The Nasiona is a volunteer-led nonfiction storytelling organization that humanizes the Other by amplifying the voices and experiences of the systemically marginalized, undervalued, overlooked, silenced, and forgotten. Guided by a social justice compass, we actively work toward dismantling systems of oppression and creating a cultural shift through a community-centered podcast, magazine, publishing house, and 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 Othered 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.

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Response Times

We are a small, volunteer-led storytelling organization, but promise to read/listen every piece you submit. Given those constraints, however, it may take up to six months to 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 month.

Contributors retain all rights.

We are currently unable to pay writers for their contributions. 

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

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

The Nasiona is sponsoring The Blended Future Project's newest initiatives this summer. The Blended Future Project is looking for true, personal stories about your multiracial or multiethnic experience. They feature stories and perspectives on:

  • Embracing your own personal identity.
  • Overcoming a difficult experience about your personal identity.
  • Learning something new about a different culture or ethnicity.

By submitting, you will be considered for publication in Blended Future Project's platform and/or The Nasiona.

The Mission

The Blended Future Project is an online media company that examines race and culture through story. They seek to enhance our understanding to lay the groundwork for a more equitable and empathetic future. And by telling our stories, we can connect with each other on a deeper level. 

We especially encourage stories from folks who relate to one or more of these identities: Latina/e/o/x, BIPOC, being mixed-race, LGBTQIAA+, from an immigrant family or diaspora community, third culture children and/or adoptees, and/or those in an interracial or intercultural relationship. 

Tell us how your experiences have changed you and shaped your point of view.

Rules:

  • Work must be original. We accept unpublished or previously published work for this series.
  • Submit up to two stories.
  • Word count: between 750 and 1,200 words per story.
  • Ensure your piece is in .doc or .docx format. With your name either as the header/footer, or watermarked on the document.

Contact

  • Follow the Blended Future Project on Facebook and Instagram
  • Contact the Blended Future Project here if you have any questions.

Notes

  • By entering into this call for submissions, you agree to be added to the email lists of The Blended Future Project and The Nasiona. You can unsubscribe at any time.
  • You will hear back from us by the end of June 2021.


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The Nasiona is also sponsoring The Blended Future Project's newest initiative: Remixed Podcast. ReMixed Podcast looking for guests and interviewees.

Your Story

The Blended Future Project  would like to feature you as either an interviewee or guest for their first podcast episodes, which are about the state of interracial relationships in America, in honor of Loving Day. 

If you are in an interracial or intercultural relationship, they would like to speak with you about:

  • How you and your partner met.
  • Each of your thoughts about interracial relationships before and during your time together.
  • How you both have been treated as a couple, and any backlash that you and/or your partner have received by being together because of your different ethnicities.

We understand that these topics are extremely personal. These interviews and episodes will be handed with the utmost of respect for both you and your partner. 

If you wish to take part, please contact them at:

The Blended Future Project on Facebook and Instagram: @blendedfutureproject

  • Contact The Blended Future Project here if you have any questions.

Notes

  • By entering into this call for submissions, you agree to be added to the email lists of The Blended Future Project and The Nasiona. You can unsubscribe at any time.
  • You will hear back by mid-July. 2021, at the latest.

The Nasiona is a volunteer-led nonfiction storytelling organization that humanizes the Other by amplifying the voices and experiences of the marginalized, undervalued, overlooked, silenced, and forgotten. Guided by a social justice compass, we actively work toward dismantling systems of oppression and creating a cultural shift through a community-centered podcast, magazine, publishing house, and internship program.  

You may have noticed that The Nasiona Podcast has a new musical feel. We're extremely excited to announce that this original music was produced by the Grammy Award-winning team of Joe Sparkman and Marcus Allen, aka, The Heavyweights.

With this new partnership, we've decided it was time to use our platforms to create a new Music series for The Nasiona, both our online magazine and our podcast.

Music has always told stories that are as powerful, as moving as personal essays, and we at The Nasiona want to honor that tradition. For this new music series, we seek submissions of songs that align with our vision of centering, elevating, and amplifying Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, and shedding light on neglected experiences.

Whether you record your music professionally, or whether you have gone the DIY way throughout; whether you are an emerging indie artist, or have never released a song; or whether you have simply felt overlooked by the mainstream musical landscape: we believe in your voice, and we want your work. 

Tell us about growing up as a third culture kid, about living through trauma, about being misgendered, about slice-of-life instances of resolution. Tell us about your elations, your sorrows, your moments of quiet tenacity, your rallying cries of rage. Send us a song (or two, or three!) that tells a story, whether in words or through instrumentals. If it matters to you, it deserves a platform.

All genres and languages are welcome. If you identify as BIPOC, we want to showcase your work and profile you.

We can’t wait to listen to your work and consider it for publication in either our online magazine or podcast, or both!

Note that we are here to center, elevate, and amplify your work. You keep all the rights to your work.

Rules for Submissions 

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

• Submit up to three separate audio files. 

• Work must be original.

• All submissions must include a description of up to 100 words on how you and your work fits our call and The Nasiona's mission.

• A third-person bio of up to 50 words.

• An artist statement between 150 and 200 words.

•  (Optional) Photo of musical artist(s)  and/or album cover image as .jpeg or .png format. If we accept your work for publication, we’ll include the image in your bio. 

• (Optional) Links to social media.

• (Optional) Links to projects, be it Spotify, Soundcloud, personal website, etc.

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

• By submitting to The Nasiona, you agree 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 storytelling organization, but promise to listen to every piece you submit. Given those constraints, however, it may take u to a few months to 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 month. Contributors retain all rights. We are currently unable to pay submitters for their contributions. 

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