Change is afoot here at Good Mother Project headquarters. After a lot of soulful, heartfelt and loving thought, we have decided to put the Good Mother Project blog on an extended, indefinite hiatus.
We have LOVED growing this beautiful community of writers and have been honoured to read, edit and publish each and every one of the stories that came across our desk. Thank you for sharing your words and your lives with us. The blog posts will remain on the Good Mother Project website, so your previously published pieces will not have vanished. They will be kept up indefinitely for other mamas to read and find comfort in them. We will not, however, be posting any new writing themes, or accepting general submissions from this point forward.
We want to thank all of you, from the bottom of our hearts, for sharing your words and stories with us. It has meant more to us that you could ever know.
If you have any questions about previously published pieces on our blog, or would like to reach out to us, please email us.
At the Good Mother Project, we believe in the importance of storytelling. Your story is important, no matter how big or how small it may feel, and we believe that through sharing it, you can find community and support.
One of the trickiest things about being a mother (and especially a new mother) is how isolating it can feel. You see other moms around you, kicking butt & taking names, and it feels like the struggles you are encountering aren’t normal. You wonder why other women seem to have their shit together, while you can barely take a shower. You feel like you are failing left, right and centre, but the truth is,
We are all in this motherhood thing together
That’s why the Good Mother Project wants to hear your story! If you are a writer or blogger (or even an aspiring writer or blogger), and you have an encouraging, uplifting, inspiring, funny or touching story about your experience as a mother, we want to hear it!
Submissions for our December theme, SMALL MIRACLES, are now OPEN!
Deadline for themed submissions is November 20th, 2016.
Our theme is meant to inspire you, and we encouraged you to take creative licence with the theme. Original pieces and/or submissions that adhere to the theme will be given preference over general submissions.
If you want some more tangible ideas on how to incorporate the theme into your post, here are some possible ideas to expand upon for blog posts that we’d love to include on the Good Mother Project:
- your unique viewpoint or experience on an aspect of motherhood or mothering – something that perhaps made you feel isolated or alone, but that others likely experienced, or are experiencing too.
- your experience with pre- or postpartum depression or anxiety, and a positive or eye-opening experience during that journey
- a specific instance when another mother came to your rescue or gave you recognition and/or encouragement
- highlighting a mother you know that has taught you an important lesson about motherhood, or what it means to be a mom
We are also open to your ideas and suggestions! Please keep in mind that the goal of the Good Mother Project is to share our personal stories so that we can create connection and encourage fellow moms. We want to offer stories of hope, love, sisterhood and possibility.
Still curious? Ask to join our Facebook group for past, present and future contributors to the Good Mother Project. Click here.
Basic guidelines for story/post submissions:
- approx. 750-1000 words
- previously published elsewhere is ok (we will be happy to link back to your original post), but preference is given to original works.
- must be encouraging, uplifting, inspiring, funny or touching. Although valid on other forums, we are not interested in offering advice or political commentary. We want to hear your personal experiences and do not want you or our readers to feel judged or excluded.
- preference will be given to personal stories or anecdotes about your experience as a mother, or with a mother, especially stories with a unique viewpoint that may help fellow mothers feel less alone or isolated.
- posts can not be self-promotional in nature. You can include your business name and links in your bio if you like, but the focus of the submission should be on your personal experience as or with a mother.
The Fine Print:
- All submissions will be read and considered, but due to the volume of submissions we receive, we cannot publish everything (even though we’d like to!). If you have submitted a themed post by our deadline of the 20th of the month, we will let you know by the 25th of the month if your post has been accepted. If you have submitted a general submission, we will let you know within one month if your post has been accepted.
- All submissions will be subject to proofreading and editing, but in most cases, we will try to keep posts as true to the original as possible.
- Please be prepared to include a short bio of the author (approx 60-80 words) and a photo of the author.
- all writers will be expected to help promote your post through your own social media channels.
- The Good Mother Project will promote all posts via our social media channels.
Sound good? The next step is….