Submission Guidelines


We are seeking writers to read original personal essays on any aspect of motherhood in the fourth annual LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER San Francisco show at the Brava Theater in San Francisco on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

We encourage diverse perspectives on the subject of mothers or mothering. If you are a mother, have a mother, or know a mother – you have a story and we would love to hear it. All ages and backgrounds and writers of all experience levels are invited to submit an essay. Listen to last year’s cast members tell their stories.

No previous stage experience is necessary. Send us your original, humorous, poignant, painful, joyful and soulful words on mothers or mothering. (Previously published work accepted as long as the author retains full rights or has express permission to read the work for this event. Personal essays only – no fictional pieces.)

Commitment for selected cast members will include two group read-throughs on March 22nd and April 26th, plus a pre-performance run-through at the Brava Theater on the day of the show.

Email submissions to by Sunday, February 15. Please include your submission as an attachment (pdf or word doc) with your name in the subject line. (Please also email us with questions or if you are in need of encouragement!) Each piece should be 5 minutes or less (about 800 words) when read aloud. Please note that we are using a two-part selection process. The first step is submitting your essay via email. The second step is an audition. Audition details will be sent via email after you submit your piece.

Deadline for submissions:  Sun. February 15


* Tues. March 3rd, Oakland Temescal Library

* Sat. March 7th, San Francisco Public Library

* Tues. March 10th, Mill Valley Library

Rehearsals: Sun. March 22 and Sun. April 26th

Show Date:  Sat. May 9th, 7:30 p.m.