Who is Judging the Mother Writing Contest?
Is it nearly the weekend already? This week has gone fast. It may have something to do with the excitement and anticipation surrounding the Mother Writing Contest and the lead up to She Writes First Birthday. I promised to let you know who is judging the Mother Writing Contest. Not only was it a difficult decision on who to tap among the hundreds of talented and inspiring Mother Writers, but as Deborah mentions in this week's She Writes on Fridays post and Kamy mentions in her post about SW Birthday Meet-ups, I didn't want to ask. Why not? Because one of our ongoing discussions, perhaps the core discussion, on Mother Writer! is how to do it all--run the house, do the job, raise the kids, mend the laundry, make the bread--and still do the thing that makes us feel most alive: Writing. So how to walk up to three writing moms, tap them on the shoulder and ask them give up a little more of their time to judge a writing contest? First thing, find out who among us has already given. I looked through discussions, the comment wall, and my page and found a few names that stood out as having offered constant support and enthusiasm to their fellow Mother Writers! Then, I swallowed my pride and asked. What did I expect? I worried over "can't do it" and "too busy" and knew this contest wouldn't happen unless I had help. What did I get? "I would be honored", "It will be fun", and "I would LOVE to". Can a person's heart really swell? Something inflated my chest and made me sigh. And feel grateful. Very grateful. So here we are, the three women reading your words and making the decision of which essays will go on to the final round leaving the winning entry to be chosen by Deborah and Kamy. Tania Pryputniewicz: Recent poetry and essays by Tania Pryputniewicz appeared in print or online at Autumn Sky, The Blood Orange Review, Empire Report, Linebreak, Literary Mama, The Mom Egg, Salome Magazine, The Spoon River Poetry Review and Tiny Lights. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she is the poetry editor at The Fertile Source . She lives in the Sonoma County, California redwoods with her husband and three children and posts when she can at Feral Mom, Feral Writer. Rebecca Rasmussen: Rebecca Rasmussen’s stories have appeared in Triquarterly and Mid-American Review magazines, and she has been a finalist in both Narrative magazine’s 30 Below contest for writers under the age of thirty, and in Glimmer Train’s Family Matters contest. Her novel, The Bird Sisters, is forthcoming from Crown/Random House in Spring 2011. She lives in St. Louis with her husband and daughter and teaches at Fontbonne University. Nicelle Davis: Nicelle Davis lives in California with her husband James and their son J.J. Her poems are published or forthcoming in Moulin, The New York Quarterly, Two Review, and others. She’d like to acknowledge her poetry family at the University of California, Riverside and Antelope Valley Community College. She runs a free online poetry workshop at: The Bees Knees Blog. If you haven't met these women or visited their sites, I hope you will. They've already brought a world of good to my life. And remember, the deadline for the Mother Writing Contest is midnight EST June 14. Write hard. Die free.

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  • Susan Bearman

    Wow. Quite a lineup. Good work, Victoria.

  • Rebecca Rasmussen

    I have read so many wonderful entries already! I hope you all will send yours in! xox