Join Us at the AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center on 4/25/15!

The 5th annual LTYM Austin will be Saturday, April 25 at 3PM & 7PM

Click here for LTYM: Austin submission info.

Introducing our 2015 cause – Hand to Hold

by leighann on January 26, 2015

HandToHold_TAG_ColorEvery year, Listen To Your Mother gives back to the communities that host shows by donating to a local non-profit. This year, 39 cities across the country are announcing local non-profits they will support, and Austin is proud to announce that the organization we will support in 2015 is Hand to Hold.

Hand to Hold’s mission is to provide comprehensive navigation resources and support programs to parents of preemies, babies born with special health care needs and those who have experienced a loss due to these or other complications. The organization matches seasoned parents (Helping Hands) with parents in need of support in peer-to-peer relationships that inspire hope and offer the chance to ask personal questions and receive support from someone who is uniquely familiar with the experience of preterm birth, life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, a child born with special health care needs, loss of pregnancy and/or infant loss.

Co-producer Leigh Ann had personal experience with the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with her twins, who were born 9 weeks premature, and any organization that helps families in the NICU has a special place in her heart.

Listen To Your Mother Austin’s goal is to give this amazing non-profit financial and moral support, but to also gain community recognition and therefore support for their ongoing efforts to help babies and families. Ten percent of our net proceeds will be donated to Hand to Hold after the show date.

Check out Hand to Hold’s blog at, where their team of writers contributes articles about life before, during and after a NICU stay or loss.

Of course, another way you can help is to buy a ticket to one of our TWO Listen To Your Mother Shows, taking place April 25th at the AT&T Center!

(Tickets will be available later in March, at which time you’ll find an eventbrite ticket sales widget in our sidebar.)

Thank you, Austin, for all of the support you continue to show Listen to Your Mother and our amazing community!


Kristin and Leigh Ann

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Austin submissions are OPEN!

by leighann on January 12, 2015


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LTYM Austin 2014 cast member Sarah Dille shares her essay, “I Believe in Fairies.”

Austin! We’re ready for you.

Leigh Ann and I are ready to begin the process for the FIFTH 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. Read this post the Chicago team wrote last year about the non-mom perspective.

Who, me? Maybe you’ve never been on stage. Maybe you like to tell stories at dinners and parties. Maybe you write for a living, yet never considered reading your work in front of a live-audience. You might be a mom, you might not be a mom. Non-moms & males welcome. Yes, you.

How/When? We’ll be taking submissions from January 12-February 8. Invitations for auditions will be issued on or before February 20, and auditions will take place March 1, 2, and 3. 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 12, through February 8. Any entries received after 11:59 p.m. on February 8 cannot be considered for the 2015 show.

Submittable will send confirmation of receipt within 24 hours. Invitations to audition will be sent on or before February 20.

And GO! We can’t wait to read and hear your stories.

Leigh Ann and Kristin

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Listen to Your Mother 2015: We’ve set a date!

December 29, 2014

Things are coming together for the 2015 production of Listen to Your Mother Austin! We are proud to announce that on Saturday, April 25, 2015, Listen to Your Mother will make its home at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center for two shows! This will be our fifth year at the conference center’s intimate auditorium, and we are excited to continue our relationship with this wonderful venue. Listen to Your Mother Austin Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015 Time: 3 p.m. & 7 p.m. Location: AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, 1900 University Avenue Austin, TX 78705 We hope you will join us! So what’s next? Stay tuned for information coming soon about submissions and auditions, including how and when you can send us your essays for consideration. We can’t wait to read all of your wonderful stories and explore even more of the facets of motherhood that make this journey so unique.   — […]

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Listen to Your Mother 2015 is coming!

November 17, 2014

Click the photo above to watch our announcement video!   Hi everyone! Kristin and I, along with LTYM National Director Ann Imig, are thrilled to announce Listen to Your Mother 2015! This season proves to be our biggest season yet, with 29 returning cities 10 brand new cities joining the Listen to Your Mother family. This will be Austin’s sixth year hosting a Listen to Your Mother show, and Kristin and my second year as co-producers. We are thrilled to get started and can’t wait to hear all of your wonderful stories. Stay tuned to upcoming news about show dates and submission information!   Make sure you don’t miss a single bit of Listen to Your Mother national news by subscribing to the our monthly newsletter for updates about auditions, ticket sales, the Listen to Your Mother anthology to be released in April 2015, and alumni news from all of the women and men […]

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The 2014 Listen To Your Mother Videos Are Here!

August 11, 2014

Watch the 2014 LTYM: Austin show on our YouTube channel. Thanks to LTYM’s video sponsor by T. Rowe Price, we have added 400 new videos from the 2014 shows!! Check out EVERYBODY FREAKS OUT– their funny children’s-style book for parents–only five bucks and 100% proceeds benefit Junior Achievement USA. by

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