Call for Submissions: So Glad They Told Me

We are thrilled to announce our next call for submissions!

The HerStories Project is now accepting submissions for our next anthology, So Glad They Told Me: Women On Getting Real About Motherhood.

The transition to motherhood is not always a smooth one, often complicated by the sometimes competitive, judgmental climate of modern motherhood. Women who do not glide easily into motherhood can feel inadequate, ashamed, and unprepared after they expected that parenthood would come more naturally to them.

Through the #SoGladTheyToldMe social media movement, hundreds of women all over the world shared the real, supportive advice they received when they became mothers… or the advice they wish they’d received. Our next essay collection is all about this type of parenting truth—the real, the hard, and the ugly—and the support and solidarity that are essential to moms.

I'm so glad they told me that it's OK not to love every minute of motherhood. 

I'm so glad they told me it's OK if you don't fall in love with your baby right away.

We want to hear about the time somebody threw you a lifeline, or gave you permission to experience your emotions—even the dark, hard ones—or told you that you weren’t alone. We also want to hear stories about motherhood in which somebody’s support and compassion would have made all the difference—but it never came. With this collection, we want to provide readers with a real, honest glimpse at what modern motherhood is like, with an emphasis on sharing our truths and supporting one another.

It’s time to change the cultural dialogue about motherhood to present a broader, more balanced, realistic image of what it’s really like, and to show how much better women are when they openly speak their truth.

I was so glad every single time somebody told me, "Me, too."

Submission Guidelines

Word Count: 500-3500 words

Submissions must be previously unpublished​

  • We are accepting longer, traditional personal essays as well as shorter-form pieces for this publication.
  • It's difficult to assess the sales or success of a project like this. We plan to compensate contributors once our expenses in creating the book have been met, with a payout ceiling of $100. 
  • We’re looking for well-crafted, true accounts that explore and examine the reality of motherhood, including struggles with the transition to new motherhood and other "growing pains" that occurred with subsequent transitions, such as the birth or adoption of additional children, the start of school, a special needs diagnosis, or even the onset of an empty nest. We want to hear about the aspects of motherhood that surprised you, took your breath away, or even knocked you down.
  • Submissions must feature a strong and compelling narrative. We’re looking for well-written prose, rich detail, and a strong, distinctive voice. (For more about what we’re looking for, here is an article about personal essay writing with a few more suggestions.) You can also find samples of the types of pieces we're looking for in our most recent anthology, My Other Ex
  • Please also submit a short bio of 50-100 words, including previous publications. To submit, see the link at the bottom of this page.

​Submissions Close May 31st.


  1. Susan says:

    Question about “previously unpublished.” Does posting on my personal blog only count as publishing? I think I have a piece that is simply perfect for this.

  2. I would love to submit a modified chapter from an as-yet unpublished manuscript. What will be the copyright on selections that are chosen for the anthology and would I still be free to publish the same material later on as part of an entire book?

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