For our May 2021 issue of WordCity Monthly, our editorial board is delighted to join together with Anne Sorbie and Heidi Grogan, editors of the forthcoming (M)othering Anthology (Inanna Publications, 2022), in announcing a call for fiction, non-fiction, poetry and visual art related to (M)othering.

It is our hope to feature poetry and prose from all over the world, from as many perspectives as possible., encompassing the fullest possible picture of the human experience of mothering or being mothered, whatever that may or may not mean to you.

Works received with be considered for and collected into the May 2021 issue of WordCity. The deadline is April 21, 2021.

Please send your stories, your verse, and visuals to and include “Mothering Issue” in your subject line.

Submit prose (up to 10 pages), poems (up to 100 lines), photography or original art (please submit written files as WordDocs and visual files as jpegs).

From Anne and Heidi:

How does mothering make or grow you? Take us to your joy, your dark places, your aching freedoms, your confusion, your sense of wonder, your sensual. Leave us raw and in awe of your real, your wild beauty, your careful, your kind.

We invite people from all walks of life, of all beliefs and backgrounds, all genders, sexual orientation(s), identities, cultures and peoples, origins and birthplaces, to consider (m)othering on their terms and from their points of view. Our ideas are related to although not limited to the following:

  • selfhood                   identity                      adoration                 adoption
  • abortion                   the divine                 myths                         cults
  • comfort                     idolatry                     addiction                  worship
  • attachment              freedoms                 birthing                     nourishing
  • detachment             incarceration           bearing                     starving
  • rearing                      gender                     present                     absent
  • trauma                       loss                           culture                    feminism
  • heroism                    love                           struggle                    children
  • partners                    parents                    (i)mmigration          sacrifice
  • nature                      nurture                     masking                    claiming
  • aspiring                     defining                   upending                 bending
  • smashing                  bending                   inventing                  provoking
  • artifice                      art                              growth                       joy
  • ambivalence          alternatives              alternates                 afterwards


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