Submissions deadline: Friday, 15 November 2019, at 11:59 p.m. (PST, California, US, time) 

The Nasiona is a volunteer-led nonfiction storytelling organization that amplifies the marginalized, undervalued, overlooked, silenced, and forgotten. Guided by a social justice compass and divorced from a profit motive, we cultivate the seeds of nonfiction through a community-centered podcast, magazine, and publishing house, as well as by offering editing services and an internship program. We currently focus on the following story topics: being Latina/o/x, being mixed-race, LGBTQIAA+, diaspora and immigration, and womanhood and trauma, as well as stories that glimpse into foreign, at times extraordinary, worlds. 

In an age when telling the difference between reality and delusion is frighteningly labyrinthine, we focus on creative works based on facts, truth-seeking, human concerns, real events, and real people, with a personal touch.

From liminal lives to the marginalized, and everything in between, we promote narrative-led nonfiction stories that explore the spectrum of human experience. We believe that the subjective can offer its own reality and reveal truths some facts can’t discover. 

We’re a diversity-friendly organization that values multicultural and multi-experience perspectives on what it means to be human. We look to erase borders, tackle taboos, resist conventions, explore the known and unknown, and rename ourselves to claim ourselves.

We publish continuously, on a rolling basis, and accept submissions from emerging and established authors and content creators.

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We’re currently accepting submissions in the following nonfiction categories:

  • Womanhood & Trauma, "Give Us a Smile" — Creative Nonfiction Series
  • "Diaspora & Immigration Stories" — Creative Nonfiction Series 
  • Being LGBTQIAA+ — Creative Nonfiction Series
  • Being Mixed-Race — Creative Nonfiction (Print) and Podcast (Audio) Series
  • Being Latina/o/x — Creative Nonfiction Series

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Response Times

We are a small, volunteer-led nonfiction storytelling organization, but promise to read every piece you submit. Given those constraints, however, it may take up to six months to 8 months respond. Please do not inquire about your submission.

Contributor Rights and Payment

It is free to submit. Note, however, that we will only charge a submission fee when we've surpassed our Submittable allotted 100 free submissions per issue.

Contributors retain all rights.

We are currently unable to pay writers for their contributions. However, we do offer a literary lifetime citizenship at The Nasiona. We deem all contributors part of our exclusive community. The Nasiona citizenship includes the following perks:

  • Editing services discount of 15%.
  • Opportunities to network, collaborate, mentor, and learn from each other.
  • Promotion of your work, even if published elsewhere, on our website and social media platforms. Keep in touch with us, let us know what you've been up to, and, if your going-ons fit our mission, we will update the greater Nasiona community.

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The Nasiona retains standard first publication rights. All rights immediately revert to the writer upon publication.

Please send us your best work! We look forward to reading it.

 The Nasiona is a volunteer-led nonfiction storytelling organization that amplifies the marginalized, undervalued, overlooked, silenced, and forgotten. Guided by a social justice compass and divorced from a profit motive, we cultivate the seeds of nonfiction through a community-centered podcast, magazine, and publishing house, as well as by offering editing services and an internship program. 

The Nasiona is looking for creative nonfiction centered around the question: What does it mean to be Latina/o/x? We want personal stories that highlight our community's triumphs and struggles, our rich culture and nuanced individual and communal histories. We are more than how we have been traditionally portrayed on television, in movies, and in literature.

With this series we look to include and increase the visibility of those who identify as Latina/o/x and our Latin American brothers and sisters, fathers and mothers, tías y tíos, abuelos y abuelas, prim@s y Spanglish-speakers. 

The Nasiona was founded and is led by a Colombian immigrant who wants to help empower his community and provide a platform for taking control of our narratives about ourselves, tell our own stories through our voices and not through the lenses of groups who can't speak for us or who have historically used us as servants and props to either make money, entertain themselves, make themselves feel better about themselves, or justify their racism and xenophobia.

With this series we can also further unpack our own prejudices and dissect the conflicts within our own Latina/o/x communities: colorism, misogyny, homophobia, classism, atheism intolerance, and much more.

Civil rights activist Alicia Garza once said that "every successful social movement in [U.S.] history has used disruption as a strategy to fight for social change. Whether it was the Boston Tea Part to the sit-ins at lunch counters throughout the South, no change has been won without disruptive action." This series is our way of joining the movement. This is our disruption. Join us by sending us your stories. We look forward to reading them.

And, if we select your piece for publication in the magazine, we will also consider sharing your essay in our The Nasiona Podcast series.


 Submission Guidelines: 

  • All submissions must include a summary of up to 75 words.
  • Text: Please limit to 5,000 words and type double-spaced in 12-point Arial or Times New Roman. Word (.doc and .docx) files are accepted. If your piece includes images, video, or audio, please embed them in the document, and send the high-resolution versions as separate files. 
  • Audio/Video: Up to 1 hour. Include a transcript of the audio or video.
  • If sending audio, ensure your file is in MP3, WAV, or M4A. 
  • Graphic essays or comics with photos or illustrations: Please limit up to ten pages. Please send all pages in one file. 
  • Work must be original. We accept unpublished and previously published work. Notify us if it's unpublished. If previously published, let us know where. 
  • Simultaneous submissions are encouraged. If your work is accepted elsewhere, it is your responsibility to immediately notify The Nasiona that your work is no longer available for consideration by leaving a note in Submittable.
  • Please edit your submissions before sending them in for consideration.
  • Include a cover letter in the cover letter section with your contact information, titles of your submission(s), and bio of no more than 50 words written in the third person.
  • Include your name as you would like to see it published and the name of your piece (if multiple pieces, then the first piece) in the title.
  • Please ensure your name, email, and telephone number are NOT on your attached piece. Ensure the title of your piece is clear, along with word count in the document.
  • Please do not number the pages or use headers and footers.
  • Upload author photo as .jpeg or .png format. (Optional.) If we accept your work for publication, we’ll include the image in your bio.
  • By submitting to The Nasiona, you are agreeing to be added to our mailing list. You can unsubscribe at any time.
  • Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter: @TheNasiona 
  • Contact nasiona.mail (at) gmail (dot) com if you have any questions.

Response Times

We are a small, volunteer-led nonfiction storytelling organization, but promise to read every piece you submit. Given those constraints, however, it may take up to six months to 8 months respond. Please do not inquire about your submission.

Contributor Rights and Payment

It is free to submit. Note, however, that we will only charge a submission fee when we've surpassed our Submittable allotted 100 free submissions per issue.

Contributors retain all rights.

We are currently unable to pay writers for their contributions. However, we do offer a literary lifetime citizenship at The Nasiona. We deem all contributors part of our exclusive community. The Nasiona citizenship includes the following perks:

  • Editing services discount of 15%.
  • Opportunities to network, collaborate, mentor, and learn from each other.
  • Promotion of your work, even if published elsewhere, on our website and social media platforms. Keep in touch with us, let us know what you've been up to, and, if your going-ons fit our mission, we will update the greater Nasiona community.

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The Nasiona retains standard first publication rights. All rights immediately revert to the writer upon publication.

Please send us your best work! We look forward to reading it.

 The Nasiona is a volunteer-led nonfiction storytelling organization that amplifies the marginalized, undervalued, overlooked, silenced, and forgotten. Guided by a social justice compass and divorced from a profit motive, we cultivate the seeds of nonfiction through a community-centered podcast, magazine, and publishing house, as well as by offering editing services and an internship program. 

The Nasiona is seeking submissions for a podcast and a magazine series about being mixed-race: mixed-race identities, mixed-race families, mixed-race relationships, your experience with race in a certain professional setting, etc.

This project is based on the first book published through our publishing house, titled Mixed, by journalist Nicole Zelniker. We're hoping to use The Nasiona Podcast and The Nasiona Magazine as a platform to tell stories about what it means to be mixed-race, and that's where you come in. Send us a one- to ten-minute audio clip or a piece of creative nonfiction telling your own story about being mixed-race.


Rules for Submissions 

• By submitting you agree to be considered for either the magazine and/or the podcast.

• Audio clips can be up to ten minutes long. Written stories can be up to 5,000 words.

• Work must be original. We accept unpublished and previously published work. Notify us if it's unpublished. If previously published, let us know where.

• All submissions must include a summary of up to 75 words. 

• All work must be submitted for publication consideration through our Submittable form. Please don’t submit work via email or our contact form.

• Simultaneous submissions are encouraged. If your work is accepted elsewhere, it is your responsibility to immediately notify The Nasiona that your work is no longer available for consideration by leaving a note in Submittable.

• Include a cover letter in the cover letter section with your contact information, titles of your submission(s), and bio of no more than 50 words written in the third person.

• Include your name as you would like to see it published and the name of your piece in the title.

• Please ensure your name, email, and telephone number are NOT in your attached piece. Ensure the title of your piece is clear.

• If written, ensure your piece is in .doc or .docx format.

• If sending audio, ensure your file is in MP3, WAV, or M4A.

• Upload author photo as .jpeg or .png format. (Optional.) If we accept your work for publication, we’ll include the image in your bio.

• By submitting to The Nasiona, you are agreeing to be added to our mailing list. You can unsubscribe at any time.

• Follow  us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter: @TheNasiona

• Contact nasiona.mail (at) gmail (dot) com if you have any questions.


Response Times

We are a small, volunteer-led nonfiction storytelling organization, but promise to read every piece you submit. Given those constraints, however, it may take up to six months to 8 months respond. Please do not inquire about your submission.

Contributor Rights and Payment

It is free to submit. Note, however, that we will only charge a submission fee when we've surpassed our Submittable allotted 100 free submissions per issue.Contributors retain all rights.We are currently unable to pay writers for their contributions. However, we do offer a literary lifetime citizenship at The Nasiona. We deem all contributors part of our exclusive community. The Nasiona citizenship includes the following perks:

  • Editing services discount of 15%.
  • Opportunities to network, collaborate, mentor, and learn from each other.
  • Promotion of your work, even if published elsewhere, on our website and social media platforms. Keep in touch with us, let us know what you've been up to, and, if your going-ons fit our mission, we will update the greater Nasiona community.

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The Nasiona retains standard first publication rights. All rights immediately revert to the writer upon publication.Please send us your best work! We look forward to reading it. 

 The Nasiona is a volunteer-led nonfiction storytelling organization that amplifies the marginalized, undervalued, overlooked, silenced, and forgotten. Guided by a social justice compass and divorced from a profit motive, we cultivate the seeds of nonfiction through a community-centered podcast, magazine, and publishing house, as well as by offering editing services and an internship program. 

The Nasiona is looking for the vibrant and tangled creative nonfiction narratives of queer people of all different identities. Our goal is to unite the full spectrum of LGBTQIAA+ people by amplifying the narratives of queer people who exist at all different intersections of race, gender, sexuality, ability, size, class, and religious background. We want stories with contradictions and questions. We want stories still in progress and stories that blur traditional forms. Give us your notes, your lists, your lyrics essays, and your prose poems. We want stories from individuals who haven’t come out publicly or don’t want to or feel they should have to “come out.” 

We embrace all forms of queerness and recognize that many queer people are marginalized within their own community. Alice Walker wrote in Our Mother’s Gardens, 

“Please remember, especially in these times of group-think and the right-on chorus, that no person is your friend (or kin) who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow and be perceived as fully blossomed as you were intended.”

We hope to be a place where all queer voices can blossom. 


Submission Guidelines: 

  • All submissions must include a summary of up to 75 words.
  • Text: Please limit to 5,000 words and type double-spaced in 12-point Arial or Times New Roman. Word (.doc and .docx) files are accepted. If your piece includes images, video, or audio, please embed them in the document, and send the high-resolution versions as separate files. 
  • Audio/Video: Up to 1 hour. Include a transcript of the audio or video.
  •  If sending audio, ensure your file is in MP3, WAV, or M4A. 
  • Graphic essays or comics with photos or illustrations: Please limit up to ten pages. Please send all pages in one file. 
  • Work must be original and unpublished. 
  • Simultaneous submissions are encouraged. If your work is accepted elsewhere, it is your responsibility to immediately notify The Nasiona that your work is no longer available for consideration by leaving a note in Submittable.
  • Please edit your submissions before sending them in for consideration.
  • Include a cover letter in the cover letter section with your contact information, titles of your submission(s), and bio of no more than 50 words written in the third person.
  • Include your name as you would like to see it published and the name of your piece (if multiple pieces, then the first piece) in the title.
  • Please ensure your name, email, and telephone number are NOT on your attached piece. Ensure the title of your piece is clear, along with word count in the document.
  • Please do not number the pages or use headers and footers.
  • Upload author photo as .jpeg or .png format. (Optional.) If we accept your work for publication, we’ll include the image in your bio.
  • By submitting to The Nasiona, you are agreeing to be added to our mailing list. You can unsubscribe at any time.
  • Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter: @TheNasiona 
  • Contact nasiona.mail (at) gmail (dot) com if you have any questions.


 Response Times

We are a small, volunteer-led nonfiction storytelling organization, but promise to read every piece you submit. Given those constraints, however, it may take up to six months to 8 months respond. Please do not inquire about your submission.

Contributor Rights and Payment

It is free to submit. Note, however, that we will only charge a submission fee when we've surpassed our Submittable allotted 100 free submissions per issue.Contributors retain all rights.We are currently unable to pay writers for their contributions. However, we do offer a literary lifetime citizenship at The Nasiona. We deem all contributors part of our exclusive community. The Nasiona citizenship includes the following perks:

  • Editing services discount of 15%.
  • Opportunities to network, collaborate, mentor, and learn from each other.
  • Promotion of your work, even if published elsewhere, on our website and social media platforms. Keep in touch with us, let us know what you've been up to, and, if your going-ons fit our mission, we will update the greater Nasiona community.

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The Nasiona retains standard first publication rights. All rights immediately revert to the writer upon publication.Please send us your best work! We look forward to reading it. 

 The Nasiona is a volunteer-led nonfiction storytelling organization that amplifies the marginalized, undervalued, overlooked, silenced, and forgotten. Guided by a social justice compass and divorced from a profit motive, we cultivate the seeds of nonfiction through a community-centered podcast, magazine, and publishing house, as well as by offering editing services and an internship program. 

The Nasiona is seeking submissions for its series titled "Diaspora & Immigration Stories."

 We are looking for true, first-person narratives from immigrants, repatriates, refugees, and people in diaspora. Our goal is to humanize migrants by giving a voice to their experiences. We are particularly interested in the conflicts, compromises, and tension immigrants experience as they adapt to a new country and/or repatriate to their homeland, and how such journeys have affected their identities. 

We welcome different modes of storytelling as long as it is a true story, including:

  • Creative nonfiction
  • Nonfiction poetry
  • Personal narrative, and interviews with an immigrant or refugee. If the interview is conducted in a language other than English, please provide a transcript of the original interview as well as the English translation.
  • We also accept audio and video submissions, graphic essays or comics with photos or illustrations. As long as it’s nonfiction, we’re interested.

Submission Guidelines

  • All submissions must include a summary of up to 75 words.
  • Text: Please limit to 6,000 words and type double-spaced in 12-point Arial or Times New Roman. Word (.doc and docx) files are accepted. If your piece includes images, video, or audio, please embed them in the document, and send the high-resolution versions as separate files. 
  • Audio/Video: Up to 1 hour. Include a transcript of the audio or video.
  • If sending audio, ensure your file is in MP3, WAV, or M4A. 
  • Graphic essays or comics with photos or illustrations: Please limit up to ten pages. Please send all pages in one file. 
  • Work must be original and unpublished. 
  •  Simultaneous submissions are encouraged. If your work is accepted elsewhere, it is your responsibility to immediately notify The Nasiona that your work is no longer available for consideration by leaving a note in Submittable.
  • Please edit your submissions before sending them in for consideration.
  • Include a cover letter in the cover letter section with your contact information, titles of your submission(s), and bio of no more than 50 words written in the third person.
  • Include your name as you would like to see it published and the name of your piece (if multiple pieces, then the first piece) in the title.
  • Please ensure your name, email, and telephone number are NOT on your attached piece. Ensure the title of your piece is clear, along with word count in the document.
  • Please do not number the pages or use headers and footers.
  • Upload author photo as .jpeg or .png format. (Optional.) If we accept your work for publication, we’ll include the image in your bio.
  • By submitting to The Nasiona, you are agreeing to be added to our mailing list. You can unsubscribe at any time.
  • Follow  us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter: @TheNasiona
  • Contact nasiona.mail (at) gmail (dot) com if you have any questions.


Response Times

We are a small, volunteer-led nonfiction storytelling organization, but promise to read every piece you submit. Given those constraints, however, it may take up to six months to 8 months respond. Please do not inquire about your submission.

Contributor Rights and Payment

It is free to submit. Note, however, that we will only charge a submission fee when we've surpassed our Submittable allotted 100 free submissions per issue.Contributors retain all rights.We are currently unable to pay writers for their contributions. However, we do offer a literary lifetime citizenship at The Nasiona. We deem all contributors part of our exclusive community. The Nasiona citizenship includes the following perks:

  • Editing services discount of 15%.
  • Opportunities to network, collaborate, mentor, and learn from each other.
  • Promotion of your work, even if published elsewhere, on our website and social media platforms. Keep in touch with us, let us know what you've been up to, and, if your going-ons fit our mission, we will update the greater Nasiona community.

-----------------------------------------------------

The Nasiona retains standard first publication rights. All rights immediately revert to the writer upon publication.Please send us your best work! We look forward to reading it. 

 The Nasiona is a volunteer-led nonfiction storytelling organization that amplifies the marginalized, undervalued, overlooked, silenced, and forgotten. Guided by a social justice compass and divorced from a profit motive, we cultivate the seeds of nonfiction through a community-centered podcast, magazine, and publishing house, as well as by offering editing services and an internship program. 

The Nasiona  is seeking submissions for its series titled "Give Us a Smile.

“Come on darling, give us a smile”: women have often heard variations of this misogynistic request uttered by strangers and acquaintances alike. But its very casualness reveals how deeply entrenched it is in subtle-but-damaging frameworks. This creative nonfiction series aims to take back an expression that has been used to harass women, as well as demean and dismiss their experiences, by being a platform for those very experiences.

This project is geared toward stories centered on womanhood and trauma. So long as it has upended your life in significant ways, and triggered unforeseen repercussions on all your choices, it falls under that umbrella. This includes, but is certainly not limited to, mental illness, abuse, sexual assault, deep-seated micro-aggressions, family turmoil, cultural turbulence, and everything in between.

Has this aforementioned trauma granted you renewed insight on your childhood? Has it altered the way you approach the future? Are you in the middle of it? In the early stages? Is your trauma long behind you? How have you coped, if at all? Have you reached out and sought help? How has being a woman influenced the attitudes of loved ones and strangers alike, regarding your trauma, and have you internalized those feelings, be it contempt, gentle condescension etc.?

The trauma in question can be old or new, chronic or acute, but should ideally be framed by and explored through the current social and/or political climate(s). Is your trauma shared with women across the globe, and if so, how have you seen it addressed in different societies? How has the recent political virulence changed your understanding of the world, and your significance therein? How has social justice or inequity impacted how you deal with your turmoil?

We are looking for creative nonfiction pieces by traditionally marginalized women whose voices have not often been granted a platform.

Rules for Submissions 

• Stories can be up to 5000 words.

• Work must be original and unpublished.

• All work must be submitted for publication consideration through our Submittable form. Please don’t submit work via email or our contact form.

• Simultaneous submissions are encouraged. If your work is accepted elsewhere, it is your responsibility to immediately notify The Nasiona that your work is no longer available for consideration by leaving a note in Submittable.

• Please edit your submissions before sending them in for consideration.

 • All submissions must include a summary of up to 75 words.  

• Include a cover letter in the cover letter section with your contact information, titles of your submission(s), and bio of no more than 50 words written in the third person.

• Include your name as you would like to see it published and the name of your piece (if multiple pieces, then the first piece) in the title.

• Please ensure your name, email, and telephone number are NOT on your attached piece. Ensure the title of your piece is clear, along with word count in the document.

• Please do not number the pages or use headers and footers.

• Double-space the work and use 12-point font Times New Roman.

• Ensure your piece is in .doc or .docx format.

• Upload author photo as .jpeg or .png format. (Optional.) If we accept your work for publication, we’ll include the image in your bio.

• By submitting to The Nasiona, you are agreeing to be added to our mailing list. You can unsubscribe at any time.

• Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter: @TheNasiona  

• Contact nasiona.mail (at) gmail (dot) com if you have any questions.


Response Times

We are a small, volunteer-led nonfiction storytelling organization, but promise to read every piece you submit. Given those constraints, however, it may take up to six months to 8 months respond. Please do not inquire about your submission.

Contributor Rights and Payment

It is free to submit. Note, however, that we will only charge a submission fee when we've surpassed our Submittable allotted 100 free submissions per issue.Contributors retain all rights.We are currently unable to pay writers for their contributions. However, we do offer a literary lifetime citizenship at The Nasiona. We deem all contributors part of our exclusive community. The Nasiona citizenship includes the following perks:

  • Editing services discount of 15%.
  • Opportunities to network, collaborate, mentor, and learn from each other.
  • Promotion of your work, even if published elsewhere, on our website and social media platforms. Keep in touch with us, let us know what you've been up to, and, if your going-ons fit our mission, we will update the greater Nasiona community.

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The Nasiona retains standard first publication rights. All rights immediately revert to the writer upon publication.Please send us your best work! We look forward to reading it. 

The Nasiona