Typical payment is between $100 and $200 and in some cases, can reach up to $1,000. Stories should be between 750 and 3,000 words.
I submitted a 2,700-word short story version of Small Mother, a tale I’d wanted to write for a long time about my Koo Ma, a modern-day concubine (I know!).
It was originally desired to be a novella but too bad, I don’t have the time to research the story in detail, so a short version will have to do.
Common Ties also accepts non-motherhood stories. This is the mail I got from their editor, Elizabeth Armstrong Moore, in response to my submission:
Thanks for submitting your story to Common Ties! Due to the large volume of submissions we receive, we are not able to send rejection letters or provide feedback. We do consider all submissions sent to us, and if we accept your story we will notify you based on the following schedule:
Under the Influence: May 3
Mothers and Motherhood: May 10
Open Themes: May 17
Confessions: May 24
Turning Points: May 31
Fathers and Fatherhood: June 14
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I’m gonna try writing for some of the other categories as well.
Good luck, writers!