceeds will be donated to a nonprofit organization to be determined by contributors.


Editors: Leslie Salas, Shannon Hardwick, Sarah Ghoshal, & Samantha Pavlov
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Short contributor's biography of no more than 150 words.
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How do you identify as a mother? *
This question is used to help us make sure we represent a variety of motherhoods with this anthology.
Source text(s) *
This is the text you have erased to create your new poem(s).
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Title(s) of your poem(s) *
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Email a single PDF document with no more than five (5) of your erasure poems on this topic *
Erasures may be text-and-white-space-only and/or may show the physical blacking-out of text on the original source page, with or without embellishment. Please submit low-resolution copies that are still legible. If your work is accepted for publication, we will contact you for higher-resolution files.
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