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Update: Submissions Are In–Auditions to Begin Soon!

by Janine Kovac on February 27, 2015

We are floored! We received a record number of submissions this year — over 90 stories from all different walks of life. So many points of view and writing styles and snippets of life. We laughed. We cried. And then we had to narrow it down. Which made us cry some more. We were overwhelmed by the volume of essays and touched to the core by the variety of stories that ranged from tributes to your mothers to the tribulations of motherhood.

Due to the enormous number of submissions, unfortunately we weren’t be able to offer an audition to each author. As writers ourselves, we are all too familiar with the process of writing, revising, submitting, waiting, and then finally getting that news: “due to the enormous number of submissions . . . ”  But as editors and active members of the writing community we also believe that there is a home for every piece.

(Ann Imig, LTYM founder, has a short-but-sweet post about casting the LTYM shows — she compares it to building a quilt, emphasizing that it isn’t about the individual pieces, it’s how the stories fit together to make a whole.)

Thank you for giving us such wonderful material to choose from as we begin auditions to select the 13 stories that will make up the 2015 San Francisco production of Listen To Your Mother on May 9th 7:30pm at the Brava Theatre.

Stay tuned!

And don’t forget to check out the anthology!


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Why You Should Submit to Listen To Your Mother

by Janine Kovac on January 30, 2015

Because inside you is a story about motherhood.

Maybe it’s about your mom. Or it’s about being a mom. Or maybe it’s about not being a mom or not having one. But it’s a story. It could be in a journal or a blog post or it could be something that’s just floating around in your head. But it’s a story that you need to commit to paper—first and foremost for yourself. Because amazing things happen when we write down our stories. It fortifies our memories. It helps us process the crappy things that happen to us and helps us absorb the wonderful moments of our lives.

But most of all, you have to write down that story, because if you don’t, you’ll lose it.

And then, after you write it down, that story becomes A Concrete Thing in the World. And as such, it can be crafted and shaped and cut down to 800 words (or embellished to 800 words). And now it’s something to share with others. Like us!

We want your story. Email your word doc or pdf to

What are we looking for?

We’re looking for a variety of stories that pay tribute to motherhood told from the viewpoint of a variety of storytellers. After we’ve received all the submissions (deadline is February 15th), we’ll send out audition information. Note: not all submissions will be guaranteed an audition spot.

How will we cast the show?

Of course we won’t know what we have to choose from until all the submissions are in, but we do know we want to have a smorgasbord of stories that covers the spectrum. We’re not going to have ten heart-breaking stories about loss and love flanked by three silly ones about baby poop. So please keep that in mind if your wonderful story isn’t chosen. It’s possible to write something heart-breaking or breath-taking or knee-slapping or worthy of awards and still not be a good fit for the show.

But you won’t know until you share it with us.

Just remember that sharing your writing is like sharing your chocolate. It doesn’t always come naturally, but it’s a great way to make friends.



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San Francisco Show Date and Call for Submissions!

January 7, 2015

LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER San Francisco is thrilled to announce that our 4th annual show will take place on Saturday, May 9th at 7:30 p.m. at the Brava Theater in San Francisco’s Mission District. The Brava Theater Center is operated by Brava for Women in the Arts, a professional arts organization whose mission is to “produce, present, and cultivate the artistic expression of women, people of color, youth, LGBTQ and other unheard voices.” Now, all we need is YOU. San Francisco directors are seeking a diverse collection of local writers to read their words about motherhood. People of all ages, backgrounds and experience levels are invited to submit their work. Everyone has a mother story, whether you are a mother or not. Click here to read our submission guidelines. Send us your original, humorous, poignant, painful, joyful and soulful words on mothers or mothering to by Sunday, February 15th. Personal essays only (no fictional pieces). […]

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Listen To Your Mother Returns to San Francisco in 2015!

December 1, 2014

Listen To Your Mother (LTYM) returns to San Francisco in 2015 for a fourth fabulous year! Announcing the LTYM producing and directorial debut of Laurel Hilton, Marianne Lonsdale, Janine Kovac, and Mary Hill. We spend our not-so spare time writing with other moms and sharing stories of motherhood. We’re excited and honored to carry the LTYM torch for the Bay Area! First order of business is to offer a virtual round of applause to Kim Thompson Steel and Kirsten Patel who brought the LTYM megaphone to San Francisco three years ago and produced three fantastic and inspiring shows. Our announcement wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t thank them for the nurturing way they collected submissions and listened to scores of mothers (and a couple of dads) share their stories. Thank you!  What is LTYM? LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER features live readings by local writers on the beauty, the beast, and the barely-rested of motherhood […]

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2014 Video Release

August 5, 2014

  It is hard to believe that the 2014 Listen To Your Mother season is behind us, and that the video release of 32 cities worth of shows is now live on YouTube.  I was just at Blogher 2014 last week and was so grateful to help out at the Open Mic hosted by Ann Imig – it was this event four years ago that prompted me to apply to co-direct the first San Francisco show in 2012 with Kirsten.  We thank all of you for coming along on this ride with us each year. We are so grateful to our 2014 cast – each one of them not only talented storytellers but open-hearted, generous people.  We feel lucky to know them and are proud to share the videos of each of their readings here.  If you couldn’t be at our show in May, here is the next best thing! In the order […]

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