Word Count: 800 – 3,000
Submissions open: August 1, 2016 to November 30, 2016
Compensation: $40 per essay
Original, previously unpublished essays only.
Our second anthology Multiples Illuminated: Life With Twins and Triplets, the Toddler to Tween Years will focus on stories and advice to guide parents from the toddler years through to the tween years (ages 2 to 12). We are planning to publish this book in Spring 2017.
Are you a parent of twins, triplets, quadruplets or more? We would love for you to submit a story to us about raising multiples at these ages. We are looking for stories that are honest, heartwarming, heart wrenching, and humorous.
We find that stories recounting personal anecdotes with universally relatable takeaways/ lessons resonate most with readers. Stories that dig deep and reveal truths about what you learned as a parent, and what you love most about being in this special club of raising multiples. Stories that aren’t afraid to show us that it’s not always sunshine and rainbows, but that grace and love shines through the muck. Stories that make us gasp, punch us in the gut, laugh, and nod our heads with “Yes, me too!”
What we’re not looking for are general stories about how you feel about being a parent of multiples, or what went through your head when you found out you were expecting twins/ triplets (we’ve covered that in our first book!). Think about one event or incident of life with your twins, triplets or more, when they were at the ages of two to twelve. Pinpoint that specific memory, recount what happened (that should be a resolution to the story!), and share the lesson you learned from that (if any).
Here are a few helpful articles on how to write great personal essays:
- How to Write a Personal Essay That Will Dazzle an Editor at The Herstories Project
- Writing a Personal Essay: 8 Mistakes to Avoid at The Write Life
- 7 Tips on How to Write a Dynamic Personal Essay at BlogHer
This is just a guideline; do write from the heart about your unique experience.
To get a feel for the kinds of stories we are looking for, check out our book Multiples Illuminated: A Collection of Stories and Advice From Parents of Twins, Triplets and More and click “Look Inside” to read a preview.