My mom is my hero. She’s truly the most extraordinary person in the world. She’s always been a total dynamo, from the time she talked my 6th grade math teacher out of failing me (undeservedly, I promise!) to the time I called her after I got hit by a car and she showed up at the scene with the store’s phone still in her hand. Seriously, the woman was an EMT when she was pregnant with me and still answers the phone when I call her at 3am. She has worked countless hours to give her children a better life and has never once complained about it. My mom’s unstoppable. I hope I someday I’m half as amazing as my mother was.
When I tell people about my mom, they usually have similar stories. Mothers are incredible people, and they’re usually the last person to ever admit it. In fact, my mom always says, “Just doing what I had to” if you ever give her a compliment about her actions. Well, it’s about time credit is given where it is so rightly deserved — and we wanna hear it straight from the source!
True Stories from Unstoppably Extraordinary Lesbian Moms: Essay Contest
Are you a lesbian mom? We want to hear about how incredible you are, too! We think it’s time you step up and toot your own horn. No need to be humble, we already know you’re awesome and it’s time everyone else did, too.
We’re looking for first-person story submissions from lesbian moms about when you faced a challenge and triumphed through it — a time when you were or felt unstoppable.
Did you once kill a wasp with your bare hands so it wouldn’t sting your daughter? Have you driven all night so you could be with your son after his dog died? Did you recover smoothly from a divorce or breakup that threatened to weaken your family bonds? Did you raise a thriving family in a homophobic community? Was there some seemingly insignificant moment that was anything but which made you realize that you were unstoppable in your own unique way? We want to hear about it!
Winning submissions will be featured and published on Autostraddle.com (articles sponsored by MOTRIN®) and perhaps best of all: you’ll be the happy winner of a new tablet provided to you by the makers of MOTRIN®!
We’re also excited just to hear stories from the many mothers in our community — perhaps this contest will enable our family to grow a little too. We wanna listen to your voice!
Official Contest Rules
No purchase necessary. To enter, send your typed, double-spaced essay (between 800 and 3,000 words, .doc or .docx format) to laneia [at] autostraddle [dot] com by Wednesday, January 1st at 12pm pst. Please include “Unstoppable Mom” in your subject line. Contest begins Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 10am pst and runs through Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 12pm pst. Only one entry per person, please. Open to legal residents of the United States 18 and older. Void where prohibited by law. All entries will be judged by Autostraddle senior editors based on originality, creativity, use of language, and adherence to contest theme. Submitted essays must be original, nonfiction works. Incomplete, inaccurate, and invalid entries are subject to disqualification. Decisions made by judges are final and binding. Winner will be notified by email on or about Tuesday, January 7, 2014.
We’ll announce the lucky winner on or about Wednesday, January 8, 2014!