Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Call for Submissions: Not Your Mother's Book: On Senior Moments and Last Call: On Being a Mom and On Family

The Publishing Syndicate's Not Your Mother's Book organization has announced a call out for a new anthology: "On Senior Moments." The editors are looking for submissions from writers of (ahem) a certain age or one who can write about things that happened "from age 50 and up. Baby Boomers and beyond."

Now, there's a subject near and dear to my over-50 heart.

Suggested topics to write about "as an older person" include (along with my comments):

Working on your “bucket list” (Hmm. Need to think about that one.)
Embarrassing moments (I've got lots of those.)
Memory lapses/mind not working like it used to (Yep.)
Technology challenges (Heck, yeah!)
Midlife crisis moments (Check.)
The Big 5-0, 6-0, 7-0 and beyond (I'm in the middle of this one.)
Second careers or volunteering (Let me think about that.)
Surprising body changes (I didn't know they accepted horror stories.)
School reunions (Let's not go there.)
Trying to do the things you once did, but no longer can (What was that, again? I forgot what you said.)
Traveling (Just got back from vacation, so maybe.)
Taking care of aging parents (may dedicate a chapter to this topic) (Should be interesting.)

Visit the NYMB website for complete guidelines.

While you're there, check out the NYMB other submission opportunities.

Here are two with short deadlines that are edited by two of my writing friends who are actively seeking submissions:

On Being a Mom, edited by Dianna Graveman. The deadline of August 1 is quickly approaching. Read about Dianna and what she looking for in submissions.

On Family, edited by Linda O'Connell. The deadline for On Family is also August 1. Read about Linda and what she is looking for submissions On Family here.

Several of my writing friends have been published in the NYMB anthologies and have good things to say about their experiences, so fire up those laptops, writers!


  1. Thanks for the info, Donna. These are great places for writers to publish their work.

    1. Hi Mary,
      I agree. I'm hoping to get in one of their anthologies.

  2. Donna--Your little asides after the possible topics were funny. I too have some "horror stories" to tell...Maybe a warning needs to be put on the front cover of this collection?

  3. Thanks for the leads, Donna. Seems like there is a sudden rush of places wanting things.

    1. Hi Claudia,
      You're welcome. You're right about there being a sudden rash of places to submit; I need to focus on where and when. Maybe I'll get lucky!

  4. I'm enjoying the NYMB series. They have a lot of interesting titles and the stories within are pretty hilarious.

    Critter Alley

  5. Sent mine in awhile back. Love the NYMB on Travel book.

  6. Thanks for the reminder. I might actually have something worth submitting to this one. :)

  7. Donna, thanks so much for posting this! Do you mind if I make a little announcement here?

    JUST TODAY, we announced some story topics we would still like to see for NYMB On Being a Mom. The submission deadline is August 1st, but first-round selections are being made right NOW! PRFs will start going out to the top 50 stories in the next few weeks.

    We would love to read/consider stories WRITTEN BY MOMS about:
    Trouble at school/parent-teacher conferences
    Kids’ first dates/prom
    Funny toddler stories
    Kids leaving the nest

    Other topics still welcome, too, of course. Thanks again, Donna, and everyone else who has already submitted!

  8. Hi Pat,
    I agree, and the new covers are eye-catching.

    Hi Sheree,
    Good luck with your submission.

    Hi Lisa,
    That's great. Good luck.

    Hi Dianna,
    Thanks for the update. I'm sure my visitors will be happy to find out your specific needs.



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