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Literary Mothers is a project on female literary influence featuring short essays by writers (of all genders) on the female writers who have inspired or mentored them — their literary foremothers.

We’d love to hear from you! Which female writer(s) made you feel like there was room in the world for you and your artistic temperament, or opened up your understanding of what was possible (as a writer or as human)? Perhaps you were closely mentored by a female writer or editor, or perhaps their work was highly influential, even if not in the most obvious ways.

We are currently accepting short essays of 500-1000 words.

Please submit entries in the following format:

Your Name on Author Name(s)
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Body Text
Recommended Reading (optional)
Short Bio

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