Welcome to #LTYM Austin 2016!

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Austin Submissions Now Open for 2016!

by kristin on January 1, 2016


AUSTIN! We’re ready for your stories. We know that you’re still recovering from the holiday season and making your resolutions. Here’s one for your resolution list: submit your story!

Leigh Ann and I are ready to begin the process for the SIXTH ANNUAL Listen To Your Mother in Austin! Today is the day we start taking submissions and start reading your stories. Submit your piece to us here through Submittable, but make sure to keep reading for more details!

What story? Maybe it’s the one in your head right now. Maybe it’s a story of being a mom, not being a mom, having a mom, losing a mom, finding a mom, or becoming a mom or a parent–the true story that only you can tell. The main theme of your piece must have something to do with motherhood, but you do not have to be a mother (or a professional writer!) to submit an essay.

If you have submitted and/or auditioned before, PLEASE don’t give up. Some of our cast members have tried out for the third time when it was the perfect fit. You have great stories and we want to read them.

Who, me? We always look for a diverse mix of stories. In addition, we look for funny essays, sad essays, and everything in between. You don’t have to be a mom to be in the show. You don’t even have to be a woman. We welcome all stories of motherhood from all people. Maybe you’re a son with a story to tell, or a brother, or a friend. If you have a story about motherhood, you qualify.

This is not a show for professional speakers/writers (though we welcome all levels of experience). LTYM is about Motherhood, and Motherhood is for EVERYONE.

How/When? We’ll be taking submissions from January 1-January 31. Invitations for auditions will be issued on or before February 15, and auditions will take place February 27, 28, and March 1. If you are invited to audition, we’ll send you a VolunteerSpot form to choose an audition time.


  • Each essay must be 5 minutes or less when read aloud. This is approximately 2-3 pages, depending on content and speaking style. Please note that all essays are subject to light editing, for time or other reasons if eventually selected for our show.
  • Pieces should not be memorized. We read directly from the page on show day.
  • Watch some of our previous readers on our LTYMShow YouTube channel.
  • Keep in mind that we advertise our show as PG-13 due to some mature topics. Anything with strong language may be edited for a wide audience.
  • You must be the sole author and owner of all rights to your piece. (Yes, it’s okay if your essay has been published before, online or otherwise, as long as it still belongs to you.)
  • ONLY ONE SUBMISSION PER PERSON. If you can’t decide between two, please don’t send both; ask someone close to you to help decide on ONE before emailing us.
  • Plan to attend a show. LTYM cannot exist without our live audience to bear witness to our stories and give energy to our readers (many of whom have never done anything like this!). Plus, attending a show with friends and loved ones can generate new connections– many stories get told in the lobby after our shows, in the ladies room, or in the car ride home with your mom or grandma, sister or daughter. Participating in LTYM builds community!

Send us your completed piece now through Submittable! We will accept submissions from today, January 1, through January 31. Any entries received after 11:59 p.m. on January 31 cannot be considered for the 2016 show.

Submittable will send confirmation of receipt within 24 hours. Invitations to audition will be sent on or before February 15.

It is our honor to read and hear your stories.

Leigh Ann and Kristin

Please note that all cities have their own guidelines and if you’re interested in any other show you should check their local website for details, which will be updated according to their own schedules!

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Hey Austin!

We are excited to be back for our third year producing the Listen To Your Mother show in Austin, the show’s sixth year in our fantastic town. Our community continues to grow, and every single reader that has graced our stage is special and important to us. We can’t wait to see who will join us for the 2016 show.

Speaking of the 2016 show, we’re currently in the process of nailing down the date, venue, and time, and we’ll be getting ready to begin the submissions process in January of 2016. Start thinking about your themes and study the videos from the Listen To Your Mother YouTube channel to get inspired!

Here’s how our show works in Austin: we open submissions sometime in January via an online site called Submittable, and then we leave submissions open for about four weeks. Once all of the submissions are in, we read them and invite the first round to audition for us in person, so we can hear how the essay sounds live. Then we make the very difficult decisions on whom to cast in the 2016 show.

Stay tuned! To be sure that you don’t miss a thing, please follow LTYM national on Facebook and Twitter, or email us at ltymaustin@gmail.com with any questions.

It’s a great privilege for us to produce this show, and we’re thrilled to lead it through another successful year.

Kristin & Leigh Ann

LTYM Austin LA and KS 2

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