He was asleep. Arms resting at his sides, legs stretched toward the slats at the end of the crib. Blades of light cut through the blinds reddening tufts of blond as they danced over his head like twinkling embers. His wispy baby hair had grown into a miniature mullet, the ends swooping upward as if styled with a curling iron, the hair at his temples dampened by exhaustion.
There was a Riley shaped patch of sweat on the white sheet below him. As mothers do, I had watched him sleep more times than I could count. Only he wasn’t actually asleep. My eyes stayed fixed on his hair because it was the only part of his body that let me believe he was sleeping...
Who: Women writers.
What we're looking for: First-person nonfiction.
Submission deadline: April 3, 2017
Six Hens features true stories about the moments that define and redefine. Our writers take us to the places and events that changed what they believe in, changed how they see their place in the world, and changed them. Through their storytelling, they change us. We are looking for powerful, first-person nonfiction about the moments that segment life into before and after. Make us feel something.
Your submission should be previously unpublished. Please limit your piece to 2000 words. If the piece is an excerpt from a larger work, please make sure the submitted section can stand on its own. The deadline for submitting to our next issue is April 3, 2017. Selected writers will be contacted on or before May 29, 2017, and may have an opportunity to submit a relevant photo to accompany their writing. Featured writers will receive $50.
Publication date for the next issue is March 20, 2017. We are not accepting fiction or poetry at this time. Your submission automatically subscribes you to the Six Hens quarterly email magazine. Submissions received after April 3, 2017 will be considered for subsequent issues.
Terms and conditions: By submitting your work to Six Hens, the writer grants Six Hens royalty-free rights to publish the piece in its online literary journal. The author may publish the work elsewhere after it appears on Six Hens, but it is the author's responsibility to notify any future publishers that the work first appeared in Six Hens, and Six Hens maintains the right to include the work in future anthologies or collections. The author acknowledges that this work is an original piece of writing and has not been accepted by another publisher.
Submissions not selected for publication will be deleted.
Each issue we feature true stories about the moments that define and redefine. Our writers take us to the places and events that changed what they believe in, changed how they see their place in the world, and changed them. Through their storytelling, they change us.
Suzanne Galante has launched newsletters, produced content for top web sites and segments of KRON TV's popular travel show Bay Area Backroads, written cover stories for the San Francisco Bay Guardian and Bay Area Parent Magazine, and was one of the nation's first paid bloggers. Her work has appeared in TheStreet.com, CNET News.com, ABC News.com, the New York Post, CNN.com, The Industry Standard, The Deal, the Colorado Daily, and Oxygen.com. Suzanne holds a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from the University of San Francisco and a Journalism degree from Northeastern University. She has been writing as
Mother in Chief since 2005.
Marcy Burstiner was born in New York City and grew up in Yonkers, NY. She started her journalism career as an assistant editor at the Multinational Monitor Magazine, which was founded by Ralph Nader. After getting her masters degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, she worked as a reporter and editor for a series of publications including the San Francisco Business Times, thestreet.com and The Deal financial magazine and website. She is an associate professor of journalism and mass communication at Humboldt State University in Northern California. In 2010 she was named Journalism Educator of the Year by the California Journalism Education Coalition.
Issue 7: What began as a hobby back in the 70s has become Joan Schulte's primary ambition and career. She is a photographer of "stuff" that catches her eye, and a lover of all things vintage or rustic. She captured "Chicken Gossip" on one of her exploratory walks in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. It was part of a window display in the shop of a local cookie baker. Find more of her work here or here.
Issue 6: Mary Vogel Lozinak is an artist, rubber stamp designer, and illustrator. See more of her work here.
Issue 5: Erin Vaganos's artwork is influenced by her childhood memories of her family's underground home in the woods near the Finger Lakes of New York, as well as rooted in her interests in nature, patterns, solitude, folk traditions, and the connection she sees between fairy tales and the subconscious. She says watercolor is the medium with which she can best express herself. See more of her work here.
Issue 4: Jen Walls is a mark-maker and mixed media artist who is often inspired by the traditions and stories of indigenous peoples. Self-taught, her art is the result of disciplined studio time, a regimen of exploratory and experimental projects and a good dose of magic. An advocate for doodling in the classroom, the waiting room and the board room, she lives in Plantation, Florida, with her husband and one grouchy dog.
Issue 3: Birdy Bella began her journey with art and writing as a healing response to a devastating illness from which she has since recovered. Learn more about her story and art work here.
Issue 2: Jane Wilcoxson uses oil pastel to creates contemporary fine art of quirky animals and fantastical scenes that uses color and playfulness to deliver the magic of the universe to everyday spaces. Learn more about her work here.
Issue 1: Stevi McCartney often paints to imagine places she'd like to be or has yet to visit. For her, painting has always been an outlet to get out of the digital space and get lost in wine country, lavender fields, or the crisp ocean coast. Learn more about her work here.
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