Do or do not. There is no ‘I tried to submit my story.’
There is no “I have such a great story, but I’m not a writer.”
There is no “I would love to tell my story, but I don’t know how to perform.”
And there is definitely no “I’m scared people won’t be able to relate to my story.”
The most beautiful thing about Listen To Your Mother is also the most simple: you do not need to be a writer or a performer, you just need a good story and the desire to share it. And in that very act of sharing, the second most beautiful thing about LTYM occurs: you become less alone in your experience.
So don’t just think about submitting your story! Do it!
Why should you take the leap?
Because everyone has a motherhood story.
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 LTYM.SF2017@gmail.com with your name in the subject line of the email.
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 6th), 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 patchwork 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.
Remember, you don’t need Jedi powers. You just need to be wise in the ways of your voice.
Tarja, Janine, and Maryby