Publish with Moms Who Write

Updated: Mar 12

Being a writer has always felt a bit isolating. It’s an introspective practice that entails making observations from the inside. Many times, I’ve felt as though I were constantly on the outside looking in, taking bits and pieces of this exterior experience and expanding on them within pages of notebooks I felt way too insecure to let anyone see.

Then I became a mother, and isolation felt like normalcy for a woman who, most times, had no idea what she was doing. My world revolved around my daughter, and my only safe space to unleash the things that were going on in my head was when I gave myself enough free time to sit and write about it. I’d purge the confusion, and insecurities, and doubts within pages of my journals because I wasn’t quite ready to admit to people that, “I didn’t really have it all figured out.”

But one magical day in Facebook land, I stumbled upon yet another toxic comment thread in some writing group that had way too many mansplaining writers who tried way too hard to tell you how to be a writer—as if there’s only one way.

As I sat scrolling with my popcorn, rolling my eyes at the pettiness that ensued by grown adults having an unnecessary pissing contest over words, I saw a comment by a fellow mom who, like me, was pretty damn tired of the energy-suckers that seemed to take over groups that were intended to be community-based. And it turns out, we weren’t the only ones.

I don’t think Allie Gravitt really understood the magnitude of what she was creating the day she took matters into her own hands and created the Moms Who Write group. I bet she’d say she was just looking for a few mom friends who knew how it felt to deal with the challenges we met as writers surrounded by tiny humans whose lives depended on us. Double isolation and what not.

Allie did succeed in creating a space for moms to be friends and, well, talk about writing. But to say that’s all Moms Who Write represents would be an understatement. In less than a year, Allie and a whole-ass team of awesome writer moms have banded together so fluidly to build an expansive community that not only is a safe space where women value each others’ input and creativity but one that provides an opportunity for women to grow in their writing passions while also doing the mom thing and never feeling alone.

It's kind of amazing. I feel cool to even say I was one of the group’s first members, simply because I can attest to the group’s rapid growth and genuine community. Moms Who Write is a movement, and I don’t think anyone involved expected it, they just went with what felt good knowing they believed in what they were doing.

And it’s working out incredibly.

Now, Allie and the rest of the Moms Who Write team, which includes one of Our Galaxy’s authors, Casandra Chesser, have decided to produce their very first anthology. They’re passing the metaphoric mic to the women whose stories they believe in and are putting together a book for us all to publish in the collective.

If you know anything about Our Galaxy, you know we’re all about creating more opportunity for women to amplify their voices, and we’re all about bad-ass women whose goals revolve around seeing other women succeed. So, we’re stoked that Allie and the team asked us to be a part of this collection as a co-editor with Cassy.

If you’re not already a part of their group, you can join here. But most importantly, submissions for their anthology are open until December 31st. That means there’s still time for you to participate. It’s an incredible opportunity to publish your words with moms who “get it.” Plus, 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Imagination Library.

Head over to the Moms Who Write’s official blog here to read all the submission details. I can’t wait to read your words.

And to Allie and the Moms Who Write community, thank you for what you’re building, thank you for creating this space, and thank you for the work you do in helping shift the narrative for what it means to be a woman in publishing.

Allie Gravitt is also an author to watch. If you haven’t read her poetry collections, prisonbreaks and Killing Ghosts, go and grab your copy. The strength of her voice is just beginning to make its mark. If you need some convincing, read my review of prisonbreaks here for my official recommendation.

Until next time, writer friends.

-Christine Weimer

Christine is a publisher, copywriter, two-time published poet, and writing mentor from Queens, New York who co-founded Our Galaxy Publishing, a press serving women with the tools to unleash their creativity, amplify their voices, and publish their dreams. Read more about Our Galaxy here.