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Tell your story

At Family Voices Colorado, we’re always eager to hear the stories of the families we serve, both the challenges you face and the resources that help you overcome those obstacles. Below is an opportunity for mothers in particular to share their stories for publication, but whether you are a mother, a father, a grandparent, a sibling, or any other kind of caregiver, we would love to hear from you, and to see any photos or videos you are willing to share with us as well.  Email communication [at] familyvoicesco [dot] org or call 303-733-3000 x104 to learn more.

Seeking Submissions from Mothers of Children with Special Needs for Anthology

Most of what is written about mothers who are the primary caregivers of children with special needs is written by “outsiders.” The dominant view of deficit or burden is an unrealistic depiction that emerges from the medical, educational, or social service community, who serve or service children with special needs. Accepting the paradigm that mothers of special needs children are challenged and marginalized leaves little room for any other understanding that the actual lived experience of the mothers is—as it is with all human beings—a much more complex socio-cultural process than it appears. We want people to see, experience, and feel how mothers of children with special needs live with challenges that are, yes, lived painfully and differently than what most people outside of our world understand, but also generously, fully, and joyfully.

We believe in the power of story. Story transforms. Our hope is that your stories will illustrate a realistic tableau of the lives of mothers of children with special needs.

Mothers of children with special needs, please consider submitting:

memoir essay OR
poetry OR
graphic or illustrated essay OR
narrative photo essay

Submissions must address one of the themes listed below:

Challenges: Sometimes it sucks.
Purpose: I learned my own power; I get “it.”
Providence: Why was I chosen?
Pure Joy: Their joy is my joy!
Joy?: It’s the simple things.

Guidelines

  • Multiple submissions are allowed.
  • Please do not submit work that has been previously published or that you are
  • simultaneously submitting.
  • Please submit essays 6,000 words or less and no more than 6 poems.
  • Please format your work in Times New Roman, 12-pt, double-spaced font.
  • Include your name, email address, phone number on the first page of your document.
  • All illustrations or graphics must be in black and white.
  • Work should be submitted as a .doc, .docx, or .rtf file.
  • Photos should be submitted as a .jpg, .tif, or .gif file.
  • Save your files with your last name_title.

Email submissions to lizwhiteacre@gmail.com. Submissions must be received by Monday, April 22, 2013.

You will receive a confirmation email that your submission has been received and can anticipate a response in regards to acceptance in 6-8 weeks.

Each contributing writer will receive one copy of the final and published book. There will be
no other monetary compensation. A publisher has not yet been selected, so we are unsure of a
timeline for publication.

This anthology is the vision of mothers, writers, disability advocates, professors, and editors
Darolyn “Lyn” Jones and Liz Whiteacre.

About the Editors

Lyn Jones has facilitated the Indianapolis Special Needs Mom’s Writing Group for seven years now, asking mothers to gather and write about the challenges and joys of being a mother to a child with a disability. As well, she has focused her ethnographic and narrative research at Ball State University on mothers and individuals with disabilities.

Liz Whiteacre teaches creative writing at Ball State University and has been an editor for literary magazines and the University of Indianapolis Press. She was awarded an Inglis House Poetry Award in 2010 and was nominated for a Push Cart Prize in 2011. Her poetry has appeared in Wordgathering, Disability Studies Quarterly, Disabled World, and other literary magazines. Her chapbook, Hit the Ground, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press.

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